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Shane

When I visted the Tetons in Wyoming last year with the nXnw crew, we made a point of heading out to see "The Shane Cabin", the remains of what's left of a small log house that was featured in the movie, Shane.

We got there and had the place to ourselves to explore. I actually hadn't seen the movie, so it was pretty new and cool for me to see fresh. The whole time I thought to myself how wonderful it'd be to live out here and wake up to the views of the beautiful Teton range.

I made a few images here at the cabin, but I liked the outside / inside pairing of these two images the best, it just seemed to match the thoughts I was having about what it would be like to live here. Hopefully one day I get to come back and see it again!

A Year At The Opera

At the very end of 2015, I received an email inquiring if I'd be interested in shooting for the Seattle Opera. Having near heard or seen anything opera beyond that Bugs Bunny cartoon, I didn't really know what to expect. What I did know is that opera is a combination of story-telling and music, two elements of my photography that I have come to deeply resonate with.

At it's core, I believe good photography engages the viewer with a story - it presents an idea, challenges the viewer, and draws you to form an opinion. Music does exactly the same thing but using sound instead of visuals. It's fun to think about the parallels between the two mediums. Opera on the other hand, combines both the sound and the visual components to the story.

This was right up my alley. And having never seen an opera before in my life, I jumped at the chance to throw my spin on opera. 

What followed through 2016 was one of the greatest photographic experiences I've had, and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity. Below are some of my personal favourite images from the operas throughout 2016 -- The Marriage of Figaro, Mary Stuart, The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, and Hansel & Gretel.

Snoqualmie Pass in 85mm

At the end of last winter after a trip to Colorado I discovered how awesome snowshoeing can be. I also realised around that same time how neglected my 85mm lens was. I tried to think of a somewhat unconvential way to get creative with it, and showshoeing gave me an idea. What if I used it to shoot subject traditionally shot wide, and see if I can make it equally (or more) visually appealing?

I took the Df and the 85mm along with me in a little throw bag, and set off for a little hike amongst the snow and trees. I figured I'd be crammed in at 85mm, but when I found a little clearing and had a view, I found something that really fit the lens quite well.

As this winter approaches, I can't wait to explore this concept a lot more, along with a lot more snowshoeing!

Smoky Bay

I'm returning to Iceland this week on my blog. I've visited the country twice, once in 2012 and 2013, and for some reason I've felt this place calling me to return again. I'll be going through some images that are new (in that I've never posted them) this week, while I look to plan the time to return to this beautiful island country.

This is the view of downtown Reykjavik, as seen from the top of Hallgrimskirkja, one of the tallest buildings in Iceland and a Lutheran church. I just love the look of this beautiful European city!

Wizard of Grimsey

I'm returning to Iceland this week on my blog. I've visited the country twice, once in 2012 and 2013, and for some reason I've felt this place calling me to return again. I'll be going through some images that are new (in that I've never posted them) this week, while I look to plan the time to return to this beautiful island country.

This image, of my good friend Rod Hoekstra who travelled with me to the country in 2013, somehow managed to convince a flock of arctic terns to do his bidding one fateful morning, north of the arctic circle on Grimsey Island.