When I was approached by a young man I work at my day job for some decoration for his apartment I sent him to my website to see if he connected with anything.
Then, that week, we had a series of lightning storms all over central and southern Nevada that lasted the whole week. I asked him how he felt about lightning and when I received a positive response...
I told him I would go out and create an image just for him.
I drove up to central Nevada to storm chase and when I saw this cell rolling in towards Hiko I drove my van to a place where I could capture the show. I set the camera up on a tripod and chose a 20 second exposure and started shooting.
My camera captured this image while I made myself some tea in my van. You can see the stars above the storm cloud are a little bit streaky - that's due to the focal length of my lens (fixed 35mm) plus the length of the exposure.
I named it after the guy I worked with because without him I wouldn't have been inspired to drive up to central Nevada to capture it in the first place.
The Jesse by Aeon Jones Photography
Seriously - some images shouldn't be so easy to create.
I actually took this shot by standing on the top of my fence in my backyard and shooting the sky over the houses in my neighborhood.
It was a seriously incredible moment to witness these *eastern Sierra*-like clouds on the west edge of Las Vegas.
Sovereign by Aeon Jones Photography
I'm not sure what it is about this photograph... but I know I like it.
There's definitely an appeal of the big storm cloud.
And the slope of the hill with the Joshua Trees on it.
I like the road leading into the frame from the center right and then heading up hill.
I don't know what it is about it... Do you like it? I'd love to hear from you with your opinion.
Especially if you have a title for it!
The lone tree.
It represents strength, determination, solitude and loneliness.
I like to think that it represents courage in the face of adversity - the will to carry on no matter what. The unending striving for life.
Singular by Aeon Jones Photography
Driving towards Joshua Tree National Park one weekend we went through some CRAZY monsoon rains...
...popping out the other side and driving down through the cholla gardens we were greeted with this incredible sunset in the clouds AND this magnificent storm-created rainbow.
I didn't have a visualized shot in my head for this and was just kind of happy to witness it but my wife was so moved that she virtually yelled at me to stop the van and get out to get some photos.
It's not the first time I was glad to listen to my wife.
Stormbow by Aeon Jones Photography
This image, featured by Google Chromecast, is completely manufactured.
I'm not a purist.
I was up on the eastern shelf of Zion National Park in a photography workshop for fall colors of Zion. Our leader asked us to work an area and come up with something.
I was totally uninspired... I was amongst all these fallen maple leaves but, I guess because of their shape, when the maple leaves fall they land dull side up.
So I got down and investigated the leaves further. I turned several of them over and began to work the scene with my camera. I wasn't getting anything that I got really stoked about, though... and decided that I had to find something else.
As I was leaving I came across this dead root stem on the ground and I knew I'd found the "subject" for my photograph.
I picked up the root and went back to the leaf pile under the maple. I placed the root under my tripod and flipped over many of the leaves so the bright red side was pointing upwards. I strategically placed one, two, several leaves and took many shots.
This is one of the better ones that worked. It's a completely manufactured scene. But it was still there and I didn't add anything that didn't belong.
Autumn's Surrender by Aeon Jones Photography