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A near full moon rises above the towering peaks of the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah. This was a case of being in the right place at the right time. A long hike on the trail of wildlife led me to this overlook just in time for this amazing scene.
I quickly changed my set-up and switched into "landscape mode" when the light started to look promising. I hope you enjoy!
I donned the waders and walked into the freezing water's of Big Cottonwood Canyon for some photography. I was being extra careful not to slip in the rapids walking on the slick rocks underneath.
I was doing great until I tried a new angle on the top of the rock in the foreground. As I was holding my 3SS GND filter in front of my lens, both boots grip gave out in a flash and I fell face-first. I slammed my cheek on the tripod, dropped my GND into the rapids in an attempt to save from falling all the way under. I managed to get hold but kept sliding down the smooth rock until my camera bag was submerged with my other lens and gear! After a quick dip, I gained purchase and was able to stand up and walk to shallower waters, angry, now wet and even more cold. My cheek was bumping, my hands freezing, and I knew I had just lost my filter. After I calmed down I kept shooting, and let the sound of the river help get me back to some equilibrium.
Altogether it turned out to be another good night of shooting.
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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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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
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.
If you are even in the vicinity of Salem or Portland, don't forget to drop by the tiny town of Scotts Mills en route to Abiqua Falls and Butte Creek Falls. The lighting that greeted me there was just glorious. Three shots blended to cover the dynamic range of the scene.
This was shot from one of my favourite locations during this last trip. The Northern end of Lake Wakatipu and Glenorchy was simply stunning with the clear nights leading to frosty mornings where the ground was covered with a layer of ice and the lakes covered with a layer of mist. Noone was out and about in these conditions so I had it all to myself appreciating the wintery crispness
We are off to Eyre peninsula this week so hopefully we can come back with a contrasting set of earthy rocky outback type pictures from the Gawler Ranges in particular!
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.
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 spending almost a solid week going to bed late, sleeping bunched up in the back of my car, and waking up well before sunrise for photos, I was in desperate need for a nap. Upon seeing a gentleman pulled over on the side of the road with his point and shoot, I took note of a potential area I could photograph of the Green River Overlook. I grabbed my gear and made my way along a cliff edge until I came to a point with a shear drop off and a fantastic view of the Green River Overlook. The only thing was, I had it all to myself.
After shooting for a while, I found an interesting, and comfortable spot for nap. The neat part about it was it was right along side of the cliff edge. With an enchanting warm breeze swirling around with perfect temperatures, I instantly began sawing logs. Catching about a perfect twenty minute nap, I was rejuvenated and began to photograph the area some more.
About that time the clouds really started adding some great lighting, allowing for sunbeams to scatter across the flats below. Being that the shot was in the mid-afternoon, I decided a black and white version was much more appealing. And although I don't know how much I enjoy this shot, my wife insisted that I finish editing it and to post it. She enjoys it quite a bit so I suppose I'll take her advice on this one. What do you guys think?
1/1/2013 - My first seascape photo outing in forever, it's been well over 4 months since I took any coastal photos. It sure as hell felt great to get back out there doing what I first fell in love with when I picked up the camera. Emerald Beach - Mid North Coast - New South Wales, Australia.
The crazy epic storm that enveloped and infuriated the Coffs Coast just before sunset yesterday. I watched this cell slowly work it's way over the coastline, the thunder rumbling and lightning flashes to the west. Great way to kick start the week.
Its been a year in the making. 4 attempts were made. 20 hours of travel time has been invested. It all came down to this morning, FINALLY a morning with some clouds, my beloved clouds!
This morning's sunrise at Abraham Lake was just spectacular! The bubbles that the lake is known for were a bit hard to find because of snow cover on the ice but the snow gave some different formations to add to the foreground.
Here is another image from yesterday mornings sunrise at Abraham Lake. This amazing light did not last very long so it required a lot of running on the ice to try and find some different foreground. At one point my ice cleat flew off while in full sprint and I nearly took a spill, but luckily my ever so graceful arm flailing slowed me down enough that I did not fall.
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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.
So how about some unseen Iceland shots to announce my new workshops next year?
A wave, rushing back into the ocean, formed countless stripes and a focusing formation on the black beach of Jökulsárlón. The image was shot during my first (of 2) 'Land of Ice' 2013 workshop- the glacier beach is one of its main features.
If you'd like to experience and shoot these amazing locations under my dedicated guidance, please check out my upcoming 'Land of Ice' (south Iceland) and 'Winter Paradise' (northern Iceland) photography workshops next January. You can view the workshops teaser trailer here!
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Canon 5D3 Canon 16-35 f/2.8 II Lee filters Jökulsárlón, Iceland
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The dead Sea never ceases to amaze, and it enthralled us again this morning. Constant changes in water level caused the creation of countless salt spikes, and the colored sunrise clouds reflected in the small pools in the area complemented the salty scape perfectly.
Processing: - Slight exposure and WB adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw - Removed a dust spots - Shadows/Highlights on Light channel - Selective Curves and an overall Curves layer - Curves layers with blend modes for some texture on rock - Slight colour and contrast boosts on horizon line - Resized and selectively sharpened for website - Added a slight vignette - Add border and signature.
When placing all of your eggs in one basket and hoping for the best, the possibilities of the outcome can induce great amounts of anxiety. A recent trip to South Central Missouri was just that.
With only a clear forecast to go by and unsure of what was in store, I packed up the gear and the lady after work on a Tuesday evening and we drove three hours south. Our goal was the campgrounds just outside the largest spring in the Continental U.S., aptly named "Big Spring". We woke before sunrise and headed down to the Spring hoping for an atmosphere worth the trip. Thankfully, mother nature didn't disappoint. The low fog provided the perfect diffuser for the rising sun and gave us a real treat to munch on.
After shooting other various water features in the area until sundown, we drove back that night and resumed the daily grind, refreshed and renewed.
A beautiful morning spent at the largest natural spring in the U.S, located in South Central Missouri. With an average daily flow of over 300 million gallons, it's also one of the largest in the world. This photo is from early in the day in an attempt to highlight the thick fog and soft filtered morning light. As the morning progressed, the mood and atmosphere of this area changed rapidly, providing many opportunities for some great photography. Even though this was an impromptu, last minute, one-day journey, it was a much needed escape to reconnect with the outdoors and enjoy some peace and quiet with a wonderful lady and fellow photographer.