Outdoor Photography – Capture the Moment

Many people enjoy photography to some extent or another. Although there are varying degrees, most people like to capture a beautiful scene or some animal caught at the right moment. Some people though, take photography to a whole new level, passionately searching for that perfect shot to take so it can last forever. Recently, I interviewed someone who loves outdoor photography and is always on the hunt for his next masterpiece.

Chris Sandison is a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash. who started taking pictures for fun during his sophomore year of high school and is now an incredible photographer. In his words, his love for photography comes from his desire to “capture the moment.”  When I asked him about some of the types of photography he enjoys most, he told me he is particularly interested in outdoor photography including wildlife and landscape photos.

Some of Sandison’s favorite photos are pictures he has taken of wildlife. To capture those perfect photos he usually looks to some of our national parks such as Yellowstone to track down animals and capture their beauty. He uses a long lens combination with a 400mm zoom to take these difficult shots. Some of his best pictures are of bison and bighorn sheep in Yellowstone, where he has taken some amazingly good photos that made me wish I were good at photography too. When I jokingly asked him how he got the animals to smile at him for the pictures, he explained that he gets ready to take the picture, whistles so the animal looks and takes the picture.

Another type of photography that Sandison frequently partakes in is landscape photography. As is to be expected, this type is a little easier than wildlife photography because you can take your time. No matter how long you take or how loud you are, the landscape doesn’t move. Although Sandison will take photos of anything he thinks is aesthetic or picture worthy, he is particularly fond of the views from the top of ridgelines and night photos that include the stars. Areas like Bozeman allow for fantastic landscapes and star pictures because of the pristine nature and low level of city light.

When I asked Sandison for some photography tips for creating photos he told me to use techniques such as panning to create blur around the subject while keeping focus on the subject. Panning is useful when capturing animals in motion such as a gliding bird. Panning is done by following the subject with the camera and taking the photo while continuing to follow the subject. He also said to use time exposure to create blur that shows motion such as the flow of a river or allows for a brighter view of the stars. It also allows for things such as light painting.


With outdoor photography, the possibilities are limitless. There is always an unseen view, a new way to photograph an animal, or another star to be seen. Remember the scene forever by capturing the moment.