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A brief FAQ: 1) Where is this ? West coast of new zealand a few miles north of Rapahoe 2) How do you get down to this beach? Just past the 10 mile creek bend heading north, there's a small pullout with a fisheries sign. A short steep path gives access to the southern end of the beach 3) Is the beach always like this ? Nope - it is very tide dependent and views like this are only possible at the nadir of low tide - and try to make sure it's a very low tide! 4) Will I get wet? Yes! despite low tide, waves will still come at you over this shelf submerging it entirely and jumping off means you will be even deeper. 5) Was it worth it? YES! 6) Are there nudists in the area? ummm yea, on our first visit we were leaving after dark with our 2 year old on my back. Instead of clambering up, we knocked on the door of someone's house to ask if we could walk through their nicely stepped backyard. We were greeted with a friendly but bottoms down nude guy ushering us through......
A few weeks ago, I headed down to a favourite location for a rare sunset shoot rather than dawn. At the time, there were large bushfires on Eyre Peninsula a few hundred kilometers to the west. This resulted in the strange diffused light which the sun was emitting at the time . The clouds of sunset also helped give a striking appearance to the scene. It was unfortunate that the tide was so low as I would have loved to have seen this with the water around the rocks!
Sorry about the absence here - the Loupe Awards recently had us busy in various ways along with life in general!
The walk up to Mount Roy from Lake Wanaka takes you more than 1km straight up along a 4WD track initially, then a steep and narrow ridgeline. The weather was very kind that evening for the walk down after dusk but well worth the view, the blisters and the takeout dinner afterward ! Lake Wanaka meanders off into the distance framed by the town of Wanaka on the right and Mount Aspiring National Park on the left. One of many memorable moments from our now distaant trip to New Zealand in May.
After numerous arduous hikes during the last 4 weeks I'm proud to present a lot of new work. I traveled through the Eastern Alps: from Switzerland to South Tyrol and the Dolomites to Slovenia. I'll upload them here on DA during the next days. In the last part of my Alp series 2012 I present pictures from the Slovenian Triglav National Park. The azure streams and the autumnal colorful beech groves create an impressive natural spectacle. English descriptions and more shoots will follow soon!
If you a curious about the new stuff check my website: News
After numerous arduous hikes during the last 4 weeks I'm proud to present a lot of new work. I traveled through the Eastern Alps: from Switzerland to South Tyrol and the Dolomites to Slovenia. I'll upload them here on DA during the next days. The first part of the series shows the Swiss canton Graubünden where I shot Bergell, Val Roseg and Val Bernina. English descriptions and more shoots will follow soon!
If you a curious about the new stuff check my website: News
A stunning blaze of colors above the highest mountain of the Alps rising 4810 m above sea level. The panorama shows the reflection of the Mont Blanc Massif in a small mountain lake not far from the ‘Aiguillette du Brevent’.
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.
Ostler Peak in Utah's High Uintas mountain range catches the last rays of a sunset. The smoke from the fires spread across the state give the unobstructed sunset light a fiery orange haze, adding to the drama of an already dramatic landscape. You can see the nearly full moon making an early appearance in the top left of the image.
Sunset light hits the shores of Lake Magog while Mt. Assiniboine, the Canadian Rockies "Matterhorn" towers in the background. While I was taking this photo I had to sit through 2 rain storms and a hail storm!
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Our visit to Grundarfjörður, the town closest to Pyramid Mountian, wasn't an easy one. Driving with a terrible rental 4X4 on the icy roads was hardly a treat, but to top it, we had a snow blizzard for an entire day, which wasn't at all productive. Nevertheless, we had our shot at this thing of beauty. On one evening, the wind was slow, and the water still enough to allow this reflection. Some faint color from the sunset behind lit the clouds, and I went for it.
If you wish to experience and shoot this magical place, among many other incredible sceneries, you're welcome to check out my upcoming 'Land of Ice' Iceland winter workshop taking place January 2013. The workshop is now completely sold out. You can still register to the waiting list though, and next year's workshop will be announced soon.
When nearing the black mountain, the finely-grained sand slowly turns into massive black rocks. The passing waves flow over them, creating a special, eery look.
If you'd like to experience and shoot these amazing sceneries, along with many other incredible icy landscapes, and do so under my dedicated guidance, you're welcome to join my upcoming 'Land of Ice' Iceland winter workshop taking place January 2013. The workshop is co-guided by renowned local Icelandic mountaineer and pro photographer Skarphedinn Thrainsson, and it will bring you to the most amazing locations for landscape photography in south Iceland. Please click the link for more details, and contact me with any questions about the workshop.
As the weekend rolled around and the temps having recently dropped, I thought it would be a good time to head up to Dream Lake before everything froze over. I called up a friend from college that now lives nearby to see if he wanted to come along and shoot. With a confirmation and all systems go, we set out well before sunrise to RMNP. The wind was a bit gusty, nothing too bad, but when we rounded the final bend to the Lake, that's when we realized what we were getting ourselves into.
With gusts reaching 60+ mph, it was hard to keep the camera steady. A remedy for this was to up the ISO and knock the f-stop down a little. Also, remaining low to the ground and keeping the tripod legs spread to the max helped a lot.
Though the mood was crazy, there really wasn't any good lighting, until there was. And out of all my trips up there, all the hikes, and all the early morning drives to capture an epic scene , it finally came together. Beautiful rays of sun came from the East, seeping through the clouds which gave a vibrant overload of oranges. From the frozen fingers, to the red cheeks, and the last bit of flowing stream, it was all just wicked awesome. And it was really nice to share it with another photographer that enjoyed it as much as I did!
After I had backpacked deep into the Rawah Mountains of Colorado, a few co-workers and myself hung out around the campfire before the big day of counting bighorn sheep. While relaxing at our new home for the next few days, we noticed the sun's rays illuminating the tops of some nearby mountains. So, camera and tripod in hand, I waded out into the middle of the lake next to camp to capture a few shots.
The water was crystal clear and the colors began to transform with the dwindling light. Even though I was getting rained on and slightly cold, the gorgeous surroundings were more than enough to take my mind off of it. For awhile at least.
With joints screaming and legs aching from a long hike up another fourteener, I began to make my way towards the Upper South Colony Lake. Gorgeous low hanging clouds accompanied by a setting sun began to set the mood for some potential shots.
I decided to start the shin dig by focusing on the tail waters spilling out from the lake. With sun kissed peaks supplying a backdrop, I would have had to of been crazy not to focus on the beautiful flowers within the small stream.
What an amazing place this was and I cannot wait to return for a strict photo trip.