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Essential
There’s something about Zion National Park that just blows me away and it’s not hard to call it my favorite National Park. I think it’s because of the unique hikes that lead to some amazing views. Drive up Zion Canyon, for example, and you can find yourself hiking in the Virgin River as 400 foot red rock walls close in on you, creating the slot canyon known as The Narrows. I first visited The Narrows with Willie and Yan a few years ago and immediately wanted to go back.

Typically people rent special dry-pants, water shoes and hiking poles to make walking through the river easier. I own my own gear and that meant I could hop on the first bus to the Narrows plunge right into the river. Arriving early at The Narrows meant we had the entire canyon mostly to oureslves. By the time I left 5 hours later the entire place was packed like a zoo with curious tourists.  I named this photo "Essential" because it's a hike that everyone must do at least once in their lifetime ... just make sure to go early and avoid the hordes of people who agree with me.

About 4 miles into the Narrows you arrive at a section known as “Wall Street”, it’s where the canyon walls close in just a little more and the walls start to glow orange as the rising sun hits the upper areas and reflects down into the canyon. After walking through the entire Wall Street section I turned back and came across this section that was glowing so intensely that I had to stop. 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 w/Wonderpana Polarizer:
14mm, f/11, 1.3 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-7Vp4TvG

#Zion   #Utah   #Narrows   #TheNarrows   #Virgin   #VirginRiver   #slotcanyon   #glow   #water   #hiking   #amazing   #canyon   #redrock  
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Perfect Dance
<span class="AaronsSubTitle">Aurora over Vesturhorn Mountain
South East Iceland</span>

Preparing for a photo-vacation is both exciting and frustrating. I research locations, lookup moon and sun rise and set times, track the weather, figure out the best place to stand, view hundreds of photos ... the list goes on. By the time I’m ready for the trip I have a pre-visualization of the exact photo that I’d like to take. I also know that the perfect photo rarely happens. Still, I had my hopes up for an aurora-filled visit to Vesturhorn Mountain in Iceland. 

+Willie Huang, +Alan Chan , +R Stern and I had enjoyed an amazingly spectacular display of Northern Lights the night before, when the sun kicked up a Kp 5 solar storm for us. We watched in amazement as the aurora danced before our very eyes and took hundreds of photos of the amazing display. Selfishly we hoped it would repeat the following night when we made our way further east to Vesturhorn. The following night we drove to Vesturhorn, parked our Happy Camper RV’s on the side of the road and waited.

Clouds had rolled in after sunset and we were a bit discouraged. We could see the Northern Lights hiding behind the clouds but those dang clouds were obscuring it! We went to bed hoping the clouds would clear. Every hour I would wake up, check the sky, reset the alarm and go back to bed. I repeated this 5 times and, finally, at 5am, with a few hours left before sunrise, I noticed the clouds were disappearing. I grabbed the camera and raced outside.

Before our eyes the northern lights danced, twinkled and streaked across the sky. Rebecca and I were so engrossed with watching the aurora perfectly dance through the sky that we almost forgot to wake up Willie and Alan! The next 3 hours were spent taking photo after photo, mostly in complete silence, as we made sure to soak in the scene. The images coming out of my camera blew me away — they were better than I had even imagined: an amazing mountain, a beautiful display of Northern Lights, and the aurora reflected in the ice ... what more could I ask for?!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/2.8 2.5 sec, ISO 1600
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-WkMCpVH

#Iceland   #NorthernLights   #Aurora   #Vesturhorn   #night   #auroraborealis   #reflection   #ice   #landscape   #nature  
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San Christmasisco
I love Christmas time in San Francisco because the city outlines itself with beautiful holidays lights. The Transamerica Beacon lights its beacon, a star at the top of its pointy roof. I’ve photographed the city from under the Bay Bridge but I’ve always also wanted to photograph it from above the bridge. The last few years the Beacon turned on well after Blue Hour; thankfully this year the Beacon had been turning on at 5pm, right in the middle of our favorite time of the night!

