Delicate Beauty

“Delicate Beauty”

Delicate Beauty

“Delicate Beauty”

The beauty of the natural world is always delicate– like chandeliers of ice clinging to the very edge of a stone. One tap of the most subtle touch could send everything crashing into the stream below.

This is why nature and the wilds within are worth protecting.

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Photographed along the Falling Water Trail, White Mountains of New Hampshire.

* This photograph is available for purchase at NateBushPhoto.com.

Frozen Wadsworth Falls

Frigid Wadsworth Falls State Park

Fulfilling the New Years Resolution!

Frozen Wadsworth Falls

For those of you who read my last blog post about 2014 and my photographic New Years resolution to better photograph my home state of Connecticut… here’s the first CT photograph of the year! I’ve been wanting to do some frozen waterfall photography for a while now, and after last week’s thawing in CT, I thought the past few days may have been cool enough to re-freeze some of the waterfalls.

This photograph was taken at Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield, CT. The waterfall itself was not frozen, minus that chunk in the middle of it, but the mist from the waterfall had frozen solid over all of the leaves and sticks on the side of the water. Those leaves are what drew me to take this picture– I love how they seem to be forever preserved in a thin layer of ice, just on the side of the falls.

And with this photograph… my first step to fulfilling my New Years resolution!

I’m excited to keep it up!

As always, prints of this photograph are available on my website! Please click here to browse photographs.

Thanks!

- Nathan Bush

Nathan Bush Photography

Gateway to Sunrise

Happy New Year to You!

Happy New Year! 

Gateway to Sunrise

Tree at the Great Island Common during sunrise– Winter 2013.
Click this image to make it larger for the best viewing experience!

2013 has been good to me, but as I stated in my last post, towards the end of the year I felt like I started to focus too much on work and my career while loosing site of what really makes me happy– photography.

As 2014 rolls around, my biggest new years resolution is also a challenge to myself as a photographer. Not only will I make sure that I get out with the camera more often; I also want to attempt to photograph my home state of Connecticut. Being born and raised in Connecticut, I’ve never really liked it here or thought it was a very picturesque place. Compared to the White Mountains of New Hampshire or the backwoods of Maine, Connecticut has always seemed, well… a little boring. In 2014 I challenge myself to photograph Connecticut in such a way that I’m happy with and proud of. I don’t think it is going to be easy for me, but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot (no pun intended)!

Now, I could use your help. Do you know a place in Connecticut that you think I should travel to with the camera? Please let me know in the comments below or email me privately.

Thanks, and Happy New Year to all of you taking the time to read this post and those of you who have followed me along the way in 2013 :D

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Gorgeous New Website Design!

The new Nathan Bush Photography Homepage

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my friends, followers, and fans! While I laid in bed waiting for Santa to come to the house on Christmas Eve, I was hard at work tapping away at the laptop keyboard designing the look to my new website to be used for the new year of 2014. I even spent a couple of hours of Christmas morning applying the finishing touches right before family showed up at the house to celebrate the holiday.

I’m excited to say that I cannot wait until 2014 to unveil the site… sooo its up and running as we speak and can be seen by clicking this link: Nathan Bush Photography

The new site features a simplified design, displaying one of my favorite photographs on the home page, a very simple easy-to-use menu with fly out gallery menu options under “browse photographs,” and links to my social network sites directly on the top right corner of every page on the site.

Beautifully Crafted Galleries

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I’ve combined some of my previous photo galleries to make larger more appealing galleries in collage format. This not only simplifies your photo viewing experience, it makes it far easier to find the photograph that you’re looking for while enjoying a pleasant photographic experience. Oh, and did I add that there is a side-show button for every gallery that activates a full-screen side-show on your monitor? Yup, it’s awesome! :D

The last change to the website is best for everyone! After all, you can’t launch a new website without new pricing now can you? Nope. Now your Nathan Bush Photography high-quality photographic prints come much cheaper than they previously had.

But let’s be honest– even if not a single person ever bought one of my photographs, I’d still be out there making them and displaying them online for your viewing pleasure, so even if you don’t mean to make a purchase please feel free to visit the new site and leave me a note with your thoughts below. As always, I’d love to hear from you!

All the best, and looking forward to a great year of making photographs in 2014!

- Nathan Bush

p.s. – I’m heading to Portsmouth New Hampshire after work today for a weekend of photographing the sea coast and the town in the evening. I can’t wait to share some more new photographs with you!

Watchful Ram

Wildlife Photography without a $7,000+ Lens

Mountain Goat Family

This mountain goat mother and her calf graze in the green meadows at Logan Pass, Glacier National Park.

I recently read an article in Outdoor Photographer magazine that was written by a nature photographer explaining the equipment that he uses to capture his incredible wildlife shots. The article mentioned multiple lenses that cost upwards of $5,000 and even as high as $15,000 in order to get the range required for great wildlife photographs from a long distance away.

To me, the thought of spending this kind of money on a lens in my current financial state is nothing but a dream in a long list of dreams waiting to come true (That’s right, I didn’t win last nights Mega Millions jackpot drawing). But, is it really necessary to spend that kind of money on such a piece of equipment in order to capture great wildlife photographs? If you work for National Geographic, maybe. But if you’re an avid enthusiast like myself or you’re just looking to bring home memories from a great trip then, heck no.

Watchful Ram

This big-horn sheep ram watches from atop a rock outcropping, looking down upon those who hiked to Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park.

I firmly believe, that unless you’re heading out to spend months in the vast Russian tundra attempting to photograph a rarely seen and nearly extinct arctic wolf, it is possible to capture great photographs of wildlife with a very affordable lens. Take my last trip to Glacier National Park for example. All of the photographs that you see in this post where shot last August in GNP and were taken using a Canon 70-200 f/4L IS telephoto lens…available to purchase for $1,349 currently or available for rent for $76 per every 4 days.

Black Bear Cub

A black bear cub uses a tree for balance as she reaches to eat some leaves in Glacier National Park

Since I live in Connecticut and don’t get the opportunity to shoot wildlife every day, I chose the rental option for the duration of my trip and was able to save tons of money. But there are both pros and cons to not having a much longer telephoto lens with you when you plan on shooting wildlife.

Pros

  • Cost savings for the avid enthusiast.
  • Lens weight savings for the wilderness backpacker/hiker.
  • Overall maneuverability so that photo’s can be shot hand-held and angles changed as your subject walks or runs around.

Cons

  • Potential for disturbing wildlife by getting too close.
  • Potential for putting yourself in a dangerous situation (i.e. too close to bears) in order to “get the shot.”
Swimming Moose

A bull moose wades in the water near the Grinnell Glacier trailhead, Glacier National Park

Now for the disclaimer:

This post is not meant to start an argument about the possibility of wildlife in our National Parks becoming “too used” to human contact that they no longer run away when human presence gets too close. In fact, nearly every one of the photographs depicted in this post required a hike of up to 12 miles into the mountain wilderness (with few other people) and waking up very early in the morning in order to search for these animals in their natural environment.

This post is meant to show that it is possible to take great photographs of wildlife without saving your money for years in order to acquire a lens that costs upwards of $7,000. Instead, an affordable telephoto lens, good timing, a bit of patience, knowing where to look, and even a bit of luck, is all you need to capture these shots.

Please feel free to leave your comments below, and share links to any wildlife photographs that you’ve captured using an affordable lens. I look forward to hearing from you!