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.
So much to see and name in this photo. The web version really doesnt do the details justice. Looking into my hometown of Bishop. You can also see from left to right Mt. Haeckle, Darwin, Emerson, Humphreys, Basin, Tom. You can also see the Owens River on the right.
A cold but calming evening on Antelope Island State Park.
One of the reason's I like the island so much is because during the day you have a chance to photograph a wide variety of wildlife, but because it is an island, with a little planning and guesswork often times a good composition can be found to compliment the best light the sunset has to offer.
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An early rise of 4am started the day in a good direction to get my little brother in law and I to Rocky Mountain National Park on time. Being from Missouri, Ben doesn't have a ton of opportunities to hike in the mountains. So, while visiting for Thanksgiving, I wanted to give him a chance to do so.
We pulled into the parking lot without another soul in sight. A clean slate of fresh three inch powder covered everyone's tracks from the days before. It was our own winter wonderland.
We quickly made our way up along the trail I had been on so many other times, however. Passing Nymph Lake, I did make one wrong turn since the trail had a decent drift over it, throwing off my memory of which way the trail forked.
We waded through waste deep snow at this point. Ben became superman and smashed a way up to a ridge line that we worked back to the path.
Once we were back on track, it was no time at all before we stood in front of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. I quickly setup for my shots watching the early dawn light slowly melt over the peaks. The wind began to pick up above tree line and the snow began to soar, creating a huge flame from the vibrant morning light.
Sharing the moment with Ben was pretty awesome. And I do believe that our shouts and hoots in response to the beauty didn't go unnoticed since two other photographers surprised us during our war cries.
Other than dunking my legs in icy water, it was a fabulous day to share with my little bro.
Capturing this photograph just down from the crest of the tallest sand dune in North America, Medano Pass looks like the perfect wind tunnel for the South-westerlies to flow through. While the wind escapes to the Northeast, the sand does not and falls to form these massive structures. A beautiful coverage of clouds creates wonderful shadows that move across the landscape without a sound.
When I first moved to Washington, I saw images of Prusik Peak pop up in magazines here and there, and thought "I MUST GO HERE!" After doing some research I soon found that getting here wasn't a quick walk in the woods. Prusik Peak is one of the Enchantment Peaks located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness Area in Washington. The hike through the Enchantment Lakes basin is 18 miles long, gaining no less than 6,000 vertical feet. Though this hike was one of the hardest that I have done, I was also rewarded with some of the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen. Prusik Peak is just one icon of an area with endless beauty; countless mountain lakes and tarns, huge glacial valleys, craggy peaks, and larch trees, which turn electric yellow during the fall. For me, experiencing the Enchantments satisfies a major goal of mine.
Prusik Peak and the Temple from Gnome Tarn - Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington
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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.
The first sunlight reaches the Bastei Bridge and the mountain tops of the Elbe Sandstone Massif on a wonderful morning in autumn (mountains from left to right: Papenstein, Gorisch, Lilienstein, Pfaffenstein, Königstein).
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.
This spot has been on my 'to shoot' list for quite some time. And by that I mean about 2-3 years. I scouted it once on a different session a ways back but just haven't gone back...til Halloween '11. Spooky indeed.
Having set my alarm to go shoot a location on the east side my body didn't decided to wake up til the alarm was turning OFF!! Yikes! With not enough time to drive I quickly had to make a plan B. I quickly pulled up my Photographer's Ephemeris (MUST HAVE APP!) and realized the sun would be just a the edge of my composition limits for this spot. And off we go.
The road down to here....mostly fine...until the end where I constantly heard myself saying "what are you doing, how are you going to get back" (not 4wd car). Doesn't matter...get to location and figure it out.
Now this spot while incredible offers a series of serious challenges. To get the amount of water necessary for the waterfall/hole effect the waves need to be big enough. And second the trade winds blow AT you. Fun.
Another thing you might notice is that this is shot at 16mm...which, might be kinda dumb if I wasn't paying attention. Who needs coffee at 630am when you have LARGE waves to wake you up.
I was anchored in as much as I could to my spot, composition was on (notice rocks/lines as visual leaders) and then the bigger waves started coming in. Yea, grab the tripod and scurry! Which is problematic because I want more water falling in in the back left side.
Alas the best photo of the morning was this one just before the sun poked up but I will be back for sure...and hopefully with a spotter (read: person holding me with a rope attached).
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!