Willie, Alan, and I met on Treasure Island and were the first to arrive at this spot above the bridge. Several other photographers joined us. I staked out a spot that looked straight onto the bridge and waited. After taking a few photos with the traditional bridge line-up, I raced to where Willie and Alan were standing, slightly off center, to get a slightly less traditional view of the city and its Bay Bridge.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
60mm, f/22, 15 sec, ISO 200
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/ArtArchitecture/Main/i-p9C7JCT/

#holidays   #SF   #BayArea   #TreasureIsland   #BayBridge   #BridgesAtNight   #bridge   #city   #skyline   #sunset   #Transamerica   #Beacon   #Embarcadero   #Christmas  
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Glacial Hideaway
I visited Iceland in the summer and it didn’t take long to fall in love with the island. Unfortunately 2 things were missing that would have made the trip even better: Ice-Caves and Aurora. I had to go back in the winter and go back I did! 

Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I spent 10 days exploring Iceland at the end of February and we quickly checked off our 2 bucket-list items. A chance run-in with Colby Brown, Joe Azure, and Brian Matiash highlighted our first day in the glacial ice-caves. A day later, Oskar from Ice Guides threw us into his massive Super Jeep and off we went to Crystal Cave.

Crystal “Cave” was a network of 3 sections of carved out glacier that creates cavernous tunnels for us to explore. Prepped with helmets, flashlights and our cameras we had almost 2 hours to explore this cave, part of the Svinafellsjokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park. I loved the way the ice curled around and pointed out, away from the entrance, towards the waiting moon. A recent snow storm built a snow-arch, which would fall shortly after our visit. Bucket-list item complete! Later that night we would check off another item: northern lights (photo coming soon!). 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 320
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-Lp3PLRD/A

#IceCave   #Iceland   #CrystalCave   #Glacier   #GlacialCave   #Cave   #Vatnajokull   #Svinasfelljokull   #moon   #snow  
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Morning Sunshine
I’m a night person and spend most of my nights editing photos till the wee hours of dawn. I like to get a few hours of sleep, wake up, and get to work. I don’t usually shoot sunrises because living on the west coast means we face the wrong direction for sunrise. Many mornings during the winter I do wake-up early though, to see if there’s low fog at the Golden Gate Bridge.

On this particular morning I went to bed early knowing that I’d be getting up before sunrise, not for the fog, but because there would be a gorgeous sunrise in the morning. The GGB actually provides a perfect backdrop as it faces east when you drive through SF and into the Marin Headlands.

A number of photographers were in place at Kirby Cove when +Willie Huang and I arrived and we had fun running around like crazy chickens trying to find rocks and different angles to use as foreground elements. The Golden Gate Bridge provides a perfect setting for the golden clouds that Mama Nature graced us with. Before the sun came up too high the city lights add to the beautiful morning!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
19mm, f/5.6, 5.0 sec, ISO 320
3 photo focus stack w/various shutter speeds
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/ArtArchitecture/Main/i-34xQw6R/A

#sunrise   #KirbyCove   #kirby   #city   #SF   #sanfrancisco   #water   #clouds   #city   #cityscape   #seascape   #ocean   #bridge   #GGB   #GoldenGateBridge  
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Drought Rock
Photography. Skiing. Hiking. The 3 things I tell people that I spend my time doing ... or at least I used to tell people until California started enduring drought after drought. When I planned a February ski trip I never thought that there would be so little snow that many Tahoe resorts were forced to close early. 

After spending a fun day avoid rocks while skiing at Squaw, Rebecca and a few friends and I decided to go to my favorite spot for sunset: Bonsai Rock. It was immediately apparent how low Lake Tahoe is. When I first visited in 2011 you could practically swim right up to the edge of the ârampâ. Now itâs 5 feet above the water. On the other hand thereâs a ton of boulders that are great as foreground elements!

Sunset that night was gorgeous but cloudless. The next day our skiing at Alpine Meadows was a lot like the day before but with one noticeable difference: the sun kept getting hidden behind thin clouds. With the sky looking juicy we left the slopes early and made our way back to Bonsai. A quick text message from Jeff/Escaype confirmed my own research: tonight was going to be beautiful!

