I am ecstatic and honored to be occupying a significant chunk of page space in the winter issue of Mountain Magazine alongside photographer extraordinaire Jordan Manley. Run by a stellar editorial and art team (including former Skiing magazine editor in chief Marc Peruzzi), Mountain Magazine is a sumptuous mix of mountain lifestyle, adventure and profile pieces. If you live and love life in the mountains, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy at your nearest bookseller. These images were shot at a number of local resorts including Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, and feature local pro like Julian Carr, Cody Barnhill and Parker Cook (with an angling cameo from one Jay Beyer!). See my images below, and pick up a copy in print to see the entire feature!
Stoked on this spread in Skiing Magazine of Drew Stoecklein at one of my favorite places to shred and shoot on this planet–Alta Ski Area. This was a beaut of a morning last year–frosty for sure. There’s nothing like those first warming rays of daylight. Chicken soup for the soul, and the foundation of all exceptional imagery. Here’s to pink light and fresh pow!
Looking for that perfect something for that special someone who has (almost) everything? Look no further! These items are not only some of my favorite, they are the items I use most in my daily routine of office work, shutter clicking and adventuring (with a couple of token ABP gifts thrown in for good measure!). They run the gamut from inexpensive to rather hefty. But hey–it’s the Holidays! Splurge a little! (listed in no particular order–items are linked at heading)
Full Disclosure: Many of these items are from my sponsors. I promote what I use, and I don’t use it if it hasn’t performed for me in a consistent manner. These brands have been integrated into both my workflow/routine and my promotional agenda because they produce legit goods that perform under pressure. Plus, they’re a 10 on the “cool” scale! Have a read…
1. Mountain Khakis Flannel-lined Original Mountain Pants: And you thought sliced bread was grand…check out these comfy duds that will stand up to the abuse of even the heartiest outdoorsman. It’s like wearing your favorite sweats everywhere, only you don’t look like the guy that just rolled out of bed at 11:30 am.
2. Arc’teryx Sabre SV Jacket: Through the roof on both the steeze and functionality scale. This is my jacket of choice for shooting and shredding both in and out of bounds. In a word??? BOMBER. The folks at Arc’teryx have it allllllll figured out.
3. Suunto Elementum Terra Steel: It’s James Bond meets George Clooney. This watch is at home on the hill, or accepting that much sought after award at the Black Tie gala of the year for “Man of the Hour, Every Hour”. Yes, it will set you back a pretty penny, and it’s worth every, last, one.
4. AdamBarkerPhotography Flyfishing Tryptich: The perfect wall hanger for that angler in your life. Three 5 x 7 prints encompassing the flyfishing experience, double matted and framed in an elegant dark wood molding. This is a limited edition of just 100–so get your order on!
5. Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer: Hands down my most used and trusted filter for landscape and active lifestyle photography. Read through my blog archives or head over to the Singh Ray Blog if you’re not familiar with this filter.
6. Kinesis Gear Grad ND Filter Pouch: Most likely the most cost-effective piece of gear I own. It’s super nice to have your full quiver of Grad NDs right at your finger tips when conditions are going off. And it’s very affordable, to boot!
7. AdamBarkerPhotography Instructional DVD: Completing Your Outdoor Photography with Landscape Filters: I’ve received countless emails from photographers noting this DVD has helped them take their outdoor photography up a notch or twelve. It’s a 4-hour workshop that you can attend as often as you like! Also available on iTunes!
8. Subaru Outback 3.6R: Ok–so I have a vehicle on my top 10 list. But really, you never know what Santa might be shopping for. This is a lean, mean adventuring machine. Forget the station wagon of yester-year, this “cross-over” has more clearance than a Jeep Grand Cherokee and mine even sports wi-fi. If you’re on the hunt for a new whip, you’d be crazy not to give this bad boy a serious look. Give the fine people at Mark Miller Subaru a visit–they will get you taken care of!
9. Clik Elite Escape Backpack: My go-to pack for both wandering the local trails and traveling the world. This pack is large enough to fit a serious load of gear, yet it wears comfortably and fits in most overhead airline compartments.
10. Salomon Rocker 2: . The Rocker 2 is the ultimate pow-schralping machine! When it’s over head and you’re under gunned, strap this baby on your feet and let the good times roll.
