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July 2017 Daily Journal for JH and GTNP

“Jackson Hole is Hitting on All Cylinders!

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July 31st, 2017:  Monday

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: I found this buck along Mormon Row Road this afternoon. This buck was amazingly tolerant—grazing alongside the road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

Pronghorn Buck

Pronghorn Buck: There are only two of the many images I took of this good looking fellow. I didn’t seen any Bison in the area, but I heard there was a visible herd earlier in the day.  Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine: Taken along Mormon Row Road. I liked the clouds today! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

Teton County Fair 2017:  The Fair is over. If you visited the page the day I posted it, you might want to revisit it. Over the week, I added photos and comments. Tomorrow, we’ll be turning a page on the calendar into August! I’ll start a brand new Daily Journal and begin filling it with new photos and comments. I’ll soon be back in my normal wildlife and scenic mode.

Abstract

Abstract: One more from the 2017 Teton County Fair. This is the Ferris Wheel. The lens was spun (in the collar) during a long exposure. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Dizzy Dragons

Dizzy Dragons: One of the Kid’s rides at the fair. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Folded Ferris Wheel

Folded Ferris Wheel: The Fair ended at Midnight last night. By 7:00 am this morning, most of the rides had been collapsed and were ready to roll. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

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July 30th, 2017:  Sunday

Osprey

Osprey: Captured along the Snake River.  Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey

Osprey: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey

Osprey: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey

Osprey: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Chipmonk

Chipmonk: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

This is the last day of the Teton County Fair. Catch it if you can!…or look for one in your area.

Teton Photo Excursions

If you are considering a trip in September, I’d definitely recommend booking it NOW. Some of those slots are filling fast. There are numerous openings in July and August. For inquiries, send an email to info@tetonimages.com.

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July 29th, 2017:  Saturday

First Hummingbird

First Hummingbird: If you have been following along, I’ve mentioned that Hummingbirds have been unusually scarce this year. Lately, I have been seeing and hearing a lot more of them. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

4H Auction

New Feature Post: Teton County Fair 2017 I uploaded this page yesterday afternoon, then went back to the Teton County Fair to take a few shots of the “quiet” fair activities. I added a few of them this afternoon. The Fair continues today and through tomorrow night. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

Rock Star

New Rock Star Ride at the Teton County Fair 2017: Nikon D5 and Nikon 14-24mm Lens

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July 28th, 2017:  Friday

Morning Bull Moose

Morning Bull Moose: Captured along the Gros Ventre River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC ON.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: Taken on the Snake River near Wilson. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds: Taken from the gravel road north of Kelly. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Ford Pickup

Ford Pickup: Captured along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

Cordell at the Fair

Cordell at the Fair: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

Fresh, Hot Pizza

Fresh, Hot Fair Pizza: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

Kevin at the Fair

Kevin at the Fair: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

Teton County Fair

Teton County Fair: Taken from atop the Ferris Wheel. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

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July 27th, 2017:  Thursday

Brightest Meteor Shower In The Recorded Human History: Everyone knows about the Solar Eclipse that will occur on August 21, how about a big meteor shower on August 12th! Click the link for more info.

Fair Time!

Teton County Fair

Teton County Fair: The rides and midway opened at 5:00 pm on Wednesday. Over the weekend, they begin at 1:00 pm to Midnight. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon: I took these two photos Wednesday night. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

2017 Fair Notes: Vertigo and the Carousel rides are missing this year, making room for two new rides. The Zipper has been revamped, but it is missing the lights over the main sign. You’ll probably like this year’s layout! Entry to the Teton County Fair midway is FREE. See you at the Fair!

Zipper

The Zipper: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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July 26th, 2017:  Wednesday

Remember the Road Closure on the Gravel Section of the Moose-Wilson Road today. It will reopen at 8:00 am Thursday! Also know the bridge over the Gros Ventre on Spring Gulch Road will be closed all summer! Pilgrim Creek Road is open again.

Sunrise Bull Bison

Sunrise Bull Bison: During the Winter months, I drive down the Snake River Canyon looking for “one good goat” in good light and in a nice perch on a shear cliff (Mountain Goats of the Snake River Canyon:). It never hurts to find dozens of them, but it only takes one to have a great day and come home with lots of photos. That was the case today! I found one nice looking bull Bison coming off a bluff near the south end of Blacktail Butte. I stayed with him for about an hour of the best light of the morning. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Morning Bison

Morning Bison: Grasses are still green across the valley but are changing and “dulling” gradually. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Sunrise Bison

The Hay Fields: Early settlers cleared sagebrush from large tracts of land near Kelly. The “hay fields” are still visible in the area, attracting Bison and Pronghorns. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Sunrise Bison

Sunrise Bison: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

TA Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn: Clouds looked nice, so I stopped by the Mormon Row barns for a couple of quick photos. This is a two shot stitched Pano. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens, Handheld.

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July 25th, 2017:  Tuesday

Cowboy Bar Sign

Cowboy Bar Sign: Late evening in downtown Jackson. It is fairly common to see a crane truck and sign maintenance crew working on the Cowboy Bar’s vintage neon sign. I wish I had the money the Cowboy Bar owners spend each year maintaining it! Looks like they need to come back to Jackson for another service call! Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld, VR On.

