* *  Mike Umscheid PHOTOGRAPHY & STORM CHASE BLOG   * *


Most Recent Shoots

24 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: Day 3 of this trip started at Ash Canyon B&B where I photographed at a new photo blind on the property. It was a very windy morning, althoug...
23 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: Day 2 of this trip started in the Battiste BB&B backyard at Tony's photography setup. This was quite productive with a a few gallery-worthy ...
22 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Day 1 of this short trip started out in Portal in the morning, where I photographed feeder birds at a feeding station just northeast of Port...
15 Apr 2017
LP Supercell near Protection, KS
Synopsis: An awesome LP supercell was photographed this day, one of the better LP storms I have photographed in quite some time. The sunset colors and...
14 Apr 2017
Photogenic supercell at sunset near Sumner, NE
Synopsis: Managed to get some good images of a late-developing supercell storm near Sumner, NE. The storm had fairly decent tiered structure for a tim...

3-Month Calendar of Shoots Centered on January 2013
S
M
T
W
R
F
S

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

11

12

13

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22

23
24
25
26
27
28

29
30

31
S
M
T
W
R
F
S
1
2

3
4
5
6
7

8

9
10
11
12
13

14
15
16
17
18
19
20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27
28
29
30
31
S
M
T
W
R
F
S
1

2

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

11

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

21

22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Navigate Other Shoots (by year)
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
Navigate Other Shoots (by month)
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
November 2015
October 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
*January 2013*
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011
October 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
February 2010
January 2010

= Storm Chases & Shoots of January 2013 =



Location: Bosque del Apache NWR and Bernardo WA, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was my final shoot. There was a full moon set shortly before sunrise, and I got some interesting landscape shots of sleeping cranes on the Crane Pond with the moon and mountains in the background. Then it was more in-flights with some cool clouds not too long after sunrise. After that, I stopped by Bernardo Wildlife Areas to get some last shots before making the long drive home.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
Synopsis: Even though I got out and photographed during the morning, the light was crappy as there were too many clouds. There were some off and on sprinkles as well through the bulk of the day. Late in the afternoon, however, there was a pretty heavy shower that moved in not too long after I set up for a shoot at the typical spot north of the Flight Deck. I waited through some fairly heavy showers, but as the sun lowered, it began to peek through and a brilliant rainbow resulted. I captured some awesome images of the brilliant rainbow with the first group of cranes that had settled in to roost. One such image I titled "Cranebow".




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 9
Synopsis: The morning shoot concentrated more on behavioral shots of Sandhill Crane, including the classic stick-tossing, head-bobbing behavior. Before that, I got some pretty cool back light from sunrise at Flight Deck. Also photographed my first Bufflehead at the Crane Ponds. The evening shoot was awesome, I picked a great spot for some incredible landing shots, including an image I titled "Sandhill Silhouette".




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR and Bernardo WA, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 7
Synopsis: Finally, some good clouds came in to provide a much better backdrop for in-flights. I focused once again on the Crane Ponds in the good morning light. I got some more fun behavorial images as well. Later in the afternoon and evening, I met up with another photographer I met on the Fred Miranda forum (TrenchMonkey) at Bernardo wildlife area for a shoot of Sandhill Cranes there.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: The morning shoot and evening shoot were both focused on the Crane Ponds. The morning shoot included more in-flights of cranes as well as some behavioral shots. After that, there were some Northern Shovelers close by at the Crane Pond which made for some nice images. Was concentrating on backlight shots at the Crane Pond, but nothing too exciting... until sunset. An amazing sunset with some clouds finally, provided for excellent wildlife-in-landscape scenes at the Crane Pond.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: This was my first full day at Bosque. The morning shoot was at the Crane Ponds just outside the refuge. The sky was clear, limiting good backgrounds for the in-flights. Photographed a small fly-out of Snow Geese at around 930am local time. The sunset shoot just north of the Flight Deck was pretty good, but again no clouds.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: This was my first day at Bosque del Apache. I arrived early in the afternoon and started off by driving the Marsh Loop, which is the south part of refuge. I got some Pintail images and some nice shots of a group of Mule Deer, including a nice buck. After that, I got some initial Sandhill Crane shots and scouted where to do my first sunset shoot. Just north of the Flight Deck along the shore was where the primary roosting spot was for both Sandhill Crane and Snow Geese. I had some pretty good light for the sunset shoot, and came away with some decent images for the first day.




Location: Northern Ford County, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This wasn't that great of a shoot. I visited my neighbor's private pond (Paradise) and did not see much wildlife. My best images were of a Northern Flicker high up in a tree. Other than that, I did notice several Rough-legged Hawks feeding on some carrion between my house and Paradise on 112 Rd. just south of Eagle Rd. I managed to get a couple in-flight images of one of the hawks.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: Second day of my little in-flight trial shoot of house finches. I set up a perch near the feeder in hopes of nailing some jump-off images from the primary perch. Again, only marginal success, but I also got some decent non-action perch images of my House Finches.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
Synopsis: I attempted to photograph some in-flights of my regular House Finches, with some marginal success. I got maybe two marginal keeper shots from this little trial shoot.




Location: Private pond, northern Ford County, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 17
Synopsis: I decided to photograph this Wilson's Snipe I had noticed on my time-lapse cam I set up at a private pond. It was occurring regularly near the spring that feeds the pond, and I went out early this morning in hopes it was still there. It was, and I managed to get some decent images in the cold weather (temperatures were in the mid to upper teens!)




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in