I’m and thrilled to announce that I will be one of the 25 photographers teaching at the @mammothphotofest this October 10-13 and if you use the code BURST15 you can get 15% of your tickets. While there I will be leading a photographer excursion and meetups, giving a Key note talk about the Art of Story Telling in Social Media and participate on panel that will discuss the Business of Photography. This event is guaranteed to be worth your time. Follow the link on the @mammothphotofest page to sign up and I hope to see you there. Photo: This was taken by first connecting my camera to my phone via an app, then mounting my camera on a tripod how I wanted to frame the photo, walking over to the spot I wanted to stand and taking the photo remotely with phone controlling the camera. Basically it is a complicated selfie
How has Social Media changed your relationship with the outdoors? Photographed: a particularly stunning location in the Dolomites of Italy. Although it did take me awhile to find, which I really enjoyed, when I found it i was like,” Yep. There it is” It is stunning and I enjoyed it but I do wish I never knew it was there until I stumbled upon it. I love exploration and the unknown and I guess that is why I prefer to avoid the popular places and go find places I didn’t know existed..... but still this was awesome and I’m stoked I could see this place for myself.
NATIONAL PARK TRIP GIVEAWAY! My friends at @wild_tribute (who give back 4% of their proceeds to the parks) and I are launching a dream giveaway for you and a friend to visit a US national park of your choice! The grand prize includes air travel, park entry, and accommodations, valued at $2000. Additionally, Wild Tribute is giving away a free t-shirt of your choice from www.wildtribute.com to the 20 runner-up selections in this contest. I’m beyond privileged to visit so many national parks as often as I do, and I’m excited to give you the chance to win this fantastic park trip. To enter and win: (1) Follow @wild_tribute (2) In a comment tag a friend and tell us the national park you’d visit! For extra entries, tag additional friends (with each friend in a separate comment). Each tagged friend equals one entry (no limit on entries) (3) click on link in my bio to enter your email where prompted. Contest ends on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM MST. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on @wild_tribute and notified via email by September 1st at 11:59pm MST. Best of luck! (All #giveaway rules in bio link.) #wildtribute #4theparks #giveaway #contest
Don’t let anyone ever tell you that once you have a kid your adventures/travel will be a thing of the past. You are the one that will decide that and no one else. When @rebornbyadventure decided to go have a girls day out with her friends, I decide to go have a Daddy daughter date/hike with my little lady @moonmountainlife . We joined my buddy Sam and his puppy to go hike up Mt. Borah. It is the tallest mountain in Idaho and also would become the highest point my daughter has ever been (12,662 ft) The trail gains 5,200 ft in 4 miles. It was brutal and I dont know how many more times I’ll be willing to carry her to the top of a mountain before she gets too heavy but I’m happy to have done this to make another memory with her that I will never forget.
This last week while on a 5 day backpacking trip in Wyoming, I was standing there taking a few photos while my daughter ( @moonmountainlife ) was holding my hand and tugging on me to keep going. I simply couldn’t resist taking this shot of this moment although it mirrors a popular trend of photo compositions. I wasn’t trying for this, but this is just a photo of a real moment of my 2 year old wanting me to go with her to explore our wild spaces. I hope she will always want me to go with her. Thank you my baby girl.
