19 May 15. Back from Yellowstone safe and sound with a few surprises, one of which I've already written about, the bison roundup. I had three goals on the trip which were to shoot in the snow, film a bison birth, and shoot the night stars against a geyser. All the geysers which would have been useful were blocked from use, plus we didn't have a single truly starry night, none of the bison would cooperate although we gave them ample opportunity but we did see perhaps 3-400 babies ranging in age from a few hours to a few days, and the only snow we saw fell as we were getting ready to leave on Saturday morning, perhaps 5 inches when we awoke, falling heavily as we packed, and had accumulated to perhaps 6+ inches by the time we drove away, which was hard, because I REALLY wanted to go into the park to shoot the critters in the snow. But we pressed on and made our way north enjoying the scenery as we went. Earlier in the series from Yellowstone I shared with you a shot of the horses in Vantage, WA, and followed that with the elk on the Boseman bank lawn. You will recall I said that the elk were by an artist named Jim Dolan, that we wanted to find and share his horses display and that I would share that with you, and some of you may recall that a couple years back I shared his fisherman that stands in the middle of hwy 287 in Ennis, MT. So to keep my word, we headed north on hwy 287 out of Ennis to Three Forks, MT where the bleu horses are to be found on a decent hillside just 3 miles north of I-90. We got there to find another vehicle with the occupant shooting the horses from the cab of her truck, so I pulled off a way from her so as not to get in her pictures. While I was shooting, concentrating only on the shot(s) and totally oblivious to what was happening around me, she drove off and another vehicle pulled into her spot. Suddenly an individual said to me while I was looking through the viewfinder, "are you getting any good shots?" I stopped shooting, turned to answer the question, only to be blown away by the individual who was asking the question. It was the sculptor himself, Jim Dolan. I couldn't believe my eyes. We had a very nice chat, he invited us to visit him in his studio, and told me where I could drive to get some better views, and even walk up to the horses which I did. Today's shot is just a portrait of the horses with their creator, later in the week I'll share some close ups of the horses. Upon arriving home late Sunday afternoon I had planned to restart the mailings but there were problems with the mail service so here we are back on line, better late then never I guess.
Ive done nothing to the original shot save for some severe cropping and my normal tiny bit of micro contrast adjustment to counter that lost by the sensor. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 8.