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!

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Photo of the Week- "Leap of Faith"

January 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Leap of FaithLeap of FaithSubject- Red Fox
Location- Yellowstone National Park

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I recently spent several hours watching as this fox spent most of the day sleeping.  It was around -15°F to start the morning and while the fox was in the sun, we stood in the shade.  After a while, the fox decided to find another sleeping spot so it actually jumped up onto a much higher point where it promptly curled up and went back to sleep again.  Most likely using the sun's warmth while sleeping, the fox probably hunted all night when the temperature was colder. Fox are one of my favorite animals, so it was wonderful to have the opportunity to watch this one.  The image was taken with a 500mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter.


Photo of the Week- "MInus Twenty Five"

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Minus Twenty FiveMinus Twenty FiveSubject- Bull Bison
Location- Yellowstone National Park

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Bison endure the hardships of winter like each other species in Yellowstone National Park but each species has different survival techniques.  Bears sleep away the winter deep, deer move to lower elevations and pronghorn migrate even farther.  But the big bull bison will plow through the deep snow and scrap out a living on the meager grasses under the many feet of snow.  On mornings such as this one, where the temperatures reach as cold as -25°F, healthy bison keep their body heat under the layers of insulation allowing ice, frost, and snow to accumulate on their coats.  It's dramatic to see a large bison covered in frost but it does mean the animal is healthy.  Healthy or not, I was glad to be in the warmth of my car after photographing this bull.


Photo of the Week- "406"

January 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

406406Location- Gallatin National Forest

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Too often I see an online article, usually by a travel blog, talking about Montana and the feature photo is from Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming.  It surprises me because, in my biased opinion, Montana has some of the most beautiful mountain scenery around.  From the peaks of Glacier National Park to the little known areas all along the western part of the state, Montana's mountains are beautiful.  The name Montana is the Spanish word for mountain.  On the morning I took this photo, a front was moving in bringing more snow to the area but we were able to get a glimpse of beautiful light on this peak above Cabin Creek.  Coming up with compositions was tough since the creek was frozen and snow covered but the light made this simple composition work nicely.  And "406", that's the area code for Montana, the last best place.


Yellowstone: A Photographic Journey to be released February 1st!

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Yellowstone: A Photographic Journey BookYellowstone: A Photographic Journey BookYellowstone: A Photographic Journey

Yellowstone photographer Stephen C. Hinch takes you on an insider's tour of his home park in Farcountry's newest release. With 112 stunning full-color images and lively text, Hinch shares unique views of the park's abundant wildlife, beautiful lakes and waterfalls, historical landmarks, and world famous thermal features. His breathtaking images capture that magic quality that makes our nation's first national park a one of a kind, world renown destination.

Price TBD.

All copies purchased are signed by the author.

80 pages, paperback, 9 1/8"x 8 1/8"

I'm very excited to announce that my third book, Yellowstone: A photographic Journey is scheduled to be released on February 1st!  Published by Farcountry Press in Helena, Montana, this 80 page book contains 112 photographs from Yellowstone National Park and makes a great companion book to my first release, Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park.  Signed copies will be available for purchase from my website some time in February and watch for special bundles that will include all three of my books, which I'll also release in February.  Yellowstone: A Photographic Journey is also available now for pre-order on Amazon.com.


Photo of the Week- Alpha

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

AlphaAlphaSubject- Bull Bison
Location- Gallatin National Forest

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Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet but in English it represents the beginning or the first.  In many ways, this photo represents the same; the beginning of winter, the first day of a new year, and my first posted photo in that new year.  Bison are icons of the American West, a symbol of the hope that westward expansion meant for a fledging new country.  Bison existed in the American West long before there was an American West, long before the first white settlers set eyes on them.  And we almost annihilated them from existence.  But the bison is also hardy and enduring.  In many ways it's a better symbol of hope for those reasons, so that is why I want to start the new year with a bison, and with enduring hope.

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