One more from WV!

August 29, 2009

Hey everybody,

I’ve finished working through my shots from WV and I have to say that this one is my favorite! I’ll have some new stuff up here soon, I promise! I’ve got dozens of shorebirds I could share from Conneaut, and I’ll be shooting along the coast and at Great Falls this week!

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Lindy Point after dark, Monongahela National Forest/Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

August 27, 2009

Aaaaannnnndddddddd one more from my day in West Virginia!

This image was made the same day as all of the previous WV images, but this was taken about 15 minutes after sunset as a layer of clouds blew in from the South. I used my Singh Ray Vari-ND filter to obtain an eight minute shutter speed for the sky. I’ve also received some criticism for leaving the foreground so dark, but I like it that way and hope you do too.

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Cadillac Mountain Sunset, Acadia National Park, Maine

June 14, 2009

Hey everybody,

I just got home yesterday, and the processing begins! Here’s a shot I just worked up. I had been out birding all day, and the clouds looked pretty bad. I went out to shoot sunset anyways, just in case, and I’d say it was pretty nice. I’m gonna keep this one brief, since I’ll be assisting on my man Joe’s one-day Great Falls workshop in about four hours.

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Maine Day 1: Sunset Layers, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

June 3, 2009

Hey everybody,

I’ve just completed my first full day of shooting in Maine. It went pretty well, by my standards at least. I went out looking for birds this morning and during a brief cloudy stint this afternoon. The highlight was certainly an extremely cooperative Black-throated Green Warbler. I found tons of spots with tons of different birds for me to go back to. I’m really making an effort to get some songbirds out here, especially with all of the cloudy skies the Maine coast so graciously has to offer.

Anyway, I got caught up with the birds, and lost track of time. I had been planning a hike for sunset. I hurried from where I was birding to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, and caught the last 15 minutes of a pretty nice light show. I have some wide angle shots as well, but they require a blend, which I’m not equipped to do on my laptop. So, here’s a telephoto shot. Once again, please excuse the laptop processing.

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Colorado National Monument sunset

April 29, 2009

Hi folks,

Yet another one from my lengthy trip. I’m almost done catching up with the processing! Here’s one I shot from the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction, CO. I got up there just as a snowstorm was moving out, and was treated to this wonderful view at sunset.

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Delicate Arch, re-processed, AGAIN!

April 24, 2009

Hey everybody,

Yet another from Moab, Utah in Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is quite the iconic image, but I’m happy because I feel like I got something a little different. I think this is the third or fourth time I processed this, but I’m happy with it now. Gotta love it when light peeks through dark storm clouds!

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Sunset from Dante’s View, Death Valley National Park, California

April 2, 2009

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Bryce Canyon Sunset

March 26, 2009

Hey everybody,

Here’s yet another shot from my travels during this fall/winter. I had intended to get to Kodachrome Basin for this sunset, but I was running late. I decided I’d try my luck at Bryce Canyon, knowing that it was much better for sunrise shooting. I think I made out well for the relatively clear conditions. I really love the post-sunset “glow” that is always present in the Southwestern desert. I miss it!

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Toroweap at Sunset, Grand Canyon National Park

March 18, 2009

Hey everybody, here’s a sunset shot from the Toroweap (Tuweep, Toroweep, ETC.) section of Grand Canyon National Park. Getting to this location involves driving 61 miles each way down a remote, unpaved, and sometimes really rough road. The view makes the long drive out TOTALLY worth it. I have not yet been to any other North Rim overlooks, but I have to say that this is the most fantastic one I’ve seen. The sheer cliff drops 3000′ straight to the Colorado River and it’s just incredible. It took me two overnight visits before I had the right conditions, and it was well worth it!

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Paria Badlands at sunset

March 16, 2009

This is an image from November, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument of Utah. I’ve had a hell of a time processing this, and have to admit I still don’t feel great about it. You may recognize that I posted it a few months ago in this post. I think this version is quite a bit stronger, but I’m still uncertain in general.

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Sunset over the Plott Balsams, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

March 5, 2009

…and the processing continues! Here’s a shot I made during late October in North Carolina. I shot the sunset somewhere else, and it was pretty uneventful. I was driving back to my campsite when I realized there were some clouds blowing in, and that there was still a good bit of color in the sky. I set up my gear and this 60-second exposure was one of a dozen I pulled off before the light was too low.

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Watching football…

December 21, 2008

You know, sometimes I question my sanity when I’m in Moab, Utah, and I’m skipping out on a sunset to watch a Redskins game. Hmm. I tried going out to shoot and it just felt wrong. Like how it feels to have a friend from out of town visit, and not being able to see them. Oh well. Go ‘Skins!

Here are two more winter themed shots from Canyonlands National Park a few days ago. The first image is from the Green River overlook. The second is of Washer Woman arch and the La Sal Mountains, taken from Mesa Arch.

