Yellowstone Wildlife Photography

On our recent trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Rochelle and I learned some hard lessons in mastering the art of wildlife photography, and while neither of us claims to be anything close to a master at it now, we did pick up some valuable, hard-earned knowledge.  And I’d like to pass on some of our experiences to you, in the hopes that you can avoid some of our trials and most of our errors.

Before we get into the whole “photographiness” of the story, I have to remind you, as I reminded myself over and over again, it really doesn’t matter all that much if you get a perfect photograph of a bear, a moose or an elk.  What is much more important is taking the time to see and experience these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

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A Bison Calf having Breakfast.

We visited the two parks in late June, and there were animal babies all over the place.  Watching the interaction between the mothers and the babies was a priceless experience and when I think of the time I spent looking at them through my viewfinder, I remember how personal each of those experiences was, not only for them, but for me too.  So, my advice is to be patient, enjoy the experience, and if you happen to get a couple of good photographs, just consider them to be icing on the big cake you already have sitting in front of you. Continue reading

A Yellowstone Adventure, Part 1

There are a few National Parks that are on nearly everyone’s “Gotta Go” list.  I’m sure Yosemite, Glacier and Denali National Parks make it on an awful lot of those lists.  But I’d bet Yellowstone is on practically everybody’s.   And if you own a Class B motorhome, like our Roadtrek Agile Charley, Yellowstone isn’t written on the list in pencil.  It’s written in ink!  And it never gets crossed out, no matter how many times you go.

We recently returned from a wonderful couple of weeks in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (you can check out my previous post for info on GTNP) and we’re already planning a return trip.  Why?  Because there just isn’t anywhere else in the lower 48 that offers so much to see, and so much to photograph. Continue reading

Exploring the Grand Tetons

Charley and the Grand Tetons
Charley and the Grand Tetons

Rochelle and I recently returned from a wonderful road trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  It was one of those special trips where, on the long drive home, we already started planning for our return.  I can still hear the cry of the bear cub who “misplaced” his mom, and the excited voices coming from folks hunched over their scopes who spied wolf cubs romping in the grass.  And the wildlife was only part of the story.  The skies decided to grace us with a cloud show like I’ve never seen down here in dry, dry California.   And we were able to take part in it all, from the comfort of our little Class B Motorhome Charley.

I’m going to break up this story so I can give a little more detail about the two parks. That’s because most stories about the parks shortchange the Grand Tetons in favor of its big brother Yellowstone to the north.   But if you’ve ever visited the Grand Tetons, you already know that this is a park that doesn’t take second billing lightly.  In fact, it may be my favorite of the two, even rivaling Yosemite for that special “Photographer’s Dreamland” space in my heart. Continue reading

Ten Great Tips for Photographing Your Roadtrek

If you’re like me, you love your Roadtrek.  It’s your baby.  And, much like a new baby, you want to show it off.  And what better way to show it off than in pictures!  My wife Rochelle and I came up with some photography tips to help you showcase your Roadtrek Class B Van Conversion like it’s never been seen before.  So pick up your camera, or your smartphone, and let’s go shooting.

Trick #1

Play with scale.

Your Roadtrek is a pretty big beast, but we all love them because they’re so much smaller than the alternatives.

Charley looks huge next to regular cars.
Charley looks huge next to regular cars.

You can play with that size difference by photographing your van against a variety of backgrounds.  Want to show how big it is?  Then show it off against the typical passenger car, or shoot from a low perspective.  Want to make it appear smaller?  Nature is your answer.  A 10-foot tall motorhome is nothing compared to a 3,000 foot tall granite rock. Continue reading

A Year Later and Our Roadtrek Agile has Evolved from a RV to a Second Home.

It’s all about the accessories!  Yup, we’ve had our Roadtrek Agile “Charley” for a just about a year now, and it really has passed our expectations.  Meet Charley, our Roadtrek AgileWe wanted a comfortable, easy to maneuver “home away from home” for our photographic adventures, and Charley has come through with flying colors.  That doesn’t mean, however, that the motorhome was 100% ready to go when we brought it home.  We’ve put a lot of time and effort sourcing some thoughtful purchases and integrating some useful, but very modest, modifications.

I thought I’d devote this blog post to some of the things we’ve added to Charley that make life on the road a little bit easier.  If you’re looking for a story on photography, I’m sorry but this time it’s all about the motorhome. Continue reading

If you can’t find Things to Photograph in California, You should take up another Hobby.

It’s been gorgeous in Central California the past couple of weeks.  We had just enough rain in March to help the flowers pop, and now the green grass and yellow poppies are dominating the foothills.  It seems like every morning beckons us to pick up our cameras and hit the road – and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Charley Roadtrek SS Agile-1 We’ve crisscrossed the State, finding some unique, and some not-so-unique, photographic opportunities. Continue reading