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Joshua Cripps
Works at Sea to Summit Photography Workshops
Attended University of Southern California
Lived in Santa Cruz, CA
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Haha! Thanks, Matt. You gotta admit that would be a cool thing to have engraved on your tombstone: Here lies Matt Granz, whose bones were found deep in a crevasse halfway up K2.
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What's up, g+'ers? Today is the last day to submit a photo to the excellent Plus One Project: http://plusonecollection.com

My submission:

"Wanaka Dreaming"

Taken at Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand on April 8th, 2012

How far would you go for a tree? I flew halfway around the world for one. If this seems crazy to you please realize that this is no ordinary tree. Nay, it’s the famous Wanaka Willow, quite possibly the coolest tree I’ve seen. It’s like a bonzai on steroids, with gracefully sculpted limbs and the most amazing location ever. Growing directly out of one of the most scenic lakes on the planet, this tree is worth traveling for. Especially in April when the willow’s golden Fall foliage shines brightly against Lake Wanaka’s deep blues.
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Hi +tinkap. This was a few hours before sunset. I shot this video, went back to camp to have a snack and a nap, then back out to shoot the sunset. 
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Hahaha. Me too.
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Thanks, Jean! Yeah, the Yorks were like pure gold up there. :-)
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My face is six inches from the tide pool and all I can see through flecks of wind-driven foam is algae and anemonies. Which is a shame because somewhere down there in that watery world are my 2- and 3-stop gnd filters, pulled out of my pocket by a gust of wind and sent skittering into the deep.

I knew the wind was going to be a problem as soon as I got the beach. Curtains of ocean spray were being drawn through the air while bursts of wind threatened to topple both me and my tripod. But I'd fought the wind many times before and I wasn't too worried. I turned my back to it, thinking that simple step would be enough to make for an easy shoot. But the wind had other plans and sent a surprise gust that nearly wrenched my filters out of my hand and sent my backpack tumbling into a nearby tide pool.

Seeing it was going to be a struggle no matter what, I decided to get aggressive. I turned head-on into the wind and brandished my lens wipes like a shield, deflecting and repelling the torrents of salt spray headed my way. It was a hard-fought battle but I managed to keep my filters clean long enough to grab this photo as lightbeams shot up from the clouds and roaring waves sent cascades of water to swirl around my legs.

Thinking I had conquered the elements I stuffed my filters in my pocket and tromped off to find another composition. Then, sticking my hand into my pocket to grab the filters back out, all I felt was air. Some nitrogen, some oxygen, maybe a little pocket lint. But absolutely no filters. Yes, the wind had had its last laugh: taking my filters from me and depositing them somewhere in a thousand square feet of tide pool.

I looked and looked, hunched over and squinting. Peering into the pool from half a foot up I scoured every inch of that tide pool. Nothing. I got out my headlamp and shined it into the shadows. Nothing. The rising tide and relentless wind made it impossible to see into the water for more than a few seconds at a time. My frustrations were mounting and my curses getting louder. But then an abrupt realization: those filters are gone, man. Gone. A peace came over me and I went home, windburned but victorious.

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ohh man !! ... what an experience !
Forget the loss .. you owe it to the wind !!...

Rarely does a man get to experience moments where every bit of his mind is occupied with just one thing ... no other thoughts ... we act as though we are possessed, totally focused only on one thing ...
Such experiences, when looked at in hindsight, can count as the most cherished moments ...
And yes the moment of realization 'its gone, ... gone forever'... actually breaks your heart, leaves a stinging pain...
Its not about money ... we form a bond with objects that we use for making art ...
New filters will do the same job.. but if you find the old ones even in the most wreck state... you'll still keep them.
Take them out on rainy days , look at them and think of the shots that you've made using them ... you will never want to throw them away :)
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Occupation
Depending on your point of view, I'm a traveler, a salesman, a teacher, a pet wrangler, and a lighting designer. All wrapped up in a neat package in the word "photograper."
Employment
  • Sea to Summit Photography Workshops
    Co-Founder and Photography Instructor, 2010 - present
  • Joshua Cripps Photography
    Nature Photographer, 2008 - present
  • Boeing
    Satellite Designer, 2005 - 2008
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
Santa Cruz, CA - Sonora, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Vilnius, Lithuania - Brisbane, Australia - Kaitaia, New Zealand
Story
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Have hat, will travel
Introduction
Do you know what the most common word in the English language is? You might think it's "the" or "a" or something similar, but you'd be wrong. It is, in fact, "monkeys." At least it is when I'm speaking. Although it could possibly be "indeed," as in "Monkeys are taking over the city? Indeed."
Bragging rights
Got a few national publications, won a few photo contests. Once ate my weight in salted butter.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Aerospace Engineering, 1999 - 2003
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