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~Sidewinder~ They say that laughter is the spice of life, and man do I need to laugh more! Business makes ya serious if ya let it! One year, I think maybe 2004 or 2005 we had a huge Thanksgiving, the whole family came and after watching “a Christmas story” for like the 7th time that day and eating way too much, everyone just kind of fell asleep😂 the dogs ate almost all of the left overs which as we all know, is the best part of thanksgiving 😂 Whats your funniest memory of the holiday season?? Im excited that this year, since we can’t make it back east. Thanksgiving will be spent with friends and I’m hoping to laugh a whole lot! So in honor of the upcoming holiday, and being thankful, here’s something golden, moist and delicious!! Visiting this place has almost become a tradition since moving to Utah in 2016. Its just incredible, especially when the trees are changing! ================================================ In other news! Theres been some big updates over on
•Dolor• 2018 Thank you to all of the armed forces that have given us the freedom to live our lives to the fullest! I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on where my passion for photography comes from. All I’ve surmised is that I really need more green, lush waterfalls in my life, more often. It’s important to find balance in life, as I’m learning lately. Here’s an image taken on a solo soul searching trip last year and I hope you enjoy it! Standing at 6’2”+ and not exactly thin, contorting myself in position to shoot this very near/far composition was extremely challenging. This image required focus stacking due to my proximity to the rather small leaves used effectively here as an anchor in my foreground! On another note, but slightly related I will be launching a couple of new workshops over the next couple of weeks including “Wonders of Iceland ~ Waterfalls and Dancing Skies” where for 7 days we will visit some of the most amazing waterfalls and incredible
~Whisper's~ Imagine a wind so loud, so pounding and strong it feels as if it could carry even a whisper to the other end of the world. Enjoy your Monday! ======================================== @earth shotz #earth shotz @earthfocus #earthfocus @earthpix #earthpix@earthoutdoors #earthoutdoors @earthofficial #earthofficial @splendid earth #splendid earth @capturelandscapes #capturelandscapes @dreaming landscape #dreaming landscape @landscapescapture #landscapescapture #longexposure #longexposure shots #nikonnofilter #ig shots le #big shotz #artofvisuals #roamtheplanet #earth shotz #nationalparkgeek #moodygrams #longexpo #usinterior #worldclassphotographers #worldtravelscapes #amazing longexpo @tentree #tentree #landscapecapture #ourplanetdaily @ourplanetdaily @earthpix #southamerica @nikonusa #dreaming landscape #lensbible @lensbible #yourshotphotographer @natgeoyourshot
~Avarice~ 2019 Like the tide of the sea, the sun rises and falls bringing warmth to the desert. Once upon a time this area looked quite different. An inland ocean where for millennia creatures evolved with a carnal desire to become more, to grow and to thrive. Here the eroded sandstone cliffs and ridges stand tall, the textures and lines catching the last of the dying light. A new image from this year, a geological wonderland ripe with unlimited views. Laying my eyes on this place for the first time stole my breath from my lungs, only saddened by the nearby city lights. A reminder that the world will never be the same as we know it, but that without a change we will drive the planet to balance itself once again. As it has since the dawn of time, the earth has reclaimed its power over life. Thanks to the good friend that shared this with me! ================================================ Taken with the @nikonusa D850, 14-24, 14&24mm ISO500, f/16, 1/10th (focus stacked and
~By a Thread~ 2019 To this day this moment stands as one of the most powerful and compelling sights I’ve yet to witness. Captured and processed during a very difficult time for me. A time when I, myself was hanging on by just a thread. A draught of creativity and a relentless effort to improve despite it. The battle of light and shadow within myself mimicked in nature, a spark of life, a thread of light in the distance proves it still burns inside but it feels just out of reach. My hearts scarred, brittle and tangled branches sprawl to feel it’s warmth but like the sunset, they’re quickly consumed by darkness, drifting in a sea of nothing until the sun comes again. I’m basking in that sun now, though, grasping to it’s energy with all of me. It’s been a wild ride, this year and I’ve learned so much about myself, what I need and want from this business and the industry and how to keep the bad energy away. Now that the 2019 workshop season is over I can reflect back on
~Mountain Light & Desert Beauty~ Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra’s. To accompany yesterday’s post here is a collection of 1:1’s of the region! This immersive workshop will, like 2018 be co-led by the awesomely talented and humble @j r moran photography . 2020’s workshop consists of 5 days and nights, lodging included! Join the group before it’s too late! February 25th through March 1st! Use the link in my bio to visit my website and to sign up for my mailing list first! There will be some exciting Black Friday deals! Including a way to save on any available 2020 workshop, online tutoring, and tutorials! ============================================== #longexposure #earthfocus #earthpix #longexposure shots #nikonnofilter #ig shots le #big shotz #artofvisuals #roamtheplanet #earth shotz #nationalparkgeek #moodygrams #longexpo #usinterior #worldclassphotographers #worldtravelscapes #amazing longexpo @tentree #tentree #landscapecapture #ourplanetdaily @ourplanetdaily
~Giant Slain~ 2019 Happy Halloween, almost! Here lies the remnants of a petrified giant, a fallen titan. Folklore throughout the world references tales of giant men, human eating Goliath’s living high in the mountains. This area has so many incredible granite formations nestled into the foothills of the Eastern Sierra’s. Earlier this year I led a group around this amazing area and Death Valley for an incredible 4 days! One night, while the group was searching for their own compositions for blue hour I stumbled upon this composition. In this instance the composition wasn’t obvious and straight out of a wide angle lens was lack luster and it really didn’t surprise me that I had never seen it done before. To get the wide cactus and that ‘in yo’ face’ perspective and the size able rocks and arch was going to take some work. Thinking outside the box here and utilizing two different focal lengths to more accurately represent the compression and peripheral of the scene as
~Drift~ 2018 An image I never released. At the time it felt like a snapshot. An underwhelming image I didn’t think would doing anything for anyone because it didn’t for me then. The more I’ve gone back and looked at this over the last year I’ve grown into it and have come to like it quite a lot. It’s not as whimsical or soft as I might like and never pushed it as far as some of my images so I felt like it didn’t belong. Also, the 10’ deep snow drifts made getting around really tough for more interesting foreground compositions. I need to invest in snow shoes! Any recommendations? P.s. @matt jackisch just released an image containing similar elements in a much more impressive and dramatic way! The guys an animal. ================================================ Join me on an adventure! On a workshop, retreat or remote processing session! Stay tuned for Black Friday deals and a few NEW workshops for 2020! ================================================ #longexposure
•Desert Blues• It’s all about the light in the desert, as was the case with this scene. While hunting around for a nice grouping of cottonwood trees amongst a forest of mostly barren and browned over ones I found this group. The almost perfect mimicry of the shape of the trees, in the ridges of the badlands behind stopped me dead in my tracks. Shape mimicry is something I always seem to find and gravitate towards almost subconsciously. As I captured this scene for more than an hour I watched the light change from harsh to soft, to flat to soft again. It’s that afterglow, the 10-15 minutes after sunset when the desert comes alive. P.s. it’s Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday! Thanks for giving us such awesome lands to enjoy!! ================================================ Taken with the @nikonusa D850, 70-300vr, ISO800, f/10, 300mm, 1/10th second @nisiopticsusa cpl ================================================ Join me on an adventure! On a workshop, retreat or remote
•Creciendo• I was home from Maine for 36 hours and I’ve already packed the van and headed south. Its always so weird being home, since its been such a fluid concept this year. I’m in search of more fall colors, this time not the mountains of Colorado, or the hard woods of the NE, but the golden cottonwoods of southern Utah. Endless canyons and amazing geology interweaved with golden trees, and although I've been to Zion for fall colors a few times I will be searching for solitude and uniqueness, along the way! There’s also a chance for snow next week, and snow in the desert, specifically Zion is something I’ve been only dreaming of seeing. I need to reconnect, recharge and re-stimulate. I need some me time! Enjoy this image taken while scouting for my @acadianps workshop two weeks ago, a little peak of soft light hit these trees close to the shore of Jordan Pond. ================================================ Taken with the @nikonusa D850 and 70-300vr with
•Dreamweaver• Finally heading home from Maine, it was a fantastic last workshop of 2019!!! Thank you to all of the students that made this year so incredible!!! This years traveling has been crazy! 25,000 miles driven in the van since the maiden voyage back in April, thousands of images, countless states, parks, forests, sunsets and adventures. I’ve only slept in my bed at home in Moab a few dozen nights this year, and I can’t wait for some much needed cuddles from the pups after this trip! On a side note, I’m a big believer in working hard and letting that work speak for itself, in all walks of life. That way when big opportunities pop up they feel deserved. I’ve always prided myself on only working with and supporting companies that share that belief, never ‘selling out’ for the sake of free stuff and how far it can get me. That being said I’d like to announce a partnership with @spyderbydatacolor and Global Elite Photographers!!!
•The Unspoken• Today is mental health day, a day to recognize a pretty serious illness that plagues so, so many people. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled over the years with depression and anxiety, especially during the infancy of my business and leaving the security of my engineering career. I still battle with long bouts of both but am learning to avoid certain things and finding my way out of them is becoming easier each time they strike. I think if you looked at my work in order of release in the last couple of years you’d be able to almost map my emotions out I bet. Illustrating the highs and lows. I think this image symbolizes my emotions during its capture pretty well. Standing alongside my young friend @morgan.tuohy I was anxious, nervous, excited and proud all at once, knowing he looks up to me, wanting to make him proud, standing on the edge of a busy road and also because he’s so damn talented. This image, an aspen catching a bit of spot lighting from the
Preparing and packing for a flight to Maine tomorrow! The foliage report emails suggest that things are good, close to peak even! I'm excited to have a few days to explore and shoot before my first Acadia group comes in Wednesday. I am on a good photography weather streak lately it seems, and the weather forecast is looking great for at least the next week out! I tried to plan things earlier this year for better tides nearer sunsets and sunrises to avoid the messy and often un-pretty intertidal zone. As always I am looking forward to seeing a few old faces and a couple of new ones on this one as well! A random stream, some fallen leaves and the breath of autumn closing in, these types of scenes are some of my favorite and it’s so rare I get to shoot them, wading in an ordinary stream searching for something a bit extra ordinary. The second image, one from last years adventure to Maine, although it rained for 24 hours a day, 5 days a week it seemed, there was still lots to shoot.
•Mourning Shower• Yes, mourning, not morning, if that’s what you’re thinking. Lol I really wanted to wait, to hold back and keep these latest images until I've gathered enough to release them as a body of work but alas, my impatience has gotten the better of me, again. After a really great workshop in a few of my favorite places in Southwestern Colorado, I decided to stick around the area for a few more days to see how the colors and weather would shape up. Those few days turned into more after meeting up with a few friends from social media. I can say now that these guys and gals are real friends, the kind that know you're crazy as S!@$ but get it, ya know? We roamed around almost constantly for days and hundreds of miles, hiking and hitting some familiar and some new areas ripe with colors. Unfortunately the clouds had vanished after a few days of heavy winds and weren't set to return for days. This meant that we had a lot of time to just hang out, aside from just taking
•Goldrush• Had a wonderful evening capturing the perfect light on a great stand of aspens last night with a few long time social network friends @davidgayphotography @aquestforlight And @california matt This is just a teaser of a larger collection of images I plan on releasing together. For the first time I’ll release a gallery of images with a theme. I’ve felt very inspired the last few days, like I’ve hit a stride! I can’t wait to share these images with you all! Stay tuned! Enjoy! =================================== The new @gnarbox 2.0 officially releases tomorrow, I’ve been using mine for a few months now and it’s singlehandedly changed the way I travel! Follow the link in my bio and use code SNOW10 at checkout!!
•Parasite• As if it were using this ancient redwood as a host of which to feed off. Wild Rhododendrons dot the coastal Redwood Forests of California, entangled in ivy and undergrowth these trees thrive amongst the giants. Add a dash of atmosphere and poof! Simple scenes like this lack the wow factor of the ‘Big Scene’ but with the right light and conditions can make for wonderful images! This week I’m in Colorado teaching my annual Fall color workshop and simple scenes like this will be of major focus, of course with a slightly different color pallet 😉 @nikonusa D850 and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 and one of the most important filters for forest photography the @nisiopticsusa Landscape circular polarizer. ====================================Unfortunately next year the Colorful Colorado workshop will be discontinued for 2020 to make way for 2 new workshops! ‘An Icelandic Autumn’ and ‘Colors of the Southwest ~ Autumn in Southern Utah’!! Stay tuned for more information soon!
There is no arguing that Autumn is the best season, so no arguing 😂 Reports are saying that things are just starting to change and by the end of this week I’ll be back in my favorite place, and future backyard. Southwestern Colorado is a magical place and although I’ve spent more time there than any other place I still feel as if I have just scratched the surface, exploring more and more each time I visit. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite fall images just in time to head off to teach this years Colorful Colorado Fall Workshop! I’ll be releasing a new article tomorrow on some tips to help your fall photography!! Good friends @j r moran photography and @dasilvahelder Will also be joining in on the scouting fun this weekend! I’ll also be continuing to break in my brand new @gnarbox 2.0 on this trip, it single handedly saved my Glacier trip this year! ================================================Join me next year, there’s very limited availability on currently
•Howl• A moody evening at one of my favorite places in Glacier National Park back in July amongst the swaying beargrass. Taken the days before my popular Glacier workshops. ================================================Join me here next year, there’s very limited availability! If you miss out there’s plenty of other great workshops this year including the incredible Eastern Sierras and Death Valley in February with @j r moran photography! Two Oregon Coast workshops, Moab, and Iceland as well with even more to come!! If you’ve wanted to join me, don’t wait, all of my workshops are kept small, include lodging and are a lot of fun! Just ask the 70% return rate of alumni and previous students! For more information visit the link in my Bio! 2020 is shaping up to be the best year yet! Enjoy!