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•Spirit of the Forest• When you wander and wander without a destination it becomes increasingly more easy to ‘see’, to tap into your senses and ‘feel’. So much of my photography anymore is guided by pure emotion, I’ve stopped planning for trips, instead I just move from place to place when I feel my time has passed. Sure there are moments where I wish I would’ve stayed somewhere longer and waited for the culmination of elements to be better, but sometimes there’s something pulling me to move on, and I’ve learned to listen to it. Closing in on the first month on the road, the longest singular trip I’ve taken, and I’m not sure I ever want to go back home! Enjoy! On a side note this image and the last few days capturing images like this have sparked an itch for writing, an article on “Simplify with Color”!
•Hocus Pocus• From a sleepy evening along the coast or Oregon, surrounded by friends, and students. We may not have had amazing clouds but there’s always some sort of magic in the air! enjoy! 🧙🏼♀️ If you’d like to join me next year along the Oregon coast be sure to sign up for my mailing list (link in bio)! Also, on the other coast, I’ve got an opening on my Autumn in Acadia National Park Workshop! 4 days & 4 nights Lodging included right in the heart of Bar Harbor! Please visit my website at www.jsnowphotography.com to register!
•Symbiosis• Feelin’ the forests energy here, the way the light emanates from the fog, the ferns stretching out to catch it. 🌿🌿🌿 Enjoy!
•Churn• I’ve been so enjoying exploring all over the Oregon coast, each day finding yet another amazing feature I’ve never seen photographed. I have a question for you all, In the time you’ve been doing photography have you ever reflected back on all of the milestones you’ve reached in your work, changes in perspective, or reached a new and fresh frame of mind? I think life is entirely about growth and working hard to never stop learning and improving. After the last couple of months being too distracted to think about photography I find that now I’m back in full swing my outlook has changed profoundly, that the allure of visiting popular locations has now completely burned off and all I find myself doing now is yearning for uniqueness and unexplored views.. I always looked at popular locations as a challenge, to do something different, to put a little me into them, of course there’s plenty more to see and visit but there’s more inspiration to stray from the norm
•Sundance• Tonight’s the last sunset for this second crew then we finally start heading north to Olympic with a few stops and teaching. I’m so, so excited to see the rainforests and rugged coast! Here’s a new favorite image of mine from this trip along the Oregon coast! The sun, the haze, flowers and rolling hills really did it for me! I’ll be rolling out next years workshops and a couple more for this year, and if you’re interested in tagging along join my mailing list! About the image: there was a subtle breeze that made getting the flowers and grasses to stay still very tough, I had to raise my iso to achieve a shutter speed that could pause their motion while using an aperture that allowed for as few frames as possible for focus stacking. Here’s the settings used! Also, stay tuned for a new article on capture waves and E-motion over on the @reallyrightstuff blog! @nikonusa D850 | 14-24 | ISO1000 | f/14 | 1/80th | 14mm | 4 frames for focus | 1 for highlights
•Reaching• It’s been a crapshoot for weather over the last 10 days along the coast but the redwoods just seem to be embracing my need for their presence and atmosphere. There’s something so soothing and therapeutic about walking through a misty forest and something I wish I got to do a whole lot more of. The first morning of the Redwoods portion of the last workshop was nothing short of extraordinary, the first visit for everyone in the group too! The fog ebbed and flowed clearing out several times only to return again while the sun danced in and out sending rays of golden light through the misty forest, like spot lights on a grand stage the ferns reached out to gather their warmth, and for a second I felt the forest come alive, it’s energy flowed through me like a bolt of electricity sending my hair on edge and my senses on fire. For a split second I felt it speak to me. No matter how many photographers visit this area every year for the annual bloom of ancient
•Oregon Dreams• And so ends another great workshop!!! We had some pretty grey weather the first few days, then no clouds at all, but we did have absolutely incredible conditions in the redwoods which had everyone reeling with excitement! We welcome another group Tuesday so until then it’s rest and relaxation, and catching up on articles and images!! I realized during this workshop, almost immediately that I missed it so much, and feel almost like my old self again and more so each day! I’ll be planning more workshops for this year , and releasing nexts years very soon! I had no idea that taking time away from teaching would leave me so empty inside! This is an image I used for demonstrating blue hour blending, stacking for noise reduction and very advanced masking techniques, although the skies didn’t cooperate for this workshop I used a series of sky images taken the same week last year almost to the day to replicate where it would actually appear! If you’d like to join
•Fading• “Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light” This beach has no name, no attraction, no cult following or reason for hoards of folks to line up and make an image, it’s just a simple scene that can be found almost anywhere along the coast of Oregon. The waves ebbed and flowed into and around the rocks this evening during low tide, wispy clouds formed above the marine layer catching the last of the light before it was snuffed out. The first of two Oregon workshops starts today and I’m feeling almost like my old self again, now all I need is the weather to agree!
•Atlantis• (2018) The last two days in the redwoods hasn’t produced any photographs, the conditions just haven’t shaped up but it was fun running into a few friends! Things look great for next weeks workshops though! Here’s a shot from last years inaugural Oregon coast trip, a great sunset along the rugged coast! On another note I’m slowly finding my creativity again, which is really lifting my spirits, and now that the van is done I can focus all of my energy again on creating! Hoping that this month long jaunt on the road gets me back in the groove! Tech Specs: @nikonusa D850 | 14-24 | f/14 | ISO64 | 1/3 sec | 7 column panorama | @nisifiltersus 3 stop soft grad
•Cuernos• A moody morning in Patagonia. I’m happy to say that my van build is done...for now! If you haven’t seen it go check out my highlights! My hands are blistered, I can barely use them but the weight is off my shoulders and I’m SOOOO pumped to be able to refocus and get back to business, writing and maybe taking a photo or two! I have so badly missed processing and taking photos, which I’ve not really felt before. Hitting the road tomorrow for give or take a month, a few workshops and some me time, in the woods, in the water, finding me again! Thanks for everyone who has stuck around even though I’ve dropped off the earth! Stay tuned! OH! It’s very short notice but I’ve got a spot open on my June 4th-7th California Redwoods and Southern Oregon coast workshop! Link is in my bio!
