I took a trip to the Arctic in September 2006, traveling from Spitsbergen (the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago) to the Eastern coast of Greenland. Even though it was over a year ago, I decided it might be interesting to give some more detail on the expedition and provide background on a few of my favorite images that came out of it. [...]
July’s image of the month was taken at the Eureka Dunes in the Northwest corner of Death Valley. While quite a ways from the action (a five hour drive West out of the park, up Highway 395 and back in through the park’s North entrance), these dunes are some of the tallest in the United States at nearly 700 feet and seem immense even when you first see them 20 or so miles in the distance. Shooting them late in the day until after sunset, the sharp and refined shadows brought out some amazing texture and detail in these massive dunes. [...]
February’s image was taken at Monaco Glacier in Svalbard. Taken in the early morning hours, this image was shot hand-held at 24mm with a 2 stop graduated filter to hold back the sky. [...]
January’s image was taken on Lake Shasta in Northern California. Taken at dawn, this image was shot tripod-mounted with a 24-70mm lens and a graduated filter to hold the rich color in the early morning sky. [...]
October’s image was taken in the Lake Clark National Park & Preserve in Alaska. It’s about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage, on the north end of the Alaska Peninsula in south-central Alaska. Nearby are the Alaska and Aleutian mountain ranges, which are an amazing, jagged array of mountains and glaciers that include two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna. [...]
I’ve put together a series of abstract dune images taken in Death Valley that I think work as a collection of four. As I’ve mentioned before, abstract photography is perhaps the most special to me because it lets me distill my subjects down to their simplest forms and still (hopefully) capture the essence of a place. [...]
September’s image of the month was taken in Fortymile Gulch in Escalante Canyon this past April. Escalante is in southern Utah, an area I hadn’t been back to for any extended period in several years. The scenery is spectacular, austere and welcoming at the same time. Soaring sandstone walls, narrow slot canyons, arches and natural bridges make up much of your surroundings. While hiking back from Fortymile Falls [...]
The great folks at Gallery Direct, who have created a wonderful online community of artists and art galleries of all mediums from all over the world, were nice enough to interview me about my photographic techniques, inspirations and aspirations. To read the interview, visit Gallery Direct by clicking here. [...]
June’s image of the month was taken on a recent trip to Escalante Canyon in Southern Utah. I spent five days with a group of photographers in this amazing part of Grand Staircase, exploring slot canyons and seeing some ancient Anasazi sites. This image was taken at the falls in Fortymile Gulch, which was a few hours from our base camp and well worth the water-logged hike [...]
April’s image of the month was taken in Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona. It’s a panoramic stitch of 5 separate images of an amazing sandstone wall in the lower canyon (Antelope Canyon is actually split into 2 separate canyons - upper and lower). While it’s dry most of the year, the canyons can flood when it rains, and the water (and wind) slowly wear away the sandstone and carve amazing curves and patterns into the narrow walls. Parts of the canyon are narrow enough that you can touch both sides with outstretched arms. [...]
March’s image of this Japanese Anemone flower was taken in Carmel Valley, California. Macro work is one of my favorite types of photography because of the detail and drama that you can bring out of a relatively common subject. With a close-up lens, the right angle and the right light, this tiny flower took on a whole new life. This image was shot tripod-mounted with a macro ring flash and a large depth of field to make sure I kept the detail in the important areas of the flower. [...]
February’s image of the month was taken on the Greenland Sea while cruising from Svalbard to the eastern coast of Greenland. At 78 degrees latitude and a little more than 600 miles from the North Pole, the days were long, and I’d find myself shooting from the deck of the boat well past midnight and up again only a few hours later to shoot the sunrise. Shooting from a moving ship can present various challenges, but the calm waters on this particular morning allowed me to shoot tripod mounted without much difficulty. I captured this image with a shutter speed [...]
The image of the month for January was taken on one of the last days of my expedition to Greenland. We landed at Kap Stewart in Scoresbysund, a large, wide beach that lies just west of the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormitt on the eastern edge of Greenland. I cruised the beach in search of a subject and eventually found this gull feather, unscathed by the elements. Macro photography is a great vehicle for creating an abstract and less familiar version of a common subject. [...]
December’s image was taken at sunset on an enormous dry lake bed playa called Bonnie Claire Flat, located northeast of Death Valley National Park. I was initially drawn to it because it was supposedly a lesser known home to those mysterious “moving rocks” you can find at the Race Track inside Death Valley. This turned out to be less than true, but Bonnie Claire Flat didn’t disappoint [...]
November’s image, Antelope Canyon Color I, was taken in Upper Antelope Canyon in Northern Arizona. Located outside of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is a photographer’s paradise. Carved from Navajo sandstone, Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons are narrow slot canyons with spectacular color and light. This image was taken tripod mounted with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens at 2.5 seconds at f/10, which gave me enough depth of field to bring out the detail in multiple layers of the sandstone. During the month of November, this image is available at a 20% discount off of my standard print prices.
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