For all you frequent flyers out there, do me a favor and pick up the October issue of Sky Magazine. Sky did a large and in charge article on Salt Lake City for this issue–big news for us in the tourism industry. I was pleasantly surprised when the art director called and wanted to use a couple of my images, and wanted me to shoot the opening spread! This is definitely the most significant publication to date for me, and I hope for many more. The piece begins on page 98. I have images on pages 98, 112 and 126. Cheers!
Days, that is.
I recently returned from a trip back east and had the good fortune of spending a couple days in/around Burlington, VT. While I would have loved to time my visit for a few weeks later, other business commitments required my visit to occur earlier.
I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the quaint, rural country of Vermont. Even Burlington, bustling by some accounts, felt welcoming and cozy. Since the leaves weren’t really changing all that much, I became fascinated with the rural farmland along the scenic routes that dot northern and central Vermont. I could see in my mind’s eye what I wanted to capture: lush green fields with mist, rustic barns with peeling paint and rusting silos, hay bales sitting silently in the middle of a freshly harvested field, layer upon layer of trees and vegetation–all thrown into one early-morning frame. I had one morning to shoot, and (thanks to the recommendation of a knowledgeable local) decided to head to Upper Pleasant Valley road. I didn’t have a spot, or even a shot I was driving to. I was simply just driving, allowing myself enough time to arrive at the general area in time for sunrise.
My wandering was justly rewarded with an exceptionally beautiful morning of shooting. The air was crisp, the dew was heavy, and the mist was ethereal. The morning freshness always seems to leave so hastily, but with the vibrant greens of the foliage, reds of the barns and blues of the sky, good shooting conditions continued through early afternoon. Hope you enjoy the images–thanks for stopping by.
My show is finally in full swing at the Porcupine Pub & Grille. I am UBER excited about this show, as it is my first real opportunity to show my work to the general public in a spectacular setting. For those unfamiliar with the Porcupine, it is located right at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Address is 3690 Fort Union Blvd.
I’ve got 17 pieces in all hanging on the walls there ranging from 12 x 18 to 26 x 40 in size. Some of the more notables are a very large Antelope Island BW print and two canvas prints of fall in the Wasatch. Most of the other prints are from the Wasatch Mountains in/around Salt Lake City. All of the prints are for sale.
The food at the Porcupine is excellent (I recommend the buffalo wings!) and the atmosphere is never dull. Go check my images out, have a bit to eat, and feel free to drop me a line with any comments you may have. Cheers!
What a place. Really–that’s about all I have to say–but that wouldn’t make for much of a blog, so I’ll continue.
My family takes an annual trip to Jackson Hole each year to bike, raft, shop and eat (among other things). As for myself, I love getting out on the Snake River and Flat Creek with my fishing rod, soaking up the last rays of sunlight as I anticipate the evening hatch. This trip, I decided to employ a bit of self disciplne and trade the fishing rod for a tripod. Weird. A photographer actually making pictures of one of the most beautiful locales on earth. For reasons that completely escape me, I have never really made much of an effort to photograph in GTNP before. Perhaps it’s the abundance of other activities that I enjoy immensely that has always persuaded me to relax and have fun instead of wake up at oh-dark-thirty to shoot the sunrise. I guess my increased dedication to this passion and burgeoning profession of mine convinced me to get after if photographically on this particular trip.
There are so many unbelievable locations to shoot in GTNP, you just have to take a step back and decide which locations you’d like to capture most, and save the rest for next time. You must understand that even in a week’s time, you wouldn’t be able to capture even a quarter of it all. I chose to shoot some classic tripod locations in the Snake River Overlook and Schwabacher’s Landing. However, I did get off the beaten path a bit and head up to String Lake for a spectacular (albeit somewhat tempered) sunrise. The mist coming off the lake that morning lent an ethereal effect to the images. It would hang out on the far shore of the lake (in the middle ground of my frame), and then suddenly come in waves towards me with surprising haste. I was fortunate enough to capture several of these images as Mt. Moran was illuminated by the rising sun.
The view from the Snake River Overlook (made famous by the late Ansel Adams) is an absolute classic. It’s a bit intimidating to set up your tripod in the exact location of such a master. Photography, however, is subjective for a reason. The same location may carry different meaning, and therefore produce different images for every photographer. The sunset that evening started out fairly ho-hum, but by the time it was over, I had a feeling I’d captured something special.
I could go on for much longer about how pleasant it was to dedicate some good time to photographing this great National Park, but I’ll just conclude by saying I can’t wait to visit again next year–and knock off a few more images on my list for GTNP.