THE MEMORY OASIS

It was really an adventure getting to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. My buddy James Brandon and I were traveling around taking photos and enjoying all the beautiful landscapes. This was our last stop until we were homeward bound. We had already been to White Sands, New Mexico and Arches National Park in Utah. The RV had a tire that was out of balance, so we really couldn’t take it over 60mph. We got home safely with lots of great photos and memories. The RV is now updated with a full set of new tires and it couldn’t ride smoother!

MILFORD SOUND POOL

It was perhaps the most beautiful place I’d ever seen. Lush vegetation and fresh air was in full force. We had just finished taking a boat tour of Milford Sound. On the walk back to the car, I stopped along the path where the trees cleared a little and took this photo.

WAVES OF WHITE SAND

Don’t you just love blue hour? I think it may be my favorite time for photography. If you prepared right, you brought a flashlight, some water and a Clif bar for the walk back to your car. It’s not a bad idea to keep peeking back over your shoulder to see if more compositions present themselves.

QUEENSTOWN OVERLOOK

I had so much fun hanging out with Trey Ratcliff and his family as his guests in Queenstown. He took me to some of the coolest places. He kicked off the tour with a Gondola ride up to this overlook of Queenstown. We enjoyed some wine and had some nice conversation, as well as took some good photos.

TIME SHIFT

I heard grumblings that ‘the man’ wasn’t as cool as he had been in previous years. I thought he was awesome, although I have to agree that the burn wasn’t as dramatic. I liked the way he loomed over the playa with authority. The surrounding merchants were called the Caravansary Souk, which were actually interactive art.

The tilt shift effect on this photo was done entirely in photoshop using a few different blurs and masks. The color grading was based off of a preset in Nik’s Analog Effects 2.

TURQUOISE FAIRY

Renaissance Festival season is coming up soon and I can’t wait! Burning Man is well over, Halloween is cool and all, but I like to capture the beauty of the Fairies.

THE CLEARING

It took hiking up a hill through a snowstorm to get to this location. I was wondering where the hell Trey was leading us until we came to this clearing. Then it all made sense.

REN SUMMONS FIRE

We had a blast trying out this experimental type of photography at Burning Man. I couldn’t have done it without the coolness of my lovely model Taylor Dyste and the amazing fire spinning of TheMischievous Kate providing the flames in the background. We got several winners that night which I’ll sprinkle in over the coming months.

ACRO WARRIOR AT CENTER CAMP

As I was walking through Center Camp, this face-painted girl doing acro-yoga caught my photographers eye. I gave her the nod and she struck a cool pose.