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This evening was one of those times where the light waits for no-one. We had just arrived to Arches after a long drive from Zion National Park about 30 minutes before sunset. I hadn’t ever really photographed this area, so of course I didn’t have a composition in mind. When the sky began catching fire, I started frantically sprinting around trying to find something to photograph. This is the best I could muster. Turret arch kind of looks like an other-worldly castle haha. Hopefully you enjoy! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . Also, don’t forget to use #benstrauss_photography for a chance to be featured in my story! I pick one every day! . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16mm🔸 shutter speed: base 0.6 sec🔹exposure blend for sky ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


I present to you an image from a location you’ve most likely never seen before in your life. I had to hike an ungodly distance across the roughest terrain I’ve ever experienced just to access this spot. Then once I made it, the freezing temperatures and 100 mph winds were trying their hardest to drive me away. Luckily, I managed to fire off this shot before the conditions became too unbearable. Have I fooled anyone yet?! 😂 Are you reading this thinking “my god Ben, you are an unbelievably determined photographer!”. Probably not. As you MAY know, this is only the most iconic image of Zion National Park ever. So much so that it is literally on every item in the gift shop (shirts, hats, coins, mugs, books, posters, etc.). It might as well be the park’s logo haha. Nevertheless, the conditions were great this evening, and I had checked off my other desired compositions throughout the week so I figured “what the heck! Why not”. Hope you enjoy my “The Watchman”. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16mm🔸 shutter speed: 1/13 sec🔹no blending ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


🔻A full “Start to Finish” tutorial video of THIS image is available on my website!! Follow the link in my bio!🔺 . . About the image: I’ve been to this location once before, only shooting from the trailhead. Returning for a second time, and inspired by a cell phone image I saw on google, I decided to trek a couple of miles back into Eagles Nest Open Space until I found this gorgeous composition: the beautiful scene of a river leading towards Eagles Nest. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 0.6 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Colorado


Standing near the edge. That’s where life gets a bit exciting if you ask me, and that’s exactly where I usually live mine. Otherwise it gets slightly dull don’t you think? The photo above somewhat symbolizes this concept, where a couple is captured holding hands and looking out over the steep canyon walls. I’ll be honest, while living life on the edge can be a good thing, I was a little hesitant on getting too close to the physical edge due to the recent and frequent deaths here at this location. However, Horseshoe Bend has no shortage of models for your photograph if you wait long enough! Groups of tourists took their turn standing on this edge for pictures, and after watching this play out for a while I spotted this couple walk out. With the pink and blue jackets, I had to capture the moment. The lighting was perfect. I didn’t get a chance to track these two down afterwards due to the crowds, but I hope if they see this they don’t mind the extra exposure! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/16🔸focal length: 29mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/30 sec🔹no blending ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #earthpix #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #welivetoexplore #tentree #Tourtheplanet #earthscope #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #eclectic_shotz #see_arizona #arizonahikersguide #visitarizona #arizonaIsgorgeous at Arizona


It’s been so cool to see everyone’s blood moon shots today! There is so much talent and skill amongst everyone. The night before this rare astronomical event, I got the pleasure of spending the evening in Arches National Park. During this time, we witnessed a near full moon rise, and it was glorious. While not a blood moon, it was nonetheless impressive due to its enlarged size and strong presence in the lower sky. Lucky me, the moon placed itself perfectly inside the North Window Arch during its rising trajectory. I immediately saw the eye of a giant staring back at me, and it was looking into my soul. This was the closest thing I’ve experienced to a staring contest with Mother Earth. This image was done through focal length blending. Check out my story to see the raw images! Now, you may be anticipating my blood moon shot because of course “Ben Strauss had to of photographed this event” right?! Wrong haha. I decided this year to not pursue photographing the blood moon, and here are my reasons: 1. I just finished two weeks on the road photographing the most beautiful places in the west. I had already extended my trip 5 days from initial plans, and was ready to return home to the love of my life @abbygomer. 2. I had the chance to photograph the super blue blood moon last year when it was directly above the horizon, and this was spectacular. This year the moon was high in the sky making it compositionally challenging. Therefore I decided to use my “moon credits” photographing the near full moon in Arches the night before. 3. Sometimes it’s nice to let the rare events go and just enjoy them with the naked eye. It’s good to resist FOMO once in a while in order to keep your sanity as a landscape photographer haha. That being said, I will just have to enjoy the blood moon through all of the wonderful pictures I’ve seen today! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 70mm and 400mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/80 sec🔹focal length blend. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


