One of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. The color and clouds in every direction of the sky this night was out of this world. Here is the famous Sierra Wave over a set of petroglyphs on the Volcanic Tablelands and the Owens Valley.
A storm moving in over the Minarets and Minaret Lake. At sunrise the clouds broke open and illuminated the jagged Minaret Mountains creating one of the most dramatic landscape light I have ever seen. Eastern Sierra, Ca.
The immensely beautiful Zion Canyon as seen from the Angel's Landing trail. I've been to this spot on a couple of different occasions but never with camera and tripod. I knew there would be weather on this evening and was hoping for light just like this. After a grueling pace, our group made it to the top of the 1500 ft tall monolith, just in time for me to capture this view and beat the storm to the top.
Angel's Landing hike is one of the more famous in the National Park system. In a few points during the hike, there are vertical drops thousands of feet to the valley floor on either side. About a quarter mile is done scrambling up a path while clinging to chains the park service has kindly drilled into the sandstone.
Check out this video I found on youtube of the hike... set to mildly over dramatic audio: [link] (not my video)
Chris and I decided to take a weekend backpacking trip to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak in the Twin Peak Wilderness area of the Wasatch mountains. We both knew the forecast called for a chance of rain but didn't hesitate to head up the trail.
We were gifted some amazing light for photography but paid a price later that night. Earlier in the evening and during sunset I saw some of the best light I've had a chance to photograph. After a productive session we were walking back to our tents and I looked over my shoulder to see a violent lightning bolt strike miles away in the valley below, and I said to Chris half joking, "that storm is probably going to hit us around 2 this morning."
Unfortunately my prediction came true. We were camped on an exposed bluff and all hell broke out at almost exactly 2 am. After severe winds and rain combined with one hell of an active electric storm things finally started to calm down. Our tents were maybe 5 ft apart and we couldn't hear each other yelling at the top of our lungs because of the rain and wind. It sounded like a freight-train passing by. The worst was a bolt that struck so close I was convinced it had hit the tree our tents were next to. We were both shaken by the proximity and the intensity of the lightning and almost had each other convinced to walk the 3 1/2 miles back in the dark at 3:30 in the morning. After a careful examination of the skies and the perceived threat, we decided to stay up on the mountain and walked down the next morning. It was a hell of a good photo adventure, one that I'll not soon forget. I still have a few more shots to post from the light show we witnessed.
If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.
Lake Blanche. Wasatch Mountains, Utah.
Canon 5D. 17-40 L. CPL. 3GHS GND.
From earlier in the evening looking down the valley:
A stunning red sky over the Saxon Switzerland in late autumn. The high location of the lookout point offers a wide view across innumerable mountain peaks of the Schrammsteine all the way to the River Elbe and the mountains Gorisch, Papenstein and Lilienstein.A stunning red sky over the Saxon Switzerland in late autumn. The high location of the lookout point offers a wide view across innumerable mountain peaks of the Schrammsteine all the way to the River Elbe and the mountains Gorisch, Papenstein and Lilienstein.
This is a photo of a perfect reflection of the Mont Blanc Massif in the ‘Lac de Chérsery”. On that evening in October, the water of the lake only remained completely calm for a few minutes offering me this tremendous photo opportunity. Starting from left to right, the photo allows one’s gaze to wander from the Auigelle Verte to the Grande Jurasse and main peak of the Mont Blanc.
Infinite Journey, Left Fork of North Creek, Zion National Park, Utah. Life is good in Utah so far this fall! I hiked the famous Subway on Thursday with perfect color, light and water flow. It was a long and strenuous day, over 9 miles of tough canyon hiking, and then in the water for over 5 hours shooting. It was worth the exhaustion. Did the Narrows this afternoon with Ian and Alex and will be going up again tomorrow with a few clients.
Sunrise at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This lake has been shot over and over, but this composition is a little different. The popular spot is to the left of this shot, with the trees framing the lake, but I liked this spot, cuz it allows you to see more of the reflections of the mountains. Also, the typical shot is with light falling on the mountains, but then you lose the cool pink colors in the sky too, so this is a little different. Enjoy!
This is a shot that kinda got lost in my collection. I took it last September during my week long loop around Utah, hitting 4/5 of the National Parks there. Bryce is not a location known for sunset shots, but the sky was good, so I was able to get a decent shot despite that Enjoy!
Another shot from the base of the Pinnacles in June this year when the weather was wild, swell was up - challenging conditions but a great reminder of nature's powers. You can access this area from a turn off to Cape Woolamai. From the farthest car park it was about 45 minutes pleasant walking (in the right conditions). Only the last part is tricky going down a slope in the muddy conditions.
This is another image taken from Petrel Cove on a beautiful humid and sultry Christmas dawn. To welcome in the new year. I thought I'd post something vibrant Thank you to everyone here who has continued to support by viewing and commenting on my work. It has been a real pleasure and great to know that these morning trips on weekends have been providing a source of pleasure to someone other than myself !
This is another image we took during a magical weekend at probably the best place on earth we have visited thus far for photography. After fishing up some ice blocks which were floating around close to the shore, we placed them for foreground interest where they weren't affected by movement. This was taken just on dusk. It is also the last image in the movie I have linked below which shows how much (or little) Marianne and manipulate our images for the final product: