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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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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  

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-W5pbdp6
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Giant Night
I always love looking at the San Francisco skyline. There’s 2 beautiful bridges, a nice arrangement of short and tall buildings, a baseball park, the Ferry Building, and then the Transamerica Beacon to cap it all off. During the holidays the Embarcadero Center outlines their buildings with white lights. When the SF Giants are in the World Series, however, the entire city turns itself orange in support of their baseball team.

During game 2 of the 2014 World Series, Willie, Alan, and I met in Oakland to photograph the orange skyline. We had hoped some clouds might roll in but things were looking very hit-or-miss on the drive to Oakland. Willie and I arrived extra early after severely overestimating the amount of traffic we would hit (we hit none).

Turns out that our worries about sunset were pointless because the sky literally exploded with color for almost an hour. The sky turned into a giant orange color just as the Giants scored their first run in the game. As the game progressed the sky turned to an rangy-pink, red, and then an hour later, when we left, still had remnants of red in the sky. 

For the record, the purple tint to the left side of the water was caused by some lights from the Oakland pier. I remember Willie and Alan saying “whah, the water looks purple over here” as we were packing up. Shooting here turned out to be much more difficult than we had expected due to some crazy wind. Shutter speeds had to be kept shorter to ensure sharpness. Anything longer to blur the water and the lens would shake in the wind :(

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8:
170mm, f/13, 1.3 sec, ISO 640
6 images stitched and cropped to 58 megapixels
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/ArtArchitecture/Main/i-WnX8mTq

#Oakland   #Pier   #SF   #Sunset   #Giants   #City   #SanFrancisco   #BayBridge   #explode   #SFGiants   #Giants   #WorldSeries   #transamerica   #transamericanpyramid   #Embarcadero  
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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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Cotton Eurphoria
There’s something amazingly mesmerizing and euphoric about spending the day in one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen. The day that Willie and I spent in Coyote Gulch Canyon, part of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument just blew my mind and made any regrets I had about ditching work disappear immediately. I started my new job at SmugMug a few weeks earlier and had been a bit nervous taking 3 days off so soon.  Surrounded myself with gigantic red sandstone walls, yellow Cottonwood trees, a light stream of water, and grand views just couldn’t be beat and work was more than happy to let me go and enjoy the scenery!

Getting to this spot was a bit tricky. Not impossible and not all that difficult but it’s not something a “normal” person would do. First we had to drive over a fairly bumpy dirty/pebble road making sure to avoid sharp rocks that would shred our tires. Once parked we had a ~10 mile round-trip hike through the desert with no trail and only cairns to guide you. The trail leads you to the top edge of the canyon and from there you have to find your way down a very precarious steep decline into the valley. Luckily some friendly neighbors had tied ropes to the rock to aid in getting down and back up. Another mile or two hiking in the river, “Zion Narrows Style” and we finally made it to Swiss Cheese Falls.

I love the way the rocks draw beautiful lines from the waterfall while a beautiful autumn Cottonwood Tree burns yellow amongst the red rock backdrop. The angle of the sun caused the red rock to glow for hours while we explored further into the canyon. Willie and I didn’t want to leave what we considered one of the best hikes we’ve ever done. Every time I look at this photo I want to be back there, without a care in the world, soaking in the sun and the scenery.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/10, 0.8 sec, ISO 100
3 image focus stack
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-DDK2fkL

#Utah   #escalante   #coyotegulch   #cottonwood   #autum   #fall   #waterfall   #water   #river   #narrows   #redrock   #gorgeous   #sweetcheese  
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Shimmylicious Zebralicious
I absolutely LOVE the southwest. I can't get enough of it. Every time I go I'm blown away by the amazing landscape that's all around. One of my favorite things to photograph there are the slot canyons. They're easy to shoot and doesn't require much from Mama Nature. Zebra Canyon, a remote slot canyon in Escalante National Monument has been on my list for years.

+Willie Huang and I flew to Salt Lake with the intention of picking up Phill Monson and heading down to Escalante. Of course he bailed as he tends to do and it was just Willie and I. Fine with me -- we had these slot canyons all to ourselves!

Wanting to get a slightly more unique view of Zebra Canyon, Willie and I decided to try shimmying up the rock walls to get some height and look down into the canyon. I gave it a test run and then Willie (and his slightly more stable tripod) went for the final score. What do you think of the higher perspective?

Sony A7r w/Canon 16-35mm f/2.8:
19mm, f/11, 1.6 sec, ISO 100
4 image focus stack

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-HJgBDtX/A

#Slot   #SlotCanyon   #Zebra   #ZebraCanyon   #Utah   #Escalante   #NationalMonument   #stripes   #redrock   #desert  
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