“You’ve got to shoot Angels Landing”, they said. Along with The Watchman, Angels Landing is one of the most iconic images coming out of Zion. I usually (key word “usually” haha) tend to shy away from the highly photographed areas when visiting our beautiful National Parks. However, after researching this hike I had to check it out. Photography aside, the thrill factor alone had me convinced, and boy was it a blast; I love myself some insane heights! Of course I had to bring the camera just in case, and I’m so happy I did. Upon reaching the summit of Angels Landing after a white knuckle, 1500 ft drop-off/edge-teetering climb, I spotted a dead tree lying on its side (“wait, Ben likes to photograph dead trees?”). At first I figured this might make a decent foreground interest, and hadn’t been something I’d seen in previous photographs of Angels Landing. After closer inspection, I noticed the tree trunk had been hallowed out after years of decay. Like any normal human being, I decided to put my camera on a ten second timer and shove it into the tree trunk for a photograph. After pulling my camera back out and reviewing the image, albeit crooked and out of focus, I saw something of a composition that had me excited. Logically, I spent the next half hour tweaking the placement of my camera and manually adjusting my focus points and exposure until I had a set of 4 shots sufficient for a focus stack and explore blend. Keep in mind, I was shooting completely blind the entire time since only my arm could fit into the tree. Apparently this is how I like to spend my time on top of beautiful viewpoints 😂. Oh, and #WHPwanderlust. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/250, 1/150 sec🔹 3 frames for focus stacking and 1 for sky exposure. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


It is becoming more and more difficult to find unique compositions in our national parks, especially in the internationally acclaimed ones such as Zion. I always find an exciting challenge in seeking out the lesser photographed, however equally impressive compositions. Therefore, I fought the urge to photograph the classic Watchman bridge shot in order to capture something slightly fresher during this awe inspiring sunset. I did a bit of river walking and bushwhacking in order to position myself at the perfect spot along the Virgin River framing Angels Landing. Hope you enjoy! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 0.4 sec🔹vertical panorama consisting of 6 shots. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


Kind of a funny story behind taking this photograph: I had explored this area the night before and came across this great tree as a foreground subject. A little bit off the beaten path and away from the lookout area, I was fairly confident this would be a nice quasi-unique composition. As you may know, I posted a story about my “finding” and was instantly bombarded with DM messages about how I just photographed the most popular tree in Dead Horse Point State Park 😂🤦‍♂️. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my take on this famous tree! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 4 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


Have you ever had one of those experiences leading to the realization of how tiny we are as human beings on earth, let alone in the universe? Maybe you’re flying in an airplane looking down on the small buildings and cars, or maybe you’re sitting atop a cliff’s edge watching tiny human specs walk around down below. Either way, these experiences really put into perspective the relativity of our individual lives. Each one of those specs observed from a distance has a life full of love, happiness, fear, anxiety, and worry. Many of us tend to get caught up in our own problems. They can feel so important and all-encompassing, however when observed from afar, lose all significance. When the stress and anxiety in life seems overbearing, I like to imagine what earth must looks like from one of our neighboring planets; a small blue spec. All of human history happened on that blue spec. All of it. Yet it is only a dot of blue in a terrestrial night sky. The image above, showing the true scale of myself amongst a giant Utah landscape, was one of these experiences for me. It’s such a nice reminder that everything is relative. Everything. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/9🔸focal length: 240 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/500🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


I present to you the first evening of our Utah road trip. While I was excited to find this interesting and charismatic scraggly dead tree, the light was quickly skunked out by a large bank of clouds out west. So while this photo doesn’t quite deliver the light show many of you expect of me 😬, it grew on me throughout the day, so I had to share it. Once in a while you have to be proud of your “from nothing to something” edits amirite?! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/125🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


It has been far too long since I’ve been up to the Bear Lake area with this extremely drawn out government shutdown. Luckily, I leave tomorrow for southern Utah for the next two weeks, where I’ve heard the National Parks are still available to visit. Sometimes you need a small break from photographing Colorado to remember how beautiful it truly, truly is. In the shot above you can see my awesome model @lukewagnerphoto being unknowingly photographed as he himself photographs the beauty of RMNP 😂. Thanks for wearing that red jacket Luke! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/9🔸focal length: 35 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/80🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Colorado


I don’t think I have ever posted a black and white photograph on my Instagram page before. Sometimes, a given composition looks its most beautiful void of color. Maybe the color pallet was monochromatic to begin with, or maybe the colors bring too much distraction from the true beauty of the photograph. Either way, don’t be afraid to edit a black and white shot from time to time. This photo was taken a bit after sunrise as the cloud inversion began receding eastward, revealing some of the lower mountains and hills. I usually despise negative space in my skies, but the framing of the trees and the lack of color somehow make this aspect of the photo seem comfortable. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 70 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/200🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Colorado


