Working through the complex task of simplifying life so that I can live it. #DIYLife
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Not so many years ago, I got a puppy for my birthday. I named her Nebo. I never really understood the love that could exist between man and dog until then but I quickly realized why some people refer to their pets as their kids. She was my little girl. She grew up fast and it was the first time I realized how important it is to savory each day, especially in a young life. The phase “they grow up so fast” is an understatement. Then when my girl was almost 3 years old, we got in a bad accident, she ran out thru a broken window and got hit by a car and her life ended. I knew life was fragile after seeing it slip and pass while working in a hospital as a Nurse but this was devastating. Afterwards, once the pain dulled, I found comfort and joy in the moments we shared together and the time I took to create them. In a very real way it prepared me to be a Dad again, this time to a little human. This time around I’ve been really focusing on taking the time to create as many moments as possible with her and taking a lot more photos to cement them in my mind and as vividly as possible.
Stoked to add this simple moment while sitting around the camp fire, over looking the Yosemite Valley to the memories of our lives. at Yosemite National Park
Ask me a question. I’d love to know what kind of questions you have for me that I can answer. With that being said, I’ll go ahead a answer one of the most common questions I get, which is about the photography gear that I have/use. I use the @sonyalpha A7RIII and primarily pair it with 1 of 2 lenses, which is either the Sony Zeiss 16-35 f/4 or the 24-70 f/4. On 95% of my adventures this is all I have because it is a light weight setup and simple. I also have Sony G Master 100-400 that I use occasionally and I’m looking at adding a fast night photography lens in the near future ( the Sony or Sigma 24 mm prime 1.4 ) Beyond that, I use a Gitzo travel tripod which has worked but I’m excitedly waiting for my new Peak Design Tripod to arrive later this year now that the kick starter is done. I use a Peak Design neck strap that I switch between my camera and camera bag. For my camera bag I use a toploading camera bag, (not any one in particular because there isn’t a perfect bag out there and I hope to design and produce one soon) I use the toploader bag in the traditional sense as a shoulder bag but primarily I use it by clipping it to my backpack, or climbing harness with carabiners which turns it into thee best adventure camera bag solution out there in my opinion. For filters, I only use circular polarizer and I use my phone and the Sony phone app to remotely control my camera when necessary. This is everything I am currently using to take my photos. For editing I only use Adobe Lightroom and then I airdrop the edits to my phone and post them. For this photo of a Church in the Italian Dolomites, I used the @sonyalpha A7RIII and 24-70mm F/4 lens with a polarizer. My settings were: 24mm, 1/320 seconds at f/8 and ISO 320. #BeAlpha #sonyalphacollective at Italian Dolomites
It can be seemingly complicated to live simple but so worth it once you work your way thru all the clutter modern day life seems to tell us we need and we zero in on what really matters to us.
