Rocks and Steel

SF

San Francisco, aka SF, should stand for ‘so fun’ to photograph.  That was lame… Sorry…

*Rocks and Steel – Golden Gate Bridge // San Francisco, California*

It’s hard to go to SF without shooting the GGB. Of course, though, I was struck with no fog. I was looking to shoot the bridge in a way that was out of the ordinary, and not having much luck. Then, I noticed a large rocky outcropping down the hill, and thought that might make an interesting juxtaposition between the bridge and the headlands.

I just wish Toby Harriman would have told me about the Poison Ivy down here before I had carelessly tramped around… Oh well, I hope I didn’t transfer any to his couch 🙂

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Mind Blown

Alright Alaska

I want to go back! 🙂

*Mind Blown – Mendenhall Glacier // Juneau, Alaska*

If you haven’t had the opportunity or desire to explore an ice cave yet, please find a way to do so. This was by far one of the most epic places in the world I’ve ever been.

Few trips have the ability to make such an impact on you as I feel Alaska has on me, and I’m super stoked to get back here in the summer months to see what else this great state has to offer.

Well done Alaska, well done.

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Reaching to the Sky

Chasing Aurora

I spent a few days in Fairbanks, Alaska.  It consisted of sleeping in cars, not sleeping between midnight and 4a.m., and the most magical dancing colors in the sky.

*Reaching to the Sky – Cleary Summit // Fairbanks, Alaska*

I think there have been more life altering moments in my life since taking up photography than ever before. It’s a pursuit of beauty, and every once in a while you get the opportunity to be in one of those moments. One that just makes you want to throw your hands in the air and yell in excitement. Now, many of you have seen aurora before, but I haven’t. I only captured a handful of photos last night, because I spent most of the time mesmerized, staring in to the sky.

I sometimes have music playing while I am out, and this song was on while I was making this photo, and made me think back to a few other life altering moments. It’s funny how that happens sometimes.

Travel slow enjoy the ride; You’re right where you belong ~ Bernard Fanning – Departures

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The Power of the Wave

Alaska

Well, I head to Alaska in t-minus 6 days.  Excited, yes, prepared, maybe, ready to see what happens?  DEFINITELY.

*The Power of the Wave – Thor’s Well // Cape Perpetua, Oregon*

Last week Britta and I took off towards the coast on Wednesday night, with our eyes fixed southbound towards the mighty Redwoods in northern California. But, before we got there, we spent a night in Newport and Coos Bay, Oregon. On the way out of Newport, we decided to take a quick hike down to Thor’s Well just to see how it was flowing. We totally lucked out with a great sky, and only one soaking wet shoe between us!

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The Story of Our Lives

Photo Titles

I never really know when I’m working on an image what the title is going to be, it just kind of happens as I’m reminiscing on the moment and how the photo has turned out. Sometimes it takes a couple seconds, and sometimes it just sits for a while till it comes to me.

*The Story of Our Lives // Punchbowl Falls, Oregon*

It was a beautiful weekend for a hike up the gorge with the whole Drink And Click group. I’m still waiting for a really foggy day to shoot this waterfall, but in the late afternoon shade it was still a great time to capture the fall’s beauty.

Come summer, I have a plan to swim out there with my camera in a dry sack and get a few up close and personal photographs of the falls. Until then, this view is pretty great too.

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We Let it All Go

New Tutorials

I’m writing a few new tutorials, and updating the current for a better flow.  I hope you all are taking lots of great new photos in the new year!

*We Let it All Go – Spirit Falls // Carson, Washington*

Well it’s official, this is the first image made in 2014. It may be a little preemptive of me, but I think it’s already on my list of ‘favorites of the year’! Ha!

This is the kind of place that really is perfect to explore. Part of my new years goals was to actually shoot less, and really imagine the final photo that I’m trying to make with each shot. Although, I didn’t take in to account how hard this capture would be. The flow of the river was really high, and with mist and rain filling the air it was nearly impossible to keep the lens dry. Combine that with the wet and mossy rocks that I wanted to climb to get the perfect angle, and this really was a difficult shot to get. But, at the end of the day it was great to just be in that moment, experiencing this type of beauty.

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