After spending several days in Zion, I decided to return home for a few days and rest up before making a return trip to Death Valley. This gave me a new sense of energy, which is exactly what I needed.
Here is my day five video from my January 2019 visit to Zion National Park. I spent much of the day wandering through the washes, looking for interesting ice abstracts. Thanks as always for watching!
Here is my Day 4 video from my winter 2019 visit to Zion. It was certainly a very interesting day, and I enjoyed spending time searching for some ice abstracts.
On the third day of my trip, I decided to make the drive from Death Valley to Zion. The conditions were far more forgiving in Zion, and I looked forward to working with the snow and ice throughout the park.
It can be very difficult working in the wind with a large format camera, and I certainly had to deal with some pretty strong wind on the second day of my trip to Death Valley. Here’s my video journal from that day!
Here is my Video Journal from the first day of my January 2019 visit to Death Valley National Park. Thanks so much for watching, and I look forward to sharing the rest of the trip over the next couple months or so.
UPDATE: The camera’s owner has been located! Thanks everyone!!
This past October, my friend Luke Riding found a camera at the base of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. For those of you who are not familiar with Angels Landing, it is a popular trail in Zion that straddles the ridge of a massive sandstone monolith that juts out into the main canyon of Zion. There are sheer drops on either side of the trail, both of which are over 1,000 feet. Here’s a video I made of that hike many years ago.
Though the camera was heavily damaged, Luke was able to download the contents of the memory card, and he enlisted my help to try and use social media to track down the owner of the camera. Our goal is to find the owner so we can give them their long lost vacation photos, along with the camera itself — it would make a great conversation piece!
According to the EXIF data, one of the photos atop Angels landing was taken on September 28, 2015 at 6:02AM. However, the light is not consistent with that time of day, so we know at least the time was not set accurately. The camera is heavily damaged, but it doesn’t look like it had been there for three years, so perhaps the camera took a tumble more recently.
This is the final installment of my Video Journals from my fall trip to Zion. It was on this day that Alan Brock took Justin Lowery, Marty Quinn, and myself on a scenic flight from the St. George airport down to The Grand Canyon, then over Zion National Park. It was absolutely amazing to see these places from the air, and it gave me a whole new appreciation for the park. Thanks as always for watching, and I look forward to sharing my next trip!
On the morning of day eight, I once again returned to the higher elevation part of the park. The leaves were now beginning to thin, and the floor of the wash was starting to come alive with wonderful fallen leaves and mud textures. If this was my first day in the park, I’m sure I would have found some excellent compositions, but I was over one week into the trip now, and I was starting to get worn out. After a solid week of hiking, scrambling, and searching for subjects, I had a different plan for day eight, and I hope you enjoy the video.
I spend so much time each day constantly wandering around in search of subjects, and after a week or so, I am thoroughly worn out, and my legs are sore. I decided to take it easy on the morning of day seven, and had a quiet wander through some of my favorite washes. I ended up finding a pretty cool subject, and took one of my favorite photos on the trip. It pays to be aware of your surroundings, and to stay curious about the world around you. You’ll find some pretty cool subjects that way.
I spent a lot of time scouting on my sixth day in Zion. There is something so rewarding about wandering the washes, and seeing what’s around each corner. Here is my video journal from that day.
Here is my video journal from Day 5 of my fall trip to Zion. Thanks for watching and sharing!
Here is my video journal from my 4th day in Zion. It was certainly a very interesting day!
Here is my video journal from the third day of my fall 2018 trip to Zion. It was certainly a very busy day, and be sure to stick around for the end to hear an interesting story of how one mistake can offset another.
Here is my video from Day 2 of my Fall 2018 visit to Zion National Park. I’ve always made a point of recording one video for each day of my photography trips. Sometimes those videos will show me taking a photo I am proud of, other times — not so much. I prefer this very honest approach to my videos because it tells a more accurate story of the trip. Though I didn’t get any photos I liked on day two, I was very excited to be in Zion, and looked forward to finding more subjects in the days to come.
I has been about a month since I returned from my annual Fall trip to Zion. It was a very special trip, and I definitely walked away from it with a set of images that I am very proud of. Here is my Day one video from that trip.
Also, I should mention that I have been working very hard behind the scenes on my 2018 Portfolio Box Set. At the time of writing this, 67 of the box sets have been shipped, and I am working my way through the rest of the preorders. My goal is to have all the preorders arrive in time for Christmas. Thank you so much for your massive support everyone!
In this week’s video, I discuss why I enjoy working with film, and the many benefits of working with a mature technology. I also announce the winner of my latest secret giveaway. Thanks as always for watching!
Curious about the new Intrepid 8x10 camera? In this week’s video, I dive deep and share my thoughts about this lightweight and affordable large format view camera. This is the camera you saw me using on my spring backpacking trip to southern Utah. Has it earned a spot in my lineup? Watch the video to find out.
In this week's video, I share my solution for keeping all of my camera batteries charged while on my shooting trips. This technique allows me to charge the batteries even if the engine of my 4Runner is not running. Thanks for watching!
Hi Everyone! Some of my photos will be included in the upcoming issue of Let's Explore Magazine. The theme of the magazine is "Perseverance" and in addition to my photos, I also contributed a pretty cool story about my first dedicated solo photography trip. This magazine is about to go to print, but you can preorder your copy with the following link: