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Frozen Rose
Just outside the town of Banff lies 3 beautiful lakes known as the Vermillion Lakes. By the time we arrived in November the first lake had mostly frozen over and was covered with snow. The second lake was starting to freeze and the third lake was somewhere in the middle. What makes the Vermillion Lakes special is that Mt. Rundle sits behind them and when the sun rises, it can leave some amazing scenes in its wake.

On this particular morning the clouds were a bit too thick for the beautiful sunrise that we were hoping for. What we did witness, however, was a beautiful light display, with the clouds and the sun shooting rays of light out over the mountains. We happened to be hanging out at the Third Vermillion Lake when we found these frozen air bubbles, just as the sun decided to peak out and send lightrays in every direction. We ran around, very carefully, making sure not to break the ice!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-dX665w8

#Banff   #VermillionLakes   #sunrise   #bubbles   #ice   #icebubbles   #frozen   #lightray   #landscape   #photography  
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Swept Away
Life has been really busy lately. So busy that I haven't had much time to grab my camera and take some photos. I had missed a number of beautiful sunsets in the Bay Area the previous few weeks and I knew I didn't want to miss all of them.  When the escaype forecast predicted a small chance at a nice sunset, Willie and I grabbed our gear and drove up to Gray Whale Cove in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Ironically Gray Whale Cove was the first place that +Willie Huang   and I photographed together, back in 2011. I had just found out that there was another guy at work who was getting into photography and a friend suggested we go out and shoot together. My photography has grown to an amazing place with Willie steering me to places I never imagined I'd visit. We've explored deserts in the South West, waterfalls in Oregon, mountains in Montana, hiked up rivers, inside slot canyons, blown tires in the middle of no-where, driven through Icelandic blizzards, crawled into ice-caves, witnessed the Northern Lights, hunted secret locations, and so much more. 

We knew Gray Whale Cove had a small seastack that is only visible at a low tide, something that this particular evening was going to have. We just hoped the clouds moved a bit more north for us. This cloud bank that you see here was quite isolated, with mostly blue skies all around it. Fortunately for us, it lit up beautifully after the sun dipped below the horizon. The retreating waves carved out shapes in the sand, something I was able to take advantage of in the foreground of this photo. I also loved the way the wave picked up the color of the sun as the waves continued their line-building.  

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
20mm, f/11, 1/3 sec, ISO 100

#seastack #sunset #graywhalecove #halfmoonbay #ocean #sand   #escaype  
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Goodnight Giant
I've always loved this location under the Bay Bridge — the way that it captures the San Francisco skyline is hard to beat. The Embarcadero Center lights ... the Beacon atop the Transamerica Building ... Cost Tower ... the bridge lights all make a pretty surreal scene.

Just to the left of this frame lies AT&T park where on this particular night the San Francisco Giants (baseball team) hunted for a World Series Game 4 victory. The entire city skyline turned itself orange for them, from the lights on top of buildings, to an orange Beacon and orange glow of Coit Tower. The Giants responded with an 11-4 victory! Even the moon made an appearance, as it set right behind the Transamerica Building.

It was super fun to meet Matt Walker for the first time, after so many conversations on Flickr, Facebook and text. Also great to shoot with Rebecca and Wilson Ng, then meet up with Jeff and Tung who were above us (and the Bay Bridge).

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
42mm, f/18, 30 sec, ISO 400http://www.aaronmphotography.com/ArtArchitecture/Main/i-WzXJGnz

#SanFrancisco   #BayBridge   #SFGiants   #Giants   #Transamerica   #Beacon   #orange   #WorldSeries   #KCRoyals   #TreasureIsland   #Embarcadero   #CoitTower   #lights   #sunset   #bluehour  
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Indeed a really prefect composition and the city lights look awesome!
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Milky Von Wong

Superstar photographer +Von Wong  joined @SmugMug on our epic company retreat this year in Park City Utah and I enjoyed getting to know him and his girlfriend Anna over the 7 day trip. When they asked me to cancel my flight home and spend 4 days driving to San Francisco with them and Nick, I knew I couldn’t refuse!

