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Bubbles in Landscape Photography

Bubbles at Jordon Pond

The Bubbles at Jordon Pond

Bubbles in Landscape Photography

During my recent trip to Maine we traveled around Acadia National Park searching for great Landscape Photo opportunities.  The Bubbles, a mountainous area located near Jordon Pond provided us with a late morning shoot.  After photographing along the shoreline for the morning sunrise, we drove a short while to Jordon Pond.  We hiked along the East side of the pond scouting out the best photo locations around the water.  Since this was later than our usual time for photographs, we were a little concerned about the brightness of the sun at this hour.  The timing actually turned out to be perfect as the sun had just risen to cover the top the Bubbles and the sky gave us just the right amount of clouds to capture this image.


Vertical or Horizontal

While teaching at our local University, many of my students asked when it was best to take a vertical composed photograph or a horizontal one.  The answer is quite easy.  The best time to take a vertical image is right after you capture one in a horizontal composition.  The world of digital photography allows us to capture many different types of composition and the cost is zero.  The click of the shutter captures an image and, as opposed to film which would have to be processed at a significant cost, it costs us nothing.  Some images can be seen in both vertical and horizontal format.  Some images lend themselves to one composition or another but not both.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so shoot away and find the right composition for the best image when you look at things on your computer after the shoot.


Composition Guides

There are many guides and rules to follow when thinking about composition.  The rule of thirds, vertical vs horizontal, depth of field for creating dynamic images, and shutter speed just to name a few.  Those of us who take our photography seriously make pictures instead of take pictures.  Quick snapshots are great for travel photography.  Capturing quality images for presentations, gallery shows, or portfolio demonstrations requires a thought process that defines us as photographers and helps to share our vision with those around us.  Enjoy!

Acadia in October

Sunrise over Cadillac Mountain

Acadia In October!  One would think that if you scheduled a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine during the month of October, you would see autumn colors at their finest.  Not necessarily true this year.  The weather had been a little warm this past fall and the colors started to pop later than usual.  But planning and scheduling being what they may, I found myself surrounded by green trees and very little fall color during my visit.  This type of problem always exists and can be a challenge if you are a nature and wildlife photographer.  We have been to the Canadian Rockies during the best time of the year for photography, only to find fog and rain for the whole week.  We have traveled to capture images of Coastal Brown Bears eating salmon from the creek, only to find bears eating grass and not paying attention to the salmon splashing 20 feet away.  Sometimes we win, sometimes Mother Nature has her way.  So, what to do!

The coastal areas around Acadia provide for some spectacular sunrise and sunset images.  Since the fall colors had not arrived as yet, we focused our lenses on the morning and evening sun.  The golden Hour we call it in photography.  That hour or so before, during, and after sunrise or sunset.  Some of the most dynamic images are captured before or after the great event.  Colors in the sky change throughout the time that we were along the coast or up on Cadillac Mountain.  So it was that we arrive on location an hour or so before sunrise or sunset.  Another great challenge for us had to be the many tourists and other photographers in the area.  One morning we climbed down onto Boulder Beach at 5 am only to find 15 other photographers already in place.  We had to jockey for a good position and work around the landscape such that another photographer was not in our viewfinder.  The above mage was a sunrise over Cadillac Mountain and is one of many that we were able to bring home from our trip.  More to come, Enjoy!

Turf Wars! Sandhill Cranes of Bosque Del Apache.

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Turf Wars between Sandhill Cranes landing in Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge

Turf Wars!  During a recent trip to Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, I was photographing the activities of the many Sandhill Cranes located in and around the refuge.  The later part of the year is the best time to go and we were even able to time our visit during the full moon.  Bosque is located near Socorro, New Mexico just about an hour south of Albuquerque.  We found many opportunities during the early morning hours as well as later on in the afternoon and evening hours to capture some great images of these large birds.  Often times when birds are coming into the refuge to spend the night there is a large amount of them trying to share the same space.  Every now and then a Crane is trying to land near another one and a bit of a scuffle occurs between the two birds.  This image is a perfect example of the conflicts one can see as the sun is setting and the Cranes are settling in for the night.  These Sandhill Cranes like to sleep in water features found throughout the refuge as they provide protection from some of the predators in the area.  Coyotes are known to prey on these birds but will not walk through the water to get to them.  My travels to this refuge have long been on my list of repeats.  I was glad to have made the trip with two of my friends and captured many dynamic images which can be found right here on my web site.  Click on the above portfolio link and look for Bosque Del Apache or check out my many galleries to find the right image for your home or office.  Enjoy!

