Jenise Jensen Photography: Blog en-us (C) Jenise Jensen Photography (Jenise Jensen Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:17:00 GMT Jenise Jensen Photography: Blog 120 75 Wildlife Photography Basics

I've been a bit behind keeping this up to date, but have resolved to turn that around! I wanted to share this post I recently did for Mike's Camera, on how to get started in Wildlife Photography. See what you think and hopefully it will give you some ideas. Stay tuned!


(Jenise Jensen Photography) camera mike's photography wildlife Sun, 14 May 2017 03:28:02 GMT
How To Make A Fox Sit Still For A Photograph 3 fox kits keep watch on an early morning in Breckenridge, Colorado.

I got your attention with that one, didn't I?

It's a question I’m asked fairly frequently when folks get a glimpse of some of my fox photos. Last week an exhibit opened as part of the Summit County Arts Council and I was excited to have four fox photographs that were featured. I enjoy sharing with others some of the amazing sights that we are fortunate to see here in the mountains of Colorado.  The other question I’m frequently asked is "How close were you to those foxes when you took their picture?".

If there was a way to make foxes or any wildlife sit still for a photo, I'd be out photographing them now, versus sharing with you. Until that happens, I’ll share what I've learned.  And what I've learned is capturing any wildlife is a combination of perseverance, bravery and good luck. 

Ok, I know what you're thinking: "yeh, yeh, we get the perseverance, you went back and photographed them again".  Why yes I did. Again and again and again.  I didn't go back once or twice. I went back once or twice a day, for 3-5 days per week, for 6+ weeks. I went back early in the morning and for the record, I am not a morning person. Those foxes might have been getting their breakfast for the day, but I can guarantee  you that I was not getting mine!

So you're asking yourself "Ok, but what about the bravery? What's so brave about taking photographs?"  Well, that depends on your personal sense of comfort and safety. I've been trapped in my car by a mountain goat that probably was just curious, but at that moment looked more like Spartagoatacus than curious.  I knew I was right to be cautious when the goat decided to jump on the roof of the car next to me and made it his personal hangout for the next half hour. Another time two adult foxes that had been perfectly happy with each other all of a sudden were not happy – at all.  As they came closer and closer to me while battling with fangs bared (yes, foxes have fangs, I saw them up close though the zoom of my lens), I quickly realized it was time to head for an exit. So before I looked for a location this week to photograph a bull moose, I also considered my exit strategy, should the said moose act up.  After all, nobody wants to be moose bait.

And does luck factor in, can you make your own good luck? To some degree - yes.  If you do your research, luck becomes less of a factor. Scouting a location in advance, asking others for information on your subject or location, or simply making sure you have all your equipment, these things can help you make your own good luck. Yet sometimes just being in the right place, at the right time, with the right subject and the right lighting, can provide an amazing experience. Yes, that is a lot of "rights".  Kudos to you if you've experienced that. 

The last thing I'll say is what I don't do.  I don't feed the animals. Yes, I took a picture of some stranger that was trying to hand feed a fox, but that was simply so I'd be able to show the surgeon at the hospital what his hand looked like after the “unfortunate incident”. They’re called wildlife for a reason, and I respect that. I don't feed them and I don't try to get too close. And always, always remember that if it wants to, that animal is going to move a lot faster than you are. Lastly, I treat them like I would a neighbor if our backyards were next to each other: if what I am doing would bother the neighbors, don't do it.  I let them be and try not to disturb them.  And maybe, with a bit of luck, you'll capture an amazing photograph.

Not that you needed any luck to begin with!

(Jenise Jensen Photography) fox foxes photo photography wildlife Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:34:34 GMT
Up, Up and Away: Photography from the Sky! Balloons ascend at the 2016 Labor Day Lift Off. So, I finally got around to working on my website and evidently it includes a blog.  I couldn't think of a better way to start a blog about photography, other than sharing what an amazing experience the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off was!  Let me start by saying that there is a lot about photography that I do not know - A. Lot.  If you've not attended a hot air balloon festival, you simply must in the future.  What better one to go to than one in Colorado Springs, which is already gorgeous. The event is held every Labor Day weekend, and has over 60-70 hot air balloons that ascend together in the morning sky.  There are also sky divers and ballon glows at night that are super fun too.

Balloon Glow - Dale Pattyn and the crew of Hyggelig begin the process of raising the balloon.

I thought what I liked about the Balloon Festival was the colors and shapes floating through the air. They present lots of photographic opportunities.  You just have to react quickly and keep looking around, as things change by the moment. Frankly, it's hard to take it all in at once, there is so much going on.  But I also found out that it's even more amazing if you are in a balloon.  Yes, that is right folks, you can get even more amazing photographs from in the air!

Aerial photographs from aboard the "Hyggelig" balloon.

I was kinda nervous, having never been in a balloon and the whole "let's not do something stupid and fall out or deflate it" thoughts came unbidden to my mind.  But thanks to an amazing pilot, Dale Pattyn of the balloon "Hyggelig", all I did was get in the basket and be amazed. I actually felt very un-deserving to be on that ride. But I will take one anytime, so hit me up if you happen to have a hot air balloon and want some company.  It was simply beautiful and peaceful, with amazing views.  It's pretty tight quarters, so I only took one camera, a Sony a6000 with me.  I brought a few other lenses, but ended up just sticking with the Sony 50mm f1.8.

Aerial photographs from aboard the "Hyggelig" balloon.

I think the pictures speak for themselves as to what you can capture with the Sony mirrorless set-up. I consider myself a recreational enthusiast photographer, whose goal is professional quality results (hey, we all have to have goals).  You can see what you think, but I was pretty impressed. So if you get the chance to go to a balloon festival.....DO IT!

Oh, and by the way, this website includes a guest book too....just sayin'.  It's only polite to leave me a note and let me know you've stopped by :)

(Jenise Jensen Photography) a6000 balloon hot air balloons photography sony Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:05:06 GMT