I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Ben, whose photographs always include people, didn’t have the patience to wait for Nick and I to do our landscape photographer thing. As long as the hike or the scene would be epic we might capture his interest long enough not to make us pack up and head somewhere else. We hiked The Narrows. We walked the Vegas strip. We explored eroded landscapes and salt flats in Death Valley. And on the last night we showed him the Milky Way for the first time with his naked eye. Ben and Anna have been creating a “selfie-series” of photographs, taking fun and unique portraits of themselves in unique places. Mobius Arch was going to be another stop in this series. 

We made our way to the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California and arrived at Mobius Arch just after sunset. We made a quick stop to use the “Sky Guide” app to figure out when the Milky Way would align properly and went off to grab a pizza dinner. When we got back to the arch, Ben knew immediately where he’d be setting his camera down for his epic Milky Way selfie! I on the other hand, struggled for almost an hour to find a composition that I liked (for an epic landscape). That’s when I decided “you know what, let’s get in on this portrait photo!” I found a different spot to place my camera and while Ben composed his as a landscape photo, I placed my camera as portrait orientation.

To capture this photo Ben and I would set my camera on a 10-second timer. At the 8 second mark, Ben would use an app on his Android phone to trigger a 2-second timer on his camera. Meanwhile, I would grab my flashlight, right to the right of them and prepare to light-paint them. I fired a quick flash of the light on Ben to provide the light on his legs, arm, and face. Meanwhile, Nick, hiding behind the arch, lit Anna’s face and then painted the underside of the arch. Once we had a light-painted version we were happy with, Ben and Anna moved out of the scene, and I took a second photograph with a longer exposure and no lights to get a photo without strange shadows on the rocks. Lastly, we refocused on the stars, and took a 3rd photo to capture the Milky Way in all its sharpness and glory.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
15mm, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO 2000
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-6Q9rvF8/A

#alabamahills   #milkyway   #milky   #astrophotography   #night   #mobius   #mobiusarch   #people   #lightpaint   #lightpainting  
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Witches Freezer
When I visited #Iceland  in the Summer of 2014 I tried to cram the entire island into a 12 day trip. So when Alan, Rebecca, Willie and I spent 10 days in Iceland in the winter we tried to simplify and keep our locations to some key places. We spent the majority of the trip in the southeast portion of the country, exploring glacial ice-caves and watching the northern lights over amazing peaks. A bucket-list item would have been the aurora over Kirkjufell so we left the southeast, spent a night in the Golden Circle, and then departed for the western part of the island. 

We knew a storm was coming in and hoped that we could get most of the way to Kirkjufell Mountain before it arrived. That didn’t quite work out ... as we found ourselves in  the middle of a massive hurricane-force blizzard. The only way we stayed on the road was by finding the giant yellow sticks carefully placed along the road by the wonderful Icelandic Department of Transportation. Willie and Alan, in the car behind us, often lost site of our vehicle, despite only being a car lengths behind. The winds and weather became so horrible that we stopped in a small town to take shelter. Alan, who had recently lost his 6-pack abs, wasn’t strong enough to hold the door to their vehicle, and found the wind nearly ripped it off its socket, damaging the door and eventually requiring replacement. After much (and I mean MUCH) debate, we finally decide to leave the shelter and risk the drive to Kirkjufell. Turns out it wasn’t so bad of a drive!

Arriving at #Kirkjufell  was quite wet and we spent the night listening to the rain and wind pound on our little camper vans. When we woke up, though, the clouds began to clear and we hoped they would catch a little color. While exploring the tidal pools I came across this little section of broken ice and thought it made for a perfect lead-in towards Kirkjufell. What do you think - does the cracked ice provide enough of an interest point in this photo?

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/11, 1/25 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-q4ZwMHn

#sunrise   #water   #Kirkjufell   #Mountain   #snuffaluffagus   #ice   #water   #reflection   #lake   #witch  
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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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Worth a Vermillion Bucks
November in Banff National Park is known as the season of Ice and Fire. The November temperatures cause the lakes and rivers to begin freezing, while the stormy skies light up in beautiful pinks, reds, and oranges. Planning a photo trip to the mountains is always risky because the weather can be so fickle. We had high hopes, though, that our trip would be both icy and fiery. 