•Ice Age• The evening we arrived at this glacial lagoon, 9 clicks into the mountains at the base of Cerro Torré we could hear the glacier calving off and the sound echo’d through the mountains. As we scouted the shore for compositions I was intrigued by the feather like patterns forming along the shore as the icebergs bumped into each other drifting around the lake. We built a stove out of stones to adequately use our jet boil as the stars, Milky Way and Magellanic clouds passed overhead, it was one of the best glacial lakeside dinners I’ve had and with a couple of my really good friends! I didn’t intend on shooting the lagoon for sunrise, @chris.demars.photography and I were going to double back and cross the river where we had marked our trail the afternoon before to get a vantage of the valley, and visibility of more of the range, but the warmth of my sleeping bag kept me from it, Chris’ snoring let me know he was ok with that choice, he didn’t like the idea of
•Symphony• Beautiful glow slowly illuminating the peak of Mount Fitz Roy, a kaleidoscope of autumn colors, the soft pink clouds, full moon and rushing water created a symphony of nature, for a minute I was completely lost in it. As so many of you know I have spoken openly about struggles with depression, and no matter how good things are, or how fortunate I am, depression is always lingering in the shadows of my mind just waiting for the right time to take over. I do whatever I can to defeat it, push it back into the darkness hoping it never returns but sometimes it just takes time. I’d like to think that the body of my work is a timeline, that if viewed as a whole in order of creation you’d see the ups and downs, the struggles and pain, the triumph and joy. Life is full of hurdles and if we let them defeat us, by not getting back up then what have we learned? How can we reach greatness? Stay strong, and be patient, the light is coming! #mentalhealthawarenessmonth @nikonusa
So excited to be heading back to the Pacific Northwest for a month or so starting off with a couple of workshops and then some exploration of Olympic National Park, a place I’ve wanted to visit long before photography came into my life! I’m hoping that letting the waves crash over my feet and the mist of the waterfalls splash my face is just what the doctor ordered!! If you want to join me in the redwoods and southern Oregon coast on the second of two workshops I have 2 last minute openings after it sold out in 36 hours!!! It’s going to be a great time! Private rooms, and lots and lots of things to shoot and learn! Link is in the bio!
•Smother• I’m home now from Patagonia and what a trip, full of culture, friendship and adventure, which meant more to me than taking photos. To be honest it didn’t spark the flame of inspiration quite how I thought it would. I’m struggling to hang on to the positives that creating and sharing my work can have, but the amount of ridiculous comments, the egos, the clicks, the self entitlement, the elitists and the severely misplaced opinions has me wanting to just pull away, to find something else to do, some other way to share myself without prejudice. I have no interest in shameless marketing, it’s art not used car sales, collaborating, ridiculous “principals”, or pity party antics, all I want to do is create and let that mean something to an audience that needs or wants to feel something and for me to get out what I need to get out. To work with those that want to learn, that goes well beyond just pointing and clicking. It’s easy to say “don’t let them bother
•The Wall• I found myself with a little bit of downtime this morning in Santiago and have been thinking about this image since I captured it at the Perito Moreno Glacier on our short stop over in El Calafeté en route to Torres Del Paine for the last several days. This glacier is immense, bigger than any glacier I have ever seen and watching it, and hearing it calve off into the lagoon below was an experience I will never forget. It was also a stark reminder that things never last, and time is ever fleeting. Enjoy!
Happy Earth Day!!! 🌏 I can’t wait to start wading through the images I’ve been capturing here in Patagonia, and we’re only a third of the way through this trip! The more I travel, the more I see, the more I experience and the more inspired I am becoming! This industry is such a bittersweet thing, with so many negatives, it’s nature that keeps me going!! Enjoy this series of some of nature’s beauty!!!
A collection of autumn colors and mountains in Colorado, one of my top picks for my next home base, and one of my favorite places on earth. I’m currently waiting to board my next flight to South America where I’ll be traveling through Patagonia for the next 10 days! It’s their autumn season so I thought it only fitting to share some of my favorite autumn images! If anyone is interested in considering adding another workshop to the roster for the year since all of my other workshops are sold out, maybe southern Utah in late October/November when the cottonwoods are golden? It’s a stunning time of year to visit!
There may not be anything I enjoy more than being waist deep in flowing water, deafened by the sound of it, drops of water falling on my face, and everything seemingly stopping for a moment when clicking the shutter. It’s honestly when I feel the most in tune, and have the most clarity. I chose to live in the desert for the challenge of a new landscape, to open my eyes and mind creatively, but lately all I’ve been thinking about is traipsing through lush green forests and being in that water. I’m so excited to be back in the PNW next month and to be visiting Olympic for as long as it takes to feel more comfortable with forest scenes, creating order from chaos and becoming a more well rounded person and artist. I’ll be teaching along the coast the first week of June and afterward will be making my way north from the redwoods and will be available for private instruction along the way! Oh and make sure to follow @thegrandadvanture