Category Archives: Camping and Backpacking

Anything to do with camping in the great outdoors

Why do I shoot alone?

Why do I shoot alone?

I recently had one of my all-time best days of shooting. And of course, I was alone. I endured freezing rain, massive, powerful gusts of wind and shivered until the night turned to light. If this sounds torturous… well, that’s because to some degree it was. But at the same time it was invigorating, it was exciting and when the darkest midnight hues warmed to light, baby blue, it can be more than worth it. MORE PHOTOS

Breaking the rules: Shooting into the sun

Breaking the rules: Shooting into the sun

On a recent hike into the high country near Aspen, Colorado, I was asked, “Aren’t you not supposed to shoot into the sun?” I didn’t really know how to respond, so I said that once rules are “mastered” they can be broken. But honestly, I’m not so sure I agree with that. MORE PHOTOS

Capturing fall in Coyote Gulch

Capturing fall in Coyote Gulch

Together the ribbons of water, the tarnish on the cliff and the colorful leaves of fall have all the elements of a dream photograph. But each time I return home and begin editing, my mind starts spinning and I think, “I could have done more. Maybe if I moved an inch to the left I could have made the composition more balanced… Moved back and given the tree more breathing room… Opened the shutter for another 2 seconds…”. MORE PHOTOS

A birthday trip off the map

A birthday trip off the map

 For the most part, when I’m shooting in the canyons during the brightest times of the day, I avoid including the sky. The tonal range from the depth of the canyon to the height of the canyon is too much for all cameras, even with today’s sensors. But sometimes, you see a shot that you… MORE PHOTOS

Canyonlands: The Maze to the Dollhouse

Canyonlands: The Maze to the Dollhouse

Now before I get into the nitty-gritty, and I truly mean nitty-gritty, I must preface that I have been 4-wheel driving my whole life. I remember hanging onto the “Oh-shit” bar when I was a wee tyke in the back of my dad’s Izuzu Trooper. My young companions often comparing the bouncing and swaying to… MORE PHOTOS

Down the road: Sunset Arch and Willow Creek, Escalante

Down the road: Sunset Arch and Willow Creek, Escalante

The Escalante region doesn’t get as much attention as say, Arches or Zion, but it is certainly just as beautiful! A couple weekends back I decided to check out Sunset Arch. This geological wonder sits in the middle of the desert. From all directions, it’s nearly impossible to spot, but once you’re out there it’s… MORE PHOTOS

The High Uintas: Rain, fog and Amethyst Lake

The High Uintas: Rain, fog and Amethyst Lake

It’s been quite a while since my last post. I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been out exploring. Quite the contrary, I’ve been working on a myriad of commercial projects and well, moved to Utah a few weeks back, which is why I ventured out to the Uinta Mountains for a two-day escape.… MORE PHOTOS

Beartooth Mountains: Fishing the Hellroaring Lakes

Beartooth Mountains: Fishing the Hellroaring Lakes

I explored the Beartooth Mountains for the first time ever. And well, was blown away!! I felt like I was walking in the Alaskan Tundra. It was windy, stark, barren and above all GORGEOUS!! The trip began with a drive up a moderate 4-wheel drive road, which climbed roughly 4,000 feet to the beginning of… MORE PHOTOS

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