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MAJESTIC HORIZON - AVAILABLE VIA CATALOG
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Xanadu art catalogue has officially been shipped and that my image - MAJESTIC HORIZON - is on the cover.   This catalog is filled with SO many beautiful works of art - I'm absolutely astounded and humbled that my work is there alongside all of it.   I'd like to thank the good people over at Xanadu for having such excellent taste and reaffirming for me that great photography still has its place in the fine art world.   Majestic Horizon was made this past summer during the monsoon when I went to the Grand Canyon in hopes of capturing a lightning strike.  That image never manifested for me but being out in the Grand Canyon is so awesome that, even without epic lightning, I was just happy to be there. The morning I got this image, I woke up well before dawn, made coffee in my van, kissed my wife goodbye and headed for the bus stop.  Walking in the dark with my tripod in one hand and coffee in the other and a headlamp on my head... It was an easy guess what I was going to be doing.   I boarded the bus with many other people expecting to experience sunrise at the canyon's edge somewhere.  What surprised me was that everyone, literally everyone besides me, got off the bus at Mather Point - one stop before where I was intending to go: Yavapai Point.   So there I was... Yavapai Point and myself.  The morning was waking up and I had this epic view all alone.  Maybe it was the emptiness, maybe the vastness of the canyon before me or maybe it was just because I was happy to be where I was doing what I was doing - I was able to just open myself up to the universe in gratitude and let her know that, shot or not shot, epic light or no, I was just happy to be where I was.   As the sun came up over the horizon it got blocked by a thin layer of clouds creating a very interesting light on the canyon before me.  I happily composed and photographed and re-composed and photographed away until my creative juices were exhausted at which point I packed up my empty coffee cup, finally took my headlamp off my head and put it back in my bag with my camera, collapsed my tripod and headed back to camp for a second cuppa.   It wasn't until I arrived back home and was at the computer that I realized I had created such a stunning image.  Looking at this shot takes me right back there to that morning - when I was harmony with mother nature and open to receiving all of her blessings and this incredible gift of an image.   When was the last time you experienced unity with mother nature?  I'd be interested to know.  Leave your comments below.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Xanadu art catalogue has officially been shipped and that my image - MAJESTIC HORIZON - is on the cover.  
This catalog is filled with SO many beautiful works of art - I'm absolutely astounded and humbled that my work is there alongside all of it.  
I'd like to thank the good people over at Xanadu for having such excellent taste and reaffirming for me that great photography still has its place in the fine art world.  

Majestic Horizon was made this past summer during the monsoon when I went to the Grand Canyon in hopes of capturing a lightning strike.  That image never manifested for me but being out in the Grand Canyon is so awesome that, even without epic lightning, I was just happy to be there.
The morning I got this image, I woke up well before dawn, made coffee in my van, kissed my wife goodbye and headed for the bus stop.  Walking in the dark with my tripod in one hand and coffee in the other and a headlamp on my head... It was an easy guess what I was going to be doing.  
I boarded the bus with many other people expecting to experience sunrise at the canyon's edge somewhere. 
What surprised me was that everyone, literally everyone besides me, got off the bus at Mather Point - one stop before where I was intending to go: Yavapai Point.  
So there I was... Yavapai Point and myself.  The morning was waking up and I had this epic view all alone. 
Maybe it was the emptiness, maybe the vastness of the canyon before me or maybe it was just because I was happy to be where I was doing what I was doing - I was able to just open myself up to the universe in gratitude and let her know that, shot or not shot, epic light or no, I was just happy to be where I was.  
As the sun came up over the horizon it got blocked by a thin layer of clouds creating a very interesting light on the canyon before me.  I happily composed and photographed and re-composed and photographed away until my creative juices were exhausted at which point I packed up my empty coffee cup, finally took my headlamp off my head and put it back in my bag with my camera, collapsed my tripod and headed back to camp for a second cuppa.  
It wasn't until I arrived back home and was at the computer that I realized I had created such a stunning image. 
Looking at this shot takes me right back there to that morning - when I was harmony with mother nature and open to receiving all of her blessings and this incredible gift of an image.  

When was the last time you experienced unity with mother nature?  I'd be interested to know.  Leave your comments below.

This image is part of my Ultra Exclusive Edition series and will only have 33 prints made.  So hurry hurry!, before it's too late, to own your own copy!

