This photo of the Matterhorn taken on a cold evening in October conveys a mystic atmosphere. After the first snowfall, the Stelli Lake is slightly snow-covered but still ice-free. The long exposure captures the moving clouds above the mountain tops of the Valais Alps.
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!
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A brook carrying crystal-clear water runs through a mountain pasture that offers a panoramic view over the famous mountain peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Starting from left to right, the photo shows the last bit of daylight casting a fiery red glow on the mountain peaks Schreckhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
A hunt for a photograph that I found in Denver International Airport by Thomas Mangelsen led me to this spot. Located at the very end of a gravel road, I spent the night in my hot rod anticipating something like this. My mom told me the day before to not worry about how all of my photographs turned out. It only takes one.
Just 500 yards down from camp stood this immense chiseled wall of rock and a wonderful aspen stand.
At first glance, the magnificent ridge line of pinnacles took my breathe away. While a few other photographers shot this areas when there was plenty of light pouring over the face and trees, I sat patiently. I made the decision to wait it out until the last bit of light crowned the peaks with color, giving it that extra something.
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On the first evening of my trip to SW Colorado for the changing leaves, I found myself heading down a winding gravel road in the middle of the night. Deciding that "vista point" probably meant that something vast and open was going to be around, I pulled over and set up camp (i.e. the back of my car). The next morning I began shooting well before sunrise and quickly found out that this was a spot I had been trying to find for sometime. Happy as a nerd on a computer, I shot away, even though the lighting sucked and this was clearly a sunset spot.
So, with the remainder of the day, I roamed the surrounding mountains finding fun trails and other potential spots to shoot. Knowing that I would return to this area in the evening, the only thing I could think of was, "Please let there be some good light."
With huge amounts of luck, and being in the right place at the right time, the very last light of the day cast a brilliant red glow across Chimney Rock and the Courthouse. Not only was the color beautiful, but so was the changing aspens. Though not at their peak, seeing entire mountainsides filled with yellows, oranges, reds and greens is something in its own.
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.
First of all, sorry for the lack of posting but Marianne, Charlotte and I were busy preparing and then finally enjoying our trip in New Zealand from which we just returned. About this shot.....
The location is 13km into the Routeburn track from the Divide in Fiordland National Park. The conditions when I started the trek could only be described as wet.......pouring rain, small rivers became streams to splash across along the trail, little visibility, a roaring 174m waterfall (Earland falls) requiring a detour at its base. All of us who arrived at the Lake Mackenzie hut that evening were sodden through despite our waterproof gear. As such, it was hard to get the motivation to sit lakeside at sunset, but the rain had stopped as we arrived so a little hope turned into smiles as this scene evolved over the still green waters of the lake. A moment to savour ! ps. Charlotte and Marianne were down in Milford sound enjoying similarly spectacular conditions!
Gunyah Dunes Coffin Bay National Park Eyre Peninsula South Australia
The Gunyah dunes are accessable by 4WD a few kilometres off the road to Coffin Bay National Park. The last section toward the beach is very sandy which meant that Marianne and I chose to walk it given the SUV we were driving and my limited 4X4 skills. This sunset was a portent to stormy weather which would hit the area for the next few days giving some incredible conditions for photography but conditions difficult to tolerate especially in the dunes. Eyre peninsula is a photographer's playground and we would love to return there again one day!
A dead tree awaits the warm light of sunrise as it's perched along the cold crisp south rim of the grand canyon. This was one of the many images I shot over the weekend. This time of day is starting to become my favorite time to shoot. The glow just before sunrise is just beautiful.
Yaki point- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
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The last image from my outing on the salt river. This wasn't the last shot I took, that goes to prickly pear margarita. This is just the last I'll share. This is a vertical pano of eight 9 horizontal images. Let's just say that the cliffs in this photo look like ants compared to how they are viewed in person. Amazing what a wide angle lens can do. My camera was also about three inches above the waters surface here. The reeds across the river are probably around 15-20 feet in height. I guess my point is that this image is MUCH more deceiving than it looks.
Lower salt river, Arizona
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I was lucky enough to make a trip up to the paria plateau with a few other photographers to photograph some passing storms. This was a location I had dreamed of photographing for a few years now and could barely contain my excitement on the drive in. Unless you know of this place, it's best to keep it relatively to yourself. After miles of 4x4 sand roads, you see a massive mound of sandstone signaling the arrival of the location. The light was beginning to break through the clouds and we witnessed some heavenly light at sunset. The following morning, myself and another photographer headed out in the dark to try some night photography. The skies here are some of the darkest I've ever seen, which doesn't surprise me with how remote it is here. After the stars disappeared a storm front moved in and provided us with some very dramatic skies before and after sunrise. I was attracted to the sandstone patterns here as the colors between the sky and landscape yielded some great photographic opportunities. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Every little corner of the stone offers fantastic photography. I was happy to have finally visited this location, and plan to return over the summer for some more dramatic weather.
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After photographing a brilliant sunrise in Yosemite from the river I headed up to hike the two waterfalls that were actually still gushing still (very dry year this 2012). While still much later in the morning than I would have normally gone I figured why not and off up the trail. Climbing a decently steep trail one eventually gets to the Vernal Fall bridge where a glimpse of this monster can be seen. Heading further up the trail there was a gap in the forest and down to the river to explore closer. BAM! What a sight to be seen. Rushing in to action I quickly set up and then moved closer to a rock that caught my eye. The backlit mist and the tree in the distance made for a powerful scene. Was just lucky to be there to catch this ephemeral scene!
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This might be my favorite image so far of 2012.
I love the way the image came out but the experience is what puts it at or near the top of the list.
I was deep in this canyon for most of the day but I could see the wispy clouds hanging high in the atmosphere, I was trying to think of a shot where I could capitalize on the color of the clouds even down in the canyon. A friend of mine had taken a shot here during mid-day on his trip into the canyon a year prior and earlier in the day I noticed how the light was hitting under this enormous cliff. I came back to the spot at sunset, and right on cue the sky lit up, illuminating the underside of this staggering cliff with soft light providing the unique conditions for the image I was hoping for.