Rebecca and I were one of the first to arrive and we quickly staked out 2 different spots. Thanks to Social Media and Google Maps I had the feeling that it would get crowded quickly. By the time the sun had set there was a line of 20 photographers elbowing for spots (which is insane in itself because this area is so huge). In fact, I had to somewhat forcefully remove a photographer from setting up directly in front of her! Sure enough once the sun set, the sky lit up with reds, pinks, purples, and oranges and lasted that way for over an hour! 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/11, 1.0 sec, ISO 50
http://www.aaronmphotography.com

#Bonsai   #BonsaiRock   #Tahoe   #LakeTahoe   #Sierra   #sierranevada   #Moutnains   #Rock   #Sunset   #reflection   #sky   #skiing     #drought  
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wow...that is CRAZY low. 
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Caspers Playground
When I set out for the Columbia River Gorge I had one thing on my mind: Wildflowers! I’d been to this area, just outside of Portland, a few times to shoot waterfalls and I was excited to spend my time photographing something different. Unfortunately the flowers had a different plan. They were all dead, dying, wind blown or just ugly. Not a good year for flower photography. :(

Willie and I had spent the day shooting waterfalls with some friends but we were determined to make a full day of waterfalls. Neither of us had been to Spirit Falls and we loved the turquoise blue water and decided to make the hike down to this beautiful waterfall. 

There’s no real trail to get down to Spirit Falls. Follow the well worn path in the shoal rock and eventually you get to the falls. We just missed a few kayakers making the run (which woulda been awesome to watch!) down the falls. It took a bit of searching to figure out how to get the classic view but eventually we found the small waterfall that everyone climbs down and made our way into position. I decided to include some of the leaves, moss, and rock on the left so that they would provide some contrast with the awesomely turquoise water (which was made possible by a nice blue sky day). 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/8, 0.4 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-wvtJpXp

#waterfall   #spirit   #spiritfalls   #washington   #columbiarivergorge   #kayak   #kayakers   #turquoise   #longexposure   #landscape   #nature  
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Out to Sea
I’ve always loved photographing water and of all the wonderful places along the Santa Cruz coast the place that holds my most nostalgic experience is Hole in the Wall beach. Not because it’s the prettiest beach in the Bay Area (it’s not) or because it has beautiful sea stacks and stunning cliffs, but rather because I had a near-death experience here. Several years ago Willie and I photographed this beach and on our way back to the car I managed to get swept up in a wave and tossed against the rocks before I managed to drag myself back onto the beach. I’ve had a respectful fear of the Ocean ever since. 

Willie had scouted this section of the beach on a previous trip and wanted to return for this evenings’ sunset. The climb down was fairly steep and I was a little bit nervous of the massive waves crashing against the rocks but on this trip I managed to avoid any life-threatening experiences. Instead I witnessed a beautiful sunset. 

I had been fascinated by this little channel almost as soon as we arrived here. I loved the little arch and noticed how the waves drained off the background cliffs, creating mini-waterfalls. To my right were beautiful wave-carved granite slots that I hoped would reflect the sunset. Unfortunately my gamble failed and the sunset color stayed low in the sky, not high enough to reflect in the slots. Trying to make do I ended up back at this channel. I still wish the sunset had reflected on the granite rocks but hey, it turned out pretty nice anyways.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/9, 0.6 sec, ISO 100

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-fpkJdD7

#water   #Ocean   #SantaCruz   #California   #sunset   #seascape   #HoleInTheWall   #beach   #channel   #arch   #waterfall  
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great sense of movement and the sunset ain't too shabby either....
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Fire Brick Road
Of all the places I’ve traveled for photography my most common destination is the Southwest. In particular Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. There’s something about the beautiful red rock, the way the wind has carved the sandstone or formed gigantic hoodoo’s, the giant vistas and the stunning monsoonal sunsets. 

My first southwest trip in 2014 took +Willie Huang and I all over Northern Arizona. We started out on the southern border of Utah, explored the area around Page, and eventually made our way to Tuba City and the Painted Hills. It was our second night shooting this location and Willie and I had high hopes that the monsoon clouds would stick around for our sunset shoot — something they had not done the night before. 

We arrived early and noticed a stunning section of rolling hills: layers of various red rock with small mountains in the background. The clouds were perfectly aligned, if only they’d stay put. When the clouds burst into reds and oranges we both knew we were witnessing something special. After photographing the scene we both ran off in different directions, hoping to find another composition before the sky faded. I found this curve in the silstone and knew it would make a great photo. By the time I got Willie’s attention the color in the clouds had already begun to fade. This is a cloud I’ll never forget!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/14, 4.0 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-3WCz5pm

#sunset   #Arizona   #PaintedDesert   #PaintedHills   #TubaCity   #Monsoon   #landscape   #curve  
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Aurorabow
When I visited Iceland last July, I crammed in almost everything I wanted to see into a very busy and amazing 12 days but a return in winter visit was in order. Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I made that happen at the end of February. In the middle of our trip we were treated to 2 nights of stunning aurora and on this particular evening we drove to the Skogafoss waterfall in hopes of a 3rd night of aurora.

