Yellow Snow Photography

Available for functions in south east Yukon and northern British Columbia.

Weddings, graduations, family, pet or school portraits, reunions or any function you would like to keep for posterity.

Nature and wildlife photography available for postcards, posters and framing.

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Photography with a social conscience. Portrait fees, card and print sales support outdoor experiential programs and animal rescue in Watson Lake, Yukon.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My New Gear

My New Gear, originally uploaded by Yellow Snow Photography.

My camera arrives next week and I added some accessories to it that should follow in a week or so. I love E-Bay! I provided links below to give you more info on each item. I would have to blame Flickr for all of my gear spending as I started a few years ago with a point and shoot camera but saw the incredible images on Flickr and read how people did such great work. Most of my photography is nature oriented for pure pleasure with some professional portrait work being added every so often. The 2 x teleconverter will allow my lens to be doubled for those zoom shots of birds and wildlife. The macro extension tube will allow me greater detail in my macro shots. I am spoiling myself but it is all YOUR FAULT! :)
Here is a video review on the E-5

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dog Mushing For Dummies

Please turn off the site's main music player (at page bottom) first before viewing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

How Raven Stole The Sun

A textured treatment of raven (Corvus corax) taken at 1300mm.

The Common Raven was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work, Systema Naturae, and it still bears its original name of Corvus corax. It is the type species of the genus Corvus, derived from the Latin for "Raven". The specific epithet, corax/κοραξ, is the Ancient Greek word for "raven" or "crow".The name "raven" has been applied to several other (generally large) species of the genus Corvus, though they are not necessarily closely related to Corvus corax. Some, such as the Australian Raven and Forest Raven, are clearly closer to the other Australian crows.The original raven is now called the Common or Northern Raven.
The word raven is similar in many old Germanic languages; the Old English word for a raven was hræfn; in Old Norse it was hrafn, and Old High German (h)raban,all these words are descended from a Proto-Germanic *khrabanas.An old Scottish word corby or corbie, akin to the French corbeau, has been used for both this bird and the Carrion Crow.Archaic collective nouns for a group of ravens (or at least the Common Raven) include "unkindness" and "conspiracy". In practice, most people use the more generic "flock". (wikipedia)


Once upon a time, a mean old chief hoarded the only light in the world. He did not want to share it. Raven decided that he could no longer tolerate this after growing tired of flying in the dark. He turned himself into a pine needle and fell into the chief's dwelling.

Raven, as the pine needle, fluttered into a drink that the chief's daughter was drinking. She unwittingly swallowed raven down with a gulp of her drink. She immediately became pregnant and gave birth. Her baby had hair as black as a raven's, dark glowing eyes, and an awfully short temper. If the baby was bored, it would shriek. The chief ordered that the baby was to receive anything it wanted. One gift the baby got was a bag of shining stars. It liked the stars very much, until it accidentally threw them up through the smoke hole in the ceiling. The stars then scattered across the sky.

The baby grew bored yet again. It gave out more violent shrieks. It finally received a bag containing the Moon, and played with it happily. It remained pacified with the Moon until the Moon bounced out of the dwelling through the smoke hole.

The baby was angrier than it had ever been. Everyone searched desperately for anything to occupy the screaming child. All the gifts it received were rejected, as it pointed to the bag with the sun in it. The household finally gave the baby what it wanted, but did it reluctantly. But instead of opening the bag, the baby turned back into Raven, who flew through the smoke hole with the bag of light in his beak.. This was how Raven stole the Sun. Raven spread the light of the Sun throughout the world.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snow Bunting Flight

One of my favorite captures of this early spring migratory bird the Snow Bunting. I feed it every spring as it makes it way up to the arctic tundra to mate and nest. Here is a great link to learn more and even hear it. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting, originally uploaded by Yellow Snow Photography.

The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), sometimes colloquially called "snowflake", is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is an arctic specialist, with a circumpolar Arctic breeding range throughout the northern hemisphere. There are small isolated populations on a few high mountain tops south of the Arctic region, including the Cairngorms in central Scotland and the Saint Elias Mountains on the southern Alaska-Yukon border. (wikipedia)

Their arrival marks the arrival of spring migratory bird season and are the first I get to welcome with bird seed spread out at a good camera angle/distance site from my porch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Raven in Snowstorm

I was being frustrated by wary ravens who were happy to see my annual migratory bird seed buffet come out. It was snowing as well so I thought I would just watch them through my 600mm-1300mm Opteka lens. I had best view with 600mm and watched the ravens as they were roosting across the street. I took this through my dirty front window and the edited it in Piknik using HDR treatment at 50% fade reduction. The settings on my E-520 was set on snow so it gave a brighter exposure giving me a great background colours . I just ordered a new Olympus E-5 camera body on Ebay and will be looking forward to it arriving. it is the top-end of Olympus cameras and will take my photography to a higher level once I learn how to use all of its capabilities.