Young Great Horned Owl

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Patrick Kriner)I had seen on an internet post recently that there were three young Great Horned Owls and their mother located along the trails at the Ottawa National Wild Life refuge located nearby in Ottawa County.  I went for a stroll along the lake yesterday and found the nest about 30 yards off the path near the Ranger Station.  Although there were three young owls in the nest, only two were able to show their faces.  The third one seemed to be below them in the hollow portion of the tree where the birds were nesting.  Since I haven’t been an avid bird photographer over the years I wanted to test my skills and photograph birds nearby my home in Northwest Ohio.  The refuge is located near Lake Erie about an hours drive from my home.  It also boasts one of the greatest birding areas in the country, Magee Marsh.  Next month thousands of bird enthusiasts will descend on Northwest Ohio for the International Migratory Bird Festival.  Even though I am anxious to see how many birds I can photograph, I am not sure I want to interface with all these people as I try to better my skills with Bird Photography.  Since I have the freedom to go to the Refuge during the week, I think I will avoid the congestion usually found on the weekends.

For you bird photographers reviewing this post, I used my Olympus EM-1 Mark II, Olympus 300 f/4.0, and 1.4x teleconverter.  I shot hand held at 1000/sec, f/6.3 at ISO 800.  You can click on the image for a larger view.  Follow me on face book, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+.  Just click on the icon on the home page and follow me along the social media highway!  Enjoy!

Bear Book Project

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I have just uploaded the majority of my images from my Coastal Brown Bear Book project here on my website.  Click on the home button in the above menu and you will see a link to the images on the lower left hand side of the Home Page.  Take a look at over 35 images of bears from Lake Clark National Park.  It has been a real challenge in putting the right images together for this project.  Selecting the right images, not just the best images, for this book has been a real effort in critiquing my own work.  Often times I have been asked to submit a portfolio of my work for a show or contest and find that I am more critical of my work than other people might be.  So I am on my way to building the finished product and hope to get it to the publisher soon.  Until then, have a look and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

Featured Galleries and a Few Changes

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It has been a busy summer for me, however not much photographically.  Looking for a way to jump start the creative juices I decided to update my web site and make a few changes that you might be interested in reviewing for me. This image of a Tiger is from a shoot that I did last February in an animal preserve in northern Montana.  It is part of a new issue on my website where I have decided to feature different aspects of my photography.  I will update the featured gallery each month with a few images for your viewing pleasure.  August’s features include a grouping of Tiger photographs I have taken over the years.  Its tough to capture Tigers in the wild unless you find your self in India and do a photo tour over there.  I have not had the pleasure of that trip as yet, but the images I have included came from two separate wildlife preserves in Montana where we can get up close and personal with some of these magnificent animals.

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Happy Independence Day!

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happy Independence Day!  Enjoy your freedom with Family and friends.

Memorial Day 2015

 (Patrick Kriner)On this Memorial Day remember that all gave some, and some gave all.  Celebrate this holiday with family and friends.  Be thankful for the freedoms that we all share and remember those that gave their lives so that we can enjoy our lives free of oppression.  God Bless America!

Northern Lights

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Happy New Year!  I have some great plans for the new year photographically so tune in to see what is new and exciting.  I have been spending some time updating my galleries and Portfolio.  Take a peek at my Coastal Brown Bears gallery and you will find some new and exciting images of Grizzlie Bears from my trips to Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park.  Find them right HERE.  In addition, I will be adding some new posts which I will be labeling as “Behind the Lens” posts.  These posts will go into detail about how the image was created.  What equipment was used, what settings on my camera, and the thought process behind the shot.  So, check back or watch for my posts on your Facebook page, Google+, or Linked In.  Not following me on social media?  Get there and lets get connected.

The Image on the left is a photograph that I captured while traveling to the Northwest Territories of Canada last September.  Our goal was to capture images of the Northern Lights and we were not disappointed.  When you see the lights with the naked eye, they look to be white or off white in color.  When I captured the images with my camera they appeared to be green in color.  I have posted a few of these for your pleasure in my Northern Lights gallery.  This image was enhanced using Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.  We measure the temperature of light in degrees Kelvin.  Sunlight, flashlight, or Lamp Light all have a different temperature and may look different in color.  To complete this image I changed the temperature of the light from its original temperature down to about 3200 degrees Kelvin.  It changed the color of the lights from Green to this Bluish color.  Its a different perspective.  As photographers we can post images captured and illustrated with no enhancements, or use a little digital magic and create art that seems to stand out from the norm.

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 (Patrick Kriner)Mongoose!  All creatures great and small.  Although our main focus for Safari were predators, we found many opportunities to photograph many other species in South Africa and Botswana.  One afternoon on our way back to camp, we came upon a termite mound that was habituated by what appeared to be small rodents.  They actually were mongoose.  These are very small creatures and yet very dangerous.  They kill snakes for goodness sakes.  They were a little skittish at first but came out to take a look at us after we sat for awhile.

In my past trip to Africa we didn’t see many of these little creatures.  In Botswana we saw many of them traveling across the grassy areas surrounding our camp.  This appears to be a dwarf mongoose.  They eat all kinds of insects, earthworms, snakes, lizards, birds and rodents.  They are terrestrial in nature and usually roam during the day.  Some of these mongoose are solitary in nature hunting strickly for themselves, while others travel in packs.  Since there were many of these animals in the termite mound we can assume they were not as solitary a figure as one might think.

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