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Iced Over
One of the main attractions in Iceland is a giant Ice-Lagoon filled with icebergs as they melt off a glacier and float away into the Atlantic Ocean. The powerful waves break up the icebergs and push them back onto shore, where they wash up on a black lava sand beach. The ice-lagoon and the ice-beach were 2 of the spots that I desperately wanted to see on my first trip to Iceland.

I first went to Iceland in the summer but the weather was so crummy we barely saw the sky until 10 days into the trip. I got a neat photo from the ice-beach but never with any color in the sky. When I went back a year later, in the winter, I got a lot luckier and for the first time I was able to enjoy the entire Icelandic landscape (I could finally see the mountain tops, the beautiful peaks, the hundreds of glaciers...)

On this particular evening we were hanging out at the Jokulsarlon ice-beach and the sun just managed to peak its way out of the clouds and cast a little bit of orange light into the sky. Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I kept dashing back and forth, trying to get close to these icebergs while also not getting completely soaked.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/20, 1.0 sec, ISO 100

#jokulsarlon #iceberg #icebeach #iceland #sunset #longexposure #water #atlanticocean #ocean #blacksandbeach #blacksand #beach
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Mars Rising
While exploring Southern Utah, outside of Hanksville, there's an area known as the “Mars Desert Research Station” because it has one of the 4 planned simulated Mars surface exploration habitats. It definitely looks a bit like Mars, and I can tell why they named it that and setup shop here.

After a windy night, we woke up to David pulling into town with his camera and a client in tow. We all setup and snapped photos for an hour or two, watching as the light changed over the course of the sunrise.

During the morning this area is bathed in interesting light. It changes super quickly to boot! As the sun rises it casts a blue-purple glow to the entire scene. Then as the sun peaks over the horizon everything becomes orange, red, shadows creep in, and the landscape completely changes. I enjoyed the purple-blue moment but was ultimate drawn to the shadows that came out just as the sun peaked over the horizon, mixing the purple-blue with some oranges.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f2/.8:
100mm, f/13, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

#sunrise #utah #southernutah #factorybutte #butte #desert #badlands #light
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Corn Field
Yea yea, I realize that this isn’t a “corn field” in the sense that you’re all used to, but this is corn! Corn Lilies to be exact! Willie has an obsession with the way Corn Lily leaves twist and curl into beautiful abstract shapes and when we found a huge field of Corn Lily on our first day at Mt. Rainier, we had to spend an hour or so photographing them. The entire trip he would keep his eye out for the “perfect patch” (which he only sorta did find).

Just after parking and heading on the trail up Mt. Rainier, in search of wildflower fields, we came across this area of Corn Lilies. We searched high and low for a patch of leaves that chris-crossed with each other in beautiful shapes but something else caught my eye: the 2 small flowers that sprung up in this scene.

A lot of time landscape photographers will “garden” the scene — remove weeds or place flowers in the scene, but in this case I touched nothing - these were 100% there before I found the photo (and were still there after I took the photo).

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
52mm, f/13, 0.8 sec, ISO 250

#Corn #lily #mtrainier #rainier #nationalpark #sunrise #flowers
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Pastel-icious Bridge-ilicious

It's not common to get both low fog and high thin clouds at the Golden Gate Bridge. In fact, I had been waiting for these perfect conditions for 5 years, starting in 2011. The perfect conditions happen every few years; I remember seeing a photo from Alan Chan that had both, but I had clearly missed all of these occasions.

Thankfully a co-worker happened to post that there was low fog at the bridge at 9:30pm the night before. When I checked the Escaype app and saw a 100% of epic sunrise, I knew I had to go to bed and then wake up for this sunrise. It wasn't to be missed! I botched my wake-up time and ended up missing the perfect blue-hour conditions that I had so desperately wanted. But I did make it there in time to catch the peak burn in the clouds as the sun rose.

The gate to Hawk Hill was closed and the area was packed with photographers but I managed to race up, on foot, to the Hill. Along the way I ran into some friends at the "Thread the Needle" spot and I stopped here to catch my breath. I grabbed my long lens and captured this photo of the low fog, the bridge, and the city, before continuing to race on up the hill. I loved the way the orange pastel colors in the sky contrast with the blue colors of the fog, with the red bridge sticking up in between.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8:
135mm, f/13, 2 sec, ISO 100

#SF #SanFrancisco #Fog #escaype #cityscape #California #GoldenGateBridge #sunrise
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Morning's Envy
It's funny how you go to a new place to photograph it, with the intention of photographing a number of different locations, yet you end up going back to the same few spots over and over. That's how it was while we were in Banff: Willie and I kept finding ourselves at Vermillion Lakes during sunrise.

On this particular morning the sky was starting to burn before we even got out of the car. We knew that this "pre-burn" meant we were in for a beautiful morning. As the sun continued to rise the colors in the sky grew more intense and we quietly snapped away, trying to not crack the thin ice forming on Second Vermillion Lake with our excitement. Light rays beamed out of Mount Rundle. Just when we thought the show was over, we turned around to find new scenes to photograph.