Remember the Road Closure on the Gravel Section of the Moose-Wilson Road today and Wednesday. It will reopen at 8:00 am Thursday!

I had a One-On-One Photography Excursion today. It was a productive, instructional tour—even though I didn’t take many photos to post here today.

2015 Fair

As I was driving home, I noticed the Teton County Fair is now in operation. Frazier Shows showed up yesterday with the rides and midway attractions. They appear to be ready to rock and roll, but possibly not until tomorrow? Check out some of these earlier posts!

The Hole Hiking Experience – Jackson Hole Hiking You might enjoy a back country hiking tour with one of the longest running CUA permit holders in Grand Teton National Park.

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July 24th, 2017:  Monday

Luminar

Nik Collection (Google) / Luminar  (Macphun)  / KelbyOne – Training . Scott Kelby recently introduced a new Tutorial on Luminar, highlighting the major features of the program and explaining how Luminar should be able to replace the old NIK Color Efex Pro filters. Looks promising!

Upcoming Regional Events

There are always events happening in JH. Next week, we’ll start seeing activity at the Fairgrounds here in town, but there are also a few events with historic or cultural significance.

Remember the Road Closure on the Gravel Section of the Moose-Wilson Road tomorrow and Wednesday.

Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer Buck: One of three bucks captured on Spring Gulch Road late in the afternoon. Nikon D5 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Handheld, VR On.

Spring Gulch Road

Sunset along Spring Gulch Road: Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld, VR On.

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July 23rd, 2017:  Sunday

Dusty Horses

Dusty Horses: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Today’s Events:

  • Wilson Firefighters Annual Chicken Fry Fundriser at the Stilson Parking Lot.
  • Blue Angels Air Show: Afternoon in Idaho Falls.
  • Concert in the Commons at Teton Village.
  • Art Show at Teton Village.
  • The Teton County Fair is underway. The Fair rides should be here soon, too.

Wildlife Updates: The last time I was in the area, I saw 17 Pronghorns and 20 or so Bison in the sage flats around Kelly and the Mormon Row area. Also, watch for Long-billed Curlews in some of the hay fields near Kelly. I’ve had a few reports of Bald Eagles and Osprey active along the shores of Palisades Lake in the Alpine area.

Horseback Rides:

Osprey Female & Chicks

Osprey Female & Chicks: There are three chicks in the nest. Until today, I had only seen two. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey Feeding Chicks

Osprey Feeding Chicks: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Chick Moving Sticks

Chicks Moving Sticks: It’s fairly common for a single stick to be “in the way”. Today, the oldest looking chick cleaned up a few of the loose ends for me!  Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Male Osprey

Male Osprey: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Robertson Barn

South Park Barn: Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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July 22nd, 2017:  Saturday

Trail Horses

Wranglers: I spent the afternoon “doing the western thing”. This one was processed in Lightroom, adding a few Presets to give it a sepia tone. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Trail Horses

Trail Horses: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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July 21st, 2017:  Friday

Morning Moose

Morning Moose: Captured at Blacktail Ponds. I went there for sunrise, but spotted these two off to my left. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-80mm Lens.

Morning in the Tetons

Morning in the Tetons: Taken at Blacktail Ponds. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-80mm Lens.

Young Bull Moose

Young Bull Moose: Taken at Blacktail Ponds. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Morning Flowers

Morning Flowers: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road near the R Park. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-180mm Zoom Micro Lens.

Morning Flowers

Morning Flowers: Single Capture with a Micro Lens. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-180mm Zoom Micro Lens.

Morning Flower

Morning Flowers: This shot was “focus stacked” using four different images. Click the link for more info. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-180mm Zoom Micro Lens.

Osprey

Osprey: Captured along the Snake River.  Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey

Osprey: Same landing…a split second later. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Yesterday, I mentioned using my D500 and Tamron 150-600mm lens. I had not been fired up about the results when shooting across the sagebrush to a moose far in the distance. Micheal Seiler wrote back with this info:

Heat Waves: Comments from Michael Seiler

We are shooting regularly at 900mm and even at 1530mm (with 1.7x TC) and 1800mm (with 2.0 TC) when the situation allows it.

In my experience, the reason for any of those shots being not as sharp as one would wish is atmospheric turbulence due to heat differences between ground and air. Also called atmospheric scintillation and this is also the reason why the stars twinkle.

The longer the optical path to the subject, the more this introduces distortion, which explains your observation. When the sun is up, this seriously diminishes your chances of getting a decent shot, and that is regardless of whether you are shooting over grass or snow. But the occasional shot can be sharp, in particular if it is cloudy or there is some wind. Shooting over large bodies of water can also help.

That being said, at these focal lengths you really also need to have perfect support and vibration reduction, but yes, it can work and you can get fantastic results, so keep trying.

All the best,

Michael Seiler

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July 20th, 2017:  Thursday

Remember the Road Closure on the gravel section of the Moose-Wilson Road on the 25th and 26th!

