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Tilda Tuesday: In the Weeds

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on July 15, 2014

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Ugh. As they say in the restaurant business, I’m in the weeds. I’m trying to find some balance in all this busyness so you know what that means? It’s time to step away from it all for a few moments. And that’s what Matilda and I did this morning. We stepped outside for some fresh air and I decided I’d try the multiple exposure function on my Canon 70D. I was encouraged to try this from my friend Tracie over HERE. I’ve done some double exposures in Photoshop by layering but this is the first time I’ve tried this function in camera. I obviously need more practice. In this image, one shot is of sagebrush and a bald sky. The other is of Tilda but because of the bald sky, there isn’t any detail for her upper half. But I like the stripes and curl of her tail. 🙂
Our little walk made it all better. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!


“With My Back to the Sunset, I Saw the Light”

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 17, 2014

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It’s still winter. And it’s still windy. But sometimes, when the wind rages all day long, our sunsets look like paintings from the heavens above. This particular evening, I turned my back to the sunset and saw the light had turned the dry, yellow meadow grass to red and gold and the sky was royal blue. The air was still so I took a seat and breathed it in. We cherish those moments of calm after an anxiety-ridden wind storm.
I shot this with my Canon nifty 50mm f/1.4 on the Canon 70D. I just got this lens back from the “spa”. It has been unusable for several months and I forgot how much I enjoy shooting with a fixed lens. I love the selective focus on the blades of grass. And I did zero color correcting in post processing. The 70D with the 50mm is a rockin’ setup!
Happy shooting my friends!


Approaching Autumn

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 6, 2013

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Evening storms are pouring over us as autumn slowly approaches. Looking forward to cooler temperatures. 🙂
Have a great weekend friends!


New Canons, New Muse

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 4, 2013

After taking a break from unpacking boxes, breaking down boxes and simply kicking boxes to their prospective rooms, Patrick and I decided we needed a break.
The grand prize from the contest was a Canon Rebel SL1 and since Patrick is the star of the winning photographs, I thought it was time he has his own gear…on permanent loan mind you (I really like that light-weight powerful little camera!). So we suited up with our new cameras and headed out to the meadows.

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A huge flock of geese flew above us. We are lucky to still have a full view of Squaw Mountain even though we aren’t as close to it as we were before the move.

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We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and observed the amount of grass we have for the cows and horses when we bring them home next week. We’ll supplement with hay bales when winter hits but they’ll have quite a bit to munch on until then.

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We are fortunate to have the Laramie River running through our place and I’ve been scouting out many settings for upcoming fall portrait sessions.
Looks like the tables have turned. Now that Patrick has his own camera and since he’s been my muse for several years now, I guess it’s only fair a shot or two will be taken of me.


Wild West Photo Fest in Casper, Wyoming

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on September 3, 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend. Mine went by way too fast and it was a real winner! On Thursday afternoon I drove up I-25 to Casper Wyoming for the Wild West Photo Fest. Wyoming Camera Outfitters , 307 Magazine , and Canon USA kicked off the festival with a talk and presentation from none other than famed western photographer David R. Stoeklein. It was such an inspiring seminar and got my creative juices back on track. The rest of the weekend consisted of workshops, photo walks, all with coaching from Canon representatives.

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The weekend also consisted of me buying a new camera, the new Canon 70D. I was fortunate enough to put my hands around it before it hit the shelves. And boy what a machine. I’m still getting acquainted with it so a more thorough review will come soon.

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We also attended macro workshops and time-lapse workshops. Both very informative . It was cool learning new things and re-learning functions that had fallen back in my repertoire.  I was not opposed to attending a beginner workshop because I know I can always pick up a little something that didn’t register in the early days. This time for me was different focusing functions in the camera.

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Once the festival kicked off on Saturday afternoon, models had been hired for the event for us to learn with Canon reps about off-camera flash and other shooting techniques. This was a sweet couple. I hope they really liked each other because they were instructed to hold this scene for quite a while!

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

This little girl was happy to sit in the car with the burger and milkshake….

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…until she found out it wasn’t real! Her momma said she would take her out for a real milkshake afterwards.

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One man brought his parrot to join in the festivities.

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Live music filled the street….

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…while an enthusiastic fire twirler showed off some creative stunts.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

Then came the last exciting part of the festival. The Wild West Photo Fest contest. Earlier last month, 307 Magazine opened their site up accepting up to five of your best images of and in Wyoming.

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With a few a hundred entries and the top 150 displayed, all five of my entries were hung. I placed First in the Cowboy Life category with “Ponying Alice”. Wahoo!  My heart jumped into my belly and I grew a little weak.

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The perma-grin and the weakness persisted once I got to “Rope ‘Em and Choke ‘Em” and discovered I had beat out all of these amazing photographs and won Grand Prize for the entire contest. Can you believe it!

I’m still in shock and am deeply honored to have been recognized at this event.

Now I have to ask, where do I go from here? Well, along with my 70D, I purchased the Pixma Pro-10 Canon printer to make true fine-art prints right from my own camera and computer. All of the top 150 photographs on display were printed from this printer at 13×19 inches. The colors, tones, and density are so true and accurate, just as I see it on my computer and prints I’ve made from pro-labs. I’ve been threatening this for a long time now but maybe it really is time for me to open an online shop to sell some of my work. I have a lot of paper tests to run to see what images work best on what paper type since there is a science to it. I was coached by a Canon printer genius at the event and am so grateful to have learned some tricks to further my printing skills.

What a weekend! Thank you to Wyoming Camera Outfitters , 307 Magazine , and Canon USA for all of the hard work that went into making this festival so much fun and very informative. I made some great friends at this event and it was so fun geeking out on all of the Canon gear.  Stay tuned for what’s next!

BTW, I know it’s Tuesday and this is not a Tilda Tuesday post, but she and I discussed it and since this was such a busy weekend, she decided it was best that I post about the Wild West Photo Fest. Matilda will see you next week. 🙂

Cheers,
Leah