Last November I rendezvoused to Rifle Colorado with one of my favorite friends, @joekinder, to hang out in the canyon for the day, catch up, have a few laughs and film him climbing a hard route he had developed. I've traveled all over the world with Joe, he's not only one of the most fun people you can hang with, he's also a pioneer, deeply involved in the climbing community, putting up routes all over the globe. Big thank you to @frictionlabs for the support! Here's a quick teaser, to see the short film please click the link in my profile, hope you enjoy it! @ltjian
Ibex on dawn patrol, there's no place like the Alps! For @natgeotravel
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Chasing the light on open highways, there's no place like the #MojaveDesert! I recently partnered with @toyotaUSA where I took their #Toyota86 on a 4 day road trip to shoot photos, the time blew by too fast! The light you get at twilight in the desert is some of my favorite, the dust filled skies throw off a color you don't see anywhere else. Watching the moon rise over the distant mountains, silhouetting the MojaveYucca's was a lucky capture and amazing to see!
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Nothing like a little bit of light to make everything a lot better. I took this photo in 2012 while photographing @jonathansiegrist and @mikefuselier climbing, high above #Grenoble France. It wasn't long before this beautiful storm was on top of us, drenching everything and forcing us to call it a day!
Being in the water with this #LeopardSeal was without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had in the wild, and I owe it all to my good friend @paulnicklen. Days before this encounter Paul had instructed our expedition team "if you're in the water and a Leopard Seal approaches, just stay calm, their only curious. They generally open there mouths, blow air bubbles and if you're lucky, it will even try to feed you a penguin!" - 2 days later, while free diving side by side with Paul in the icy water, we were graced with this beautiful animal, a 10 foot long Leopard Seal. I remember looking over at Paul, making eye contact and seeing a huge smile on his snorkel filled mouth. As predicted, the animal calmly swam around us curiously, blew bubbles and opened its mouth in front of our camera domes. It did bring a penguin, to Paul of course, and I got to watch live something I had read in @natgeo from Paul's 2006 Leopard Seal story so many years ago. After getting out of the water Paul, one of my favorite and I would say premiere gifted photographers in the world said smiling "I don't even care about photography, it's the experiences like that, that I'm moved by. I only want the photos I take to bring awareness to animals and the places in the world that need it. It's never been more important" His passion is nothing short of contagious and so is his drive. Thank you Paul 🏻 // Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy@paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso@shanemoorefilms@pattersonimages
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The open roads and big skies of the #Mojave desert are perfect for long drives with the windows down, especially in the cooler months of winter. Back in January I partnered with @toyotaUSA and took their #Toyota86 out for a few days to tour around the desert on a photo trip. I had a great time, chasing light and finding compositions in the vast landscape down the windy roads.
A #marabouStork coming in for a landing at sunset in the #timbavati of Southern Africa. These birds have an average wing span of over 10 feet, hoping to see more of these soon! In 3 weeks I'll be heading back to one of my favorite places on the planet, Southern Africa with the lovely @danahrichardson - can't wait!
It's said that no 2 snowflakes are identical, this must be the case with icebergs too. Wind, water and time keep icebergs in a constant state of change. Their shapes remind me of the sandstone sculptures you see in the desert, shaped by the same elements but on a completely different timescale. About an hour after this was taken @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann and I watched this beautiful iceberg roll and collapse in the distance. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo@sea_legacy
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Relics from a century ago, whale bones decorate the pebbly shores on a remote island in the Antarctica Peninsula, a haunting reminder of the whaling years. I'm just returning from a 30 day assignment for @natgeo and @sea_legacy on a climate change story, the experience impacted me on so many levels. It's truly among the most beautiful, wildlife rich places I've ever seen and a place facing many challenges. It was an honor to work aside an extraordinarily talented team of friends on the coverage, more soon! @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso
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Antarctica bound - signing off through early March and heading into the icy continent! Excited for the adventure and experiences ahead during our climate change coverage of one of the wildest places on the planet. #onassignment@natgeo@sea_legacy
Dramatic clouds at twilight over #CathedralRock in #GardenOfTheGods. I shot this photo in April 1999, chasing that early morning light has been obsession that's only gotten more addicting over the years! Shot on Fuji #velvia on a Mamiya #rz67pro
I recently partnered with @toyotaUSA on a fun road trip project where I took their #Toyota86 on a 4 day road trip around California. It was a blast blazing down the open desert roads and ripping through curves along the coast, this car really hugs the road. The last couple days along Highway 1 were pretty rainy, which only made the challenge of making photos more fun! Here is a behind the scenes video of me working with the car, getting in the splash zone and taking some photos, hope you enjoy it!
I love the feeling of the unknown, it's the heart of adventure. I'm leaving today for a 35 day expedition to the Antarctica peninsula to work on a story for @natgeo with an extremely talented team of friends that I'm honored to be working with @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@sea_legacy - Our story is focused on climate change in Antarctica and will undoubtably be a moving experience. Like all expeditions I will miss my wife, my family, friends, loved ones and home. But the unknown awaits and with it the excitement of what's to come! More soon insta friends!
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Photo by @cainedelacy - Caine is a great friend of mine and I wanted to give him a quick shout out! He's a marine biologist, adventurer, underwater photographer and total bad ass, it's never a dull moment hanging with Caine! If you love underwater photography or are looking to get into it you'll want to check this out. He's currently putting together a handful of amazing trips around the world where you can join him to encounter some of the biggest and most amazing marine animals on the planet. From Manta Rays in Papua New Guinea, Humpback Whales in Tahiti and Sperm Whales in Dominica, each trip is aimed at bringing you an adventure of a lifetime. Check out his profile for more details in the link, I'm going to try and do one! 🏻 @cainedelacy
Antarctica countdown - In less than a week I'll be touching down on the #Antarctica peninsula with @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@sea_legacy and talented team of others to begin work on a @natgeo story covering the affects climate change is having on this rich ecosystem, over fishing and sea ice changes. I'm excited to be a part of such a meaningful story and to be working with such a powerhouse team on this coverage. This photo here of dancing #snowPetrels flying over an icy crevasse in the #Wolthat Mountains was taken on my last trip to Antarctica for @natgeo. It was an incredibly memorable and fun climbing expedition, 54 days in frozen conditions with my good friends @coryrichards@mikelibecki and @freddiewilkinson
Getting up well before sunrise is never pleasant, but the payoff can be pretty magical when you're lucky enough to get that morning purple hue! I recently found this photo in my archive, twilight at the base of the iconic #matterhorn in #Zermatt Switzerland
Sincerely honored and excited to be expanding my work with @natgeofineart galleries! It's humbling to have photos hanging among so many of my favorite photographers on these beautiful gallery walls. This photo here is a 10 Minute exposure which is what creates the dreamy soft fog look, it's titled "Golden Gate Rising" and is my latest addition to the gallery! To learn more please visit: www.natgeofineart.com