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There aren’t many dark skies that can compete with White Pocket, Arizona! It was incredible staying up all night under a sky so full of stars they almost seemed to illuminate the ground around you. There’s really a significant difference in the number of stars you can see with your naked eye in an area like White Pocket vs our “dark” sky sites in the PNW. Compared to Rainier or Baker it was a whole new experience. I hope I’m able to return to White Pocket soon because it was one of the top highlights of the Southwest trip. I wish I’d been able to spend more time there. There aren’t many areas as unique and fascinating as White Pocket! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info at White Pocket

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Here is one of my final images from our trip into the Enchantments. I have posted a similar comp, but the light is very different in both shots completely changing the landscape. Most of the morning had been overcast and cloudy, but for a brief moment the sun found its way through and illuminated small patches of the stunning landscape. If you have been following along, you know I recently visited the Enchantments with a great group of guys. We were lucky enough to experience a snow storm which left around 8 inches of fresh snow for what I assume would be the favorite sunrise for most of us. Not many people get to see the incredible, rocky landscape of the Enchantments covered in a fresh blanket of snow, and even less get to properly photograph it. It didn’t last long either, as most of the snow melted away only a few hours after sunrise. Weather in the mountains can be crazy: one day you get a freezing snowstorm, the next is sunny t-shirt weather! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6 ISO100, 70mm, f/8, 1/320s at Leavenworth, Washington

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It’s crazy how quickly a location can become popular nowadays. I remember when I took this shot a little over a year ago I'd only seen a handful of images from this tarn, now you can see a shot from here at least once a week. It’s pretty easy to see why as it has one of my favorite views of Rainier, a reflecting body of water and is a pretty easy hike. I remember this morning quite well. It was one of my favorite outings from last year. I met up with @kevindshearerphotography and @jdarr604 and we started hiking up in the dark. It was particularly cold for September and we were lucky to find snow as we gained elevation. Once I reached the tarn location I was excited to see these amazing shapes and patterns in the frozen ice. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my waders, so off came the shoes and in I went. One of the colder experiences my toes have been through! I had to move extra carefully to not create any ripples that would break up the thin layer of ice. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the best light ever, but I think the cool ice shapes and patterns helps add enough to this image to make it unique. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/4 ISO100, 20mm, f/16, .6s (4 shot focus stack) at Mount Rainier National Park

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Still getting around to editing some shots from my Southwest trip to Arizona and Utah! This was a smokey sunset taken from Deadhorse point in Utah. Fires from Colorado had sent smoke into Utah and some of Arizona for most of the second half of our trip. It was terrible to hear about the devastating wildfires that were taking place in beautiful areas of Colorado. Each year seems to be getting worse. They say now that around half of Colorado’s residents live in wildfire danger areas and this is becoming the norm across most of the West coast. Anyways, this canyon was amazing and it’s a bummer we didn’t have more time there. We had spent most of that day further up North and were heading on the the next spot for sunrise after this sunset. I did very little research on this spot and had no idea what comps or spots I wanted to shoot there, which is funny because without knowing it I ended up finding and shooting the same tree that apparently everyone else does here. I have no issues with that though, as it’s an awesome comp and the light was nice! I hope I’m able to return to the Southwest soon! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/4 ISO100, 17mm, f/11, 1/30s at Dead Horse Point State Park

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Hard to believe this time last year I was getting back from an amazing three week trip through Paris and Italy. Time sure does fly! This year I spent mine in New Orleans with family and it's been great! I was hoping to visit a couple photography spots I had in mind over here, but the weather has had different ideas. That's always part of traveling and photography, but it's still been awesome and it's amazing exploring the city and the different landscape. at Colosseo, Roma, Italia

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Happy Sunday everyone! Here is another shot from that amazing sunrise on our first morning in the Enchantments back in early October. The burn seemed to last a lifetime! This is one of those shots where I was happier with the composition in the field than when I reviewed it on my computer. I was hoping the gnarled curvy tree trunk at the bottom would be more dominant and the larch trees are kinda just a mess of branches. Luckily, with conditions like this it was basically impossible to take a bad shot on this morning and this one was definitely worth it for me to process. Can’t wait to go back! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/4 ISO100, 16mm, f/11, 1/10s (2 shot focus stack) at Leavenworth, Washington

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Another incredible view from my trip into the Enchantments. After that amazing burner of a sunrise we all headed off to explore everything the core area had to offer. The clouds quickly started to roll in and soon we were walking around in a cloud. I really enjoyed this jagged peak and spent quite some time trying to find a way to photograph it. I ended up returning to this spot for a sunset, but funnily enough I ended up preferring this middle of the day shot more. It was originally just intended as a scouting shot and was taken handheld. In the field I never would have expected to make a final image out of it, funny how things can end up! There are many spots I wish I’d had more time with in the Enchantments and this spot is high on that list. When I’m able to return, this will be one of the main spots I focus on. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/4 ISO200, 16mm, f/10, 1/30s at Leavenworth, Washington

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Rare conditions finally lined up at Baker for me to get a shot I've been envisioning for a couple years now. And then instagram goes and ruins it with a 4x5 crop 🤣🤣 For a few days a year this shot is possible if a number of factors come together. First off, you need a new moon giving you a few days where the vertical milkyway alignment is still possible in November with a dark sky. Then you obviously need fresh snow which at this time of the year is usually the first heavy  snowfall of the season. Finally, you need a clear day that isn’t windy and is cold enough the snow doesn’t melt or blow off the trees and stays clear throughout the night so you can actually see the stars...pretty difficult task during November, in the mountains, in the PNW. Plus probably a few other criteria I’m forgetting. It’s also interested that while Baker definitely doesn’t have the darkest skies around, I don’t remember there being that much light pollution, so I’m curious if the snow reflects enough light to make a difference. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info at Mt. Baker Ski Area

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*Swipe right for more* Recently I’ve been trying to focus a bit more on the smaller things...intimates, abstracts and such. I’m pretty terrible at finding the little details and envisioning those type of scenes, so it’s been interesting trying to find some that I’m decently happy with. These shots also tend to do poorly on social media so I figured I’d just post up a grouping of them at once. Here are some details on each shot. 1: Red Japanese Maple leaves contrasting against wet rocks. The heavy rain that day really helped make this shot. 2: An artistic panning method on some birch trees in Leavenworth. This spot is pretty famous thanks to @aaronreedphotography and I was hoping for some normal shots, but it was far past peak so I settled for trying out something new. 3: Some morning dew tentacle plant thing contrasting against darker foliage. 4: One of my favorite slot canyons in the Southwest - definitely not a unique shot. Getting to this section was an adventure and involved sliding between canyon walls so thin I had to hold my backpack above my head and squeeze through...I ripped my shorts 🤣🤣 5: Sunlit larch trees and granite walls reflecting in a wind blown lake. 6: Some sloppy fog I got to experience with @iangastonphotography on a recent trip to Cali. Conditions weren’t great, but it was still an amazing experience watching the fog as the city lit up at night. 7: Incredible lines and colors from Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona. 8: Another take on the artistic panning method and some birch trees. 9: More dew drops on a wet morning. I liked how the bright green plant was framed by the dark green leaves. This came from trying to find a green abstract shot that wasn’t those same twisty mountain plants everyone has. Though I’m sure I’ll grab one of those shots eventually 😆 10: And finally the Lady in the Wind. A very famous shot in Upper Antelope Canyons. Unfortunately I wasn’t there during the best time of the day, but this angle worked out okay. at United States

