New for 2014
What is happening in 2014
I will be doing a seminar at the Fred Hall Long Beach Show from
March 5th thru the 9th each day of the show on photography.
I will cover amongst other things -
and much, much more. See www.fredhall.com
for the show schedule and times of the seminar.
- The Changing World of Photography
- Wildlife and Action Photography
- Lens and Camera selection - What you Want
and What is Practicle
- A little about Copyrights and Photography
- My Guiding of photography adventures in the
||With the sucess
of my assocoiation with Sunrise
Pack Station I
will again be guiding photography adventures in the back country
Yellowstone. While on the trip I will also be providing guidance
instruction on equipment and technique for the novice and help the
advanced photographer get the most from the opportunities that present
themselves during the trip.
Dates and locations of the trips are listed
below, please contact me
for more information and to reserve your spot on one of the trips.
conjunction with Sunrise
Station you will be taken on horseback into a part of the
Yellowstone 99% of people do not get to experience, away from all the
roads, the crowds and the hustle and bustle. The workshops are all
inclusive for 4 to
8 people for 5 days all your meals, your tent, your sleeping bag, as
well as a Sun
Shower and portable restroom facilities are provided, all you need
bring is your camera gear, your clothes and your desire to get
shot of a lifetime.
A five-day photography oriented
trip, by horseback, to Sportsman’s Lake in Yellowstone National
Here the moose, elk and wolves have been known to frequent the area as
well as the occasional grizzly. The wild flowers, the sparkling creek
and majestic forest all present the perfect subject matter for
capturing that perfect backcountry photograph
Guests have an opportunity to photograph the mountain lake, choose to
focus on the mighty Electric Peak, watch for wildlife, macro photograph
the flowers, or do a black and white study of the ranger cabin and
outbuildings. (There is a great old outhouse dying to be immortalized
on film or digital.)
Wildlife is always plentiful in this area. Sportsman’s Lake is
home to moose which come out in the early morning or late evening to
feed around the lake. Wolves, bears, mule
deer and elk are seen in this
area as well. The newborns are out and being
introduced to the world, all just
waiting for you to immortalize them both in your memories and in the
images you can capture.
Yellowstone National Park's Northwest Corner.
$2450.00 per person
Sept. 9-13, 2014
The Bechler region is
called the Cascade Corner. Waterfalls drop
from the plateaus into the meadows. The canyon is spectacular, one
water fall after another broken in between by cascades and cataracts.
Bechler is a photographer’s paradise. There is nowhere one
without finding something worth capturing on film. Wild flowers, wild
life, waterfalls, horse and people, hot springs or the Grand Tetons,
all are right here.
Come to Yellowstone National Park’s Cascade Corner and photograph
magnificent waterfalls. This time of year is spectacular in Yellowstone
National Park. The brilliant colors of autumn, the bright blue skies
and crisp white clouds create the perfect back drop for photography
here in America’s wonderland.
Yellowstone's Cascade Corner near the
$2450.00 per person
From September 2013
From September 2013
From September 2013
Scroll on down for some of my Firefighting
In case you were not aware of it
I do photography
of wildland fires for the State of California's Department of Forestry
and Fire Protection also known as Cal-Fire, as a volunteer. I have been
doing this now for 5 years and this looks to be another busy year.
Last year I was on over 14 fires with a total burned acreage
exceeding 32,712. This year I will be posting images from the
fire I am working on here, as well as a little about the fire and the
guys and gals working to protect property and save lives.
Please accept my apologies for the rather obvious watermarks placed
across my images, there has be a law written in Britain that will begin
to affect all copyrights worldwide. It pertains to "Orphan
Works", suffice it to say that it would take up to much space here but
it means that if the identification information contained within the
photograph is stripped out and an owner is not readily identifiable
anyone can use mine or anyone's photographs without permission.