Osprey in Flight

Osprey in Flight: Captured along the Snake River. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey Female and Chick

Osprey Female and Chick: Along the Snake River south of Jackson. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

Osprey Female and Chick

Osprey Female and Chick: There maybe be more, but this nest has at least two chicks.  Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

D500/Tamron 150-600mm G2 Comments: When these are paired, the 1.5 crop factor yields a 900mm effective zoom. I can remember using it earlier while photographing Moose far out in the sage and I never felt they were acceptably sharp. Lately, I have been giving it another try on subjects that are quite a bit closer (like the badgers, grizzlies, and osprey) and have been much happier with the results.

Badger Family

Badger Family: June 25, 2017

Summer Musings: I was noticing my deserted Hummingbird feeders this year. In many years, I’m set up with multiple strobes and a few flower pots with the relatively consistent buzzing sounds all day. It’s not a Hummingbird year! And then, I think of the other great opportunities I’ve had this year to offset the Hummingbirds. I was only a few feet from the birth of a baby Moose. I spent quite a bit of time near a Fox den, and later a Badger den. I managed to get a few quality experiences with the baby Grizzlies. The Northern Flickers returned to the nesting cavity for the second year in a row. Last week, I was only 20 yards from a Burrowing Owl den. Earlier in the year, we had good photo opportunities with the Great Gray Owls that were pushed closer to the roads by the heavy snow. Year to year, some wildlife experiences can be repeated, but others may not happen again for years.

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July 19th, 2017:  Wednesday

Upcoming Road Closure: MOOSE, WY- To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 27.

Road Closure : Manhunt in Progress

Pilgrim Creek Road is closed as part of a search effort for a murder suspect. JH News & Guide: Murder suspect’s car found near Moran.

Osprey Female

Osprey Female: This nest is near Teton Pines subdivision on the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC ON.

Osprey Male

Osprey Male: There is an Osprey nest near the road just north of the GTNP entry station on the Moose-Wilson Road. This raptor was on a dead standing tree across the road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC ON.

Moose-Wilson Road: Lately, I have been spending my time along the Moose-Wilson Road looking for the big bull Moose I saw a few days ago. There is also a smaller bull in the area, along with the possibility of a couple of cows and calves. The odds of seeing any of them isn’t great—knowing the trees and willows are so thick along the road. There have been Elk (mostly cows) grazing along the roadway near the John Dodge subdivision and there has been a Bald Eagle on the top of one of the power lines near Teton Village. Early in the morning, there are usually two or three Hot Air Balloons rising above the valley floor. I’ve heard a few random reports of Great Gray Owls on the road, along with a very random sightings of a Cinnamon Black Bear. I know there are a few foxes along the road, but haven’t had chances to photograph them. Additional Moose have been spotted near Sawmill Pond and Moose Pond.

Gas $$$$: Wow! I spent over $300 on gas last month! Going north is okay when there are multiple Grizzly sows and cubs, but they haven’t been too active lately. Lately, I have been staying closer to home and checking out other opportunities. I like the variety!

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July 18th, 2017:  Tuesday

Hardiman Barns

Hardiman Barns: You’ll see these cylinders of hay all around the valley. The irrigation ditch that runs through our property has been shut off for a week or so for “haying”. These barns are in the small town of Wilson. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC ON.

Moose Cow

Moose Cow: Captured on Mosquito Creek Road, south of Wilson. I hand held this one at 1/160th second, F/7.1,  600mm and ISO 5600 using my Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600 G2 in VC Mode 3. Click the link above to see a Google Map of Mosquito Creek Road. The road is roughly four miles south of Wilson on Fall Creek Road. You can drive 6.2 miles before coming to a “Road Ends Ahead” sign. The 1825-1840 Mountain Men and trappers described Mosquito Creek / Mosquito Pass in their journals as a gentle incline, well worn by game and Native Americans. The creek tumbles down the canyon next to the road, but isn’t exactly easy to get to on foot. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC ON.

Road Closure

Pilgrim Creek Road is closed as part of a search effort for a murder suspect. JH News & Guide: Murder suspect’s car found near Moran.

 

Wildlife Sightings: Bison and Pronghorns seem to be staying north, with only a few in the south part of the park. Bison often move south in August for the rut. I’ve heard a couple of sightings of 399 and her cubs but nothing of Blondie and her cubs. A few people are randomly seeing black bears and an occasional Great Gray Owl. Moose are apparently deeper in the willows lately. Elk bulls are looking good, but you have to be out early and late to have a chance to see them.

Wildflowers: There are still lots of wildflowers, but you might have to go higher to see them. Check out Teton Pass and Signal Mountain, or take a hike to Phelps Lake.

Night Skies

Night Time Photography: The next “new moon” is July 23, but you can get dark skies now. I went out Sunday night in hopes of seeing Northern Lights, but never saw them. There are several apps for your phone or pads, like Aurora Forecast, that will alert you where there are good chances to see Northern Lights. On your laptop or desktop, check out : Northern Lights Forecast – The Aurora Service.

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    July 17th, 2017:  Monday

    Opening Ceremony

    Opening Ceremony at the JH Rodeo: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    8 Second Bull Ride

    New Feature Post: Eight Seconds of Fury. As promised, I just uploaded a new Feature Post showing this cowboys harrowing experience on the back of a Brahma bull. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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    July 16th, 2017:  Sunday

    Trailer On Mormon Row

    Trailer On Mormon Row: For the Mormon Row photographers, you might need to know there is a construction trailer parked in front of the John Moulton Barn. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens.

