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A Behind the Lens Look at Bolivia

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When one thinks of traveling to South America, it is countries like Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Argentina that dominate the list of places to explore. While I worked in Ecuador as a photography instructor for National Geographic and spent a few months shooting in the Patagonia region of southern Chile and Argentina…it is the country of Bolivia that has always been at the top of my travel list. However it wasn’t until this year that I was able to finally find the time to get there. After teaching an eight day photography workshop through my company The Giving Lens in Peru, I crossed over …

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Behind the Lens: TGL Peru

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Peru, located in South America, is one of those countries that is truly a photographers paradise. Between the indigenous Incan culture, gorgeous landscapes and amazing ruins of Machu Picchu, its hard not to fall in love with this country. For eight days I have been leading a photography workshop though my company The Giving Lens with a phenomenal group of photographers from all over the globe. While the workshop offered these participants the chance to experience Peruvian culture and capture the beauty of Peru, the true focus was working with an organization called Picaflor House (supported by UK based Globalteer) that focuses on providing …

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A Behind the Lens Look At Iceland

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There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Iceland is now one of my favorite countries to photograph. Early this month (May 2012), I was fortunate to have the pleasure of spending 10 days shooting in this beautiful country with two other very talented photographers, Ken Kaminesky and Patrick di Fruscia. During our time in Iceland, we had tremendous support and help via Happy Campers (affordable 4×4 van rentals), Iceland is Hot (Logistical Planner Súsanna Rós Westlund), Iceland Naturally (The Icelandic Tourism Board) and Iceland Air. I highly recommend all four companies to anyone thinking of venturing into Iceland as there is …

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Behind the Lens: Going The Extra Mile

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One of the most asked questions I get from my workshop students is “How can I take more compelling photographs?” While many might expect some magical formula that would help them take their images to the next level, the reality is that it is a mixture of various undefinable things. Passion, Creativity, Perseverance, Vision and more times then not…..going that extra mile.

Behind the Lens – The Narrows – Zion National Park

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What can you say about the Narrows? It is truly a geologic wonderland with so many photographic oppertunities. The downside to visiting during this time of year? 40 degree water up to your chest at times. Dry suits were a must and by the end..everyone was pretty wiped. But we did come away with some great photography work and got another great portrait session with mr. +Scott Jarvie ….what is not to love about that?

Behind the Lens: The Subway in Zion National Park

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What a day! The Subway is easyily one of the most sought after locations to photograph for any photographer visiting the Southwest. It is however one heck of a hike in. After a day of hiking for 9 hours, I am spent. I think a burger and beer is in order… I havent seen +Scott Jarvie surface back at the car yet…but I am pretty sure he is still alive 😉

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Behind the Lens: Zion National Park

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As +Peyton Hale and I rolled into Zion NP after a 10 hour drive from Dever, Colorado (my home), we had little time to set up and search for a spot. Shooting the Watchman over the Virgin River at sunset is like like shooting the Taj Mahal when you go to India.

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Behind the Lens – 1st Denver Photo Walk

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I just got home from hosting the first Denver Photo Walk which was amazing. We had roughly 80 photographers show up from all different skill levels and from all over the state. We gave away some great prizes from onOne Software, Feisol, Phase One, F-Stop Gear and Google. I plan on hosting many more of these photo walks all over Colorado moving forward. I want to thank everyone that came and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Behind the Lens: Before the Chaos

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This morning I found myself in one of my favorite places in all of Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park. After getting up at 5am and hiking up the tallest sand dune in North America (while already at 8,000 ft of elevation) I was greeted to an awesome sunrise. Following that epic light, I ventured further into the dunes and happened to capture some beautiful light dancing across the dunes like this image below. However this was before things got crazy and I found myself in the middle of a 60 mph sand storm. I was still 3 miles from …

Behind the Lens – Climbing Peeks in Nepal

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This past April, I spent 27 days documenting one of my favorite regions in the world. The Himalayas. This is a short video I took as I crossed over the Kongma La Pass in the Khumbu Region, home to Mt. Everest. This was taken at roughly 18,500 ft. Who is coming with me on my next trip to the Himalayas? 🙂 Google+: View post on Google+


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Being a “photographer” is a very romanticized profession. While there certainly are a ton of perks, life isn’t always so glamorous as traveling around the globe, taking photos of beautiful locations and “living the life”. For me, when I am out on location shooting, like I am right now (connecting via a tethered cell phone to my macbook air), this is my life. I sleep in my Subaru Outback or in tent. I am up both late at night and early in the morning and I am usually scouting locations and or editing work during the day. There is not …

Behind the Lens: The Mighty Perito Moreno Glacier

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Mobile Uploads: The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the largest and most accessible glaciers in Patagonia. Just 80k outside of El Calafate, Argentina, most people experience the glacier via a simple day bus trip by viewing the glacier from a series of balconies. As touristy as it gets durring the day, it is certainly a site to see. Enjoy these Behind The Scenes looks at what it was like as I was capturing this massive glacier. *All Mobile Uploads photos taken with my cell phone

Behind the Lens: The Towers of Las Torres

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Torres del Paine in the Southern region of Chile, acts as the “face” for Patagonia. With its rugged wild landscape and extreme weather patterns, it is no wonder that Torres del Paine feels almost pre-historic when you see it with your own eyes. The first stop in this beautiful landscape was Las Torres. Here is a quick collection of photos that were taken with my Droid X cell phone, a part of my new “Mobile Uploads” series.  

Behind the Lens: Packing for Patagonia. What Do You Bring?

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One of the biggest challenges that most photographers come across is deciding what to bring when you are heading off on a photography trip to a destination far far away. Every year I am fortunate to go through this process atleast 3 to 4 times. Over the years I have gotten more and more comfortable with picking the gear that I need to take with me on these adventures. My trip to Patagonia is no different, although the extreme weather that Southern Patagonia is known for definitely comes with its own set of challenges. To make my life easier, my wife and …