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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.