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The focus on this image is not where some would expect. It is on the smallest amount of pavement up close to the camera. For me, this symbolizes something very important. Every adventure on which one would embark in life starts with small details. The road is long and many adventures lie ahead, but first, we must focus on the first step, the smallest of steps, and the details that are right in front of us. If we do that and keep doing that, it will lead us on a beautiful journey down adventure road.
For many years I worked as a server or manager at restaurants, mostly through the night. So getting up early is always a painful experience for me. Without coffee, it is all but hopeless. So this is a rare sunrise shot. I debated, “would it be worth it?”, “Would there be any color?”, “Would I be awake enough to find the ‘on’ button on my camera?” But it paid off when the sky turned to gold as the beautiful sun slowly climbed over the oceanic horizon. The bliss of the morning was unrivaled. The delicate waves rolled in on this soft Florida coast as I had just landed from a long trip overseas in a very third-world part of Brazil. The peace and solace of the moment were surreal. I felt privileged to have captured it.
I had hiked all day from six a.m. I was exhausted. At the last minute, I realized it was my only chance for a star shot while in Jasper because of the moon cycles. So I kicked it out, and drove to a nearby bridge that gave me a great view of the night sky and stayed up all night shooting. The moon started to rise about 4 a.m. and cast a light on the coming clouds. I was thrilled when I finally got all my settings right to capture the magic of the moment and clicked this shot. I knew I had something special.
This is the best hike I have ever been on. It’s called The Valley Of The Ten Peaks in Banff, Alberta, Canada. It was snowing on and off most of the hike and the way back was a whiteout so I’m glad I took the time to set up and shoot this on the way up. The trail is easy and winds through forests of pine trees that actually change color, they are called “Larch Trees”. I had never heard of them before. The white snow falling on the orange trees was truly magical, it’s hard to put into words. Here I wanted to capture how the trees framed the trail and painted the mountains with beautiful colors.
Is there anything more therapeutic than a sunrise on the ocean with a long sandy beach and soft rolling waves? There may be but I doubt it. It’s rare when the sky lights up with vivid colors but those are the moments I wait and watch for. It’s very exciting when it happens. I took probably about 300-500 shots to capture this one. It was tricky because waves are, well, unpredictable. I was thrilled to see that it came out and was undoubtedly was worth the wait.
I sat here for hours taking in the beauty. Luckily, I remembered to take a photo as well. It was a long way down a trail through the lushest forest you’ve ever seen, but I could hardly call it “work” getting back there. The mist coming off the falls was pure magic and I’m glad enough light broke through to capture the scene.
The temperature was perfect and the smell of pine was intoxicating. For me, this photograph captures the quintessential essence of all that I love in the mountains; a flowing river, a towering peak, a rich green forest, and dancing clouds. When I close my eyes and think of being in surrounded by nature, this is the place I picture. I was working in a youth detention center in a nearby city when I decided to take a week and venture into the wild. Usually it takes grueling hikes to get to such a place, but believe it or not, the beautiful campground where I was staying is tucked only a few hundred yards away. The perfect shot was hiding in plain sight and I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
I got up at 4 a.m. to scramble up a “small” mountain behind my campsite in Estes Park, Colorado. The “small” mountain turned up to be a nearly vertical ascent and I found myself using both my hands and feet to make it to the top, completely out of breath. I got set up to watch the sunrise in complete dark, using a flashlight, and began shooting. To my disappointment, it seemed it was going to be a total dud. Then, at the last second, just as the sun hit the horizon, a burst across the skies. I was so happy. Well worth the work. The tones and colors were enough to lift the heavest spirits and I’m glad I got the click.
In my humble opinion, this is the most beautiful place on earth. Banff, Canada is like a paradise for adventurers. The beauty is hard to put into words, so I did my best to put it into a photograph. When I reached the summit a freezing snow was pounding down with high winds. I thought there would be no way to shoot. A little patience paid off when suddenly the clouds broke, the sun came through, and the storm disappeared. The warm sunshine helped me to feel my fingers again, which was nice. It was a good analogy for life; when your hopes are blocked by a giant storm, when the snow is cold and the winds are harsh, be patient, be ready, the sun will come and its warmth break through and show you a view with no boundaries.
I think this photo embodies a simple yet powerful moment. It says “everything is gonna be okay,” “take a deep breath,” “relax a little”. The morning could not have been more perfect. The waves were slow and gentle, the cry of gulls in the distance and a subtle smell of sand and salt. I dropped the camera low and timed a foamy wave to roll into the shot. The reflection took my breath away and, as it is in life, the details are where the magic happens.
The autumn season is my favorite and any time of year I love to be reminded of the pleasant change that comes each season during this year. It’s a few weeks of a very special time that I love to look forward to. I imagine pushing one of those canoes out onto the lake and just forgetting the world for a while with the smell of crisp leaves on the air.
This has to be one of the remotest places I have ever been to. Hundreds of miles from any town in any direction in the Canadian Rockies. The nights are so dark that the sunrise is quite an event. The first light brings hope and warmth to the vast wilderness awaiting its triumph.