    Mormon Row

    Moulton Barn: With a little “in the field” cropping, you can keep leave the trailer out of the scene. In most years, restoration projects begin in August. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens.

    Hay Bales

    Hay Bales: These bales are resting in a pasture on the West side of Jackson. Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens.

    Hay Bales Pano

    Hay Bales: This is a stitched pano from five horizontal captures. (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D500 and Nikon 28-300mm Lens.

    Gros Ventre Scouting: My aim today was to hike around in the river bottom along the Gros Ventre looking for bull Moose. I hiked about a mile of the river where I’ve seen early season Moose, but only saw tracks.

    Wyoming Flag

    Wyoming Flag: I went to the Saturday night Rodeo at the Fairgrounds last night with intentions of capturing long exposure action shots. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Saddle Bronc

    Saddle Bronc: Slow shutter speed captures usually yield a very low ratio of keepers, but a good one shows the fast action and potential dangers in a way the frozen photo seldom portray. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Bull Rider

    Bull Rider: Landon Smith held on for around 6 seconds of an 8 second ride before falling and being stomped by this large Brahma bull. Luckily, Landon walked off. Check back! I hope to do a page showing the full sequence! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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    July 15th, 2017:  Saturday

    Pick Up Men

    Pick Up Men: I went to the JH Rodeo again tonight…lots of photos! Check back! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Osprey Landing

    Osprey Landing: Garage sales took me down the Snake River Canyon this morning. There’s a big construction project between town and the first Snake River Bridge, but delays weren’t too bad. Watch for the numerous Osprey and Eagle nests along the Snake River. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens.

    Osprey Adults

    On the Nest: I got to watch the male bring in two fish this morning. I had to wait over an hour to get the second opportunity, but he came in at an odd angle. I got mostly his back side. It was anticlimactic—but actually a typical wildlife photography experience. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens.

    Lume Cube at B&HLast night, I grabbed one of my new Lume Cubes as I headed out to photo the Mormon Row barns (photos in yesterdays post). As I was walking up Mormon Row in the near darkness, I spotted a large black shape just off the road. It was a large Bison bull! There have been four or five of them in the area, so even though he moved away from me, I was quite aware of the possibility there could be more. I used the Lume Cube to shine across the sagebrush to make sure one wasn’t in the area. Lume Cubes have 10 brightness settings available via one of the two buttons, plus an option to control the cube from an iPhone using a slider. Additionally, the intensity of each Lume Cube can be controlled through the iPhone app via Bluetooth to a distance of about 30 feet. These things are VERY BRIGHT and only 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″! They can be recharged via a USB port or powered by a secondary power source the USB connection. I have another small order in the Cart at B&H for a couple of grids and CTO gels to add some additional flexibility.

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    July 14th, 2017:  Friday

    Murphy Barn

    Murphy Barn on Mormon Row: Light in this photo was supplied by a couple of vehicles on Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Murphy Barn

    Murphy Barn: The glow behind the mountains are from Victor and Driggs, ID. The light on the barn was from a vehicle. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Moulton Barn

    Moulton Barn: Bright lights from vehicles on US Highway 89/191 lit the north side of the barn and cast a shadow on the Peach House. A passing vehicle on Antelope Flats Road lit some of the grass under the Aspens. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Bull Moose

    Bull Moose: Found along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Luminar

    Luminar For Windows:  MacPhun Software has a beta version of Luminar available for Windows users. Click the link to download the Beta version and give it a spin!

    Just a few notes:

    • Still in Beta form. Not all of the features are in the program yet.
    • Photoshop Plug-In will be included in the final release at the end of 2017.
    • Reads most RAW files.
    • Has Layers.
    • Currently exports JPG files.
    • Has lots of very nice presets, all of which can be adjusted as saved as new presets.

    You can see the original Lightroom image below and a “single click” Luminar preset above.

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    July 13th, 2017:  Thursday

    Music On Main

    Music On Main: Concert held in the Victor, ID town park each Thursday afternoon and evening. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Mucis On Main

    Music On Main: Performers from Main Squeeze. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Featured Image

    New Feature Post: Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally The event is over for this year, but after seeing the photos, you might plan on making next year’s Hot Air Balloon Rally!

    Trumpeter Swan Family

    Trumpeter Swan Family: Captured along Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge. The family recently lost one of the Cygnets. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Trumpeter Swan Family

    Trumpeter Swan Family: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Trumpeter Swan Family

    Trumpeter Swan Family: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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    July 12th, 2017:  Wednesday

    Burrowing Owl Adults

    Burrowing Owl Adults: I checked a few sites to try to determine the sex of the two adults I saw yesterday. The Owl Pages say, “Females are larger and heavier than males.” The smaller of these two stayed in the den with the chicks, while the larger one hung around the edges on “lookout”. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Tamron 18-400mm Lens

    New lenses are introduced almost daily anymore. Right? This new one caught my eye.

    Yesterday, I made a trip to the Idaho Falls area. I had planned on going there to do some specialized shopping (hot tub parts, refrigerator filter, shelving, etc) and to go through some of the antique stores, but I timed that trip to dovetail with the introduction of Tamron’s new ultra-telephoto, all in one zoom lens. I was able to try out the new lens for about 15 minutes.

