Mesa Arch Sunrise

Mesa Arch Sunrise

was tired, grumpy, and impatient as we walked the short walk to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park back in December. Why? Very selfish, prideful reasons really. I didn’t want to be at Mesa Arch because as I told Rick, “there is one shot, and everyone has taken it”. I was referring to the sunrise glow at Mesa Arch which, while beautiful, has been shot to death. So why wake up early in the morning to shoot something like Mesa Arch?

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12 Inspirational Photographers You Should Follow

12 Inspirational Photographers You Should Follow

I've worked on this list for a number of hours, thinking back to who has inspired me on my photography journey. Whose work do I look at and go "geez, how'd they take that?" or sometimes "holy mother of...". That's the kind of incredible talent that I have been inspired by, and it's by no means a complete list either. I could break it down into landscape photographers, commercial photographers, wedding photographers, etc. This is just my first attempt of listing out a bunch of really good photographers who are very good at what they do and inspired me to get to where I am now! 

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900 Meters of Waterfalls - Hraunfossar

900 Meters of Waterfalls - Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar is one of the "lesser known" waterfalls in Iceland and by saying that, it's still pretty darn well known. While not up there with the big three in the Golden Circle or Kirkjufellsfoss, Hraunfossar is a unique experience because there are over 900(0) meters of small waterfalls that all flow into the Hvita River. Also, read about how I was an ignorant American tourist!

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Underrated Spot in Colorado: Creede

Underrated Spot in Colorado: Creede

Creede, Colorado is near where I grew up and always has held a special place in my heart, not only in its beauty, but memories both fond and painful. One of my favorite places to visit in the summer, Creede offers loads of spectacular landscapes and also features the nationally-recognized Creede Repertory Theater. Take a trip with me and I'll show you where you can find the goods when visiting Creede.

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Lake Ice Formations - Blue Mesa Reservoir, CO

Lake Ice Formations - Blue Mesa Reservoir, CO

Living in Gunnison, CO has its idiosyncrasies of being one of the coldest places in the United States. There is usually plenty of snow to play on but everyone's hygiene is questionable. It regularly gets below -20F but that also makes the lake ice at Blue Mesa Reservoir an amazing sight. Here I learned to seek a new perspective and look down, take in the details, and you might find something magical.

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How NOT to go Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

How NOT to go Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

I start out to walk on the ice and my previous experience comes back full force, my legs were shaking as I'm walking across the frozen lake. Pretty soon I'm standing on crystal clear ice and everyone has left the lake, so now I'm the only person still there. If something bad were to happen, well I probably wouldn't be writing this blog.

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Crested Butte Snow in the Fall

Crested Butte Snow in the Fall

This one saying is almost always true; "bad weather makes for good photos". We found out just how true that saying would be on a recent trip to Crested Butte and Aspen during the peak of the fall foliage during September. Kebler Pass is a mecca for photographers during the fall and it's no wonder why with the sprawling vistas of golden aspen trees. Our trip down there was primarily to camp but the weather didn't allow for us to enjoy camping much.

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Why Wide-Angle Landscape Photography is Too Easy

Why Wide-Angle Landscape Photography is Too Easy

There are lots of reasons that we love wide-angle nature and landscape photography, it's grand, powerful, and you really feel like you're in the photo. Which is the ideal of landscape photography if I'm not mistaken. But because I needed something to write about and I have lots of photos that I need a reason to share, let's dive into why you should ditch your 16-35mm f/4L lens and zoom in more!

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Glow in the Dark | Crested Butte Night Photography

Glow in the Dark | Crested Butte Night Photography

Somewhere in the dark I muttered this phrase to my good friend Chase, who was about to drive his Ford Escape along a dirt road at 2am in the middle of the Colorado mountains. About 30 minutes before I told him this, I had an idea for a photo. 

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New Year's Eve in Crested Butte

New Year's Eve in Crested Butte

 I lived in the Gunnison/CB area for almost 9 years and every time I mentally kick myself for not taking advantage of photo opportunities better, the Gunnison River valley is home to some world class views and because I was so familiar with the views I thought "oh, I'm sure everything gets that photo" so I didn't take those "postcard" shots. 

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