When we arrived at Skogafoss we knew cloudy skies were on their way. We also knew the sun had been quiet and our chances at the radiation storm required to produce the aurora were pretty low so we parked our Camper Vans with a view of the waterfall and went to bed. Every few hours I would wake up, stick the camera at the window and take a photo to see if the aurora had come out. Around 5am I noticed the clouds had thinned and the sky had a nice green glow to it. Rebecca and I hopped out of the car and fired off a few quick photos. 

I was so focused on making sure the camera was in focus that I almost didn’t notice the rainbow. When I finally had the camera all set I looked up and realized “OH MY GOSH! A MOONBOW!” I think Rebecca thought I was insane. “What’s a moonbow?!” she asked. “THE RAINBOW! LOOK! FROM THE LIGHT OF THE MOON! WITH AURORA!” I quickly fired off a few more shots and looked behind me to see the moon was about to set below the mountains. I didn’t even have time to get a better composition before it was gone. 

Nikon D800 w/Bower 24mm f/1.4:
24mm, f/5.6, 25 sec, ISO 800
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-DGM6QMN/A

#Aurora   #moonbow   #lunarrainbow   #rainbow   #Skogafoss   #Iceland   #night   #northernlights   #waterfall   #awesome  
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Silent City
+Willie Huang and I spent 6 days in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and by the end of the trip we had visited most of the major spots and anything that didn’t require waking up at 1am to photograph sunrise. When the weather forecast predicted clouds for our last morning we were stumped on where to go. Half jokingly I threw out: “Bryce?”. Off to Bryce it was! 

We weren’t quite sure if our hour+ long drive to Bryce would be worth it. Patches of clouds existed but we couldn’t quite tell until the sun started to rise and lit up this patch of clouds gloriously. 

Strangly named ... “Sunset Point” is probably the best spot to photograph sunrise and we ran around the Rim Trail for quite some time trying to find our perfect spot. I love the way that this scene forms layers upon layers for our eyes. Up front you have the towering Hoodoo’s and Thor’s Hammer (on the right), while the whiter colors of the Upper Member sit  behind. Sandstone hills lie further back before Bryce drops into a valley and is then finished with more mountains in the background. Thanks to Mama Nature for finishing the sky off with a matching orange and red sky. The drive and early wake up was totally worth it!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
28mm, f/11, 3 sec, ISO 100
3 image focus stack

#Bryce   #BryceNationalPark   #NationalPark   #sunrise   #Utah   #Hoodoo   #ThorsHammer   #Thor   #reflection   #glow  
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Spellbound
There’s something magical about Martin’s Beach. Perhaps it has to do with the wizard’s hat shaped sea-stack just off the shore of the beach. Or perhaps it’s because it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the California Coast. Maybe, even, it’s because getting to this place long enough to enjoy it is a bit lucky. 

For those that don’t know the drama of Martin’s Beach here’s the overview: A billionaire bought the land nearby, closed access to it because he claimed it was his, and finally after years of battle, a California judge ruled that he had to follow California law and allow public access back to the beach. With ideal conditions and a beautiful sunset predicted, +Willie Huang and I arrived early. 

Turns out the landlords aren’t too happy about the judge’s decision and told us if we didn’t pay the $10 parking fee they’d call the cops on us. For the record, the cops did show up, but nothing horrific happened. 

This sunset was magical before the light-show began. As the sun began to descend it caused a beautiful orange/yellow glow in the perfectly textured clouds. When the sun dipped below the horizon the clouds lit up in beautiful deep oranges, reds, and pinks, reflecting off the virga. Willie was so overtaken by the sunset he didn’t realize he had become completely drenched from the waves. Like any magic trick, the sunset practically disappeared in 1 instant: 2 minutes after it lit up it had all but disappeared! Luckily I was able to grab a few snaps before the trick ended. Taken with +Jeff Lewis and Nick Steinberg

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8:
20mm, f/10, 0.5 sec, ISO 100

#MartinsBeac   #Sunset   #PacificOcean   #HalfMoonBay   #seascape   #seastack   #witch   #Escaype  

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Fantastic work! Wonderful colors and a dreamlike landscape!
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