Today is a day a deep thought for me. It's funny how somedays, the direction in my life seems to make sense and then others, I feel so lost and confused. I guess that is the result ofwanting explore what life really can offer instead of taking the well trodden paths. Deep down I love and I'll look back with fondness on the process but in the moment... Yeah. Here is a photo of one of the best experiences I've ever had as a result of going into the unknown down a river on @alpacka_raft with some great friends 🙋♂️ @jeffcarlsonphoto
When I travel to new places, I always ask myself, ”what is it about this place that makes it so unique and different from other places I've ever been”. As I find answers to that question, that is what I try my best to capture and emphasize in my photos. For me the Dolomites were special for many reasons, one of which were the churches. Some new, but most were old. Very old. This church for example was in the middle of a field. I dont think it gets used any more. I'm use to seeing important building with roads to them but there is something truly special to see a build of great worth to some without a road to it. Was it always that way? Does it still get use? I don't know but it is absolutely beautiful
After a few days of packrafting through a jungle filled canyon, we reached the point on the map that I had marked a vague pinpoint of a cave entrance off to the left in the jungle. We didn't know much about it and we didn't think we would find it. The jungle was so thick that to go into it and look wasn't really a possibility without machetes and a lot of time but we did find a wash left behind by a river that must form during the rainy season so we decided to give it a go. The wash was beautiful and a nice change to the previous days of packrafting down the river. We didn't expect to find the cave but after exploring for a while, there it was. A dark mouth with a vast unknown inside. We entered. 🤠 @hayoui @jeffcarlsonphoto
Throughout the Dolomites there are these ”Refugios” which are mountain huts, some are more like hotels, that you can stay at in some of the most epic locations. We stayed at a few of them and honestly, when coming to the Dolomites, I recommend staying at as many of them as you can. They really are amazing. Some served some of the best food we had in the area. At first we were hesitant to stay at them with our daughter because most are like hostel with big room and lots of bunks and we didn't want our daughter to wake other up or them her but we ended up finding out that many offer private room with 3 beds with was perfect. We paid between $16-$40 per person a night.
On my stories, I've been sharing my raw images with my edited version and someone requested to see this photo that I took inside a glow worm cave in New Zealand. Well this is the RAW photo. No editing. No filters. No nothing. Just the raw image that came out of my camera after an exposure time of 275 second at f/1.4 and 1600 iso. I commonly get the question if I had to stand there the entire time like that. Well the answer is, no. I turned on the head lamp for about 3 seconds to expose the area I was standing and then turned it off. Once off, it was so dark on there, the camera couldn't see me any longer and I could relax. While I waited for the camera to finish taking the photo, I just stood there in absolute silent awe of this place while I listened to the song Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi quietly playing from my phone and echoing thru the cavern at around 9 at night. It was pure magic and an experience that, even now as I write this over a year later, fill me with that same wonder and gratitude for this beautiful little planet that we live on.
During our trip to the Italian Dolomites, my family and I visited Siesser Alms. This place is the largest mountain meadow in Europe and has been inhabited since the stone age but due to its high altitude it was primarily used for hunting and hasn't been cultivated or developed until tourism in the area began resulting in hotels and a ski resort. Despite the development it is possible to find vast views of the area with these old hunting cabins amongst the rolling grassy flowering hills that is picture perfect. We hiked around the area during the day but to be honest, I really didn't enjoy it that much. It was crazy hot with very little shade and mid day sun hide the beauty of the rolling hills by removing the shadows and texture to the area but we survie. The next day, I returned before sunrise the next morning and walked for an hour to get to this area. During the day I really didn't find it all that impressive, but during the morning with the dew still clinging to the grass, the soft light and the fog playing amongst the hill, I feel like I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It was calm, peaceful and beside myself and two other photographers there was no one else around. It turned out to be on of my favorite memories from the trip.
I can't not stress enough to an aspiring photographer how important it is to be a storyteller. The art of Storytelling is the oldest form of art there is and it is what makes all the other art forms come to life and have meaning to impact others. Snaping a beautiful photo is great but if there isn't a story behind the photo or you don't know how to tell it, the photo has very little meaning and will be lost amongst the millions of other beautiful photos that people take with no other purpose than to get the likes on Instagram. During the @mammothphotofest I'll be talking more about this and also teaching some photography. Hope to see you there. Photo: This photo of @hayoui was taken during one of thee most memorable adventures of my life down a small river in Mexico that I accessed with an amazing crew using our @alpacka_raft these little boats have been the vehicle to making possible many of my favorite adventures and this photo is getting me stoked to attending the annual @americanpackraftingassociatio packraft round up in Idaho to meet new friends and float some white water!