Willie and I spent almost half of our mornings at the Vermillion Lakes. Poor weather preventing us from traveling further or exploring new areas, but we found this spot along 2nd Vermillion Lake that caught our eye. It had icy banks, reflecting water, and beautiful views of Mt. Rundle.

There were a number of spots along the lake that caught my eye, but when the sky exploded like it did for this sunrise, I knew I wanted to use the frozen lakebed as my foreground. Getting low meant I could get as much of the reflection as possible, and Mama Nature provided the rest. My favorite part: the glowing light rays shooting out of Mt. Rundle!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
22mm, f/11, 1/6 sec, ISO 100

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-Tq7f7gM/A

#Vermillion   #Banff   #Canada   #Alberta   #Sunrise   #2ndVermillionLake   #VermillionLake   #LightBeam   #frozen   #reflection   #NationalPark   #escaype   #escaypeday  
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Dance with Me
+Willie Huang and I have been wanting to visit the sand dunes at Death Valley National Park for a long time now. Well, we visited a few years ago but we didn't have the equipment to take the photograph we wanted. If you happen to be at the sand dunes with a very large telephoto lens you can take advantage of how optics work: longer lenses compress the 3 dimensional elements into a more 2 dimensional and flat scene. Sand dunes off in the distance feel closer, mountains feel like they're in your face. Take this to the sand dunes and you can make one pretty amazing photo. Willie purchased Sigma's new 150-600mm lens and brought it on our trip to Banff. I was blown away by some of his photos and immediately ordered the lens, ahead of our desire to visit Death Valley in December 2015. Then, at the last minute, we cancelled our Death Valley trip and went to Yosemite instead.

I had already purchased, paid for, and received the new Sigma 150-600mm lens and figured I might as well bring it on our Yosemite trip anyways. It turned out to be a good call, because we saw a number of Coyotes hanging out in the meadows, and the lens turned out to be amazing. It also became quite useful while we hung out at Tunnel View for a sunset that never happened.

While waiting at Tunnel View for sunset, a new storm rolled in and threatened to cover the entire Yosemite Valley. Sunset clearly wasn't going to produce any beautiful photos and I was determined to make the best of it. I noticed there was some beautiful fog rolling into the valley, dancing amongst the trees. I looked at Willie and said "I'm getting the big lens." He looked back and replied "grab mine too." We spent the next 20 minutes capturing the beautiful fog as it played amongst the trees, blanketing the valley in a beautiful mysterious scene.

Here you can also see the impact of the Beetle infestation in the park. Typically, cold weather kills the beetles each year, but the last few winters have been too warm and the beetle population has grown, eating their way through many of the beautiful trees in the park and creating an even more hazardous potential fire situation. We're all hoping this winter will be cold enough to kill them off.

Nikon D800 w/Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary:
200mm, f/10, 1/6, ISO 100

#Yosemite   #NationalPark   #YosemiteNationalPark   #TunnelView   #sunset   #telephoto   #sigma   #600mm   #fog   #beetles   #trees   #forest   #dead  

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Beautifully done,  nice choice to go to the long lens.    So many people just stick to the wide angle when shooting here.   There are a zillion more options with a telephoto.   One of my favorites is upper Yosemite falls.   I just got the Nikon 200-500 and I'll be excited to use it when I'm there in mid Feb.  
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Stinky Hat
You never quite realize how stinky #seaweed  is until you’re surrounded by tons and tons of it. There was brown seaweed, green seaweed, yellow seaweed, slippery seaweed, snappy seaweed ... you name it, Martin’s Beach was covered in it. I had to walk out on this shelf, at low tide, towards the sea-stack, very carefully!

I haven’t had a chance to get out and shoot lately but the skies on this particular week were so nice that I had to grab my camera (and my new F-Stop bag) and hit the coast. +Willie Huang and I met up with +Michael Shainblum and +Brandon Lyons over at the beach and Escaype’s prediction for a beautiful sunset was spot on. We all ran around trying our best to make justice of this night. 

