Year: 2010

Sometimes It Is Worth It

Some days you just don’t want to do photography. You don’t want to do your blog, you don’t want to clean up the house and being social is the last thing on your mind. All you want to do is lay in that bed, shut the world out and sleep. The “you” I am talking about is me.  There are mornings I wake up and I wonder why should I even try. Insecurity tells me that no matter how many times I press my finger on the shutter release of my Nikon nobody will appreciate the effort or the result.  Why should I waste my time climbing up a mountain just to sit there for an hour or two waiting for the light to be just right? Then the light will arrive and I will take the picture. Within minutes I might take a hundred snaps with different f-stops, various shutter speeds. I will under expose and over expose the photos. I will photograph the scene vertically and horizontally and then with all my gear …

A Once in a Lifetime Encounter (Hopefully)

Last night around midnight I found myself sitting on the front porch with my mind jumping from one topic to another. I was so wound up I just had to get away. So I jumped into my car drove west of town about ten miles to a little spot by the North Platte River. I parked the car off the side of the road and with my trusty little flashlight walked the trail about forty to thirty yards down to the river bank. I sat down on a rock and gazed out at the river and the starry night that was stretched out before me. About three months ago my wife and I discovered this little isolated corner of Wyoming. I was enamored by the river and beauty around it. So much so that when feeling troubled, I would secretly come to it to ease my mind. It always had a calming effect upon me and last night it worked its magic. Within ten minutes of sitting on that rock I was relaxed and at …

Devils Tower

Devil’s Tower and a longhorn Sorry I have not posted in a while.  I have been traveling a lot and just could not find the time to update my blog. But I am back now so here I go again. This weekend my wife and I traveled over to the Devil’s Tower area. I took this photo for a client’s website. Unfortunately the camera was handheld so it is not very sharp. Also the horn on the longhorn has blown highlights. But since the photo will be really small for the web it will do. I waited half an hour hoping the longhorn would raise it’s head but he just kept eating. We arrive at Devil’s Tower at about seven A.M. the fog was so thick that you could not see the tower. By the time I got my equipment set up the fog had basically gone. I am kicking myself for not getting the equipment set up in a timely fashion to document the lifting of the fog. Then I would have had some …

Yellowstone in the Winter and Early Spring

Yellowstone in the Early Spring If you have not been to Yellowstone National Park in the winter or early spring you are missing something truly special.  While much of the park is still closed what remains open is magnificent.   In the winter and early spring there are few tourists so you can look out at all the vistas and commune with nature at your own leisure.  If peacefulness and relaxation is not your cup of teas there are many other activities to fulfill your day. Click here to check out West Yellowstone. – Craig L. Getchius

February 2010

Well February has finally arrived. In the past outside of the fact that February is the month I was born I never had much positive to say about the month. When I lived in Illinois my outlook on the month of February was I hoped it would hurry up and get over with.  Everywhere you looked the snow was dirty and grey.  Even if there was no snow on the ground the sky always seemed filled with grey clouds that never want to go away. Because of ice patches scattered here and there it was dangerous to walk around.  People would be constantly walking around with the sniffles and it was only a matter of time before I would catch a cold or even worse, the dreaded flu. The only good thing about February in the Midwest was that it only consisted of twenty-eight days (Except for leap year when unfortunately we added a day) and that the month of March followed it. At least the month of March brings with it the hope of springtime …

Clouds in Rural Illinois

I remember this day as if it was yesterday. We still lived in Urbana, Illinois. I was at home practicing my guitar when the phone rang. My wife called me on the phone and said, “Craig, have you checked out the clouds in the eastern sky”. I grabbed my camera and drove out-of-town. The cloud bank started to break up in less than fifteen minutes but I got five keepers. Here is one of them. There is another photo from this day that you can check out at my website in the Fine Art Photos slide show. – Craig Getchius