Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Angel Oak

This majestic Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) is estimated to be more than 500 years old, and covering over 17,000 square feet. While touted as some to be the oldest living tree in the south, in fact there are bald cypress trees much older. But one cannot deny its presence... a photograph cannot possible capture the grandeur of such an object of beauty. While I have seen many photographs of this tree located just outside Charleston, I was fortunate enough to visit over the course of three days to capture an image under the perfect conditions. On my last morning, an overnight rain and morning light diffused by the clouds gave me ideal conditions to photograph it.

"Angel Oak"
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 I shot this image as a panoramic stitch of 8 separate photographs, giving a final resolution of over 120 megapixels. As you can see, the resolution is outstanding.

Angel Oak Resolution
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"Angel Oak" will be part of an upcoming new body of work entitled "Southern Exposure," to be released next year. Exclusive Artist Proofs (Limited Edition Numbers 1-25) are now available during its pre‐release phase. These will not be available once the full body of work is released in 2016.


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Sunday, August 9, 2015


Located on the east coast of South Carolina, the beach of Edisto Island is scattered with driftwood and skeleton trees. Coastal erosion has killed these trees, but some still stand upright, rooted firm in the soil. While this area has been widely photographed before, I traveled here in the summer of 2015 with the intention of creating something unique. I wanted to make a photograph that captured the subtle beauty and raw emotion one feels when looking at these old trees which, although dead, are alive in their own right and seemingly transcend time. I spent several days here, each morning going out to the beach in different conditions. This one particular morning, the weather didn't seem very dramatic, and most of my hopes were dashed. But as the sun began to rise above the horizon, the light illuminated a lone cloud which framed this one tree perfectly... a nice silhouette with the light reflecting off the water below. I knew I would only have seconds to capture this moment, and after finding the perfect shutter speed I knew I had it. The dramatic light and an incoming tide had produced a brief but unforgettable moment at sunrise this summer morning.

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"Oceanus" will be part of an upcoming new body of work entitled "Southern Exposure," to be released next year. Exclusive Artist Proofs (Limited Edition Numbers 1-25) are now available during its pre‐release phase. These will not be available once the full body of work is released in 2016. To take advantage of this rare opportunity, please fill and submit the quote request form below.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

New Release - Patagonia

  It has been called the greatest landscape in the world. Located in the far corners of South America, the Patagonia region of the southern Andes boasts majestic mountain peaks rising nearly two miles above turquoise glacial lakes, vibrant fall color, a barren desert, twisted forests, and some of the largest glaciers in the world. I am pleased to release what I consider to be my most compelling body of work to date, from Los Glaciares, Argentina, and Torres del Paine, Chile.
  With travel time of almost 30 hours, Patagonia is not an easy place to travel to.  Accommodations on the Argentina side are limited to hostels and camping.  A closer view of the mountains involves 10+ mile hikes, heading out near 3am to get in position for sunrise.  But with some of the most impressive peaks in the world, wildly unpredictable weather, desert, glaciers, snow, turquoise lakes and autumn color all at once... it is a photographer's paradise.
  It didn't take long for my adrenaline to rush.  Within hours of arriving to El Chalten, a lenticular cloud was looming over Los Glaciares for most of the afternoon.  I took a short, but steep, hike up to a ridge that overlooked a river and valley leading towards the mountain range in the distance.  Like clockwork, the lenticular cloud was ablaze with light for about 10 minutes as the sun dipped below the horizon.

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  Unfortunately, the next morning, a storm came in, leaving us stranded for a full five days. While mountain photography can be quite exhilarating with good light, the weather can be completely unpredictable.
  When the storm finally subsided at the end of the week, it left us a gift... several inches of new snow on the landscape. Well rested, I set out near 3am towards Mt. Fitz Roy. Getting there just as the moon set behind the mountain, I set up my camera, standing in a cold glacial stream. While I waited, my feet felt like blocks of ice.  But as I began to feel the warmth of the rising sun over my shoulder, the scene before me emerged from the darkness of the night.  As the first morning light began illuminating the landscape,  I felt chills witnessing one of the most beautiful portraits of nature I have ever seen .. an early glow of the rising sun on Fitz Roy, reflected in the cold glacial steam below, with new snow and fall color peaking through the foliage. It was a moment I will never forget.

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  We were blessed with good weather the last few days in Los Glaciares, with daily hikes out at 3am for sunrise shoots, and exploring and scouting during the day.  A couple of flat tires and car breakdowns later, we drove across the border to Torres del Paine, Chile.  Equally as majestic, probably not as diverse, but with much more accessible shooting locations than the Argentinean side, Torres del Paine boasts a series of glacial lakes with the two iconic mountains most people associate with Patagonia: Los Cuernos del Paine and Paine Grande.  The weather is equally unpredictable. Torres del Paine can be one of the windiest places in the world, with gusts of up to 90mph, while another day the mountains are reflected like glass on perfectly calm waters without even a breeze.  Torres del Paine is one of the places where nature does all of the work for you; making good photographs here is effortless.

  My most memorable morning was the first morning I arrived.  Setting out in the dark under the light of the moon, I watched as some low level fog rolled in.  The lakes were completely calm.  The mountains were reflected like a mirror.  The diffuse light of the moon and glow from the impending sunrise illuminated Paine Grande about an hour before sunrise.

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  Just next to Paine Grande, Los Cuernos del Paine ("the horns of Paine), is probably the most recognizable peak in Patagonia. As the sun began to rise, the glow on the mountain and low level fog remained for just a few moments before a heavy fog rolled in and the mountains faded from view. I knew I had just captured something very special.

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  Everyday I was there, something special happened... the unique combination of light and weather made each photograph unique.  From reflected light on the Salto Grande River leading towards Paine Grande...

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... to cloud streaks behind Los Cuernos del Paine on a windy evening...

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... and the alpenglow on Cerro Torre, one of the world's most impressive peaks, at sunrise...

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... I was able to connect with place like few others I have been.

   My trip to Patagonia had been in the planning for almost two years. When planning my time there, I knew when I went that I wanted to come back with one photograph that said "Patagonia." There were more than a few times that I pressed the shutter and thought I had it. But towards the end I realized what an impossible goal that was. In fact, there is, and never will be, that one photograph that could possible capture the diversity of weather, shapes and landscape that exist here. Each image I captured speaks about one particular facet of Patagonia, and when viewed together tell a story about one of the most beautiful places on earth. Each photograph captures a unique moment in time, never to be seen again.

  I would like to invite you to view the entire New Release - Patagonia gallery. Also use this link to purchase a fine art print, which will provide a lifetime of viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy.
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