"Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should not be called the Nevada or Snowy range, but the Range of Light…the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have ever seen" John Muir
Storm over Mount Whitney from the Alabama Hills, September 8, 2014.
En route to Lake Tahoe and passing through Lone Pine on the desolate but beautiful drive along the 395 I was excited to see ‘god beams’ penetrating gaps in the clouds as a thunderstorm developed over Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
Plans for an early dinner in Bishop were shelved and I asked my ever patient (but long suffering!) wife to drive into the Alabama Hills on a dirt road to look for a vantage point from which to photograph the Sierra range ever hopeful of some dramatic light. I wasn’t disappointed, it was a truly magical evening.
I’m currently spending a few weeks in the South Lake Tahoe area in northern California. Early fall is a fantastic time of the year to be here to take advantage of the myriad of outdoor activities on offer. Rock climbing, mountain biking, sailing, trail running/hiking and paddling in all guises are all well catered for here. The cool water temperatures make swimming a little less appealing than normal for me but I did get in the lake up to my waist to take these photos of the Lake Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race.
I borrowed an Nikon AW-1 waterproof camera with a 10mm lens from my friend, photographer Corey Rich who lives here and had a fun and creative 30 minutes or so photographing the start of the race. Keeping my Canon 5D Mark3 with an attached 300mm F/4 IS lens dry while standing in deep water and shooting with the waterproof camera was the main challenge of the morning!
It’s been a little while in final production but the children’s book I’ve collaborated on featuring my photo illustrations from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition earlier this year is now available at the Blurb website. It prints up beautifully and feedback from ‘test parents’ and their kiddies has been really positive. Check it out and if you like it please share and perhaps even buy it! All feedback welcome. Andrew
Based on the true story of the contemporary Australasian Antarctic Expedition this delightful book is for children aged 5 to 9 years but all readers with a love of adventure and a desire to learn about Antarctica will enjoy it. In late 2013 the ice strengthened ship Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick pack ice at the edge of East Antarctica. The fate of the ship’s crew and the scientists and tourists aboard became the focus of a world-wide media frenzy over the New Year. Little known is that there was a very special passenger aboard the ship and, along with colorful photo illustrations, in this book ‘Stay’ the dog, tells us his unique story of the stranding and subsequent dramatic rescue. While helping his friends to study the icy world around them, through the eyes of ‘Stay’ we learn about the beautiful and climactically important frozen continent at the bottom of the world and meet the cheeky penguins and other animals who live there.
Well even at the risk of overdoing the ‘long exposure, beachside, saturated colour’ imagery genre I thought I’d post a photo from the beautiful location in front of the house where we are currently staying.
Sunrise WITH the strong addition of human presence in the frame to add something different. It helped to have a remote trigger so that I could fire the shutter with the camera on a tripod while Sabina and I placed ourselves near the edge of the ocean.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f2.8L II, 2 secs @ f/18, ISO 100 LR RAW processing with VSCO film04
I’ve just arrived back in Noosa Heads, Queensland for a short stay. You could call it my home base - if in fact I have one of those anymore!
It’s a laid back coastal town heavily dependent on tourism with a highlight being the National Park on a large headland giving access to beautiful unspoilt beaches. Pictured here is one of the local characters heading back to the beach in Laguna Bay after an evening SUP with his dog.
A favorite image from recent travels in the US Southwest is published in the June ‘14 issue of Backpacker Magazine.
I spent ~2 hours photographing in the dramatic Lower Antelope Canyon on Navajo land just outside Page, Arizona. It was a quiet afternoon and I had the place to myself but as is often the case the presence of a person to give perspective to an outdoors landscape can add to the scene.
In this case I asked my wife to take her time and pause to look up every so often as she climbed the metal stairs that give access at the beginning of the canyon so I could compose and grab this image. She didn’t purchase a ‘photographer’ permit so as soon as this shot was taken she had to scurry on ahead to rejoin her guided group leaving me alone to explore the canyon.
Canon 5D mark3, 16-35mm f2.8LII @24mm, ISO 1250 1/80 sec f4.0 Processed with VSCOfilm04
Adelie Penguins are inquisitive and endlessly fascinating to observe. I photographed this pair on the sea ice off East Antarctica, competing with each other to stand atop a small ice mound. For an instant the shutter freezes their tomfoolery and they appear as close friends might.
Volume 3 of Aurora Photos’ quarterly publication is a celebration and exploration of our relationship with the natural world. This collection of imagery from Aurora Photos examines that from all angles and perspectives. Enjoy!
Back cover feature in the latest excellent publication from Aurora Photos - a celebration and exploration of our relationship with the natural world. Imagery that allows for an original and unique view on the world we live in.
Time spent in the outdoors can be a ton of fun especially when road tripping in the desert southwest of the US as I did earlier this year with my wife Sabina. Pictured here enjoying life at the aptly named Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah.