One of my personal goals for 2016 was to release a set of 8 new Portfolio Images and 8 new Behind the Scenes Images each month. Each photo includes a short story of how the image was created.
Instead of just posting these images to my portfolio I thought it would be cool to post some of my favorites, on the blog each month, after uploading.
Enjoy & Thanks for Looking
Sisters of the Moon
Last Chance Mountain Range, Death Valley, California
This image comes from a 3 shot horizontal panorama, used to capture the tallest peaks, in the Last Chance Mountain Range of Death Valley National Park’s Racetrack Playa.
The 95% moon provided awesome shadows, color and light over the Racetrack Playa creating an almost alien feel to the landscape.
Driving out to this location, in January of 2016, my brother and I did a few long distance day hikes in the area, as well as the summit of Ubehebe Peak which can be seen on the far right.
Traveling further beyond the Last Chance Range you’ll reach the Saline Valley, Inyo Mountains, & The Great Sierra Nevada Range.
For me, Death Valley is a special place. When I want to escape the world and go hiking / take pictures for a few weeks without seeing anyone, this and the Olympic National Park are my preferred destinations. In the past year I’ve spend nearly a month in this park and enjoyed every minute of it!
Saline Mountains, Death Valley, California
This image was captured looking South, from the Eureka Sand Dunes, as a giant storm dumped sand, ice and rain over the Saline Mountain Range.
Prior to this trip ( May 2015 ) I’d never seen any storms of this size and speed in my life.
This image is made from a long 5 second exposure, capturing the movement of the sand over the valley floor, along with the huge clouds rising over the 6,500 foot mountains in the distance.
The afternoon sun was coming in full force, as seen on the lefthand side of the photo, providing color and saturation to the entire landscape.
After spending 3 days in the Eureka Valley, hiking and taking photos, I took one of the off road routes, which led me to the Saline Valley Hot Springs, directly behind the mountains you see in this photo. Good times!
King of the West
Sierra Nevada Range, California
Mount Whitney ( 14,505 feet ), the tallest peak in the lower 48, catches morning light through the clouds in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Many times during the morning the mountain would be completely encapsulated in clouds, look closely and you’ll see many of them on the lower peaks. Once in a while everything would clear and the summit would show.
This image was captured from Whitney Portal while doing a short hike through the area one morning. Such a neat place!
Visions of the Cascades
Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington State
Mount Shuksan ( 9,131 ft tall ) and the Northern Picket Range ( one of the most remote ranges in the lower 48 ) can be seen under light fog and heavy moon light.
During the Supermoon in August of 2014 I was lucky enough to backpack through this area with conditions like this.
On the 4 day trip through the Mount Baker Wilderness I would spend most nights out shooting, nearly all of them had these same fantastic conditions.
Due to an extremely dry summer, the wildflower bloom occurred much earlier than normal, and extended high into the alpine regions.
After returning home I totally forgot that these images were taken. A few months ago when organizing my photos I found them.
Backpacking at Twilight Through the Needles District
Canyonlands National Park, Utah – January 2016
My brother Lee climbing in the Canyonlands during a 15 mile day / night hike through the Needles. We ended up doing some pretty sketchy scrambling through ice and snow, in the dark, to get out of this place.
I’d put this hike in my top 3, ever…
Moonrise in the Enchantments
From a 5 day trip through the Enchantments “Core Zone” with a few great friends.
Snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada Range
Sequoia National Park, California January 2016
We took a 16 mile snowshoe route through the Sierra Nevada range in Sequoia National Park. During sunset the colors were fantastic. Lee is snowshoeing through a grove of trees, some of which are 2-3 thousand years old!