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Wild Thoughts: Fading Light (November, 2023 Newsletter)

Fading Light

As the sun sets and the day draws to a close, the fading light creates a calming and peaceful atmosphere. As the last rays of sunlight spread across the sky, it’s hard to not take in the beauty of the colors and the peace that comes as the sun slowly dips below the horizon.

The setting sun also serves as a reminder to pause and appreciate the beauty of nature, and to be mindful of the moment. Whether it’s photographing the sunset over a lake, or taking a walk in the woods as the daylight fades away, the sunset offers us the opportunity to reflect on the beauty that surrounds us. The sunset is daily a reminder from God to take a step back and appreciate the moment. In a world that is constantly moving and changing, it can be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether it’s a cup of coffee with a friend, or a quiet evening spent reading a book, the fading light of the day offers us a chance to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures and reflect on what matters most.

Ultimately, as the last rays of sunlight transition into darkness, we should take a moment to appreciate all that we have in life, be thankful for the people and experiences we’ve been blessed with, and remember that no matter how dark the night may be, the sun will always rise in the morning bringing new hopes and adventures.


Quick Tips on Photographing Sunsets

When preparing for sunset photos, the first thing you should do is find out what time the sunsets. This can be found on most weather forecasts, your cell phones weather app, or just google the words “when is sunset,” and let Google do its thing. A few good signs that there will be a dramatic sunset are, high or mid-level clouds, or storms passing through in the afternoon (as long as they are out of the area by sunset). Its always good to plan to be at your location about an hour before sunset. This gives you time to scout the area and find the best spot.

One of my biggest tips with sunset photography is to stick around after the sunsets. Don’t leave as soon as the sun drops below the horizon, often the sky lights up with vivid colors up to 10-20 minutes after the sun actually disappears.

Another tip is to intentionally underexpose your photo just a little. By slightly underexposing the sunset, the images will have colors that are rich and defined. The entire scene will be more dramatic. In addition to rich colors, a second benefit to underexposing is that it can produce some striking silhouettes.


On an autumn evening in Grand Teton National Park, a bull moose stood atop a ridgeline, surveying the landscape around him. The air was crisp and cool, and the sky was painted in soft blues and cottonlike clouds. The moose stood tall and proud surrounded by the Teton mountain range. Its large antlers seemed to reach for the sky and its powerful legs were braced against the ridge, ready to defend its territory if needed.

The moose surveyed its domain, listening to the distant calls of other wildlife and the gentle rustling of the willows below. The quiet evening was interrupted only by the occasional gust of wind, or the occasional calls of birds coming into roost for the evening.

For the moose, this was the perfect time of day. It was a time of peace and calmness, and a time to appreciate the beauty of nature. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the moose slowly made its way down the ridge and into the valley below, ready to begin its night.


Quick Tip - Understand Your Subject

One important part of wildlife photography is to control as many variables as possible. You can’t control whether an animal will show up and walk into your line of sight with a clean background. Still, you can learn your camera’s features, the art of photography, and the basics of composition.

In addition, learn all you can about the species you plan to photograph. By becoming a student of wildlife, you’ll be more likely to see a particular species.

If you want to photograph elk, understand their preferred habitat, their habits, and the most likely time of day to find them. By understanding everything possible about your subject, you will tip the odds in favor of finding your target species.


Wildlife/Nature Photography Workshop

I'm thrilled to share that I am working on putting together an upcoming wildlife/nature photography workshop. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to share my passion for capturing stunning wildlife images and help others develop their skills in this area. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, this workshop is designed to provide you with new insights, techniques, and inspiration to take your photography to the next level. So get ready to explore the beauty of nature and capture some truly amazing shots at this exciting workshop. Dates and more information to be announced soon!


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Family and Senior Sessions

It's that time of year again! Fall is here and winter will be here before you know it, and that means it's time to start thinking about family photo sessions. Now is the perfect time to capture those special moments while the leaves are changing colors and before the holiday season gets here.

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Equestrian Photography

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