The typical composition, far to the right of this photo, would have also been nice but I wanted something different. The pools of water made a great glass surface to reflect the sky and the seaweed shapes added nice lines to this composition. I tried to keep the scene dark, to avoid all the clutter and focus the mood on the amazing sunset. 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
16mm, f/11, 1 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-GKL77zk

#escaype   #escaypeday   #Martins   #Beach   #HalfMoonBay   #California   #Sunset   #seaweed   #reflection   #seastack   #seascape   #coastal   #ocean  
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Iced In
I've always been fascinated by photos of ice-caves and in March I was lucky enough to visit 2 amazing caves in Iceland. The blue glacial color, the shapes, the water, and the rarity of them make these melting caves a fascinating subject. Willie and I wanted to visit more caves and we planned a trip to visit a gorgeous one at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska.

A friend of ours had visited the Mendenhall Ice-Caves the previous year and returned with some of the most amazing photos I've ever seen. We had heard reports that part of the cave had collapsed a few months prior to our visit but we never imagined that the massive cave would be completely melted by the time we arrived. 

After hiking a few miles through rain-forest and then down and onto the glacier we began our search for the caves. We searched and searched and could not find the cave! That's when I noticed a giant open pit that looked sort-of familiar ... the entire cave had melted! It was gone! :( We explored a mile long section of the glacier in search of other caves. We found a few small ones, we found some that would become larger in the coming years, and we stumbled upon some beautiful caverns, but nothing was quite like the cave that had melted just a few months earlier. 

Not wanting to give up, we walked down towards the edge of the glacier, just about to where the glacier ended and became Lake Mendenhall, and stumbled upon this small cave. It had just enough height clearance that we could pick our way across rocks to get inside and see it’s beautiful shape and flowing water. Worried that the glacial water would cause my tripod to become brittle and break, I quickly snapped a few photos of the cave. Though not the massive cave we had hoped to find, it still turned out to be a great trip!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/14, 1/3 sec, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-DSXrR7R/A

#Icecave   #Alaska   #Juneau   #Mendenhall   #Glacier   #cave   #ice   #water   #waterfall   #sapphire   #blue   #exploring   #adventure  
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Milky Mobius
I have an amazing job. My dream job. I get to be an Engineer and work for a photography company. SmugMug isn’t just any photography company though, it’s a family who really loves its customers and its employees. Each year they take the entire company and their families on a retreat and this year we spent a week in Park City, Utah. Superstar photographer Ben +Von Wong joined us on our epic week and I enjoyed getting to know him and his girlfriend +Anna Tenne over the 7 days in town. When they asked me to cancel my flight home and spend 4 days driving to San Francisco with them and Nick, I knew I couldn’t refuse!

I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Ben, whose photographs always include people, didn’t have the patience to wait for Nick and I to do our landscape photographer thing. As long as the hike or the scene would be epic we might capture his interest long enough not to make us pack up and head somewhere else. We hiked The Narrows. We walked the Vegas strip. We explored eroded landscapes and salt flats in Death Valley. And on the last night we showed him the Milky Way for the first time with his naked eye. 

The drive from Vegas to the Bay Area is long. 10 hours long. I decided we should break it up by spending the night in Bishop. As soon as Ben saw a photo of Mobius Arch he screamed “we’re going there!” So after Death Valley we made awry to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills. We arrived at Mobius Arch just after sunset and figured out where it was and what time the Milky Way would line up behind it. Midnight to 3am meant that we grabbed some pizza, a nap, and then waited. Ben and Anna created a selfie-series photo. I snuck in a few photos of them posing under the arch. And when they left, I captured this one. 

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
15mm, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO 3200
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-KrwKnNf

#Mobius   #MobiusArch   #Arch   #MilkyWay   #astrophotography   #astronomy   #sky   #alabamahills   #LonePine   #DeathValley   #night  
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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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Another beauty. You certainly have some extraordinary images here!
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