My fall trip to southern Utah is fast approaching, and I am curious how the color will be this year. The last GREAT year for color was in 2010. The maples in Zion were so full of color. In the years since then, it has been a mixed bag. Last year, the color was pretty good, but also about 10 days early. With all that in mind, I am reminded that some of the worst years for color have resulted in some of my favorite photos. Take for example this photo of a beautiful boxelder tree in the narrows. In 2013, fall color throughout the park was weak at best, but this tree looked amazing. It literally stopped me in my tracks. The purple, yellow, and green color combo was so unusual, and I loved the gnarled character of the tree. I look forward to what this fall season brings, and I know that there will be plenty of great opportunities, regardless of if it is a good or bad year for color. . . . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #nakedplanet #zion #utah
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I shot this photo on my late spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This is a tree that I have been wanting to photograph for many years now, but I struggled with it in years past. On my previous attempts, my lenses were either too long or too wide. This time I brought a different lens, which proved ideal for this scene. The other variable that I’ve struggled with in years past was the window of good light. This scene looks best just after sunrise when the canyon wall in the background has a soft glow. Only moments after sunrise, direct light spills down that background wall, ruining the photo. By visiting this scene 2 months later than usual, the angle of the sun was different, and I found that I had a far more generous window of opportunity to set up my camera and make the exposure. This was taken with the new @intrepidcamera 8x10 mk II, using a Fujinon 240mm A lens and @kodak Ektar 100 color negative film. . If you are curious about the full story behind this photo, be sure to check out my latest Youtube video. . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #ektar100 #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost #utah
Instagram has fostered a strange culture — a culture where photographers create images designed to serve as an escape from everyday life. These images are consumed by people at work, at home, or otherwise entangled with modern society. In a sad twist of irony, many of these Instagram photographers don’t truly live the lifestyle that they portray. We’ve seen it all — a tent placed at the edge of a cliff, a retro 4x4 SUV in a snowy night landscape with a brightly lit Christmas tree tied to the roof-rack — or perhaps a person enjoying a hammock on a relaxing backpacking trip. These are manufactured moments that don’t resemble reality. It is with tongue-in-cheek that I am posting this image from my spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This image looks relaxing, but if you knew the whole story, I don’t think you would want to trade places with me. You see, I laid down in this hammock for only about 7 seconds, just long enough to take this photo, and I had a good laugh in the process of doing so. I look forward to telling the story of the trip. Episode 1 goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel.
This is my favorite photo from my spring trip to the Redwoods in Northern California. Though had very little fog on this trip, I was fortunate to have a hint of it while I composed this photo. I was attracted to the really clean looking Redwood in the middle of the frame, and how all the surrounding trees played an important role in the composition. This photo will be included in my upcoming 2019 Portfolio Box Set. I have already selected the first 7 prints for the box set, and I look forward to adding a few more from my fall trip. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F slide film using a Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens on my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 camera. . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #provia100f #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost
One of my goals for my spring trip to the Redwoods was to take some time to get to know this new location. Here’s something a bit different from my day one video. You can check out the video on my YouTube Channel, and my Day 2 video goes live this Saturday. Special thanks to the folks at @orukayak for making this possible.
My first video from the Redwoods goes live a week from Saturday on my Youtube channel (June 15th). In the mean time, I am getting ready for the second half of my spring trip, a backpacking trip to Southern Utah. I really enjoyed my time up in the Redwoods, and it was a great experience getting to know such a different environment. It rained every day — and quite hard at times — but I still manage to capture a photo that I am very happy with. I look forward to sharing the story of the trip, and all the moments that led up to that pure moment of zen when I managed to put myself in the right place at the right time.
This is the final photo from my January trip to Death Valley. After spending the morning exploring some nearby salt flats, nothing really peaked my interest, so I returned to the location I photographed the day before, and found a more intimate composition of this mud flow. This photo was taken just as the sun was dropping behind the mountains at sunset, but it was passing through a thin layer of clouds, and that helped to soften the otherwise harsh light. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 and a Nikkor 450mm lens. . . . . . . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #provia100f #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter @deathvalleynps #deathvalley #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost