While we were out hiking in Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park, we came across several trees that had grown very close together. We spent quite a bit of time just sitting in the middle of them getting lost in the canopy above.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/10
  3. Exposure: 1/2th
  4. Focal Length: 15mm

This beam of light was not present about 3 mintues prior to taking this shot. Our tour guide in Antelope Canyon knew exactly when and where it would appear and he told us not to move from this spot. That wasn’t easy because of all the tour groups trying to push their way through the canyon. But, thanks to him, I was able to get this shot and witness this amazing light grow and diminish before my eyes within minutes.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/11
  3. Exposure: 4"
  4. Focal Length: 18mm

This was a fun lake to hike to in Glacier National Park. The views along the trail were just endless…but then, that’s true with pretty much every trail in this park. I hiked up here with a couple other photographers and once we reached the actual lake, we were quite disappointed to see it completely frozen over still - in mid June. Luckily, this tarn just below the lake had somewhat melted. I yearn to make it back here during wildflower season…

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/11
  3. Exposure: 1/10th
  4. Focal Length: 15mm

Happy New Year all! 2013 was filled with so many adventures. I saw and experienced so much of this country. Even though I’ve become a real adult now and bought a house, I don’t intend to sit still. There are still so many places in this world I haven’t seen. And I’m looking at my home in a different way, I feel compelled to re-explore.

Seeing the Grand Canyon gave me shivers. The massiveness of it took some time to just comprehend. Watching the light move across the canyon walls at sunrise and sunset became my most favorite thing. I can’t wait to return and re-explore it as well. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/13th
  4. Focal Length: 83mm

After the major color of the sunset had subsided, Jeff and I made our way back to the lodge area. Once we made it back, there was still some subtle color hanging around the horizon. So, we took the opportunity to shoot the lodge lights below the fading light of the day. It’s so awesome to be back in a place where it actually feels like Christmas!

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 90"
  4. Focal Length: 33mm

Jeff and I headed up to Mt Hood last weekend finding less than ideal conditions near Government Camp. There was only a little snow and it was so warm that most of it had turned into slush. Our original plan was to snowshoe up Tom Dick & Harry mountain, stay the night and shoot sunset and sunrise. Those plans were scrapped after we met these conditions. So, we stayed warm in the Mazamas lodge and spent most of our time in the Timberline area where the snow was cold and the view was incredible, as usual. This sunset was pretty spectacular, but most of the color stayed near the horizon. So, I shot a panorama of the scene. It was so awesome to get back in the ol’ snowshoes after not being able to use them for two years in Florida!

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/3th
  4. Focal Length: 83mm

The color from my last sunset in Glacier National Park was seemingly endless. After the sky to the west had peaked, the sky to the East lit up. So, I spun around from the lake and ran up the hillside to shoot it. Then, more color back to the West once it was finished. I had to rush to find this composition, but it was well worth that effort, as usual!

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/10th
  4. Focal Length: 15mm

I had a bit of a hard time shooting this falls once the task of getting down to this area was over. I had a hard time finding the perspective I wanted. It’s not an easy waterfall to shoot, mostly because of how massive and open it is. But, I think this angle of the rocks in the foreground gives the viewer some sense of perspective.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/13
  3. Exposure: 30"
  4. Focal Length: 15mm

 It took quite a while to find a route across the creek using down trees. By the time I made it across and atop this tree, I found Jeff down below standing right in the middle of the creek.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/13
  3. Exposure: 1.6"
  4. Focal Length: 15mm

I have been to this waterfall multiple times, but the conditions on this morning were pretty awesome to watch. The sky was clear, so I hiked up here early with a couple friends before the light was too harsh to make a longer exposure. We arrived at the falls just as the sun was peaking over the ridge and the mist off the falls provided a pretty sweet show.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  2. Aperture: f/36
  3. Exposure: 3.2"
  4. Focal Length: 83mm