This image is part of my Ultra Exclusive Edition series and will only have 33 prints made.  So hurry hurry!, before it's too late, to own your own copy!

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!!!!!!!!!

On world Penguin day - could there be a more adorable penguin?

Adelies having a conversation in front of the Royal Society Mountain Range - Antarctica

Adelies having a conversation in front of the Royal Society Mountain Range - Antarctica

January 20th - world penguin day.  Who knew?

Adelies.  They are the cutest little penguins around.  They're playful and adorable and about the size of a big football. 

I took this photograph of these two adelie penguins "having a conversation" with the Royal Society Mountains in the background years and years ago when I was working at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.  (years ago - hence the great amount of noise in the photo)

Here's 5 fun facts about penguins for you: 

1. There are believe to be 17 penguin species ranging from the little Blue Penguin to the majestic Emperor Penguin.  Several of these are threatened by climate change.  

2. Just like there are no polar bears in Antarctica, there are no penguins living at the north pole - all those cute cartoons you've seen of the polar bear engaging with penguins is just cool animals in (totally separate) cooler environments.

3. Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.  WOW!

4.  A penguin's black and white plumage serves as camouflage while swimming.  The black plumage on their back is hard to see from above, while the white plumage on their front looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when seen from below.

5. Penguins have knees!  The upper leg bones are not visible as they care covered in feathers giving penguins a very short legged appearance.

Bonus fact! - Penguins mate for life!  But what happens if one penguin gets eaten while out searching for food (it happens!) or doesn't make a very good parent??? 

It takes two birds to raise chicks, and being able to pass on genes to the next generation is quite important.  If a penguin lost their mate after only a year or two of breeding together, not selecting a new mate would cause them to miss out on years of offspring - that's a bunch cutesy little baby penguins that wouldn't be around.  Tragedy!

Penguins, like many other bird and animal species (humans), can also be very picky about mates.  For example, if a female penguin does not think her mate was very helpful with sitting on eggs or raising chicks, she will find a new, better mate for the following breeding season.  

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Sovereign
Introducing my new release: Sovereign.   Some images are simply too easy to make - yet still provide a learning lesson I’m grateful that I get to make these “easy” images, but at the  same time it’s almost a shame that they don’t require more effort than they do. This image, Sovereign, for example, was taken one night in June 2016 from… my backyard.  I was at my house, not thinking about going out to capture sunset and this started… My wife said “Babe, y’gotta come see this”.   I’ve never moved so fast as I did to run back inside to grab my camera I ended up climbing onto the fence in my backyard to capture this shot.  I had to get on top of the fence in order to crop out all of the rooftops of the houses in my neighborhood.   Las Vegas doesn’t get many clouds like this.  Reno/Tahoe, where wife and I are from, gets these types of clouds all the time and I sometimes wish I was able to spend more time up there just to have the opportunity to capture them.   The lesson, I learned, is to always have your camera ready and also to get your butt out of the house when there’s potential for awesome happening in the sky.  I wasn’t expecting this sunset to be so magical - it just happened.  It would have been nice to have some red rock in the foreground, or even on the horizon.  I’ll happily settle for the low mountain horizon, though. Can you remember this amazing sunset from June last year???

Introducing my new release: Sovereign.
 

Some images are simply too easy to make - yet still provide a learning lesson

I’m grateful that I get to make these “easy” images, but at the  same time it’s almost a shame that they don’t require more effort than they do.

This image, Sovereign, for example, was taken one night in June 2016 from… my backyard.  I was at my house, not thinking about going out to capture sunset and this started… My wife said “Babe, y’gotta come see this”.  

I’ve never moved so fast as I did to run back inside to grab my camera

I ended up climbing onto the fence in my backyard to capture this shot.  I had to get on top of the fence in order to crop out all of the rooftops of the houses in my neighborhood.  

Las Vegas doesn’t get many clouds like this.  Reno/Tahoe, where wife and I are from, gets these types of clouds all the time and I sometimes wish I was able to spend more time up there just to have the opportunity to capture them.  

The lesson, I learned, is to always have your camera ready and also to get your butt out of the house when there’s potential for awesome happening in the sky.  I wasn’t expecting this sunset to be so magical - it just happened.  It would have been nice to have some red rock in the foreground, or even on the horizon.  I’ll happily settle for the low mountain horizon, though.

Can you remember this amazing sunset from June last year???

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