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Tribute

Released February 2020

It's said that fortune favors the bold but, sometimes, you just get plain lucky.... Driving from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, I had a vague idea of arriving in time for sunset but the skies weren't looking particularly interesting so I wasn't terribly fussed about my timing. As I got closer, however, some clouds began to appear on the horizon and, as I drove through the park to Tunnel View, I became more anxious that I was going to miss what was shaping up to be an incredible sunset. Literally arriving with perhaps 10-15 minutes to make an image, I had to scramble to dig my gear out of the back of my rental, find a spot that wasn't already occupied by the 20-30+ other photographers that had already set up, and quickly shift my mindset from staring mindlessly at a windshield for 4+ hours.

I got the shots I wanted of peak sunset, with brilliant color in the sky; this was taken as the light had largely faded. It seemed appropriate, however, to give it the honor of being the first image released from my inaugural visit to Yosemite.

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Saint Mary Falls

Released January 2020

Hardly an unknown location in Glacier National Park, and a pretty easy hike, but thankfully it wasn't very crowded while we shot around sunset. If memory serves, the hike back was pretty easy, too, until the last little slope that made me wish I was about 30 pounds lighter and even remotely in shape.

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Leaning In

Released January 2020

After meeting up with a group of new friends and fellow photographers, we kicked off a long weekend adventure by shooting sunset outside the lodge at Petit Jean State Park in northern Arkansas. The sky at sunset that first day was not all that exciting so I focused on finding tighter detail shots of the forest, taking advantage of the fading glow of the sun. The tall pine on the right of this frame stood out from the rest.

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Muted

Released December 2019

The usual stillness of the early morning combined with heavy fog blanketing my surroundings created an amazing stillness on this cold Spring morning in Oklahoma. The patterns these trees created along the riverbank stood out to me; I used a longer focal length to compress the layers (but, if you look closer, you'll see one lone tree slanting slightly across the center of the frame in the background).

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Succession

Released December 2019

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨

Walking back to the car lot after a great afternoon exploring Knocksink Wood south of Dublin, Ireland, I came across this old, fallen tree and a sapling crowned in newfound golden sunlight.

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Immaculate Dawn

Released December 2019

After yet another early (early) wake up call in Glacier National Park, we headed out to this vantage point along St. Mary Lake to catch sunrise. For just a few brief minutes, the clouds lit up with color as alpenglow simultaneously brushed the mountain peaks. In the span of two frames, the moment was gone.

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The Beacon

Released December 2019

A lone, distant peak refuses to relinquish its grip on the fleeing sun, resisting the encroaching darkness beginning to envelope the weathered formations of Alabama Hills in California.

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Silence

Released December 2019

It's easy to be disappointed when the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans. In this case, we were hoping for a hint of mountain peaks through the clouds across Two Medicine Lake but they never broke apart... yet that missed opportunity forced me to find another composition. The still water provided a perfect reflection of the trees on the far shore, and the low clouds created a minimalist backdrop. As soon as I saw this scene on the back of my camera I was immediately reminded of a chaotic audio waveform; a sharp contrast to the quiet scene that lay before me.

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Valley of Death

Released December 2019

As I walked further out into Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, I began to notice little hints of unexpected color scattered across the salt flat; upon closer inspection I realized they were broken and battered butterflies (often just a wing, or a part of a wing). Everywhere were these small, tragic reminders of the beauty and harshness of nature. Eventually, I found this lone, intact specimen, a memory of the beauty of life in the valley of death.

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Hidden Web

Released November 2019

Can you find the spiderweb? It wasn't until I viewed this image on a larger screen that I discovered that subtle hidden detail, invisible to the naked eye but not my camera with a telephoto lens. I loved the contrast of the yellow spring leaves against the backdrop of the waterfall but now it's that little unexpected detail that really makes this image stand out as one of my favorites of 2019. It's little surprises like this that bring me joy through photography. 

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Gold Rush

Released November 2019

After a cold morning shooting the iconic Maroon Bells we ventured along one of the nearby trails to shoot some more intimate shots within an aspen grove. This bent new growth with its brilliant gold leaves easily stood out in the morning light. Walking through a grove like this, with the golden crown far above catching the early sunlight, was an experience unlike any other I've had.

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A Night at Hot Creek

Released November 2019

After our original plan to capture the night sky in a bristle cone forest was busted due to snow-blocked roads, we headed to this overlook of Hot Creek to capture the Milky Way back in May of 2019. Temps were in the 30s but the crystal clear skies and amazing experience far outweighed any physical discomfort as we spent several hours shooting at this location.

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Layers at Logan's Pass

Released November 2019

On the evening I captured this I had intended to venture much further along the boardwalk at Logan's Pass in Glacier National Park but when I came across this view I couldn't pass it up. I absolutely love mountain layers, and this is one of the best I've seen. I used a long focal length to compress the layers into what you see here.

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Autumn Glow

Released November 2019

Captured during a trip to Aspen, CO in the fall of 2018, this image sat in my archive for over a year before I decided to release it. I finished editing it shortly after returning from the trip, and it was one of my favorite captures, yet over time I devalued it for a few different reasons. Upon revisiting it late in 2019, I once again fell in love with it.

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From the Fog

Released October 2019

Taken in April of 2019, fellow photographer Jon Fischer and I ventured out to Broken Bow, OK to shoot before meeting up with a larger group in Arkansas. We had originally planned to wake up in the middle of the night to capture the night sky but were greeted to a dense wall of fog when we opened our motel door. Although the stars were out of reach we headed out early the next morning to take advantage of the atmosphere as the morning slow struggled to burn its way through the veil behind which it was hidden. The conditions created this ethereal scene of bald cyprus emerging from the fog.

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Aspen Wave

Released September 2019

This particular scene caught my attention in 2018 for the way the sunlight was filtering through the canopy and lighting up the white aspen trunks near the middle of the frame. The high contrast of the brightly lit trunks created a compelling focal point within the brilliant gold leaves and darker shadows as the sun crept towards the horizon.

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Countdown

Released September 2019

Having given myself essentially just one full day to explore the southwest of Ireland before heading back to Dublin for my flight, the Kerry Cliffs were high on my list of locations to photograph. Not realizing they aren't accessible around the clock, I had to charm my way into entering only 15 minutes before closing time, and then had to struggle to climb the steep slope to the top of the cliffs as quickly as possible. Exhausted but not wanting to waste time resting, I was able to capture a few different compositions, aware that rain was also quickly approaching; it was a race against the rain in one direction as the sun burst through the clouds in front of me. I got the shot but immediately after the sky opened up and I had to scramble to cover my gear as I trudged back to my rental car.

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At the Weeping Wall

Released September 2019

Mother Nature put on an amazing show at sunset, creating this stunning view of sun-kissed peaks as seen from the Weeping Wall in Glacier National Park. Steady wind made this a challenging shot as I fought to freeze the foreground flowers, avoiding motion blur as I worked to get the shot before the distant light faded. One of my most popular releases of 2019, yet this image does little to convey the sense of awe I experienced witnessing this scene in person.

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