122 Theodore Roosevelt National Park with Chuck Haney

Today we’re talking about one of the least visited national parks in the lower 48 states. This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 122 for July 11, 2021 

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July Topic

The topic for July is #PublicLands. Please get your submissions in by the 27th of July to be considered for the broadcast on the 29th. I’ll be going back to YouTube for these broadcasts, and I’ll try a slightly earlier time frame as well. We’ll plan on 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time. And remember the idea of CONTRASTS if possible.

Answering a listener question

A listener asked a question about where to print a large image. About 8×40 inches or maybe even twice that. Since this is a special size for sure, you have to look for labs that will handle it, and do it well. I recommended photocraft out of Boulder, CO. https://pcraft.com

I’ve worked with them in the past and they did great work. They have lightjet prints and the standard inkjet printing, though they’ll call it gicleé on their website. Unfortunately, they don’t have online ordering at the moment, not sure what’s going on with that, but I can definitely vouch for their quality work.

Also, for framing, take a look at https://pictureframes.com

Though if you get up to 80” you’re going to be quite limited on the matting and framing options. It’s my dream that I’ll be able to set up a router in my new place and make my own custom frames. One of these days it will happen…

A new “Toy”

I picked up a DJI Pocket 2 camera. It’s a tiny little thing, gimbal stabilized and does amazing quality work. They also put 4 mics in it so it can really get some quality audio going as you’re talking along while you walk. I also got the add-on unit that allows for wireless control of the camera and a wireless mic too. I’m looking forward to trying this out on the trail starting tomorrow. I fixed my car, as long as I did it right I’ll be on my way for three nights in the wilderness. I’ll know if I did it right once the AC gets recharged. If it leaks I know I’ll be tempted to open up my little book of bad words and use a few of them… 🙂


Today I’m joined by Chuck Haney, a photographer that has lots of experience shooting in a place I’m headed to later this year so I’m thrilled to have this conversation with him today. Chuck, welcome to the show.

  1. Tell us a bit about your journey as a photographer. Wherever you’d like to start…
  2. TRNP, I’d like to start with the most overlooked part of the park, where should I go that most folks don’t but the opportunities are excellent for great images?
  3. I’m considering spending all my time in either the North or South unit. I have 5 days of shooting and I want to be able to get a “deep” look at the park. That may mean I leave certain things out. I’m open to hiking and backpacking, though it looks like I can simply camp and simply drive to the various trailheads. What would you recommend for someone with five full days of shooting?
  4. Specific areas of interest South Unit:
    1. Petrified Forest Area (one of the coolest places)
    2. Wind Canyon (A more popular place, right along the road, very short hike, view is worth it. Walk past the actual canyon, looking down on the little missouri river, lofty perspective looking at the river below you, great at both sunset and sunrise, especially with weather. Have seen herds of bison crossing the river in this area)
    3. Painted Canyon (hiking trail that goes right to parking lot. Descends down to valley. Main attraction… storms, rainbows, scoria – baked clay, reddish orange color. Saturated color after it rains. Have been bison and other wildlife. Also a trail, go down into it, look around)
    4. Scenic Loop Drive with various overlooks (Several overlooks that look down on the mounds. Some great perspectives. Possible wild horses, neat rock formations)
    5. Jones Creek, right off the loop, trailhead there. Red rock. Neat formations. 
    6. Buck Hill. Highest point in the park. Across from painted canyon, can drive almost to the top. Short trail to the top. Great perspectives. Have photographed at sunrise with low lying fog. Very cool with sunrise lighting up the fog.
    7. Halliday Well
    8. Peaceful Valley Ranch
  5. Little Missouri Grasslands, equally fascinating, but not in the park itself. Between the north and south units, also south of the park. Just a beautiful region.
  6. Specific areas of interest North Unit:
    1. River Bend Overlook (probably half a dozen overlooks, they each have unique overlooks at the river)
    2. Caprock Coulee Trail (Not even far from the road, the caprocks are pedestals that makes a neat formation)
    3. Oxbow Overlook and the trail that heads down to the river (This is the one to highlight, the fall colors will be going well. Great vantage point)
    4. Little Mo Trail
  7. Anything else you’d like to share about the park?
  8. Specific discussion about your images from the park. Describing each image and a bit about the story of each image.

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