This is Whale Rock on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
This image is unique because it's a color photograph but because the smoke in the sky during wildfire season it looks almost monochrome.
The far shoreline is Incline Village on the north shore and the trees on the peninsula on the right are part of Sand Harbor State Park.
The prominent rock in the foreground is infamous in Lake Tahoe - it looks like a surfacing whale... hence the name Whale Rock and the inspiration for the title to this image.
Whale Rock Rising by Aeon Jones Photography
On the east shore of Lake Tahoe, the Nevada side, all up and down between Incline Village and Zephyr Cove are these magnificent rocks jutting up out of the water in various locations.
There is something calming about gazing at these rocks on a glass-water morning waiting for the sun to come up - hence the Zen reference.
Expect many more of these locations to pop up in my portfolio. Being from Lake Tahoe makes it easy to return to again and again with newfound inspiration.
Tahoe Zen 1 by Aeon Jones Photography
The Narrows in Zion National Park.
I've been traveling to Zion National Park since I was less than 10 years old. Every time I go I experience something new. On this trip up the now-famous Narrows I wanted to explore the section called Wall Street.
I wasn't in time for the good light but being in between those soaring canyon walls makes it easy to become inspired.
I was drawn to the green growth on the left side of the canyon. It amazes me how something so verdant can exist when it gets such a scant amount of direct sunlight.
The one thing that continues to draw me to Zion National Park - in spite of the crowds - is the sensation of wonder at what lies around the next corner... Perhaps destiny?
Destiny Awaits by Aeon Jones Photography
Scripps Pier, La Jolla, CA
This famous pier has been "shot to death" by every photographer who's within reach of it. There's something beautiful about the perfect symmetry of it.
When I determined to go down to San Diego for a convention I planned a trip to visit this location myself. In all the research I did I wasn't able to find any image that was a long exposure AND black and white.
So I went off to create what I couldn't yet see.
It wasn't the easiest image to capture. I had to move my tripod into the surf and time my long exposure to ensure it was long enough to smooth the water yet not so long as to have the sand under the tripod move away and have the camera shift.
It took many, many exposure to get it right.
But, finally, when I had an image on the back of the camera that I felt really represented what I had visualized in my mind I packed up my camera gear and left for home.
Regrettably (& and a good reason for me to return) I didn't spend one single moment looking for other compositions of this iconic landscape. I'm certain more photos are lurking there from either side of the pier. I was so focused on getting this one shot that once I had it, I felt I was done.
Hence the inspiration for the title.
Tunnel Vision by Aeon Jones Photography
Geology - a recurring theme in my photography. In any landscape photographer's bag, really. Because without it... what would we be attempting to capture?
This image tells an amazing tale of time. Aeons ago (pardon the pun) this sandstone bedrock in the canyon bottom had either a freezing or a tectonic event which cracked a big seam down the down-canyon left side of the creek.
At the moment it happened I'm certain it was violent and left quite a bit of sharp edges and debris. But over time, the debris was washed away by flash floods, the edges of the crack smoothed out by the water and curves of the fracture made more placid by the flow of the creek.
Rhythm & Flow by Aeon Jones Photography
This is one of my favorite images I've ever taken and one of my first that I "knew" I'd gotten it much later than when I took it.
I looked at and worked this scene for quite a while until it was nearly too dark to continue and knew I had a workable image when I left.
But it wasn't until I worked on it in the computer that I realized just how much was happening in it.
Starting from the bottom and working up you have several leading lines that draw your eye into the image, then you have the water, slowed way down by the long exposure. Also - you have the trees blurred by the long exposure (That's an effect I was trying for and would have preferred more wind than what I had to pronounce the effect even greater). Those two dynamic and moving elements are sandwiched between 3 static elements of rock.
And can you see the rock in the middle? Does it look like a camel head to you?
Riverwalk by Aeon Jones Photography