“Being in the Moment”

How I Took It 2012 Contest


The Photograph was taken at my in-law’s home on Thanksgiving day after everyone was finished with a beautiful Thanksgiving meal.  Dez was intent on hiding his super photo-genic face from my camera.

Peek-a-boo and click.  Sometimes it seems as though we get all caught up the the gear and the lighting and the posing and blah, blah, blah.  There in lies the source of this tutorial-that some of our best shots just happen!

Sure, you probably could have staged this, but how do you capture a 26 month old just peeking to see?  The answer is that it probably isn’t going to work out too well if you are trying to set it all up.

Certainly, I had to do some work in LR4 and CS6 to get to this point, so there are some adjustments, layers and cropping, but the outcome leads us to one undeniable conclusion.

Photography is largely a matter of timing.  You have to, of course, be there # 1.  Be ready (for the most part) # 2.  And most importantly # 3-be “In the Moment”.  You know what I mean.  Call it commitment or whatever you like.  Just make sure you are in that moment……….totally!

We all tend to get lost from time to time and separated from our vision-whatever that may be.  Always remember that no matter where you’re at, there you are!.  So in fact, you can never be lost.  Just be “In the Moment” and creativity will happen.

The Basics:

Nikon D7000

Nikon 18-200 mm lens @ 95mm

F3.5 @ 1/60 sec

Flash full power with a Gary Fong Diffuser

ISO 200

The shot is titled “Dez Hiding”



Wow, today is special.  I have prepared a portfolio of some of my work along with a couple prints I had here at home and taken them down to Goody’s here in Prineville, OR.  The shop owner, Stephanie, asked me if I would do that and it sure didn’t take me long to decide.  I also have a couple of large, framed prints on display at the Prineville Territories Magazine office.  How sweet is that!  If you are in the area, stop by and take a look.  This is exciting……….first showing!  Wahoo!

This year….so far.

While looking over the photographs for this year’s family photo calender (made just for family members), I have been reminded of how incredibly fortunate I have been this last year-the first year of my retirement.  I have been fortunate enough to acquire some very good friends and shooting buddies that have the same (if not greater) love of photography that I have.  I also have been able to go to some of the places and events that were on my bucket list and get some great shots of those happenings.  I am really hoping for some more to end this year with, but for now, I leave you with one of my favorites of the year.

Captured at the Columbia River Circuit Finals in Redmond, OR.


The North Fork

Some years back, my son Brian and myself went on a photo shoot up in the Ochocos.  We ended up along the North Fork of the Crooked River for some shots and recently, I decided to go back in and rework a few of those pics.  First I will show you the original shot I published about 5 years ago and second, I will post the new one.  Let me know which one you like best by commenting.  Enjoy!

Published several years ago.

This one cropped to eliminate some of the distractions in the background.

Well, anywho, please let me know which one you like best.  I would like to get back up there with the newer camera and see how it renders the scene.  Nice place.

Enclosure #58

Well, here I was on Thursday the 18th, being somewhat disgruntled because the lady who washes and trims the dog called and cancelled again thus blowing another early morning photo shoot.  I said “ENOUGH” and determined to go the very next morning to photograph an area I had not been to for some 20 + years.  This small grove of Aspen trees lies deep within the Ochoco National Forest in the Grizzly unit and East of Rooster Rock.  Up at 4 AM and out the door as soon as I could get the props to stay up on my eyelids, I ventured out into the darkness.  It was about 38 miles through the woods to the point where I started hiking.  Up through the valley and over the small hill (where I jumped a rather large bull elk) I finally found the Aspen Grove and was rewarded with a somewhat almost too late to record the colors view.


Enclosure 58 from the hill-top

Following are a series of photographs I took while walking around both inside and outside this enclosure.  Just an FYI here, there are some 100 Aspen Enclosures in the Ochoco National Forest, so instead of naming each one, the Forest Service just numbers them.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  It was a great day of shooting,even if it was cloudy with very little sunshine.

