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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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

I took this photo on day 7 of my January trip to Death Valley. It all started with a VERY early morning drive 40 miles south of the Badwater basin. It was a few hours before sunrise, and I was on a mission. You see, the day before, I was taking some photos of @wildernessinfluencer on the side of the road. By the end of the day I realized I lost one of his hands. That’s right folks, I got up several hours before sunrise so I could retrace my steps along the side of the road in search for a tiny plastic hand that fell off my dol.... *clears throat* action figure. I searched two areas by headlamp, but couldn’t find his dainty little man hand. I felt a bit let down, then started driving north again along Badwater road. It was then that I noticed some clouds in the night sky, and figured there might be some interesting light on the Panamint range at sunrise. I stopped on the side of the road, and set up this composition in the dark. I hung out there all through sunrise, and there was a brief moment when some warm direct sunlight illuminated the mountains. This photo was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F 8x10 film using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 with a Nikkor 450mm lens.
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#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

I took this photo on day 7 of my January trip to Death Valley. It all started with a VERY early morning drive 40 miles south of the Badwater basin. It was a few hours before sunrise, and I was on a mission. You see, the day before, I was taking some photos of @wildernessinfluencer on the side of the road. By the end of the day I realized I lost one of his hands. That’s right folks, I got up several hours before sunrise so I could retrace my steps along the side of the road in search for a tiny plastic hand that fell off my dol.... *clears throat* action figure. I searched two areas by headlamp, but couldn’t find his dainty little man hand. I felt a bit let down, then started driving north again along Badwater road. It was then that I noticed some clouds in the night sky, and figured there might be some interesting light on the Panamint range at sunrise. I stopped on the side of the road, and set up this composition in the dark. I hung out there all through sunrise, and there was a brief moment when some warm direct sunlight illuminated the mountains. This photo was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F 8x10 film using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 with 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