For me, working thru this process has lead me down a more unconventional path but finding myself with a van that I converted into my office and a home for my family, parked in front of a hot spring from which I could gaze up into the dark night sky filled with stars makes me happy and convinced less is more. at Planet Earth
The day I started doing “photography” was also the day I hiked to the summit of my first mountain. I borrowed my dad’s camera that day to document the experience and while I was looking through the photos once I got home, I was transported back to the mountain and the moments that, basically, alter the direction of my life. It made me realize that the true value of my photos was that they were my memories and this connection has made my adventures and photography inseparable. Since then, I’ve climbed hundreds of mountains and taken hundreds of thousands of photos to remember them all with as vivid of a recollection as possible so that I can remember my life as best as possible. This photo was taken of myself on the summit of Sass Rigais in the Dolomites at sunrise with my | @sonyalpha A7RIII | Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 lens | mounted on a tripod and with the help of my new friend @manfre_gato to push the button who I meet that morning in the dark to climb mountain with. What is your relationship to photography? #BeAlpha #sonyalpha at Italian Dolomites
Currently working our way towards The Eastern Sierras of California, very slowly, to attend the @mammothphotofest on Oct 10-13. We didn’t intend to spend the whole day here but,... well.. when you can park your home in front of a hot spring, it’s worth staying a little longer #gopro at My Happy Place
It was when my daughter was 3 weeks old that we took her on her first camping trip. The trip was a simple car camping with our vehicle loaded up with EVERYTHING we had in the house to take care of our daughter and we set up a massive 10x15 foot tent that I borrowed from my dad. To be honest to was a bit terrifying to take our daughter as new parents into the outdoors but we were PREPARED and it helped us “comfortable” break that imaginary wall that our society/culture has created around the this common idea “babies don’t belong in the outdoors”. Before the trip I knew this was the life I wanted to give my daughter but while on the drive to our camp, we pulled over for a break In a forest that had thousands of little blue flowers all over the forest floors. I remember vividly walking over into them with my daughter in my arms, getting low enough so she could see and introducing her to her first wild flower. It makes me well with emotion even now but that experience has repeated itself an innumerable amount of times of introducing my daughter to her first ( fill in the blank ) has really been a driving factor behind the why I do this despite the challenges. I want my daughter to know this world and the beauty in it. I couldn’t think of a better life. This photo was take on top of my daughters first mountain summit.
If you’d like to see more photos from her adventures visit our family page @moonmountainlife and/or my wife’s page @rebornbyadventure at North Cascades National Park
Every day we are living the story of our life but what I think it means to #liveagreatstory is to live your story deliberately. What do you think it means to Live a Great Story?
#LIVEpartner @liveagreatstory at Southern Utah
No matter how many times I’ve visited a place, every time I find a new perspective it is like visiting that place again for the first time. Getting those new perspectives often involves grueling hikes, steep climbs, or rafting rivers but this time it was a nice relaxing paddle away. It’s crazy I’ve been here so many times before and never done this as it is now one of my new favorite spots in the park.
Pictured: My daughter and wife using our @islesurfandsup paddle board to gliding around Jenny Lake in the Tetons. at Wyoming
The beginning of a 19 hour climb up and over the Bugaboo Spire that ended with hiking back to camp in the middle of the night through rain, lightening and thunder with my buddy @kylor . It is a big climb but it took longer than we had wished. Out of need to keep moving we really only had time to take photos when we were waiting for people ahead of us or while on the move making it difficult to “get the shots” but I find this makes the few shots we take even more valuable. at Canadian Rockies
A few days ago while in the Tetons, we accidentally broke out laptop screen so editing new photos is current on hold while the screen is being fix. I’m also current on my way to attempt a few climbs up peaks of similar beauty as the ones pictured here, so until I the screen get fixed and I get back, enjoy this photo of the Fitz Roy range in Patagonia. Watch for my stories today to learn where I’m going for the next week. What mountains/peaks can you think of that are similar in beauty in North America? at Argentina
During the middle of the night, when my wife was 8 months pregnant, I couldn’t sleep. My mind was running with the decision of whether I should quit my steady, guaranteed job as a Nurse to pursue photography full time or not. I could see the possibility but there was no guarantees, no “How to Manual” and I had next to no experience as a professional photographer. Needless to say it seemed like an obvious “NO! What are you thinking!” but I just couldn’t shake it. I rolled over and asked my wife what she thought. We had a long conversation but in essence she said it was risky but the benefits that we could see for our family, if we pulled it off, would be worth it and that she would be supportive of whatever I ultimately decided. Fast forward to today, looking at my life, while reading the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” to my now two year old daughter in a cargo van that I converted into our home on wheels in front of the Tetons, and I really feel like we've found a way to @liveagreatstory– the story that was playing out in my mind over two years ago while lying in that bed next to my 8 month old pregnant wife. Would you take that risk? #LIVEpartner #liveagreatstory at Grand Teton National Park
Hiked out and above this sleepy foggy town in the morning to welcome in a new day. Although difficult, I rarely ever regret the decision to wake up before sunrise. Are you getting tired of seeing my photos from the Dolomite? at Italian Dolomites
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