    Tamron 18-400mm at 400mm

    Tamron 18-400mm at 400mm: On a 1.5 crop factor body like my Nikon D500, the 400mm end turns into a 600mm.

    Tamron 18-400mm at 135mm

    Tamron 18-400mm at 135mm: = 202mm on a D500. These were hand held with VC on. This lens has only one VC Mode (off/on).

    Tamron 18-400mm at 80mm

    Tamron 18-400mm at 80mm: = 120mm. 1/200th Second, F/5.6, ISO 400 Handheld with VC ON. I don’t have the specs on this lens, but it focuses darned close to the subject.

    Tamron 18-400mm Initial Comments:

    I had about 15 minutes to take photos in the parking lot at Perfect Light. I didn’t get to use it on moving subjects, but I saw photos of Burrowing Owls that Chris Balmer took the evening before—and they looked great! Apparently, the lenses begin shipping to dealers in the next 10 days or so and sell for $649. From what I could tell, this new lens may be sharper than Nikon’s 28-300mm, making it a good all around, walk around lens. I used the Nikon 28-300mm on our trip to Maui a few years ago. You can see photos on this page: Here Today, Gone to Maui! I was shooting with a Nikon D4 and the full frame Nikon 28-300mm lens, many times wishing I had longer reach. The Tamron lens is a APS-C Format (DX) lens, so if planning on using that lens, I’d opt to take the D500, with a  35 mm equivalent to 27-600mm.

    There are times in the Fall when I am hiking around the river bottoms in reconnaissance mode, looking for Moose. On those days, I like to go “light”, but I still want a camera with me in case I actually find something. I could see how this lens might replace the Nikon 28-300mm for that purpose—especially when paired with a Nikon D500. For many Nikon users (the DX crop factor group), Tamron may have hit a home run in terms of a light, sharp, and inexpensive lens.

    On a personal level, I already have a Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8, Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8, and Nikon 200-400mm F/4, plus the Tamron 150-600mm G2. This new lens overlaps much of the range I already have covered—but this new lens does it on a DX format in one lens—if I am willing to give up a couple of stops of light.

    Perfect Light Camera has quite a few of the lenses on order if you would like to buy from a home town camera shop. They were helpful for me to get my 150-600mm G2 lens replaced.

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    July 11th, 2017:  Tuesday

    Burrowing Owl Adult

    Burrowing Owl Adult: These photos were taken a few miles NW of Idaho Falls. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Handheld, VR ON.

    Burrowing Owl Chick

    Burrowing Owl Chick: Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Handheld, VR ON.

    Burrowing Owl Six Chicks

    Burrowing Owl Six Chicks: I was hoping to get all six chicks out on the mound like the previous photo, but most of them stayed closer to the opening and behind a few stalks of grass. Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC ON.

    Burrowing Owl Adult

    Burrowing Owl Adult: One of the adults stayed just off the nest atop of a clump of sagebrush. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Handheld, VR ON.

    Burrowing Owl Adult

    Burrowing Owl Adult: Burrowing Owls are fairly small birds. The body of this one was about the size of a pigeon, with a shorter tail and longer legs. I typically have my Nikon 200-500mm lens on my D500, but after taking a few hundred shots with that lens, I switched to the Tamron 150-600 mm G2 to get the extra reach.   Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

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    July 10th, 2017:  Monday

    Summer Storm

    Summer Storm: When I let the dog back in last evening, I saw the skies lit up by lightning. I drove south a mile or so and set up to photograph towards the western mountains. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Summer Storm

    Summer Storm: This storm was as entertaining as watching the fireworks last week. There were flashes of light almost constantly even if there wasn’t a bolt in the scene. The lights on the far right are part of the Jackson Hole High School buildings. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Summer Storm

    Summer Storm: The storm cell moved south. I drove down to South Park Feed grounds and caught several impressive bolts over Munger Mountain. The Lightning Trigger caught this bolt. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Young Canada Goose

    Young Canada Goose: I found two groups of Canada Geese at the R Park (Rendezvous Park) near Wilson. When I got there, they were practicing their flying skills. As I approached, they began taking baths and stretching their wings. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Young Canada Goose

    Young Canada Goose: The Gosling’s wings are not fully grown, but they are starting to resemble adults. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Young Canada Goose

    Young Canada Goose: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Wildlfowers

    Wildlfowers: Also captured at the R Park. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Wildlfowers

    Wildlfowers: Captured at 1/13th second while being jostled by the wind. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC ON.

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    July 9th, 2017:  Sunday in the Park

    Setting Full Moon

    Setting Full Moon At Snake River Overlook: The moon was setting just before we got the morning color. It could be good tomorrow! Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Teton Range Pano

    Teton Range Pano: Taken at the entrance to Snake River Overlook. This shot is a stitched Pano. Click it to see it much larger. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Hedrick's Pond

    Hedrick’s Pond: Water is much higher this year than in most years. Wear waders! Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Bison at Cattle Guard

    Bison at Cattle Guard: I watched this bull walk across the cattle guard with no issues at all. Never seen that before! Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Announcement from Perfect Light Camera and Supply: (Idaho Falls, ID)  “EXCITING NEWS!! We will be the very first dealer in the country to show the NEW Tamron 18-400 this Tuesday. DO NOT MISS our Tamron event here at Perfect Light this Tuesday July 11th from 1:00-7:30pm.  Call for details today and get registered. Totally FREE Event!!

    PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS: EF-Mount Lens/APS-C Format, 28.8-640mm (35mm Equivalent), Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/40, Three LD and Three Aspherical Elements, HLD Autofocus Motor, VC Image Stabilization,  Moisture-Resistant Construction, Electromagnetic Diaphragm, Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm, Compatible with TAP-in Console, Price: $649.00

    Jackson Lake

    Jackson Lake: Taken at Leek’s Marina. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Penstemon

    Penstemon: These plants are growing at the Colter Bay Marina area. Many still have buds, indicating they will be better soon. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC On.

    Buckrail Vista Pano

    Buckrail Vista Pano: Taken near Cunningham Cabin. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Lupines and Vistas

    Lupines and Vistas: Stitched pano taken at Elk Ranch Flats. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens

    Barn Swallows

    Barn Swallows: Taken along Flat Creek. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Tripod, VR OFF.

    Swan Family

    Trumpeter Swan Family: On Flat Creek. Nikon D500 and Nikon 200-500mm Lens, Tripod, VR OFF.

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    July 8th, 2017:  Saturday

    The Flag

    The Flag: I went to the JH Rodeo Saturday evening and had a great time (2000+ photos). Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    8 Seconds

    8 Seconds: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Farmer's Market

    Farmer’s Market: I was prepared to get up early this morning, but the weather reports said we would have clear skies. They got it right this time! I stopped in downtown to see the first Farmer’s Market of the season. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Farmers Market - East Side

    Farmers Market – East Side: There were lots of people in the Square and on the three sides of the event. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Entertainer

    Entertainer: This performer has a nice, rich sound, playing on the Southeast corner of the Jackson Town Square. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Art and Antique Fair

    Art and Antique Fair: This was taken yesterday afternoon at Teton Village. The art fairs, shows, and markets add a festive flavor to the summer Jackson Hole experience. I spend a lot of time in GTNP during the year. These events offer a welcome break in the action. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Trumpeter Swans

    Trumpeter Swans: By the time I stopped along Flat Creek, the Swan family was moving away from the area. This pair has six Cygnets. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    South Park BarnSouth Park Barn: I’ve photographed this barn from a different angle on quite a few occasions. I spent part of the morning going to local garage sales (looking for antique junk) and spotted this new angle. Obviously, it’s an active farm or ranch. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

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    July 7th, 2017:  Friday

    Art Fair at Miller Park

    Art Fair at Miller Park: Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens

    Weekend Activities:

    Concrete Stains

    Concrete Stains: I saw this chunk of concrete on the back of the 4H building at Miller Park. I processed it with a bit of muted blue and then added it over a photo from Oxbow Bend in 2014. I flipped it, then adjusted the opacity, along with a few NIK Color Efex filters.

    Oxbow Bend Sept. 2014

    Oxbow Bend Sept. 2014:

    Mushroom Collection Not Allowed in Grand Teton National Park : I just received this note from GTNP. However, Berries and Nut collecting is permitted in limited quantities as outlined in the GTNP Compendium.

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    July 6th, 2017:  Thursday

    News: Fire Danger Elevated to Moderate.pdf

    Public Open House to Share Info on Gros Ventre Roundabout Construction Anticipated to Begin Spring 2018: Anyone wanting to learn more about the roundabout, including construction plans, is invited to stop by the open house anytime between 5-6:30 p.m. on July 11.  National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration representatives will be available.

    Badger: I did a quick loop around Kelly, mainly looking for Badgers. I found lots of fresh diggings, but no Badgers! This one was taken a few days ago on the National Elk Refuge. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Grizzlies? Seems the Grizzly action has slowed considerably. Blondie and her two cubs haven’t been seen in several weeks and 399 and her two cubs appear to be well off the roads.

    Teton Photo Excursions

    If you are considering a trip in September, I’d definitely recommend booking it NOW. Some of those slots are filling fast. There are numerous openings in July and August. For inquiries, send an email to info@tetonimages.com.

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    July 5th, 2017:  Wednesday

    Featured NASA ImageNew Feature Post

    Jackson Hole’s Great Solar Eclipse! This page is loaded with links for anyone interested in viewing and photographing August’s Solar Eclipse. There are links for  filters and safety glasses, along with links for maps showing the path, and lots of pages about HOW to photograph the eclipse.

    Road Closure: RKO Road is currently gated.
    Road Opening: Mormon Row Road and Warm Springs Road are now open.

    Pronghorns

    Pronghorns: Captured along the Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D810 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Columbine

    Columbine: The first time I checked on these flowers, I was a few days early. They are now either in full bloom or even a bit past prime. I added some light with a couple of Lume Cubes. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Snow King View

    Snow King View: There has been some haze in the valley for the past two or three days. I assume some of it is caused by wildfires in Utah. On the 4th, Snow King offered free rides to the top of the mountain on the chair lift. Normal prices are around $20. This might be a great spot for morning shots on days with a few clouds, but clear atmosphere. This is a stitched pano.  Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Handheld

    4th of July Fireworks

    4th of July Fireworks: One more from last night. Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Tripod

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    July 4th, 2017:  Tuesday

    7:00 am Pancake Breakfast, 10:00 am Parade, Evening Fireworks

    Check out these Feature Posts!

