The Virgin River in the Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah.

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White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons

“White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 

Earlier this month I spent 4 days in Jackson, Wyoming exhibiting at the Jackson Hole Art Festival. On my way back to Bozeman, MT I headed out early that day so I could photograph the sunrise at the Oxbow Bend Turnout.

 

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While photographing the sunrise, I noticed this white pelican slowly cruising the Snake River coming towards me. I took the wide angle lens off my camera and put my 150-600mm lens on my camera and tripod and photographed the pelican as it was floating past me.

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Elk Cows with Calf at Grand Teton National Park

I came across a herd of elk shortly after sunrise at Grand Teton National Park last month as they were on the move. I quickly parked the car in a pull-off and started taking photos from just outside the car.

They came out of the woods and into a clearing and this group of cows, with a calf, paused for just a moment to get a look around to see if there was any danger in the area.

 

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New Workshop Announcement: 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop

I have a new photo workshop to announce: my 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop.

Dates: Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2016   Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Type: Field Workshop Status: Registration is open.

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service 
and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Join me for 4 days in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park in the spring when there are normally a lot of wildflowers to photograph, striking sunrises and sunsets, with chances for wildlife too.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with one-on-one and group instruction in the field.

 

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This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR or equivalent (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. This workshop is filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and even a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

 

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You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

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Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons

“Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This was photographed at Schwabachers Landing – a popular place to photograph sunsets and sunrises at Grand Teton National Park. Beavers have dammed the Snake River here providing photographers with a mirror-like surface when there is no wind.

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I photographed this scene just as the sun was setting behind the Tetons while out scouting for an upcoming photo workshop I was teaching there. I was experimenting with a new filter I purchased from Singh-Ray (use coupon code Matt10 to save 10% on their filters).

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Shiras Bull Moose at rest

A Shiras bull moose with summer velvet antlers rests in a field of grass in the late evening at Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, in early summer.

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Moose are the largest extant species in the deer family. The Shiras Moose is the smallest subspecies in North America, weighing from 507 to 785 lb at maturity and can be found in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

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One-on-One Student Interview – Rob Goddard

In June of 2015 Rob Goddard travelled from Oklahoma to Santa Fe, NM to study photography with me for two days of private one-on-one instruction.

His goals were to learn more about his camera & settings, understand proper exposure and composition, and to learn more about post processing with Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite.

 

Johnny's museum of old Route 66 type cars, trucks, and signs in Embudo, New Mexico.

 

He was having such a good time and learning so much that he decided to book an extra half-day of instruction.

Rob was kind enough to provide a short interview on his one-on-one experience. Watch the interview to hear about his experience and to see some of the photos he created during his sessions.

Be sure to learn more about my private one-on-one study available either in-person or online, photo workshops, and online classes and contact me with any questions you may have.

New Workshop Announcement: 2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Registration is now open for my 2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Field Photography Workshop in Wyoming on October 1-4, 2015.

The workshop is open to any skill level with a maximum class size of just 8 students.

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in the world, with the Teton Range rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has some of the more dramatic scenery in the Rocky Mountains. It is sure to be an inspiration for any photographer looking to create beautiful images.

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This workshop is scheduled for when it should be near peak fall foliage at the Tetons. Aspens will be changing their color to a brilliant yellow and orange, snow will return to the peaks of the Tetons (and maybe even at ground level if we are lucky), and animals will be on the move and more visible as they prepare for the winter.

You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

For more information and to register visit the workshop page here.

Have you taken a photo workshop with me before?

Student Alumni can register for this workshop with a savings of 10%.

This workshop is sure to sell out so don’t hesitate in registering! In fact the workshop was already 25% sold out prior to this public announcement from those signed up to my photo workshop newsletter list.

Spend 4 days learning and photographing during what should be peak fall foliage.

2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photo Workshop with Matt Suess

Find out more info on this workshop here!

10th Anniversary savings from on1 right now

Right now until June 4th you can save up to 50% during on1’s 10th year Anniversary Sale.

 

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This is the perfect time to save on one of my favorite photo enhancing programs, Perfect Photo Suite. Right now you can get the entire Premium Suite for just $79 which is the best price I have seen for this software!

Don’t forget too that I am one of the only photographers out there regularly teaching this photo software. Take a look at my very popular 2-day Crash Courses.

FREE Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite Presets

Download my free Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite Presets today!

Included are 5 presets for Lightroom and 7 presets for on1’s Perfect Photo Suite designed to fix common problems with landscape photos (and even other types of photography).

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Here is what is included with the Lightroom presets:

A little punch – designed to add some pop to your photos

Extra punch with vignette – designed to add even more pop with a slight vignette

Fix flat landscape and darken sky – add contrast and detail to your photo with an adjustable gradient to darken the sky

Overexposure Fix – designed to help fix overexposed photos

Underexposure fix – designed to help fix underexposed photos

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