My favorite

Looking up at Rooster Rock

Fall-time to get ready for winter!

Every year it happens the same-the nights start getting colder, the flowers quit blooming, my TOMATOE plants never get to really producing before they freeze, the RV’s have to get winterized and so on and so forth!  Well this year I determined that I was going to get some pics of the beautiful colors of Fall around this area………and I am waiting and waiting and getting nervous and then we get the first rain in months and so what did I do?  Nothing, I went out the day before!  Go figure.

About the most colorful site in Prineville right at this time is the area around the High School.  They planted some beautiful trees there.

Trees and sky

There were so many beautiful colors represented here and in these next two photos that my printer just about can’t handle it.

Morning sunlight makes for brilliant colors

Sunlight explosion of color

The Crook County High School makes for a beautiful backdrop.

Entrance to High School

I am waiting for the beautiful Courthouse and some of the other areas to finish their changing and hope to record this incredible beauty from Nature as soon as I can.  I have a couple of other areas in mind, but I don’t think they are quite ready yet.

Please remember that any of these photos can be purchased and printed out for your enjoyment.  You can email me with your needs or check out my web site at http://www.joehudspeth.smugmug.com.  These particular photos will be posted there as soon as I finish the album.

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Gone, Done, Nada, Zip, Foiled Again!

Well, folks, it happened again. That dang person that sold me my license gave me the wrong one again. I asked for a “Killing” license and I guess I got the “Hunting” license again. Hangnail, shooty daw gone, and all those other words!  We did have a great time and did have the privilege of seeing a lot of Elk and some verrrrry large Bulls among other critters.

This was also the very first time my daughter Kerri has ever joined us for a hunt of any kind and that was beyond great. So we meet her in Mitchell about 6 PM and head out to the spot. We park her car and have her jump in the pick-up to go see if we can spot some elk and spot we did!

Herd bull ejects another suiter!

Although you can barely see them, (these Elk were about 1 mile away from us) the two upper elk are two very large bulls and the old herd bull (lower one) has just kicked the other bull out of the area.

So it starts getting on towards dusk and I decide to blow my cow call, which I did and out of nowhere across the prairie comes a 6 point bull right at us. Kerri had been in possession of her cow call for a couple of weeks and didn’t even know how to make it work, so I told her to grab the call and follow me. We took off into the woods and Kerri did a great job of calling, but the elk didn’t like the pick-up setting right there, so he didn’t come all the way in. Poor Kerri had no idea of what had just happened!  She soon learned a little more how significant that really was. I was sad to see her leave on Friday afternoon, but she got some good experience and learned a lot about the hunt.

Saturday morning, Brian (my Son) and I went over to an area where we had previously seen this bull:

We set up across the canyon and called a larger bull than this one in. He spooked at Brian (who was the shooter and I was the caller) and when I heard him break out, I grabbed my trusty old bugle and gave it a rip!. I will be danged if I didn’t stop him and he came around behind me and above me. Brian then started calling and this beautiful 6 point bull walked out of some re-prod trees and onto a open hill-side 60 yards from me. I was all ready for him and plotting his demise as he came within range and out of nowhere he cut up the hill, behind some juniper trees where I stopped him at 70 yards-too far away to take the shot. Then, he just walked off!  That was the closest we got to actually getting one this year.

We did encounter some other very interesting critters however. This old bull Buffalo was about 10 feet from me for the first photo and then he ambled off a bit. He looked tired and there was no malice in his eyes so I asked him to pose for me.  What do you think?

OK, OK, but just for 1 shot!

We did encounter the rest of the herd later.

This next photo is a better shot of the New Bull of the Herd!

Dont’ Bug Me Man!

Like I said, we had a lot of fun, saw a lot of animals and got some great photographs!  This next one is of my son and daughter returning after trying a set-up to call some elk in.

And here is one final bull I was able to get while he was bugling.

Muddy and Proud of it!

As you can see, he had been in for his mud bath!  What a sight.  Well, I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them. Had a blast and am awaiting next year.