While the sun rose in the east, we looked west and caught the first rays of light hitting Cascade Mountain. I loved the orange glow that it cast on the mountain, while the clouds behind it give the illusion that it's spewing fire. I kept the entire scene fairly dark to maintain the peacefulness of the waking morning.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
155mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, ISO 100

#Banff   #BanffNationalPark   #Vermillion   #VermillionLake   #sunrise   #mountains   #Cascade   #CascadeMountain   #landscape   #nature  
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I first visited this little oasis a year prior with Willie, Rami, and Terence but didn't come away with any photos due to ... well, to be honest, it was Terence’s fault! Terence was so late in meeting us that by the time we arrived at this waterfall the sun started invading the photo. Willie managed to snap a photo but by the time we switched spots, the light was ruining the scene.

Zack, Willie and I went back this year and we made sure to arrive with plenty of time (of course cloudy skies also helped). March and April had been very dry in the Portland area and a lot of the greenery, the moss and ferns, that we had hoped would be at peak bloom, simply weren’t there. The scene is still stunning and we all came away with some gorgeous photos.

This place has been photographed a billion times and the most common spot was taken a little bit behind where I took this photo. I just loved the shape of the ferns in the lower right here and the way they framed the waterfall and creek.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/13, 3 sec, ISO 100

#mossygrotto   #portland   #columbiariver   #columbiarivergorge   #waterfall   #water   #fern   #ferns   #stream  
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Horsing Around in Mordor

Every February there's an absolutely stunning phenomenon that occurs in Yosemite National Park: a waterfall appears as if it's on fire! Horsetail Falls, which runs from snowmelt off the eastern side of the giant rock known as "El Capitan", hasn't existed for the last 5 years due to the California drought. But this year, thanks to El Niño, it has returned! As the sun sets with its orange light, and if it's located in the right place in the sky, its light reflects off the granite walls and onto the waterfall, making it look as if it's on fire! I last photographed this in 2011 and I was very eager to capture it again.

The angle in which the sun can hit the waterfall is fairly limited, and knowing which angles will work, I'm able to write a computer program every year that predicts on which days and what times the waterfall will erupt. This year, the ideal days were on Sunday, Febraury 21 and Monday, February 22. I had seen a number of amazing photos taken earlier than this but with my busy schedule, I planned on making 2 trips to Yosemite to see the Fire Falls. On Sunday, Willie, Mike, Sammi and I drove to Yosemite, rustled with the massive crowds (thanks to Social Media, thousands of people flock to Yosemite to see this), and then left in disappointment as clouds rolled in at the last minute and blocked the sun from hitting the falls.

On Monday I had planned to take 8 of my SmugMug co-workers to see the waterfall and we left work at 6:30am to get to Yosemite in time. A few people hadn't ever visited Yosemite, so we left some time to explore a bit of the park. Knowing the crouds could get large, we immediately dropped off Willie and our tripods and then ventured off to explore the park. Having photographed this in 2011 from one of the two main locations (South Side Drive), I was determined to try a new angle this year: near the North Side Drive, El Capitan Picnic Grounds. 

Clouds began to roll in during the afternoon and I began to get worried that our chance at the Fire Falls would be ruined, for a second straight day. Fortunately for us, the clouds (mostly) disappeared. Sure enough, by 5:15pm the rockface and waterfall started to turn orange. We all began snapping away like crazy. And then the light died! A cloud had gotten in the way! I wasn't ready to give up and sure enough, after 10 minutes, the sun dipped below the cloud deck and sure enough, the Fire Falls erupted again, this time with the sun in position to turn it a glowing red color! 

While I photographed this with my D800, I also setup my old D700 with an 80-200mm lens and recorded 30 minutes of timelapse footage, taking 1 photo every second for 30 minutes. I combined 1,890 photos into this minute long clip, which you can see here. In it you can see how the light starts orange, fades to white, and then returns to red:

For information on when to see Horsetail Falls, how to shoot it, and what the best days will be, visit my blog at

Nikon D800 w/Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3:
200mm, f/11, 1/40 sec, ISO 640

#Horsetail   #Yosemite   #NationalPark   #waterfall   #firefalls   #fire   #horsetailfalls   #sunset   #lava  
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For those of us living on the other coast, thanks for sharing this! Love the photo, and the video is awesome.
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Willie and I woke up to find several inches of fresh, beautiful snow on the ground. We had grand plans of doing a bit of driving and kept our fingers crossed that the roads would be clear enough to visit all the spots we had planned for the day. The plans involved finding as many snowy trees as we could, plus a drive all the way up to Peyto Lake to see a grand vista.

We stopped at a number of spots before making our way to the highway and over to an area known for rows and rows of trees. We had stopped at the Castle Mountain vista point before and couldn't help but find ourselves drawn to this pull-out off the highway once again. The way the clouds kept pulling at the mountains in the background drew us in.

Willie and I both grabbed our big lenses to continue with our theme of intimate photos. Neither one of us spoke but we happened to both see the same thing in this scene; the clear patch of trees was just calling to be photographed. I love how the mountains peak out in the background while the clearing just begs for someone to lay down and take a nap.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
56mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 320

#Banff #Canada #Alberta #Snow #Blizzard #storm #trees #meadow
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City on Fire
(Google+ is totally butchering this photo. I can't figure out why it won't read the color profile. My apologies)

October in San Francisco is a month when local landscape photographers get very little sleep. This month has the highest chance of our perfect low fog, right at the deck level of the Golden Gate Bridge. When the conditions are right, we set our alarms for 4am and if everything looks good, make the trek up to the city before the sun comes up.

On this particular morning there was no fog, but Jeff Lewis was predicted a sunrise to remember. Willie and I met early and drove to the city, arriving to almost clear skies. Jeff assured us that clouds would roll in, and he was right. Boy was he right!

We decided to setup at Ina Coolbrith Park, high up on Russian Hill. Here you get a beautiful view of the entire city, the beautiful Bay Bridge lights, and enough room to see the sky explode with color. The Embarcadero Center buildings, lit up in blue, marked the week long "Dreamforce" conference put on by Salesforce. A number of other Escaype customers joined us at the park, but we were all so busy photographing that nobody stopped by to say hello :(

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/11, 1/6 sec, ISO 100

#sunrise #escaype #inacoolbrith #dreamforce #salesforce #transamerica #embarcadero #sanfrancisco #sanfran #sf #california
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In 2014 I left my job of 9 years to start my dream job at SmugMug. Getting to work on a photography product that I'm extremely passionate about, for a company that knows how to treat its employees well, has been nothing short of "amazing". Every year SmugMug takes all of its employees and their families on a company retreat. My favorite part of the trip is the chance to get to know my coworkers better ... or get to know employees that I don't know at all. This year we were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and it was a perfect chance to do a lot of photography!

As one of the more serious landscape photographers in the company, I planned a few photo outings for anyone at the company to join. One of the first nights I took about 20 coworkers (and a few family members) to Jenny Lake to photograph the Milky Way. A few people had never seen seen the Milky Way with their bare eyes, so it was pretty fun to see their eyes light up when they looked into the southern sky and saw it sitting there.

We photographed the Milky Way for a few hours and it was a lot of fun to play "workshop leader". I setup my camera to do a time-lapse, which meant I could run around making sure everyone else was getting the photos they wanted. Some people had never even taken a photo at night, and others had never even used a tripod before! The most amazing thing was seeing how each person had a different eye for the scene; I don't think anyone had the same exact photo, despite the fact that we were packed on a beach like sardines.

Here the Milky Way reflects off Jenny Lake, as the Milky Way looms over Teewinot Mountain.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
15mm, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200

+SmugMug #MilkyWay #GrandTeton #GrandTetonNationalPark #NationalPark #night #JennyLake #coworkers #lake
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Shot through the Bay
There's a beautiful park that sits just under the Bay Bridge: Rincon Park. Photographers flock here to shoot the pylons along the water but often they walk right by the giant stature of the Bow and Arrow.

Wanting to do something a little more unique, I stepped back from the pylons and threw on my super wide angle lens and did my best to capture the giant sculpture and the sky exploded in front of me.

Properly warping this back so it didn't have the typical super-wide distortion was super fun. Yay!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/11, 10 sec, ISO 100

#BayBridge #RinconPark #sunrise #SanFrancisco #SF #TreasureIsland #escaype #ferrybuilding #sculpture
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Blazing Bay
<span class="AaronsSubTitle">Sunrise along the Embarcadero
San Francisco, California</span>

I can't count the number of times I've driven to San Francisco, parked along the Embarcadero, and tried to photograph sunrise here at the Bay Bridge. The pylons make for a neat foreground but I've never quite witnessed the sunrise that I've wanted. Willie and I had attempted this photo a few weeks earlier, but the clouds slowed and didn't match the forecasted model. When Escaype predicted another 100% chance of beautiful sunrise, I jumped at the bit!

My normal photography buddy, Willie, was on his honeymoon and wasn't in town, so I grabbed one of my co-workers, Alex, and we drove up to the city. It was actually Willie's birthday and I think Mama Nature wanted to torment him for missing this one. It really did "blow up" as we like to call it. Prior to photographing this scene, I stood further back, near "Cupid's Span", a giant Bow and Arrow sculpture, and then raced over to the familiar pylons.

I was afraid I might have spent too long at Cupid's Span, so I quickly ran over to the pylons, setup my tripod as quickly as I could, and began snapping. The sunrise this morning really was quite spectacular, as you can see here. The entire sky lit up beautifully in orange and yellow!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
16mm, f/11, 1/13 sec, ISO 100

#sf   #sanfrancisco   #baybridge   #sunrise   #pylons   #embarcadero   #landscape   #cityscap   #ferrybuilding  
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