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I’m sure you’re tired of seeing Japanese maples and I'm a little late to the party, but here’s another! And no, it’s not that tree from Portland. I’ve actually never seen this particular tree shot (though I’m sure it has been) and although it’s not very big or complex, I liked the greens from the mossy branches and foliage at the base contrasting with the colorful fall leaves. Unfortunately you can’t find colors like this anymore as autumn colors have come to a close and now I wait for good snow to start falling. Winter scenes are my favorite and I’m excited to see what type of conditions I run into this year! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ISO100, 14mm, f/16, 1.3s at Seattle, Washington

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Several weeks ago I got decent conditions up at Mt Baker including a light dusting of snow during peak autumn colors. I’ve tried to shoot this area a few times, but haven’t gotten any decent light. I was originally planning to shoot higher up looking down on this lake, but these conditions changed those plans. The lake was partially frozen taking away from its unique shape and a light dusting of snow was sticking to certain areas drawing my attention to this fallen tree. It’s one of the most complex scenes I’ve shot with a lot going on including an almost overwhelming amount of color from the fall colors and sky. That made this a difficult shot for me to process and I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I’ve been sitting on it long enough. I’m at the point where I can’t tell if any changes I make help or hurt the image 🤣🤣, so what you see is what you get. I’m sure I’ll make plenty of changes over the next several months, but I like trying to keep all of you semi up to date with my adventures...so I hope you enjoy! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/5 ISO100, 16mm, f/13, 1/15s & 1/30s (multiple shots used for depth of focus and dynamic range) at Mt. Baker

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There is something very special about the way larch trees catch sunlight on their golden needles. I unfortunately have mixed feelings about this shot because on one hand, that’s some legendary light at an amazing location, BUT I had to shoot it handheld and as a result, the quality of the file is quite low and I’m not sure how large I could print it. For me, making a print is the final stage of any good photo. We spend countless hours researching, traveling, backpacking, enduring horrible weather and more for our shots and if it’s final resting place is a laptop or quick glance on IG than that photo hasn’t lived! So...as I started with, I will unfortunately have mixed feelings about a photo that I should outright love. I’m just happy camera sensors have come so far; several years ago this shot would look even worse. Because it was handheld, I couldn’t bracket any shots for dynamic range due to longer exposure blur and the lens flare...oh the lens flareeeeee!! It was horrendous, is still noticeable in certain areas, and took an enormous amount of time just to make it passable. .. If you remember the story for why this had to be handheld, scroll on, if not here’s the story again. I spent most of this sunrise parked in a spot I scouted out the morning before and got several shots from there, but as soon as the sun started to pop up I realized the larch trees I was shooting weren’t going to light up. In panic mode, I grabbed my camera and started frantically running around trying to find a decent spot where the sunlight was hitting trees. The light was moving quickly and I knew I would run out of time in a matter of minutes. Keep in mind, this is no easy area to run around...it’s basically just a steep pile of rocks. Finally, I scrambled down to this viewpoint, knew I wouldn’t have time to set up my tripod and quickly started firing off shots, hoping one would come out sharp enough to be passable. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35 f/5 ISO125, 22mm, f/11, 1/40s (handheld) at Washington

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A lone larch tree basks in some mid morning sunlight. By the end of the trip views like this were starting to just become the norm, which is hard to believe! I had all my expectations for the Enchantments blown out of the water. Of course it helps that we had incredible conditions and light for almost the entire trip, but that place...is just wow. I can’t even put it into words. I guess hopefully this shot will give you a small feeling of how amazing that place is. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6 ISO100, 210mm, f/8, 1/320s at Washington

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Took a quick trip down to Leavenworth the other day and unfortunately didn’t have the best of conditions. While the trees along the river were amazingly perfect, the river was incredibly low. Not only was the river a small trickle, but all other fall color spots that weren’t right along the river were past peak and mostly deleafed. Then to make the trip even more successful, about 30 minutes into my trip I managed to knock my tele lens down the steep rocky cliffside straight into what small amount of river was rushing by. I managed to scramble down and recover it, but the poor thing is definitely toast. I have to say though, I’m pretty impressed that after almost three years of being incredibly reckless and stupid with my gear, this is my first sacrifice to the photo gods...so overall I can’t really be too upset about it. Anyways, I hope everyone else had a better week and that you enjoy this shot of amazing conditions I got last year while in Leavenworth during a very early snowstorm! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35mm f/4 ISO100, 16mm, f/13, 30s at Leavenworth, Washington