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Rainy Day

December 13, 2008

Hey guys,

I wrote this last night and scheduled it to show up now. I’m probably out in the rain photographing some petroglyphs right now. I’m not particularly interested in them, but I think it’s a fun way to spend a rainy day, and it’s nice to have images of them.

Here are two more from Death Valley that I’ve worked up.

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I made it to Moab!

December 13, 2008

Hi everybody,

Due to the fact that precipitation is forecasted over each of the next eight days, I’ve chosen to cut my time in Escalante and Capitol Reef short. I figure that the rain, snow, and ice will make many of the dirt backroads of those areas impassable, and well, that’s where a lot of the good stuff is located. Theres a lot of awesome places to shoot like that here in Moab as well, but there are also more paved roads, thanks to the National Parks in the area.

Over the last few days, I’ve made my way across the state, shooting at Bryce Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Devil’s Garden, slots in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Mon., and Cathedral Valley. I only had one day of sunshine when I was in Escalante. I was being ambitious, and had hoped to get to Spooky Gulch, Peek-A-Boo canyon, and Zebra slot all on the same day. I abandoned that plan once I realized I spent 5 hours inside of Spooky. Anyway, here are some shots from Bryce Canyon and Spooky Gulch.

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Dante’s View

December 8, 2008

Hey everybody,

Posts from DV are short and sweet because the internet connection down here is painfully slow! Here’s one from Dante’s View three nights ago. It’s quite a view from up there!

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Update from Death Valley

December 7, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’m catching some wi-fi from the Visitor Center here at Furnace Creek, which is inside Death Valley National Park. I’ve been having some nice light out here, and the scenery is just fantastic… Almost looks like another planet out here.

Here are two shots from Aguerreberry Point last night.

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I need to shoot more verticals…

December 5, 2008

Hey everyone! I made it through Crap Vegas, which I consider to be the armpit of the Southwest. I treated myself to dinner at an Indian restaurant. It had been too long. Anyhow, I’m now writing this from the parking lot of a Pahrump, NV Wal-Mart. I’m probably about an hour and a half from where I’m going to sleep tonight, and then I’m off to Death Valley for sunrise tomorrow! I’m excited, and I can’t wait to spend the better part of the next 4-5 days exploring back roads and photographing.

Also, another thing that excites me is that I had 81 blog views today. That’s more than I’ve ever had in a day, and by quite a bit. Thanks to everybody who looked. That may not be a large sum of hits for some of you, but it was enough to get me excited.

Here’s one from the Grand Canyon two weeks ago. I need to shoot more verticals.

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Done with the Buttes!

December 4, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’ve spent the last few days shooting at Coyote Buttes North, South, and the White Pocket. It was AWESOME. Such a cool part of the desert. The geography there is just ridiculous. I’m amazed by what erosion can do to sandstone. I can’t wait to get back out there next time I’m in the area!

I’m headed out to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada today, and then I’m off to Death Valley for a few days! I hadn’t anticipated making it that far west, but I shaved a few days off my itinerary for other locations, and made it fit.

This first image is from Coyote Buttes South. I climbed up towards the top of a formation, and found these rocks to use as a foreground.

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The second image is from the North section, and is from a spot called the “second wave.”

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Finally, this one was from the actual “wave.” The light was less than ideal, so I focused on photographing smaller sections of the formation.

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Heading out to the Buttes

November 30, 2008

Hey everybody,

I don’t have a whole lot to say this time. I’ve been photographing around Page, AZ and Kanab, UT for the past few days. I got together with/met photographers John Mumaw and George Stocking yesterday to photograph Eggshell Arch (AKA Thanksgiving Arch.) Much to our dismay, we got kicked out… I’m just going to leave it at that. So, we left that area and headed back towards Page, choosing to camp up at Stud Horse Point. We photographed at sunrise, and then I left in a hurry to go photograph some slot canyons.

In the afternoon I ventured out to Nipple Bench and Alstrom Point on the north coast of Lake Powell this afternoon. Here are some shots from the outing. The first one is from the badlands on Nipple Bench, and the next three are from Alstrom Point.

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I’ll be heading off tomorrow for Coyote Buttes North, Coyote Buttes South, and the White Pocket. I’ll be back to internet land on the 4th or 5th.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008

Hey everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m writing this from snowy Bryce Canyon, Utah. My girlfriend, Jaci, has been out here hanging out and dealing with my photography all week long. We stuffed ourselves at a Thanksgiving buffet, and plan to spend the rest of the day feeling miserably full and watching some football. So far, four inches of snow have fallen up here, and it looks like it’s supposed to continue through the night. It’s forecasted to clear up right around sunrise tomorrow, so I’m hoping things will work out for me photographically. It’s pretty tough shooting at such a grand place as this with little to no visibility.

Here are some shots from a few nights ago at a place called Paria, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I loved the purple hues in the badlands, and I hope to go back and catch another sunset out there. The sky was filled with dark clouds, with only a sliver of clear sky on the western horizon. I was hoping for magnificent colors in the sky, but was treated to these equally rewarding conditions.

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