    Bluebird Landing

    Mountain Bluebird and Nest: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Bluebird Sequence

    Bluebird Sequence: The shooting speed on a Nikon D5 is 12 FPS, but without autofocus, can go to 14 FPS. These were taken at 1/4000th second. At F/8 the resulting Auto ISO was 1800. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    I missed going to the 4th of July Parade this year while photographing these Bluebirds.

    Dreamers

    Dreamers: Still going through hard drives and files. This image was composited from several images of my oldest son, Tyler,  and our Golden Retriever, Zeffy.

    4th of July in Jackson Hole, WY

    4th of July in Jackson Hole, WY: Nikon D5 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens, Tripod

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    July 3rd, 2017:  Monday

    Catch of the DayCatch of the Day: Zeffy as a pup. I taught her how to skateboard when she was a pup and she still loves it. Click the link to see her in action!

    Morning in the Park

    Pronghorn

    Pronghorn: Captured at Elk Flats. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Mountain Bluebird

    Mountain Bluebird: I captured these at 1/2000th of a second. If there was enough light, I’d probably go to 1/4000th second on the next similar experience. Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

    Uinta Ground Squirrel

    Uinta Ground Squirrel: Find a bunch of these, and then look for these….(next photos). Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Badgers

    Badgers: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Badgers

    Badgers: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Handheld, VC OFF.

    Coyote

    Coyote: Nikon D5 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens, Tripod, VC OFF.

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    July 2nd, 2017:  Sunday

    More Activities: (I included a lot of events info earlier.)

    Downtown: The Town Square was “buzzing” with tourists today. I was tempted to pull over and take street photos of the tourists. Every single day is different, and even every single hour is different.

    Afternoon in the Park

    Threatening Skies

    Threatening Skies: I saw one lightning bolt as I driving north, but none after I got set up along the Gros Ventre Road. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Cactus Flowers

    Cactus Flowers: These flowers bloom in waves. A few of them are well past prime while others are looking great. This clump is near the Kelly Warm Springs. Nikon D810 and Nikon 24-70mm Lens.

    Tree Trunks

    Tree Trunks: I was moving into position to photograph one of the barns and saw this little scene. I turned and shot one image. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

    Parking Barricades

    Parking Barricades: You’ll find barricades like these all over the park this year. There is a new parking lot and rest room on Mormon Row designed to accommodate visitors. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

    Homestead

    Homestead: You’ll also see a lot of new black “windows” on the historic structures on Mormon Row. Actually, the windows are now painted plywood. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

    Corner Gate

    Corner Gate: I was ready to set up the Lightning Trigger.  The dark clouds looked promising, but I didn’t see lightning. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

    Patch of Light

    Patch of Light: Captured as a set of three horizontal pano parts, stitched in Lightroom. Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200mm Lens.

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    July 1st, 2017:  Saturday

    Half of 2017 is now in the rear view mirror! I think of July (and most of August) as “business as usual”. Every activity is in full swing with lots of tourists in the valley. You can’t really distinguish a weekend day from a weekday.

    Note: There are a lot of photos from last night and this morning under the July Hot Topics list below. Scroll on down!

    Hot Topics for July

    Roads and Rivers:

    • GV Road and River: The high water and snow melt from June is subsiding slowly, but the damage is done in a couple of important places. The Gros Ventre Road is open again, but look for a short one way section controlled by temporary stop lights. See More photos of the road on June 2017 Daily Journal for JH and GTNP. Delays are short and tolerable.
    • Cattleman’s Bridge: At least one of the piers under the bridge on Spring Gulch Road washed out—closing the bridge for the summer. This one may be closed for a year or longer.
    • Mormon Row Road: As of June 29, a large section  of this road is gated. The entire length of Warm Springs Road is still closed.

    Gros Ventre Stop Light

    Wildflowers:

    • July is a great month for wildflowers. Balsom Root Flowers are dwindling, but are being replaced by Mule’s Ears and One Flowers. Bright red clusters of Indian Paintbrush dot the landscape in many areas. Purple Lupine and Penstemon are also common.

    Wildlife:

    • Bears: There are two Grizzly sows with two Cubs of the Year (COY) each roaming around in the zones at Willow Flats, Pilgrim Creek, and Leek’s Marina. A large boar, commonly called Bruno is currently courting #610 in the same area. Black Bears are seen at times in various zones. I haven’t heard many reports of Wolves in a long time.
    • Great Gray Owls: Don’t expect to see many of these this year. None of the “studied” nests produced chicks this year. Adults are scattered and difficult to spot.
    • Babies: Watch for baby Elk, Moose, Deer, Bison, Pronghorns, along the young of the smaller critters. By July, they will be quite mobile.
    • Swan News: I just received a report of 5 Cygnets (baby swans) on Flat Creek on Friday.

    Activities:

    Weather:

    • Sunrise is at 5:46 am to start the month and Sunset at 9:07 pm. The Summer Solstice was on June 20th, so days are getting shorter.
    • Warm July and August days can bring in storms, including lightning and occasionally rainbows.

