I want to share with you a short, time-lapse I created. You'll see me move a mountain of snow after the epic winter snowstorm of February 2017.
|Black Bear in fall colors, Glacier National Park, Montana. Nikon D4, Nikon 200-400 f4, a-fs VR II. 1/500th @ f5 iso 400. © tonybynum.com|
|Chief Mountain, Black and White - part of Chief Mountain is on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, and part is within the boundaries of Glacier National Park. The leaves have all dropped and winter is on its way in Northwest Montana. Notice that this composition breaks the rules. The subject is in the center. I find that my images are often better (more appealing to me) when I can break at least one rule. Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm 1.8, 1/125th @f8 iso 100. ©tonybynum.com|
|Two cow moose feed in a small pond in Glacier National Park. Nikon d810, 24-120, f4 af-s, 1/500th @f6.3, iso 100. ©tonybynum.com|
|A stream leading to Rising Wolf Mountain, Glacier National Park. Nikon d810, Nikon 12-24 af-s 2.8, 1/125 sec @f11, iso 64. ©tonybynum.com|
|Rising Wolf and Sinopah in the distance, Glacier National Park, Montana. Nikon d810, Nikon 24mm f1.4, 1/2500 @ f4, 64. ©tonybynum.com|
|Sinopah Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana. Nikon d810, Nikon 24mm af-s f1.4, 1/250 @ f8 iso 64. ©tonybynum.com|
|My favorite capture of the day. I particularly like this photograph. It has all of the elements that I look for in a good quality image. Shadows, clouds, a strong subject, and a broken rule - the subject is centered. Nikon d810, Nikon 24-120 af-s f4, 1/640 @ f6.3 iso 200. ©tonybynum.com|
|The Instagram account for Glacier National Park - is a lot about "Ranger" Jake and his goal to grow the Park's Instagram account at and cost and at the expense of Glacier's resources.|
"the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."The mission and purpose of the NPS is to protect the park's resources and leave them "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Arguably an enormous and lofty goal, particularly in light of the demands now placed on the park's already limited resources. Shrinking budgets, a spoiled political culture, increased demands, over use, higher frequency of damaging weather events all are making it difficult for GNP to maintain, never mind improve, the conditions of the Park. In fairness, the new Going to the Sun Road is a stunning landmark and a monumental accomplishment! Most of the full-time park employees are good people who love the park and do what they can to insure it's protected.
To them, the only purpose nature serves is to provide them with the shot that they can pump up in photoshop to gain more followers and impress their friends and family. They think about outdoing the shot the last person who visited got. They think about the now, and not about how their actions might affect these parks in the future. These actions continue to snowball as people do increasingly ridiculous things to outshine others.http://www.christinaadelephotography.com/blog/how-social-media-is-destroying-our-national-parks
“I’ve noticed a disturbing trend as well … seems a few people will go to great lengths for a photo op, even if it means setting up a tent in a fragile or dangerous spot…most likely not even camping there, but the problem is that it inspires others to do the same…a major brand even started a hasthtag ‘camp everywhere.’ I just hope people use good judgment when they are camping in the wilderness.”http://adventure-journal.com/2015/04/is-your-instagram-destroying-the-environment/