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My Wyoming Chronicles by John Sabatier

Greetings from Wyoming, yesterday was a off day. A day to relax and take care of some post processing, work on social media and the important laundry run. This morning we headed over to Jackson Lake for a sunrise shoot and it wasn’t disappointing. We then headed over to Oxbow Bend took a few shots while the light was good. As most of you know, sunrise shoots aren’t alway with the sun, but to chase that nice glowing light and the mountains face east so that’s why the mountains have that nice glow to them.  

After Oxbow, we headed north to chase some “critters.” It’s kinda easy to find out where the wildlife hangs around, just look for the traffic jams. I got an opportunity to photograph “Blondie” a grizzly bear  who is a cub from the famous Grizzly Bear 399. Blondie has two cubs of her own. Talking to the rangers, both 399 and Blondie hand out close to the road because it keeps them safe from the male bears who would attack and kill the cubs so that he can have his bloodline continue. This makes for a great soap opera, hmmm? “As the Bears Roam” 

Tomorrow We’ll be heading north to Yellowstone to go photograph some of the best geological sites on earth as well as some wildlife. So get ready for some really cool images.   

Sunrise on Jackson Lake. Those peaks glowed for a few minutes, but well worth it. 

Sunrise on Jackson Lake. Those peaks glowed for a few minutes, but well worth it. 

This is how you find wildlife in the National Parks. This reminds me of the Palmetto.  

This is how you find wildlife in the National Parks. This reminds me of the Palmetto.  

Here’s a small group of photographers taking images of the bears  

Here’s a small group of photographers taking images of the bears  

“Blondie”  going taking her morning stroll looking for some breakfast. 

“Blondie”  going taking her morning stroll looking for some breakfast. 

This Week in my Charleston Chronicles 05/07 by John Sabatier

Yet another week has come and gone. This week, well let’s just say it went to the toilet. Started out pretty good with editing some photos of the Blessing of the Fleet, then worked on my pricing sheet for the potential real estate clients. Then Wednesday rolled around and I join a few other retirees for lunch. I guess they add me just to keep the average age of the group below 80. No, they’re a great bunch of guys, some are native Charlestonians. Yes, that’s a word y’all.  That evening Malena and I hit up one of our favorite pizza joints. Then a few hours later... Disaster. I felt horrible for the next two days. I guess it was either a stomach bug or something I ate but man did I feel horrible. All I did was watch tv and suffer for the next two days. Friday was May 4th and for all us Star Wars geeks a day we live for, but not this year! I celebrated it right in front of the tv watching Rogue One. Malena nursed me back to health with her chicken soup and TLC. Thanks babe. 

Saturday was Cinco de Mayo, an American celebration of a Mexican victory over Spain in some battle. I guess we need an excuse to party. Our neighbors invited us to go with them over to some friend’s house and celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. What a beautiful home they have, right on the banks of the Ashley River looking at the Ravenel Bridge off in the distance. Pretty cool place to watch a horse race. The weekend finished off with meeting a few more potential business clients and a documentary movie on the history of Freeriding mountain biking at a local brewery. 

Next week is what I call the holy day of obligation and looking forward to another year with friends and family. Malena and I will be down in Miami for the weekend to spend it with our mother’s. Then on Wednesday, I fly out to Wyoming. I’ll be there for the next ten days photographing The Grand Teton and the famous Yellowstone National Park. So today I started to pack all my camera gear. Lots of gear and other gear I rented that should be there when I arrive. I’ll post a picture of my gear. Well until next week, make it prosperous and have fun.  

Here’s my photo gear that will be traveling with me. I use Canon gear but there’s a Sony in the mix as well.  6dm1, 16-35mm f4, 28-75mm f2.8, 70-300L, Samyang 14mm 2.8, 28mm f1.8 a 10 stop ND filter, 2 circular polarizers, a Sony a6000 with a Rokinon 12mm f2.8, a few cable releases and that little orange box is a MIOPS controller. It does a little bit of everything, it’s my lightning trigger, intervelometer, cable release. It’s controlled all via Bluetooth to my phone. And my rocket blower to clean out the sensors. All that plus a 15” laptop computer fit into that backpack. 

Here’s my photo gear that will be traveling with me. I use Canon gear but there’s a Sony in the mix as well.  6dm1, 16-35mm f4, 28-75mm f2.8, 70-300L, Samyang 14mm 2.8, 28mm f1.8 a 10 stop ND filter, 2 circular polarizers, a Sony a6000 with a Rokinon 12mm f2.8, a few cable releases and that little orange box is a MIOPS controller. It does a little bit of everything, it’s my lightning trigger, intervelometer, cable release. It’s controlled all via Bluetooth to my phone. And my rocket blower to clean out the sensors. All that plus a 15” laptop computer fit into that backpack. 

Here it is all packed up and ready to go. I guess I’ll make my appointment with the chiropractor when I get back.   

Here it is all packed up and ready to go. I guess I’ll make my appointment with the chiropractor when I get back.   

This week in my Charleston Chronicles by John Sabatier

Well, I’ll categorize this week as a semi productive week. We drove back on Tuesday from spending the weekend down in Miami. I then got to work more on the business side of things. Man, it’s what they all say about entrepreneurship. Owning your own business is rough. I spend more time sitting in the chair typing away then behind the lens. I guess in order to build a good business you need a solid foundation.

Over this past weekend, Malena and I visited the Francis Marion National Forrest. We did part of the Palmetto Trail system which starts here in the low country and ends up near Columbia. I was scoping out good spots for some astrophotography so there might be some Milky Way shots coming.  We then headed to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for a sunset dinner. On Sunday, I met with some potential clients and viewed some homes for sale.

 I have two business meetings this week, one with my business mentor, and the other with a realtor and their broker. Things are starting to look good here in Charleston. It’s been a month now and I’m really excited to be living here in the Low Country. So I’m going to leave you with this image taken on Saturday evening during the sunset. Now, I have to say it’s one of the best ones I’ve seen yet. 

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Sunset at Shem Creek Park. That’s the Ravenel Bridge in the background. The colors were amazing that  day. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these.