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Golden Bubbles

Last nights foamy gap in some strange clouds. They seemed to accumulate and disappear as fast as they came. It was all clear on the coast on my way out, then these dark clouds cast over, with a solid gap to let the last light of the sun through. For some reason or another the foam was building up on the shore... I expected to get wet, so just waded into the bubbles (about waist high) and started trying to see if I could make something interesting happen. Shot on a 10 stop Haida filter - to create some drama, and open the shutter for about 2.5" or so.

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Toroweap Sunrise

This will probably always be a special place for me. I expect to visit and explore the north rim of the grand canyon indefinitely. It's a vast expanse of the earth dug by time which allows any viewer to easily tap into a contemplative state of reflection.
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Into The Jungle

Today we'd see our first wild Bengal Tiger. They have plenty of places to hide... and naturally are hard to track down in the jungle. 
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Water Fan

Many times during the day I'm not even really looking for anything to shoot, maybe scouting for when the light gets good, but for the most part, especially harsh afternoon light, I rarely find interesting. But then life has a way of making things interesting when you don't expect anything. Rainbows at waterfalls tend to be interesting, but less often it seems like do I come across fans of light created by mist. I thought it made a pretty compelling scene, so we sat here for a while and enjoyed the moving light, water, and mist. 
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Lello Zag

So the super bloom happens once every 7-10 years or so, and is a very rare event going on right now in California. If you've never seen it, now is your chance, do what I did, take a couple days off work in the middle of the week, drive for hours, find the flowers, frolic, enjoy, connect, breathe deeply, appreciate life, and nature.

A few things not to do - don't drive through fields of flower beds in the middle of the night on what may or may not be private property for hours, slowly because you can't see underneath the 2.5 feet tall field of flowers that have taken over the roads only to find padlocked fences. Turn around drive through oil fields, and up off roading roads meant for super jeeps to your location at 3AM when twilight begins at 6AM. You might have trouble getting out of bed. Also be careful of bees, barbwire fences, plants with thorns, roads that are simply impassable, and bulls/cattle.

Thank you - http://nicholassteinbergphotography.com/ for making me aware of this super bloom event, and taking days scouting on location. Also thank you to Jeep for making a machine that can take me to places most vehicles would gasp at even attempting. And thank you google & verizon for allowing me pour over satellite imagery, scout, navigate in the pitch black through fields to dead end fences locked by padlocks, and find alternate routes through oil fields, and private property.

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Winter Trails

Sometimes I get these great ideas, or what I think they are great ideas anyway. The plan was to come up to this part of the Shasta wilderness and connect with a specific lake, hopefully to get some cool reflections and views of Shasta in the snow! Well as some of you might know that spend time in the snow... what happens to lakes when it's cold and snowy outside is that they freeze over, and get covered with snow. Sometimes this is interesting, but in this case, the lakes just looked like vast flat expanses of snow. However, climbing up high, we were able to get above a fog layer hanging over the city that night, and the milky way stretched over the city of Shasta horizontally illuminated well because the light pollution from the city was masked by the fog layer. I took two exposures, one long to smooth out the fog, and capture the foreground details, and another short to capture the sharp stars. During the process I realized that letting the star trails bleed through a little bit made for a more interesting photograph. 
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Contra-jour Valley

As the sun drifts down in the sky, the contra-jour light hits the valley, and serenades the wildflowers goodnight, until another day. Calmness & serenity seep into me when I experience places like this, sometimes of luck, mostly through hard work of exploration, trial and error. Sometimes we miss, and sometimes everything comes together in such an anomalistic way that there could not possibly be a coincidence. Down below a long alkaline lake reflects the sunlight back, and a field of lupines - long one of my favorite flowers, is illuminated for the last time this day. The splash of purple was a wonderful addition to this haunting yellow and green silhouette. 
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The Mt. Tam Effect

Create your experience.

Yet another Mt Tam shot in winter?! I think not. It's entertaining to me the modern day photography scramble. Watching photographers evolve through their abilities in Photoshop, hearing photographers complain about their original comp being stomped, hiding locations so that others won't find their secret gem.

I think the primary reason this bothers photographers is money. Many people dream of monetizing their photographic hobby and when making that leap from weekend warrior to struggling artist it becomes a point of contention when someone appears to start making money from what you perceive is your idea! As if we can stake a claim on a particular location for it's artistic value.

The entertaining part of this is that most locations have been regularly visited and photographed for at least the last 50 years. There's some film jockey that your comp stomping right now.

I doubt this shot I've taken above Yosemite valley facing the least popular direction will become popular or loved, and it's likely that it's been done before. The fact is, I love it. I love the fact that I had to travel 22 miles in snow shoes to sit above the clouds, in the snow, and watch the sun fall down over Yosemite valley. I love that my love for the art takes me to places I wouldn't go without this love and passion.

I also love that I get to share these moments with people who might not have the technical abilities, or physical capabilities, or just flat out don't have the time to get out and see these things for themselves. I hope that sometimes people might see something and be inspired themselves to head out into the world for the simple fact that life is an experience.

Create your experience.

Haida 10 stop - 25" 200mm f13 iso40

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Yosemite Falls

Inspire to be different. Challenge to complete. Rise up and accomplish the goal. Take risk but never get too close to the edge. Trust in skills. Push the limits, and explore beyond conceptualization. Learn to appreciate the moment. Be part of the world and understand placement. We are the lovers of this space and time. 
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