Sometimes I get asked about what camera I use. And the answer is simple, whatever I had available. Anything from point and shoot, iPhone, drone, GoPro and various trail cameras make the images I happily share on social media. Brands have little meaning to me. Whatever will I get me closest to my vision is what I will use. One piece of advice I have for newbies, avoid G.A.S. Or gear-acquisition-syndrome. It is a costly game and can become habit forming. As much as I would love to have big lenses, I can wait to save up and buy them later when I feel I really need them to step up my wildlife photography game.
Keep in mind a simple point-and-shoot camera still takes great pictures that can produce sizable prints. This little old Olympus camera is nothing special; waterproof, drop-proof, decent video and tough. No RAW, interchangeable lens, or other fancy features happen on this camera. Birds in flight pictures? Not likely. Nightscapes and star-trails? Nope. Take it every where I go in case something interesting happens? YES. That’s where the “one you have with you” photography cliche comes from. You always have be ready. Other fitting cliche? You will always miss the shots you didn’t take.
A simple point and shoot can produce great printable images.
You do not need a big arsenal of equipment to document nature. In fact, some of my favorite stuff from others naturalists is hand sketched. They make beautiful pictures and notes. One book I love on how to nature journal is Keeping a Nature Journal by Leslie/Roth. Never lose sight of why you are out enjoying nature observation.
I will leave you with a picture of a Stellar’s Jay taken with a trailcam from EBay. This camera is a close focus system. I have been looking for a long time and found this one “cheep cheep” on eBay.
Trail Cameras can be a great help for those shots you can’t be there for.
Just another beautiful Montana Morning
Early mornings on the North Fork of the Flathead remind me of the pictures often posted of the sun coming up on the African Serengeti. Each biome is rich in its own wildlife, and the Glacier National Park area of Montana is no exception. Many different species live in this area, however seeing them is complicated by the dense trees of the inland rainforests, aka refugia. These areas make ideal hunting for wolves and big cats, add some elevation to your journey and you leave the trees and find yourself in alpine areas of scrubby bushes and mountain goats.
One of my favorite things about the sunrises in this area is the summer slow mornings. The sun starts rising at about 4:30 and takes a little bit of time. The birds are easily an alarm clock. Robins start singing not long after that first light and it is definitely time to wake up, make the coffee, and see what the new day holds.
Getting out and seeing wildlife starts long before that sunrise and ends long after the last light. In the winter, that means a really short day, however in the summer that can easily become over an 18 hour day. so this leads to a new project.
Sunrise on the Montana Serengeti is only the start.
In the relaunch and rebuild of this blog, I want to start sharing a virtual safari with readers. Once or twice a year, I would love to offer a full Montana Safari itenerary for people. This is only an early start of an idea. I am in awe of people I follow on social media sharing their African safari photos and camps. I would love to offer that to people that want to see this area. This is a great place to call home, and I would love for you to vacation here, see the wild, and leave with lifetime memories.
Thanks for reading.