Eric Ward (@littlecoal)

Blessed father of 3 & husband to an amazing woman. @SonyAlpha #alphacollective Contact : My latest travel article


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After dropping my daughter off at soccer practice the other day I took my son, Cole, to see an owl I watched a few days before. It was such an amazing experience to be able to share with him. I believe Cole’s eyes were almost as big as the owl’s when they saw each other for the first time. I love being able to share these experiences with them while they grow up and I hope their love for exploring nature only continues to grow as they do. Swipe to check out a few other friends we found on the same visit. It’s amazing what you can find during a two hour soccer practice when you go looking. 📷: Sony a7riii Lens: Sony 100-400 4.5-5.6 GM Settings: ISO 800 f/5.6 1/100 #alphacollective #bealpha

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from social media over the last month and it’s been incredibly refreshing. Looking back through a few moments that I will never forget has reminded me that the most powerful part of this platform is not the images or the inspiration, but rather the people and the relationships. Sure, I find an incredible amount of inspiration from the talented photographers that I follow on here, but it’s the people that I’ve had the opportunity to meet and the friendships that I’ve been fortunate enough to form through this app that will always be the most rewarding. This photo was taken on a trip to Scotland with @sonyalpha and while Scotland was absolutely stunning, the experience was made complete by the friends I was traveling with, each bringing their own background and talents to the group. The memories of the experience will forever be intertwined with the people surrounding you. So, surround yourself with good people and continue to seek opportunities to make memories, not simply photos. If you ever find yourself in NW Ohio, hit me up and if I’m free I’d love to connect. Camera: Sony a7riii Lens: 100-400 GM 4.5-5.6 (1/50 sec. f/5.6 iso100) #alphacollective #bealpha #sonyalpha

The watchful eye of a parent. (Swipe left to see the full story.) Camera: a7riii Lens: 100-400 4.5/5.5 GM #alphacollective #sonyalpha #bealpha

Won’t you make my eyes, Your eyes.

It felt -40 yesterday in NW Ohio and will be 56 in 4 days. Winter in the Midwest is always interesting.

Lift my eyes (Shot on the Sony a7riii with Sony 100-400 4.5-5.6 GM) #lunareclipse #superwolfbloodmoon #moon #eclipse #sonyalpha #alphacollective

(Swipe for the full landscape image) Scotland had been a dream location for me for quite some time, so when @sonyalpha offered me the opportunity to visit a few months ago with some amazing friends I jumped at the chance. This photograph was the within the first hours of us landing and as I battled the wind and blowing mist I had the biggest smile on my face, because this was exactly what I hoped Scotland would be like and I was going to enjoy every detail. After shooting for a few minutes, I noticed these colorful rocks on the outside bend of a small riverbed near the front of this house with the mountain behind and knew I had found my composition. I shared the vertical crop while I was traveling, but upon returning home, I went back to the of file and noticed @dave.krugman hiking on the left side of the frame and loved the added scale he brought to the final image. For me, he also reminds me that, while I enjoy exploring on my own, the friendships we strengthen while traveling with others are the most meaningful outcome of these adventures.

Which is the camel and which is the shadow? When I saw that camels were on the itinerary during a trip with @socality and @israelcollective this past June I was hoping to get a few shots from above, but could never have dreamed for the perfect timing that allowed the shadows to be exactly the same size as the camels themselves. It took my kids seeing the video a few times before they realized that what they thought were camels were actually the shadows of the camels. Have fun with this one! The moment turned out to be one of my favorite moments I’ve ever captured on video.

Patience doesn’t always pay off, but when it does those are often the moments that end up meaning the most. This image is a favorite of mine that I shared in 2018, not only because of the moment captured and the composition, but because of the time and attention to detail that it took to capture it. This single deer was one of a much larger group I had been watching and following for almost two hours. I had been out in the grasses to the left, but as it walked from the group toward the road out of frame to the right I quickly made my way to the path hoping to be able to separate it from the background by framing it with the snow. As it walked across from left to right, I liked the image I captured, but it was missing something. Suddenly, a car approached from over my shoulder as it neared the road and the deer turned around and quickly sprinted back to the rest of the herd. As it did, I was there with the scene framed the way I envisioned it and was able to separate it from the background, centered and in mid-stride, resulting in an image that speaks of speed and urgency, but reminds me to be patient and enjoy the stillness. #alphacollective #bealpha

The prefect one is out there. 🎄Merry Christmas🎄

I’m not sure if this is where Santa hangs out just before his big trip or right after, but if I were him it would certainly be on my list.

One of my favorite sunrises from a family visit to Grand Teton National Park during July. It was my first visit to the park and I was blown away by the beauty surrounding us everywhere.

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