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post #1 of 19
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Newbie Here. I am into photography and love to hike and shoot in the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. I am pretty new to alpine skiing. I do a lot of cross country skiing but took up alpine skiing as it is something fun to do on trips in the evening or late afternoon when it gets dark early in the winter.

I love the mountain country and usually go to the Rockies a few times a year for photography. My favorite subjects are Yellowstone, Wildlife, and the grand Tetons in WY.

If youre interested I have some mountain scenery at my web site
www.phototracks.net. I have new winter images from my trip to Jackson Hole in February under the 'New Images' link. Theres a shot in there of the cloud covered ridges from the top of the Jackon Hole tram.

In the future I would like to start adding skiing photos to my collection. Once I get a little better at skiing I will be able to ride the tram at Jackson Hole and actually ski down and get some decent skiing action shots. Until then skiing is a blast and has become addictive.
post #2 of 19
You call yourself an amateur? These are nothing short of spectacular! Your sunsets have an intriguing surrealistic quality. I loved the animal photos. You do with your camera what a good writer does with words. I could almost hear the animals talk to me and tell me their story. The giraffe with the leaf is my favorite.

Great job!
post #3 of 19
Truly amazing, fantastic photos. I'm enormously impressed!

I'll be emailing you at your site later this evening. I'm working on a Jackson Hole-related website and I would love to see if you would give permission (or sell it) for me to use a couple of those images on my site.

Thanks for posting them.

Bob
post #4 of 19
Those are great photographs. I sent the site to my sister, who is also an 'amateur' photographer. She prefers people, faces, and horses (her true love), but maybe this can inspire her to branch out. The shots you have really do seem to belong in magazines. Have you had any photos published?
post #5 of 19
Welcome.
Great photos! You are taking full advantage of the grand vistas in your area and doing them justice.
post #6 of 19
This reminds me of the old telephone game where a message is passed from person to person until it's totally differrent. He never said he was an amateur. Said "Newbie Here" and that wasn't referring to photography it was to Epic Ski involvement.

Newbie epic poster becomes
Amatuer poster becomes
Amatuer photographer.

Oh and great photos by the way
post #7 of 19

Thanks for sharing

If your exploration of our great sport yields results anywhere near the inspiring photos on your site - well, you'll be world class soon!

I am a huge animal photo and USN Blue Angels buff, I very much like those....I have hundreds of photos of Blue Angels from many shows, most shot with Nikon F2 , Nikkor lenses and motor drive......from there I used Minota Maxxum 9000 series for about last 20 years/ last few years my photography obsession has taken a bit of a back seat to other activities/ obsessions(mostly blues guitar and skiing) a cheap(kodak dx3600) digital rig for family photos was all I could muster.....Just bought my first higher quality digital camera(Canon A 95) and I am having a lot of fun with it. The obsession might renew. Can't wait to get it on the mountain next year for some family ski photos.

A bit curious as to the gear you use in more detail. You do a nice job of bringing a film type warmth into your digital work. I expect I may shortly add the Minolta 7D to my quiver as I have the full compliment of lenses.....need the price to come down a bit first and digesting the somewhat surprising mixed reviews...

...meanwhile I'll play with the new point and shoot A 95. Coupled with the recent discovery of Picasa 2(free domain digital photo studio from Google - a must download for everyone) I've been quite a busy shutterbug lately. Had to buy a 100g external drive just to sort out my newly rediscovered obsession. Thanks for sharing you site, it has fanned the flames ....I actually have one of your Siberian Tigers set as my wallpaper.....hope you don't mind!!! Thanks for sharing.....please post those ski photos....I am sure they will be spectacular!
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
This reminds me of the old telephone game where a message is passed from person to person until it's totally differrent. He never said he was an amateur. Said "Newbie Here" and that wasn't referring to photography it was to Epic Ski involvement.

Newbie epic poster becomes
Amatuer poster becomes
Amatuer photographer.

Oh and great photos by the way
Before you jump down people's throats, read the welcome page: :

WELCOME
Phototracks.net is a non-commercial photo gallery site featuring the work of amateur photographer Mike Peterson.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Before you jump down people's throats, read the welcome page: :

WELCOME
Phototracks.net is a non-commercial photo gallery site featuring the work of amateur photographer Mike Peterson.
Oops, I stand corrected. I wish there was a smilie for embarrassed.

Sorry,
Steve
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
wow..thanks for all the positive feedback all

I am just an amateur...you would be be suprised how many good photos and photographers there are out there. Digital media has made things so much easier.
I sell some prints at trade shows and stuff(people here in Urban Cleveland love Mountain photos) and have a few shots in some small publications but I do it primarily for fun and enjoyment of the outdoors.

It is a pretty rewarding hobby that gets you out and leads into so many other things like hiking, x-country skiing, etc...I wanted to take a camera body and lens up with me in my backpack at jackson hole while skiing but I am still falling down now and then and don't want to smash any gear. Next year I would like to get some skiing action shots when I am out and about.
post #11 of 19
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Thanks Lisa...Zoo Animals are fun to shoot in the winter as they actually move around and aren't trying to hide in the shade and escape the heat. Best time of year for photography at the Zoo IMO.

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hrstat...

I hit the airshow circuit every year and usually go to a few shows in Ohio, Indiana, PA, Michigan etc. I love the Blue Angels as well. I have tons of Blue Angels and Thunderbird photos I have lying around from over the years. I lost a lot of hearing too

I gave up film years ago. Digital is a lot easier to work with and you dont have to fuss around with chemicals and such and can develop images from RAW format using Photoshop etc.

I would look into one of the Canon digital SLR's. My first digital was the Canon 2000 SLR way back when 2 megapixels was considered mind boggling stuff. Now 12 megapixels are the norm for new models. I haven't touched film since.

Right now I work with a Canon 10D and a few lenses: 300 2.8IS, 24-70 2.8, and 200 1.8.

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post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by SkierXMan

I hit the airshow circuit every year and usually go to a few shows in Ohio, Indiana, PA, Michigan etc. I love the Blue Angels as well. I have tons of Blue Angels and Thunderbird photos I have lying around from over the years. I lost a lot of hearing too

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My hot airshow tip(from mr airshow fanatic) = earplugs!!! The little spongy ones you buy at a pharmacy and throw away after you use em.....amazing. I go always right up to the runway, get there early and put the blanket and chairs down....everyone else is crying in pain when those f18's fire up....not my family!! I learned this trick from my guitar playing for money in a rocknroll band years ago....most of my old mates are deaf, not me. I never cared what the singer was singin anyway, as long as I could hear the drums and feel the bass I was all set..... just like I would rather not hear an f18, just watch em.....

Thanks for the tip on Canon....I was leaning towards the new Minota Maxxum 7d since I have several lenses from the 9000 rig but I have heard Canon is tops....even my A 95 has been amazing and it has the same digic technology...I see 10D's on ebay quite a bit - I guess folks are upgrading...maybe I should snap one up...thanks for the tip. Think I'll put all the maxxum stuff up on ebay....
post #13 of 19
Mike, brilliant photos! The Wild Country section are incredible.

I can see basing some Bob Ross style paintings on some those.
post #14 of 19
Beautiful work Mike,

Digital has come a long way but my wife still likes to work in the darkroom. (except for the chemicals, Thank goodness for good vents and big fans)
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks dchan...

Film still has it's advantages - with the fine arts crowd especially. Film prints still have that classic tonality that is extremely hard to reproduce with digital gear and if youre shooting mostly medium format you will lose a good degree of resolution.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks Snouter..

hrstat....I always get there an hour early and set up right by show center in front of a gate or barrier so nobody can cut in front of me. Security at the airshows is a big hassle now too and carying a big lens and a bag full of camera gear I always get everything but a strip search
post #17 of 19
You have the touch, the Wild Country shots are excellent.
post #18 of 19
Terrific pics!
Coming from X-C, you're going to have a blast in powder on the fatties!
post #19 of 19
Wow!

JoeB
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