Welcome to the blog for Steve Hinch Photography.
On this page you'll find photographic information on the places I've photographed recently as well as some technical information on the photographs themselves. I'll also post updates on what I've seen and experienced in Yellowstone and abroad, current wildlife sightings, and anything else of interest. Check back often for updates!
February 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment
It was another slow week for me when it comes to photos with the highlight being these two moose. I waited for quite a while to see if they would get up and move on a morning when the low was about 3°F at the time I took this photo. But the moose weren't going anywhere and I wasn't about to disturb them. Everything was covered in frost from the cold and the mist rising from the river, including the moose. A winter storm has moved in yesterday but it's brought a mix of rain and snow again, instead of just rain. After a really cold December and January, February has been a tad too warm so far.
February 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment
The weather has been all over the place this week so I haven't shot anything new, but that gives me a chance to share another fox photo from a few weeks ago for the photo of the week. For the first time this winter, temperatures climbed above freezing and we experienced rain rather than snow. The snowpack dropped considerably. At first that might sound like good news for the wildlife but the truth is, with 6 to 8 weeks of winter left, below freezing temperatures will now freeze the snowpack into ice which makes it much more difficult for animals to dig down to the forage below, or in the case of coyotes and foxes, they can't dive down after rodents. The snowpack also holds moisture that helps keep plants green well into summer. Fortunately, the temperatures remained cold and snow fell over 7,500 feet though the warm, moist snow that did fall creates huge avalanche dangers.
February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I currently have a limited numbers of books available as a discount package. These can be found and ordered on the books page located here. All three books can be purchased in the books package for $44.95 plus shipping. That's a savings of about $8.00 from the normal price. And the collector's package also includes an 8x10 metal print of Three Amigos. That package is $124.95. The metal print alone retails for $120.00 so it's a great value! The image above was taken in October when several grizzlies along with the Wapiti Pack were seen on a carcass. This was one of my favorite images from the encounter and I forgot to post it until now. The image was taken with a 500mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter. The alpha female, on the left, is becoming more white as she ages and I imagine, like her mother and grandmother, she'll be pure white in a few more years.
February 05, 2017 • Leave a Comment
The setting sun paints the sky above a mountain landscape. Elk find meager forage on the windswept hills below. This is Yellowstone in February. More snow is in the forecast for the next several days but the winter snowpack holds the water that will bring new life in the spring. Away from the concrete and urban sprawl of our cities, the national parks and forests preserve nature on it's own terms. This is a treasure to which no value can ever be placed because there is nothing of monetary value with such importance.
February 02, 2017 • Leave a Comment
The color in this ice is incredible. Not every ice chunk looked like this and, to add to the challenge, the light in the morning sky was mostly grey with only a little warm light in certain places. So I had to find an interesting chunk of ice and then compose the scene with some color in the sky. Oh yeah, and I can't forget the biggest challenge which was keeping semi-dry as the waves crashed all around. Needless to say, my boots were soaked by the end of the session, but it was worth. Photo taken on Iceland's famous Ice Beach. I'll add more photos from last winter's Iceland trip soon!
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