One of my top personal favorite photos. I’ve had this on my wall for a long time and each time I look at I can escape into and sit on that rock there. The temperature was perfect, the pine was so thick it was intoxicating, there is a river nearby, but it’s quiet and peaceful. It will forever by my secret hideaway.
This shot was, you could say, began my journey into photography. It has become my best seller because it captures a moment of serenity that we all long for. I was racing the light after the sunset, at a lake in Michigan, when there was a beautiful burst of reds, pinks, and orange. It was thrilling. The geese flew right into the shot I had set up and the resident swans didn’t seem to mind being a subtle star in this scene.
I am obsessed with the ocean. Each wave brings a sense of calm and tranquility. It is from such moments where we find the inspiration to carry on, to live, and to spread our wings to fly. I took this during an early sunrise on the Florida coast after flying in from an extended volunteer trip in Brazil. I was glad the seagull wasn’t worried about social distancing so I could get close enough to capture the shot.
When I take a photo I want to create a shot that is inspiring and takes to a place you want to always “mentally escape” into. A shot that you can be “in” and feel and smell. I think this shot really encapsulates that well. The wooden dock has that earthy sense to it and the lights guide you along the way. You know the sound your footsteps make, and the excitement of walking towards a beautiful sunset on the ocean. The moment is magical and you just walked into it.
This is one of the most exciting photos I have ever taken. I spotted this bull elk in the wild, deep in the Canadian Rockies. I had seen a black bear earlier, and a moose, and I missed the perfect shot on both of those. So when I came upon this elk, I was ready. I came in real slow from behind, downwind, so as not to disturb the majestic creature. I got closer and closer till I felt I was staring at it eye to eye. I was terrified, to be honest. It was so gigantic but so noble and stately. What a creature. I had no zoom on my lens, I was using a 16mm prime lens, so I was that close to it. It stood to pose for just a moment, till it gestured that it wanted me gone, and that was it. I was excited for days at the ordeal. I can’t believe I have the photo to prove it.
On a trip into the mountains, I made it my mission to take over a hundred photos of paths. I wanted the perfect path as a visual reference to always be able to refer to in my mind, and in photography. After a thorough review, I chose this path because of the pleasantness of the area. It leads to a mountain after a while, but here, it’s flat and in a wide meadow leading into a forest. The warm sun shining down made it the path I always want to walk down.
I am a self-professing coffee addict and when you combine hot, freshly roasted coffee with a mountain scene, it doesn’t get much better than that. Add a little Autumn magic and you’re golden. This photo was taken in magical Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
There is a funny story behind this photo. I had been hiking a lot photographing in Jasper and got really bad blisters on my boots. So on the morning of this hike I had to wear my Nike tennis shoes. I figured that I have done enough dumber stuff before and I should be able to handle this. I got to the trailhead and it was pouring rain. It was late autumn and would be freezing at the top. Hmmmm. I got out a roll of duct tape and complete “waterproofed” my shoes. I have to admit, it was pretty genius. The whole idea fell apart when I got near the summit and a heavy snow began to fall. Soon after the rocky trail was covered and I couldn’t take a step without sliding three backward. I engaged my genius again and pulled out my camera tripod that has metal pegs on the bottom. I stabbed into the snow and pulled myself up step by step. It was a bit dangerous, very dumb, and kind of funny but I made it to the summit and the storm passed. The views were the best I had ever seen in my life. I faced the elements and came out victorious. The way down was not as easy but, let’s just say I lived to tell the story.
After a long trip overseas working in third-world favelas I was happy to land in Florida and stay near the ocean. I got up for the sunrise (which wasn’t so easy), but a sunrise on the ocean is hard to resist. I was treated by friendly seagulls, gentle waves, and a warm sun. The seagulls had a busy schedule to keep but were kind enough to pose for me a few times, and on the last time, I got this shot. It embodies all that I love about the ocean.