If I were thinking clearly...I would tell you that I wrestle alone in the dark, in the deep dark, and that only I can know. Only I can understand my condition. You live with the threat, you tell me you live with the threat of my extinction...I live with it too.
~Virginia Woolf, The Hours
Deep in the crevasse, no oxygen, no warmth from the tropical sun up above. Just alone and at peace with your thoughts. Today I was able to get my breath-holds to a point where I could get down to the bottom of the underwater canyon and feel relaxed enough to hangout for a bit. The world beneath the surface can seem scary at first, but once you appreciate and accept its calming beauty, there’s nowhere like it on earth.
This is Archer. He’s two years old and he’s smaller than he appears (and perhaps stronger). Archer was extremely ready for anything when I picked him up at his shelter yesterday. He came with a packed lunch, snacks, a contagious smile, and a just-in-case muzzle (in case we went near other dogs - Archer still learning socially the acceptable salutations). Once outside, he peed on a few things then jumped eagerly into my car. He rode excitedly as close to me as he could get while remaining in the back. He didn’t seem worried about anything and he quickly accepted any offer of a snack or picnic. Each time I looked at him his smile grew and his tail wagged.
We made our way to a very lake lake that’s traveled to from near and far for it’s stunning ice. The ice of Abraham Lake is among the most photographed ice and can be viewed on any respectable tourism account for Canada or Alberta. What makes it so special is the methane bubbles that gather in layers as the ice freezes; tiny methane time capsules from the recent past, beautifully frozen. I can’t say if Archer thought the bubbles were beautiful, but he seemed pretty taken with the ice surface. We passed others who were there doing the same as us (taking pictures on a day with bad lighting because when you travel this far you get what you get). Archer paid no attention to them either except one nice man who asked if Archer was friendly and could he say hi. Archer growled at this nice man and looked to me for assurance. For everyone’s mental and physical well-being, we moved on without trying an introduction under these circumstances.
We drove past the lake for a walk and picnic in the snow. Archer remained a very happy pup through everything (even swimming through snow that was over his head). Do you know anyone who would love a pup with an infectious enthusiasm and a contagious smile? Archer is waiting eagerly for the perfect human to meet him at @pawsandclaws_animal_rescue in Red Deer. #adoptable
You can help pups like Archer get more exposure simply by sharing this with someone you think would love to have a variety of strange adoptable dogs doing things included in their Instagram feed.
Some things never change. As a kid I loved playing in the sand box, and now as a bigger kid, or adult as some would say, I still love playing in the sand. Snapped this one a little while back while exploring the mesquite dunes in @deathvalleynps. I always love using the longer lenses here to isolate the layers of dunes and light. Of course, backlit dunes are just super photogenic, so I pointed my @sigmaphoto 150-600mm lens out towards this patch of dunes that caught my eye and pushed the shutter on my camera multiple times. This is actually a focus stack to make sure all the layers were in focus. Already can't wait to wander back into the dunes soon. Photographed with my @canonusa 5dmkIV and mounted on my @fotopro.official global elite tripod. #OurWild#prAna#coalatree#greettheoutdoors#canonusa#sigmaphoto#fotoproofficial
In early December, I found myself in a tight spot. I was headed to Iceland for a quick trip, but my usual camera setup was out of commission. Thankfully, it turned out to be the perfect opportunity to connect with @borrowlenses and compare the latest full frame Sony equipment to the medium format Hasselblad setup I’ve put together over the past year. (Including two vintage Pentax 67 lenses)
This was my first time renting equipment, and I can’t recommend it enough. If your considering switching systems, I imagine the fresh perspective would be invaluable. Or, if your like me and just a little curious, it may renew your appreciation for what you’ve already got.
Spoiler; Definitely sticking with Hasselblad. I love the image quality and user experience.
For a slightly more in depth perspective, I’ll be putting an overview in my story. My shooting style can be pretty quirky, so this is not a general purpose review, rather a personal opinion and perhaps an overview of my oddball style. Although I prefer Hasselblad, there are heaps of Sony features I never tried and many may want. - Happy shooting
Beautiful winter sunrise on Dartmoor this morning. I’m planning lots of smartphone photography photowalks and workshops, visit the link in my bio and subscribe to my newsletter if you fancy joining me on Dartmoor or elsewhere in the UK.
Exploring the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway with @antoinejans ❄️🤯🌊 Life here is beautiful but it is not easy!
Antoine Janssens is the writer, director and filmmaker of the newest project that just dropped on our Youtube. 📽️ The film is a short story about a man from the Sami tribe who has been living in Northern Norway for his entire life. 🇳🇴🏔️ Check it out via the link in our bio + Behind the scenes footage on our Story!
The warm, golden glowing walls high up in the narrows combined with the cool, dark blue flowing river is one of the more beautiful natural color combinations you’ll find in landscape photography. While looking for comps and good light, I spent a lot of time thinking about how insane this canyon is! It’s incredible how some water and a whole lot of time can completely change the look of a landscape. The Virgin River has been carving Zion Canyon for millions of years, a process that continues to this day. The main contributor is flash flooding, when snowmelt or rain from a sudden downpour funnels through the canyon. The result after millions of years is something you have to experience for yourself. Walls over 2,000ft high and as narrow as 10-20ft wide in some places. Hopefully you don’t get claustrophobic easily! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2020 workshops are now open for booking! Visit link in bio for more info
Nikon Z6 w/ Nikon 14-30 f/4
Feisol Tournament CT-3442 Rapid Tripod
ISO200, 14mm, f/9, 1s (focus stacked)
WHO WANTS A NEW PHONE???!!!
I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!!! Can you believe January is almost over already!? You all know I’m a Sony Alpha Ambassador, which allows me to team up with other amazing divisions within Sony. I’m super stoked to give away one Xperia 5 phone to a lucky winner! Just a few of my favorite features of this phone include:
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Contest ends Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. I will choose the winner randomly and notify via DM. The winner must be located within the U.S. to be eligible. Disclaimer: This giveaway is neither sponsored nor endorsed by Instagram.
France has so many chateaux. They are truly special and the perfect backdrop for your photos. This bridal shoot last year was one of the highlight of my season. Thank you Valerie for trusting me and giving me and my team an exclusive access to create this unique shoot. Can’t wait to be back soon for Samantha and Howard shoot.
The old pig-sty... soon to become a bathroom... not that you’ll ever know from the outside. Keen to preserve as much of the old house as possible whilst bringing spaces like this back into use. Personally I’d like some pigs but have been overruled ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Infusion (2020) - After 60+hrs of aerial photography in NZ, this might only be my second river braid image. I couldn’t resist the layering here. This is the first of many new images I look forward to sharing, the whole series of new work will be up on my website this week. All I’ve been up to the past 4 months in the field. Cheers!