Do you miss the summer in Colorado yet?! I know I sure am beginning to. While I do enjoy the awesome frozen landscape in Colorado’s mountains, I don’t necessarily enjoy freezing my a$$ off during the ridiculous hours of the day waiting for perfect light. One of my favorite pastimes in the summer is spending over an hour comfortably watching the light change as the sun sets or rises. The key word here is “comfortably” (e.g. warmer weather as opposed to snot freezing winter winds). Anyhow, I digress haha. The above photo was taken at an area many of you have probably visited, as it is a very popular road to travel. However, this composition took a bit of hiking to get too, so I’m guessing not many of you have shot from this location. There is something to be said about finding unique compositions nowadays when so many people indulge in landscape photography, as it’s getting more and more difficult! I will always challenge you to find something rarely shot when you get the chance. However don’t be afraid to get those hero shots as well! Did you spot @abbygomer yet in the above photo? . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/13🔸focal length: 26 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/20🔹exposure blend : yes - 5 shot bracket🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Sunset, Colorado


I’m getting super excited about my upcoming photography trip through the beautiful landscapes of Utah. I’ll be leaving on January 8th and will be on the road until the 17th. I will be accompanying my mom, who is also an avid photographer! For most of the time, we will be staying in the Zion lodge right inside the park. Hopefully the government shutdown doesn’t affect our plans! We will also be making stops at Bryce Canyon and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. But as road trips go, I’m sure there will be many side-of-the-road compositions to be had, just like the one seen above! Due to the recent upsurge in controversy surrounding geotagging, and having been attacked multiple times on my Wyoming post, I’ll leave this one to your imagination. Plus, I do understand the importance of protecting our beautiful areas from selfie-stick tourists who are willing to break the rules in order to look cool for social media. I’m still not used to the influence I’ve come to have in the past year, so I must be careful about my own impact. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/14🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/8🔹exposure blend : yes🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Utah


This morning’s shoot was a textbook example as to why you shouldn’t have expectations when going into the field. @wmorleyphotography and I had planned to visit a serene mountain lake facing the Indian Peaks for a classic Colorado mountain sunrise composition. On our way across the Peak to Peak highway, we noticed the sky above us was nothing but grey. But once you’re up you’re up amirite? Therefor we decided to push on to our destination. Halfway up Brainard Road, the skies above us quickly opened up to a clear sky. It was at this moment that Wes turned to me and said “Ben, I think we just passed through a cloud inversion...”. Sure enough, once we reached the Parking lot and looked out to the east, we were greeted with a sea of clouds. Sometimes the composition you walk away with is not the composition you intended to get, and that’s not a bad thing. Always keep an open mind when you go out to shoot! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/9🔸focal length: 18 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/30 +- two stops each side🔹exposure blend : yes🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Above the Clouds


If I hadn’t geotagged this post, what would be your best guess as to where this photo was taken? I’m betting your first guess, hell even your tenth guess would not include Southern Wyoming. The Snowy Mountain Range has got to be one of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing, yet it somehow remains a secret gem. It doesn’t even feel like a part of the Rockies, as these mountains quite literally spring up out of nowhere. Every time I visit, I get the feeling of traveling internationally as I hike around these vertical giants. Now before you get too excited and plan your weekend trip to this range for some winter photography, I have some bad news. The scenic byway that passes through this area closes at the end of November and remains closed until Memorial Day, so you’ll have to wait for four more months. So for now, you’ll just have to enjoy this photograph. Taken in November during a rather windy sunrise, the ice was just beginning to freeze for the winter. In order to capture the freezing lake at my feet and the towering giant rock faces above me, I had to take 4 separate images. These were then stitched into a vertical panorama. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 18 mm🔸shutter speed: 1.3 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 vertical panorama: yes indeed (4 shots) ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Medicine Bow, Wyoming


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy holiday and a great new year ❄️⛄️🌲!!!! I am so grateful to have gotten to know each and every one of you over the last year, regardless of the extent in which we may have interacted! I can’t wait to share with you the many more experiences to come in the next year! Now a little about the photo: this shot was taken at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had the pleasure of joining @lukewagnerphoto and @wmorleyphotography for this beautiful sunrise. I always have a blast searching frozen lakes for awesome patterns and cracks in the ice, as they make the most interesting foregrounds! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 19 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/2 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Rocky Mountain National Park


The spectrum of landscapes and ecosystems found in Colorado is so broad! From mountains and forests to high deserts and sand dunes, there is so much beauty to take in! Being a Colorado native myself, that’s probably one of the big reasons I got into landscape photography in the first place. I get so much pleasure out of sharing Colorado’s beauty with the world. Yes I know, many natives blame me for the influx of new residence, but I can’t help myself! This shot above was taken during a summer evening at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. That figure seen in the distance is no other than my fiancé and best friend @abbygomer! I can’t wait to continue adventuring the world with her! Also, I hope everyone has something wonderful planned for the holidays! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this! ❗️Don’t forget about my brand new Start to Finish tutorial. The link is in my bio!❗️ . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/16🔸focal length: 32 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/25 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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