Archive for September, 2011

PA Elk Rut

Posted in Pennsylvania Elk, Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience, Photo Friends, Photographers, Wildlife Photography, Winslow Hill on September 30, 2011 by bobshank

Thank you to all my photo friends who I had the privilege of sharing this week with during the PA elk rut on Winslow Hill. I had an incredible time with you! Thanks Dick, Brad, Willard, Coy, John, Buckwheat, and Odie! I also had the privilege of meeting Dave Anderson and he showed me his painting of Fred, which is absolutely awesome!

I will be posting stories and photos of my week’s experience in elk country but I wanted to say a big “thank you” to my photo friends who I appreciate so much! Our camaraderie and common passion for photography and the PA elk are truly appreciated by me.

Thank you!


Photo Walk in Stroudsburg

Posted in Photo Walk, Photographers, Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk, Stroudsburg on September 29, 2011 by bobshank

There are only two more days until the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk takes place in Stroudsburg but there is still time to sign up. There are several spots still available.

We will gather at 5:15pm in Ann Street Park in Stroudsburg, walk through town, making photographs along the way, and share our photography fun together. At the conclusion of our Photo Walk, at 7:30pm, we will gather at Sarah Street Grille for a bite to eat and some drinks as we talk about our experience and share our photos from the back of our LCD screens.

Join us for this fun photo experience! You do not have to be an expert photographer and you don’t even need an expensive camera. All photo enthusiasts are welcome and encouraged to join us.

To find out more about the Photo Walk and to sign up, go to this link.

My Photography Book

Posted in Book, How I Photograph the Pennsylvania Elk, Pennsylvania Elk, Photo Tips, Photography, Wildlife Photography on September 28, 2011 by bobshank

I wrote a photo book with the title, “How I Photograph the Pennsylvania Elk.”

This was actually a labor of love because I have a real passion for the elk of Pennsylvania. I’ve been spending time each year with these amazing mammals every year since 1990. And after all these years I still cannot get enough of them! Their habits and tendencies are both somewhat predictable and sometimes surprising. I enjoy spending time with the elk of PA in all four seasons. The backdrops of all these seasons are incredibly photogenic, but then the majestic animals have their own camera appeal, too!

In my book, I share how I photograph the Pennsylvania elk. I make it clear in the beginning that I do not  believe my way is the only way or even the best way; it is what works for me. I show photographs along the way to illustrate both what I am sharing on the printed pages and also to show the majesty of the beautiful animals. I do describe basic photography equipment considerations and techniques, so this book is helpful to anyone who is either starting out in photography or wants to delve deeper into the wonderful world of wildlife photography.

You can see the first 7 pages here. My book is also available for sale at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA.


My New Photo Podcast

Posted in iTunes, Photo Tips, Photography, Photography Horizons Podcast, Podcasts, Show Notes Page on September 27, 2011 by bobshank

My new Photography Horizons podcast is in its fourth week now.

This weekly photo podcast has two primary agenda items you can listen to you. First, I share a few newsworthy or interesting photography stories that are on the horizon each week. Then we feature a photography topic in the “main horizon” segment. You will learn how to get started in digital photography and then how to take your photo skills to the next level. Join us each week to see what’s on the horizon in photography!

You can find out more about the podcast here and you can also find the podcast on iTunes under the title, “Photography Horizons”

Check out this new photo podcast and pass it along to anyone who has an interest or passion for photography. After you listen to an episode or two, leave a comment or ranking on the iTunes page. You can also leave a comment or ask a photography-related question on our Show Notes page.

What’s on the horizon of your photography?

Pennsylvania Elk Slideshow

Posted in Elk Country, Pennsylvania Elk, Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience, Photo Trip, Wildlife Photography on September 26, 2011 by bobshank

Over the past four years I have co-lead the Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience with my good friend and colleague, Dick McCreight. We both have a passion for wildlife photography and especially for the elk of Pennsylvania. I have 21 years of experience with these majestic mammals so we can fairly easily and somewhat predictably guide photographers to the elk. We routinely are able to capture amazing and sometimes breath-taking photographs!

I decided to share some of my photos of these trips on my website. So I created a photography slideshow highlighting photographs captured over the past four years of the Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience. In this photo presentation you will see many photos of these amazing elk and you will also see a few photos of the photographers as they are making photographs of the elk with their camera.

Dick and I both have a passion for photographing the elk, but we enjoy teaching others how to be better wildlife photographers even more. When one of the photographers on our photo trips captures one of those ah-hah photographs, we celebrate because getting better in this craft is so enjoyable! Knowing that we had a small part in helping makes it all worthwhile.

I hope you enjoy viewing the Pennsylvania Elk slideshow. It shows in a brief way what one can expect on our photo trips to elk country. We are currently taking reservations for our winter trip in February 2012. We are now offering 1-day and 3-day trips. You can find more details about these photo trips here.

Now, enjoy the PA Elk Slideshow!

Photography Horizons Podcast – Episode #3 and a word about camouflage

Posted in Camouflage, Photography Horizons Podcast, Wildlife Photography on September 23, 2011 by bobshank

The third episode of the Photography Horizons Podcast is now posted. You can listen to it here.

In this podcast I mention the value of camouflage for photographers. That’s right, I believe that camo is not only for hunters but can help us photographers, too. I do not believe it is absolutely necessary to wear camo for wildlife photography, but I do believe it can be helpful in some situations.

Here are two photographs to show visually how camouflage can and does work. Compare these two photographs and see what you think.



My Wildlife Portfolio

Posted in Elk County, Fall, Portfolio, Rut, Wildlife Photography on September 22, 2011 by bobshank

The elk rut is on and the feeling of fall is in the air!

I will soon be heading to the mountains to photograph the majestic elk of Pennsylvania and I can’t wait! This is definitely my most favorite time of year! So, in an effort to remain patient while still getting excited about being out in the wild with my camera, I decided to update my wildlife portfolio. I also submitted a few of my photographs to a couple of magazines. I wanted to make sure my portfolio was up to date for them as well.

I always debate with myself on the best way to present photographs in an online portfolio. I like the images to be seen right away, but not everyone can use the flash technology of some galleries. Thumbnails can be clicked and enlarged, but they don’t have the pop of seeing an image in a larger size. The other problem is the time it sometimes takes to load a group of images. I also like to be able to use the right arrow on my keypad to move through a series of photos, but sometimes this option is not available. As you can see, finding a way to best present a portfolio consists of many options!

I am sharing two links to two different versions of my wildlife portfolio here. If you have the time, please check them out, compare them, and see which one you think is better. Then let me know. I am looking for input here because I’m not really sure which is the best way to present my portfolio online. Thanks!

Wildlife Portfolio version 1

Wildlife Portfolio version 2