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This place is wild. Been going through Utah with @luke_skywlkr and it’s blowing our minds. I haven’t been there since my parents took me and my brother on a road trip about twenty years ago. It’s weird how even though I was too young to truly appreciate the landscapes back then, I still got a nostalgic feeling as we were driving through the park at night. The warm air and desert smells flooded the truck as we had the windows down, and those memories all came back. I wish we were able to spend more time in Moab, but I’ll just use that as an excuse to go back soon. For those of you that have explored this area, what spot is your favorite?
Most of the time, I have great experiences with wildlife, but sometimes they’re just disrespectful and stick their tongue out at you. No elaborate backstory today. Just a photo of an immature pronghorn.
Every time I look at the images from this night, I get stoked all over again. Such an unreal experience that emerged out of nowhere. While taking advantage of the craziest golden hour I’d ever seen, we were hit with a quick storm. Immediately after, the most vibrant rainbow appeared (a double rainbow actually). I looked out in the valley to check for a pot of gold, but saw three pronghorns in the distance instead. I decided to walk out into the plains, trudging through mud and fresh bison patties, in order to get a shot of the pronghorns roaming in front of the rainbow. By the time I got back to the truck, I was covered in a lot of less than desirable stuff and my camera was soaked. I was determined to get this once in a lifetime shot, so I was willing to deal with the consequences later. Thankfully, I was able to wash my clothes, my @sonyalpha gear handled the conditions perfectly, and I came home with one of my most meaningful images. | #sonyalpha a7R III | Sony 85mm f1.8 | 85mm | f1.8 | 1/125sec | ISO 200 | #BeAlpha #earthcapture •
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On our last evening in Yellowstone, Katy and I went out searching for grizzlies. We hit some of the hotspots I had found while researching, but completely struck out. According to a fellow visitor, we missed one walking along the Snake River by no more than five minutes before it disappeared into the woods. It was getting too dark to shoot with my telephoto lens, so we decided to start heading back to camp. I was feeling a little bummed that we just barely missed a big grizz which would have been the best way to end such an awesome trip. But as we were driving back, we saw some people stopped in the middle of the road, completely blocking traffic. Having no idea why people stopped, we pulled off onto a nearby turnout, I grabbed my camera, and walked (ran) over to where others were standing. Across the river, wandering through the thick forest was this amazing young black bear. We didn’t stay long due to some of the tourists getting rowdy and yelling. But I was beyond excited that we were able to see this animal as we wrapped up our Yellowstone adventure.
An american bison leads the herd across Lamar Valley during golden hour. As the sun was going down, it backlit everything in front of me. Insects looked as if they were glowing, and rays of light were clearly defined due to the dust and haze in the valley. At least a hundred bison were clumped together, filling the landscape with the sound of deep grunts and bellows. Everywhere we looked, you could spot something noteworthy. There were bulls fighting one another, red dogs (calves) playing and running around, and other bison blocking traffic in a way that seemed deliberate. Although we were blocked for over a half an hour, it was the best traffic stop I’ve ever witnessed. | #SonyAlpha a7R III | Sony 400mm f2.8 | 400mm | f2.8 | ISO 1600 | #BeAlpha #earthcapture
The Grand Tetons at sunset are one of the most impactful scenes in the US in my opinion. I’m sure many of you have other locations that you prefer, but it’s all about how a certain place makes you feel. For me, the positive feelings I have associated with this park add to the experience. I think of road tripping with Katy, discovering who I am as a photographer, and remembering the overwhelming amazement from when I saw these peaks for the first time. The feeling I got during our most recent trip, while waiting for the sun to drop below the jagged ridge, consisted of all of these memories. I’m sure I will see landscapes with similar grandeur in the years to come, and those places will have their own significance to me, but nothing will replace the appreciation I have for the Grand Tetons. What are some of your favorite locations that give you the same sentiment?
Taking a break from my Yellowstone photos to share this awesome young buck from Yosemite on Thursday. He and six other friends were out wandering the valley, enjoying the warm summer weather. Always love seeing these awesome animals in the park.
While searching for wolves in Lamar Valley, we got hit with a pretty intense summer storm at sunset. The weather was completely unexpected and hit us out of nowhere. I was photographing some bison and pronghorn directly behind me, when I turned around and saw the most vibrant rainbow I had ever seen. It was the most “Wyoming” moment of the trip. People began getting out of their cars (partly due to the bison jam preventing us from going anywhere), and kids were running around in the rain playing and screaming. As people shared high fives and “how crazy is this” comments, I had never seen a group of strangers get so collectively stoked about nature. It certainly encouraged me. No one was taunting the wildlife or looking for landmarks to deface. It was solely appreciation for what was unfolding all around us. You never know what you’re going to encounter in the American West, but whatever happens, it’s going to be awesome.
I’ve been really excited to share this photo with you all. During our trip to Yellowstone earlier this month, the bison rut wasn’t quite at its peak, but we were still able to see some bulls show some pre-rut aggression. This is the time when they challenge other males and compete for mates. In this shot, I was photographing two aggressive bulls when they connected at the right time and created an almost perfect mirrored image of each other. Bison can have noticeable physical variations, but these two looked like clones to me. They were the same size, had similar horn curvature, and showed the same intensity in their eyes. It’s times like these that make me love photographing wildlife even more. Every situation is unique, and in many cases, your favorite images turn out to be the ones you didn’t plan. | #SonyAlpha a7R III | Sony 400mm f2.8 | 400mm | f2.8 | 1/500 sec | ISO 1600 | #BeAlpha #earthcapture @bbcearth
I think pronghorn are some of the most interesting-looking animals. This particular one was mangy, yet stoic. Initially, I thought about how much better the photo would’ve been if it wasn’t molting and had a full coat of fur. But then I realized that this image is a much better representation of this animal. Pronghorn are prey. They have to be extremely alert and aware of what’s going on around them. In addition to being hunted by bears, wolves, and coyotes, they also have to endure the harsh weather in Wyoming and Montana. Rather than romanticizing that this pronghorn is living the perfect life, grazing undisturbed in the beautiful Wyoming landscape, I hope this photo depicts a rugged and resilient animal that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. | #sonyalpha a7R III | Sony 400mm f2.8 | 400mm | f2.8 | 1/800 | ISO 640 |
Wyoming minimalism. I was rushing to my last location of the day when I saw this lonely teepee way out in the distance. I was crunched for time and was hoping to get at least a few shots at the spot where I was headed, but this scene stopped me in my tracks. I decided that this was the place where I’d spend the last few minutes of light. I had dropped Katy off at the trailer about an hour before and most of the traffic had left the area, so as watched the sky change colors, I was surrounded by complete stillness. Most of the trip had been filled with nonstop exploring and shooting, but here, I stopped and was able to reflect. I got a few shots, and for the following ten minutes, I just appreciated that I had the opportunity to photograph such an incredible place.
I’m a bag snob. Maybe not a snob, but certainly a collector. There’s nothing like a trusty weekender duffel that also compliments your style. So I was beyond excited to pick the Weekender Box from @bespokepost for this month’s shipment. Every month, I get more and more stoked on #bespokepost and couldn’t be happier with this bag. It really is a #boxofawesome.
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