Field Notes

Youpa Stein Visual Arts at The Great Western Living & Design Exhibition

I will have a booth at the Great Western Living & Design Exhibition in Great Falls on March 15- 18. Thursday – Saturday times are 10am-8pm with live music 6-8pm and Sunday there is a pancake breakfast and the time is 10am-3pm. This event takes place during Western Art Week in Great Falls, the largest collection …

Skiing with My Camera: Blur, Edges and Bone

2/24/18 Since my last post―some days there was sun, some days chilling wind and one day this mountain was like a mirage―the lines softened as if it was barely there. It snowed more. In places the shape of the snow has a quiet sense of movement―a hard to describe undulating stillness. Montana has had some …

Skiing with My Camera: Sun and Snow

New Snow on Grey Wolf Peak 2/14/18 The winter of 2016 was the last time I skied (because of some broken parts of my body) but starting last Saturday I have been able to ski again―out the back door― lots of snow ―some sun―joy. The snow had all melted away and it was starting to …

Walking with My Camera: Rain and Gray with a Little Blue

2/4/18 Today was gray with rain. Some parts of Montana had snow and -6 degrees, but we didn’t get the arctic air. It was a 40-degree rain in puddles on top of the ice and snow kind of day. Click on the link below for a video that gives a little taste of my walk …

Walking with My Camera: Snow Light and Catkins

1/26/18 Yesterday morning fast big clumped snowflakes filled the air. By the end of the day the snow had melted out of the trees, but the snow still carried the impact of the way the snow came down. When viewing the shadows and the sun bright reflections up close it felt like I had stepped …

Walking with My Camera: The Light Isn’t Gone

1/17/18 Below the inversion layer it has been mostly gray for days. On Monday morning the sun was breaking through the fog. I grabbed my camera and went outside to capture the trees standing in the misty brightness. Traipsing about didn’t yield much photographically but the light and the sun warmth entered my skin and …

Walking with My Camera: The Songs of Darkness

(Pond Near Dark) 1/10/2018 Warmer weather and even some rain has melted the snow out of the trees and created mushy uneven snow paths, but I have graduated from a boot to a brace and can move around in the world a bit more easily. This week I have been walking when it is getting …

Walking with My Camera: Snow Flat and Bright

1/1/2018 The last several days have been foggy with no sun. I was drawn to the sculptural snow lines and shapes in the flat light. Today I went out for a short walk around 5:20 pm. The fog had mostly cleared, and the sun lit up the tree tops with a golden brightness. Jordy the …

Walking with My Camera: Layers and Edges

I found a way to get outside with my slippery walking boot (for my broken ankle) – large STABILicers with some extra straps and my walking poles!  Jordy the Samoyed was happy too. We have over 15” of snow on the ground and it is still snowing. I photographed snow and branch refelctions in the …