Our congress is at this time debating something similar.
|The General Fire 26 May 2013
While the Felipe Fire was winding down
this fire got
started, it began because someone was shooting in
a restricted area. In the last 2 years I have photographed
5 fires in this area, 3 major and 2 minor. You will see mainly
helicopters in this group of images, the winds were
so strong that fixed wing air ops were suspended within the first
couple of hours of the fire on the first day and it was up to the
hand crews and helos to try and keep it in check.
While on the Felipe Fire right across the
valley the General Fire began and copter 10
and crew are dispatched. What you see burning in the background
is the General Fire and
smoke from it.
Firefighters from the helitack crew and USFS looking across the
gap and what lies ahead. General Fire
A USFS firefighter keeps an eye on the drop from Cal-Fire helo 301,
we are headed that way and down another 1000 to 1500
before we get to the bottom and we start back up the other side.
Bringing in hose, one group would work to establish the initial
hose lay to then be relieved by another group coming up with
more hose, and the first group would then return to the
trucks to get more hose and return again in a round robin
fashion. At this point this stretch was 21/2 miles one way,
no wonder he looks beat. General Fire.
P2V Neptune #5 of the USFS dropping
retardant on division Papa of the Felipe fire when it made a run
towards Volcan Mountain.
A close up of the old and venerable P2V Neptune #7 as she comes by
lining up for a drop. Felipe Fire
Wildcat Fire 13 May 2013
started as a result of shooting at a range on the Barona Indian
Reservation. Units from the Barona Indian Reservation, U. S.
Forest Service, Cal-Fire, Santee and Lakeside quickly controlled and
extinguished this blaze before it had a chance to grow beyond about 25
A Cal-Fire S2T Viking aircraft drops retardant to help control the
spread of the fire while two firefighters look on. Wildcat Fire
San Diego County Sheriff copter 12 dropping water on a stubborn hot spot
as firefighters look on. Wildcat Fire
Copter 10 passing overhead on it's way to a
drop with firefighters
working their way to the fire at the top of the ridge.
Helitack crew and San Diego Sheriff
copter 12 above working
on the left flank. General Fire
Look very closely at this image and you will see the spotter pointing
out the window
to a hot spot that was developing off of our flank. Gotta love
these guys. General Fire
Beauty will find away to survive through even one of Nature's most
destructive forces. A Shaw's Agave in bloom, a native San Diego
directly after the fire has passed. General Fire
Felipe Fire 24 May 2013
When life gives you lemons........ Make lemonade, what
started as a controlled burn got out of hand when a
wind shift that was completely out of the norm for
the area the time of day and season took the fire out
of the prescribed burn area and out of the established
containment line. So the fire agency decided
to make the best out of a bad situation and turned it into a
Live Fire training exercise 2,781 acres later it was out.
Mother Nature can humble even the best.
Orange County Strike team stationed during the
with a Skycrane coming overhead.
A U.S. Forest Firefighter on Initial Attack works to establish a
hose line and control the fire. Wildcat Fire
San Diego Sheriff copter 12 low and close on a drop. Wildcat Fire
More hose on Initial Attack for Division Alpha. Wildcat Fire
The Highway 2 fire was a 22 acre blaze sparked by a lawnmower mowing
extremely dry grass. Both Cal-Fire and Firefighters from the U.S.
Forest Service Goose Valley Station responded from another small,
(less than 1 acre), lawnmower sparked fire approximately 4 1/2
miles away. Everyone got on the fire quickly and that kept it
from spreading further in the 20 mph winds. This was the same day
that the Ventura fire started and grew from 10 acres to 7,000 acres in
less than 8 hours.
These guys really took it to the blaze getting it under control in less
than an hour and keeping it from spreading rapidly. With multiple
drops from Cal-Fires S2T air attack bombers, all that worked on this
fire can be really proud of how fast they got control of what could
have been a potentially devastating fire. The 2007 Witch
fire started very near to this area, but this was in brush that had not
burned back then.
Here are 4 images from the fire
Images from the 2012 Fire Season
Banner Fire April 2012
Banner Fire April 2012
|Chihuahua Fire August 2012
Complex August 2012
|Wynola Fire September 2012
You on down the Trail