    July 1st, 2017:  Saturday Images

    Milky Way Over Jackson Hole

    Milky Way Over Jackson Hole: (Click the image to see it much larger).  We had a half moon when I took this shot last night. This is a stitched pano from five or six vertical captures taken from East Gros Ventre Butte. The Town of Jackson can be seen on the right and a stream of cars heading into town can be seen on the left. The half moon lit parts of the valley floor, but it also knocks down some of the intensity of the Milky Way. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm at 24mm. 25 seconds, ISO 2500, F/5. 

    July Featured

    The Town of Jackson: This is a smaller section of the full pano above. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm at 24mm. 25 seconds, ISO 2500, F/5. 

    Tower on Teton Pass

    Tower on Teton Pass: I took several images with trees, but chose this power pole at the top of the Pass. I waited until 1:30 am to leave town for Idaho. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm. at 24mm.

    Spud Drive-In

    Spud Drive-In: The Spud is located a couple of miles south of Driggs, ID. Going to the Spud is a step back in time, complete with the animated concession cartoons and concession stand. In the old days, moviegoers had to hang the speaker in the window. Now, the sound is broadcasted through your car’s radio system. We used to load up the van with the kids and go there for a unique and memorable evening under the stars. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm.

    Spud Drive-In

    Spud Drive-In: Old Murphy, lit with a large flashlight during a long exposure. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm.

    Tetonia Grain Elevators

    Tetonia Grain Elevators: Tetonia is about 8 miles NE of Driggs. There was a bright street light behind me, pumping out a ton of green light. I put an orange filter on the front of my flashlight to try to negate the green cast, then burned down the foreground in Lightroom. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm.

    Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Ralley

    Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally: Notice the shape of the Grand? This was taken from  the other side of the Pass, near the airport in Driggs, ID. I’ll probably create a Feature Post using the photos from the event.  Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm.

    Balloons

    Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally: I had a great time at the Balloon Ralley this morning. It cost’s $5 to park and then you can go into the thick of the action. They also have a Breakfast for $5. This is a great bargain! The Rally will continue tomorrow, too. The first balloons begin filling at roughly 6:00 am and the last one will likely be in the air by 6:30 or 6:45 am.  I shot with a Nikon D5 and a Nikon 24-70 mm lens and a Nikon D810 paired with a Nikon 14-24mm lens. Darla and I tried to go the event last year, but it was cancelled due to bad weather. Nikon D5 and Nikon 24-70mm.

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    Comments (8)

    1. Hi Mike, To bad about Cattleman’s Bridge. Spring Gulch road was a great way to get to the other side of town from the campground. Can’t believe its July already. Viewed your post awhile ago what a great shot of the Grizzly’s in the Balsom root.

      Don George

    2. Dorothy Knoell

      Thanks for all the cool photos lately — the balloons, the night sky, the buildings … really wonderful to go through. Also thanks for the updates on the roads and animals. We may get up there for an afternoon this weekend, and if we do, all your information will be a big help. I check out this page almost daily, so thanks for being so diligent to keep it updated.

    3. Brian

      Mike – Great posts as normal. For the grizzlies has there been any update on Blondie? I know the past it was reported she didn’t look too well. Is Brutus or 610 still out and about or is it that they all vanished and moved on.

    4. Brian, it has been getting “hot” during the middle of the day. Activity seems to limited to morning and evening for many of the large animals. Blondie hasn’t been seen for 10-14 days or so. I don’t believe anyone knows how she is doing, since she doesn’t have a collar. A few people saw Brutus courting 610 a while back, but I haven’t been getting many reports lately.

    5. jeff c birmingham

      Heres the Technical Information for 18-400 Tamron

      Specifications

      Model B028
      Focal Length 18-400mm
      Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
      Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33′ – 4°
      (for APS-C format)
      Optical Construction 16 elements in 11 groups
      Minimum Object Distance* 0.45m (17.7 in)
      Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.9
      Filter Size Φ72mm
      Maximum Diameter Φ79mm
      Length** 123.9mm (4.9 in) Canon
      121.4mm (4.8 in) Nikon
      Weight 710g (25 oz) Canon
      705g (24.9 oz) Nikon
      Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
      Minimum Aperture F/22-40
      Image Stabilization Performance 2.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
      For Canon: EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used
      Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
      Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon
      Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

      * The MOD (minimum object distance) may change if camera is used in live view mode.
      ** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

      Release Date
      July 20th, 2017 (Canon, Nikon)
      ill be buying one n ill buy it from perfect light Thanks Mike

    6. Jeff, thanks for the info. The test photos I took were all very nice. I’d like to use one several says “in the field” to really decide if it would fit into my daily routines.

    7. Jeff Bushnell

      Love your Lupines and Vistas image, Mike!

    8. Jackie Ireland

      Thank you so much for sharing, your photo’s are always incredible. It’s so hard to pick favorites, but the ones that caught eye today, ( I haven’t had time to peruse your photo’s for a while) were The morning flowers on Moose/Wilson, the dew and moisture drops just jumped off the page, and I really like Cordell at the fair, It was all the color and Cordell’s look is like “come on, lets see what’cha got…” Of course I always gravitate toward animals but you put some others out there that draws a person in……. 🙂

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