rocky mountain front

It's not the photograph I went looking for, it's better!

I always try to have a plan for my photography adventures. Part of my plan is to always have a backup plan because when you're dealing with mother nature, you never know what she's going to hand you from one day to the next. Sunday morning my plan was to search for some unique landscape photos that included animals, I call them "room to roam" photographs. Essentially they are landscape photographs with small animals or at least the focus is on the animal in it's natural habitat. Room to roam photographs are my favorite of all to shoot, but they are also the most difficult to do well. In any event, I knew I was not going to get anything good because I physically could not get to where I wanted to be. So, here's where the backup plan comes into play.  Plan "B", always answers the question, "what to do if plan A does not work."  For me plan "B" means watching the light. No matter what, light is THE most important element of nature and outdoor photography - bar none! I'll have the debate with anyone, anywhere, at any time . . .

So, as plan "A" began to deteriorate, I made a decision to go to plan "B". Plan "B" was to get someplace - really anyplace - where I would have a chance at seeing the morning light reflecting off the mountains and clouds  no matter if there was an animal available or not - the goal was to just to get to a place where I can shoot the reflecting light off the mountains for 5 minutes. . .

Here's the results . . .

rocky mountain front

Having a plan "B" once again saves the day!  I'm starting to wonder if plan "B" should become my new plan "A?" Hmm, give that some thought!

Sincerely, Tony Bynum

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Fall Photography - my last photograph

Fall is always a crazy time of year for outdoor photographers who focus on nature, wildlife and commercial outdoor photography. The subjects change from one day to the next and sometimes from one hour to the next.  The perfect scenario is when the light, weather, and subject(s) all come together in the same image. That's more of a challenge than one might think. Now throw in video, like this short video clip of raging bull elk that came right into my lap, and the demands for motion in today's fast paces word, and things get complicated quickly! As I pack my gear for another trip I'm reminded of why I love this place and this profession so much. Change - it's about change and the real, raw truth that surrounds us every day. North America is full of opportunity. It's all out there, you just have to get after it!

This was my last fall photograph. Today it's snowing, time to go hunting and then break out the skis!  Bye, Bye fall, hello winter!

buffalo on the Blackfeet Reservation

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Sincerely,

Tony Bynum

Remember, always be real, relevant  and right!

Time Lapse Photography Video - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Adding time lapse "video" into my outdoor photography routine brings a new dimension of creativity, one I enjoy very much. In this short time lapse video, I captured about 2000 frames of the clouds, sun and lake during one early morning adventure at Two Medicine Lake, in Glacier National Park. The time lapse took just over an hour to film and about that much time, maybe more if you count the time it took the computer to processes and export all the images, to create at home (not including upload to youtube). This time lapse of the sun rising on Sinopah Mountain, in Glacier National Park was created with a GoPro HD HERO2:  on a Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod for Cameras. I set the camera  to capture a frame every two seconds. Why two seconds? It seemed to be the right balance between frame rate and the movement in the water and the clouds. I added the GoPro Battery Bacpac just in case. Much to my surprise the GoPro eats battery's like you cant believe (I think it will run for an hour on a single battery, but just in case I always add the GoPro Battery Bacpac).

In this time lapse video, if you watch closely at the highest resolution, you might be able to see a bear come out of the bush and walk along the far shore in the middle center right of the frame.  Also, pay attention to the light coming and going on the mountains.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8KzA-ROsdw&feature=share&list=UU9fouTHFoZMiOFQHLuml84Q

I created the final output using  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and an editing program by the Photodex company called, Proshow Producer. Secrets of ProShow Experts: The Official Guide to Creating Your Best Slide Shows with ProShow 5.

Setting up the shot and getting the right kind of motion is the most challenging part of doing time lapse. The truth is you still have to get up, you still have to be there, you still have to have a compelling composition, so you still have to work hard!  The post processing is a bit more work, and the entire workflow can be shortened if you have a fast computer. If you dont, be prepared to wait awhile for the computer to process the images.  I generally shoot all my time lapse videos at the highest resolution I can that way I'll have more room and data to work with later.  You can shoot time lapse videos at a smaller resolution and that would help cut-down on the amount of time you're sitting at your desk, but you'll have fewer editing options.  

I'd like to thank my good friend, and fantastic artist www.jackgladstone.com for the music. If you're love Montana, and Glacier National Park, you'll love Jack's work. Head on over and pick up one of his CD's. Buffalo Cafe

Cheers,

Tony Bynum

Crown Of the Continent Magazine Features work by Tony Bynum Photography

My friend and fellow explorer and adventure Rick Graetz recently featured some of my imagery in his e- magazine "Crown of the Continent."  In it Rick shares stories and the history of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. You can view the "crown of the continent" magazine by clicking on the highlighted text. My images start on page 19 but I encourage you to flip though the entire magazine, it's full of great content about the region I call my home.  For more information about the e-magazine, Contact: Rick Graetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-439-9277, rick.graetz@mso.umt.edu Jerry Fetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-546-5711, fetzga@mso.umt.edu.

Snow Geese Migration - Rocky Mountain Front

The snow geese migration along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana is in full swing. The birds usually come though from the middle of March though early April on their way to their nesting grounds located on a small island in the north Bearing Sea. The migration is a nature and wildlife photographers must do activity. It's an epic adventure and a wildlife experience worth watching in person. Every spring I travel up and down the Rocky Mountain Front of Montana to photograph one of natures most miraculous bird shows. Its a total experience. I usually camp-out and photograph from sun up to sun down. I'm away from home for a few days at a time, but I love it. This time of year, the days are getting longer but it's still early enough in the year to experience below freezing temps in the mornings, snow on some days, and lots of wind. Layering is a must as some daytime temps can reach the 50's.

This year the bird numbers are down. I think most of the white geese are moving through but not staying. The weather has been mild here so I suspect there's open water up north, how far up north, I'm not sure, because I know that Alaska got hammered this winter. Check out my friend Dan Bailey's posts, he's an alaska based oudoor adventure photographer who can teach you a lot.  Moving back to Glacier Country, and the Rocky Mountain Front, I'm going to share a photograph and video of snow geese with you.

In preparation to make a video like this, you have to know a little about bird behavior, and I know just enough to get me in trouble, and that's what I found.  I knew the birds would fly into the wind, they always take off into the wind - but I never imagined that the entire flock would move over me.  You'll watch as over 100,000 and as many as 150,000 snow geese lift off and fly right over my head (starting at about minute 1:15).  Watch as the geese just keep coming and coming and coming. What's also unique about this video, is that these geese are leaving for good, this was their final lift off  as they moved farther north from Montana. I have to tell you that this video was shot last spring, the numbers did not get this large this year. . .   The video is below this still image of a flock of snow geese rising off the water, and heading out to feed. The snow capped peeks of the Rocky Mountain Front are visible in the background.