I’m actually not speaking at all about the moment of which many of you are likely thinking. It’s not that magic moment. The moment the shutter clicks. I’m actually thinking about the moment I transitioned in my photographic approach from amateur to professional.This moment occurred when I decided to never postpone nor pass up an opportunity to photograph. All of those times I’d said to myself, “I’ll just get it next time” came to a head, and I realized that next time, no matter how special and unique, would ever be the same as that moment right then.
This image of a small, unknown monastery in Jerusalem, never would have been captured had my approach not been altered many years ago.
I was walking home from a sunrise shoot of the city, when I passed several nuns entering the grounds to the monastery. I walked past them several feet, intent on returning to my hotel to eat breakfast. I paused, turned around, and walked through the gate. I followed the nuns to the monastery doors, where a short discussion in Italian ensued and they invited me in to observe the service.
Except for the words of the sermon, and the occasional singing from the choir, it was silent. I quickly changed lenses and set up my tripod before entering the chapel itself, as to make as little noise as possible.
I knew, as soon as I entered through the chapel doors that this was a special place, not only in religious terms, but this was a visual gold mine. Warm, diffused light was entering through large windows on the east side. It enveloped the room with promise. Light, lines and story all converged to make for an outstanding and unforgettable scene. This, truly, was a moment.
Banger morning. Middle Provo River. Cascade Peak.
The quick and dirty:
Perfect comp for a long lens shot with engaging elements from front to back of the frame. Think of your photographic frame in three-dimensional terms as a loaf of bread. Long lenses squish that loaf of bread, putting the back slice right up against the front slice. Additionally, this was shot at exactly 90 degrees to the sun, allowing me to utilize the Singh-Ray Filters LB warming polarizing filter to the fullest, deepening the sky, and giving the snowy peaks extra pop.
My car has wi-fi. That’s right suckas, I’m a rolling hot spot. Cuddle up on the Interstate and take a little suckle if you like. It’s on me and Mark Miller Subaru. Interested in a little coolness of your own? Check out a new Subaru Outback for yourself. They are the bees knees. and then some.
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This is the first of several sales we’ll be posting throughout the day!
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A comfortable home
baldness (reverse psychology)
contacts (I can see!)
salt lake city
Feel free to add to the list.
Oh–and Happy Thanksgiving.
I recently answered several interview questions for a photography student and one of their projects. Thought it might interest some of you readers out there. I’ll post several of these questions/answers in coming weeks. See previous interview questions here and here.
How do you see the market changing, in the past 5 years, as well as the upcoming 10 years?
This is a tough question to answer. I began my career in the digital era. I learned how to shoot on film, but really, the entirety of my experience as a business person in the photo industry has been in this digital era. I wasn’t around for the “golden days” of the photography industry where $30K creative fees weren’t uncommon for deep pocketed commercial clients and five-star imagery wasn’t a green box auto-mode click away.
It’s tough to predict what will occur in the next 10 years, but as we’ve already seen, I think multi-media will continue to play a larger role in making a living as a professional photographer. Competition will likely continue to increase, but an understanding of how to consistently product exceptional, unique imagery and how to do this in a way that is both attractive and affordable to clients will remain key.
As much as things change (and they certainly will continue to evolve in this industry), many things do stay the same. The small things will continue to make a big difference. Things like timely email/phone/image request response, personal outreach to existing and potential clients, timely updates on one’s latest and greatest work and an upbeat and likeable disposition will still be the one last pebble that tips the scales in your direction when it comes down to you and the next guy with equally appealing imagery.
One thing is always for sure with this industry—if you’re not moving forward, you are moving backwards. There is no neutral. You must be aware of what’s going, and you must adapt. There are so many photographers that have said this industry is dead, and that it will become harder and harder to make a living as a photographer. I disagree with this entirely. It may or may not become more difficult, but more than anything else, it will become different. Like I said, adapt, or fail.
After a hefty number of hours in the air, I touched down in Tel Aviv to find a pleasant man named Michel waiting to take me to Jerusalem. I’ve been here less than 5 hrs, and can already feel the fantastic vibe of a city steeped in history. I managed a very quick and impromptu dusk session from the hotel balcony, and I’ll be spending the next several days in the Jordan desert with the crew from Manfrotto/Kata Backpacks. Can’t wait to share some imagery from this unique part of the world!