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The clearing of a snow storm during sunrise lead to some pretty amazing conditions in The Enchantments. We all sat and watch as Prusik Peak danced in and out of the clouds, always teasing us just to cover back up. I found this little patch of larch trees on our first night and proceeded to shoot them for two sunrises. The first one resulted in a stunning display of color while this morning had truly unique conditions with 6-8 inches of snow and dramatic clouds. I really enjoy when I get to explore and photograph a less shot area and it’s even better when you get unique conditions like these. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35mm f/4 ISO100, 29mm, f/11, 1/80s at Leavenworth, Washington

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Fall colors are starting to peak everywhere! I'm down in Portland for the weekend but unfortunately didn't have any time to get out shooting. Being here always reminds me of all the amazing trips I've had into the gorge. I haven't been back since the fires and I hear most of the trails are still closed 😥 I hope they are able to open for next spring! Have a great weekend everyone! at Multnomah Falls

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Our second day up in the Enchantments started with an amazing sunrise, followed with a full day of on/off snow. After huddling in our tents for a couple hours, @iangastonphotography and I decided to venture out and do our best to stay dry. I’m glad we did as it was quite the winter wonderland! We took our time walking by several lakes shooting anything that caught our eye. This was one of the scenes that popped out to me. Not long after I shot this, we checked the clock to find out we’d been out a lot longer than previously thought...like a couple hours longer. Time was flying, but if we didn’t turn back soon we might not make it back to camp before dark. That was when a couple of thru hikers caught us and asked how much further they had until snow lakes trailhead...which was around 11-12 miles further. All I can say is hopefully they made it safe and sound and I’m sure that won’t be a hike they will forget anytime soon. We then started our way back to camp and only then did it hit me that our entire hike so far had been downhill! Luckily, watching Ian try to find the right path home was entertainment enough that the hike back few by. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35mm f/4 ISO200, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s (handheld) at Leavenworth, Washington

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Welcome to the Dolomites?? No...wait, this is the Enchantments! A crazy morning filled with mixed emotions I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Long story shortish, Ian had spotted this amazing frozen lake at the base of three epic peaks. After showing some pics of the spot, I happily agreed to join him and Steve there for a morning shoot expecting mostly clear skies and hoping to get some nice morning sunlight on the peaks. It didn’t hurt that my original sunrise plan required climbing down what had become basically a 50ft ice/rock slide in the dark. As our alarms rang we all crawled out of our tents to see a mostly cloudy sky with a nice gap on the horizon. We had planned to head to the three towers so even with pretty heavy clouds, that’s what we did. The hike was about an hour long and every additional 15 minutes that passed added to the possibility of an amazing sunrise...facing the opposite way we would be shooting. And it was...boy oh boy did that sky go off...The light you see on the three towers in my shot is reflected from the insane redish glow of sunrise far to the left of this scene. This light only lasted around 20 seconds, but I swear, at least 50% of the sky lit up for that time. So at the end of the day this shot leaves me with very mixed feelings. On one had, I got an okay shot from a spot I’d never seen before with some pretty crazy red glow. But I don’t really like the foreground and knowing what I missed if I had stuck with my original sunrise plan is something that will forever haunt my photographic nightmares. I had scouted out multiple comps I loved that would have been been perfect on a morning like this. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I offer 1 on 1 workshops throughout the PNW and post processing education. Visit link in bio for more info ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shot Info: Nikon D610 w Nikon 16-35mm f/4 ISO100, 16mm, f/16, 1s (3 shot focus stack) at Washington

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