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It’s moments like these that make the early mornings and waiting game all worth it. I arrived to Death Valley and was greeted by rain all afternoon and night. I got up at 530, grabbed my gear and started to hike up the dunes. These dunes are 700ft tall and no joke. I made it to the top of one of them and waited until the sunrise peaked over the nearby mountains. The shadows and golden hour glow in this photo make it one of my favorites that I have ever taken.


I can’t believe what’s happening over in Hawaii right now. Stay safe out there.


And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself, "Well... how did I get here?"


Everyday is Earth Day.


Stoked to be headed back to Anza Borrego today and hit some trails. The wind finally chilled out from yesterday which is great. This was the view I woke up to out in Alabama Hills last week. If you’ve never been to Alabama Hills, I highly suggest waking up for sunrise. It still gets me every damn time.


Headed to Palm Springs tomorrow for work and will be cruising around Anza Borrego and Mojave afterwards for a few days. If anyone will be in the area, message me on here. I decided to pull the trigger on a rooftop tent and went with @tepuitents. I’ve only slept in it once so far but it’s a total game changer. I also had a Slimline II rack installed by the team over at @frontrunneroutfitters which I am very pleased with. I snapped this one after dinner at Alabama Hills last week. The light is from the moon which was almost full. Very stoked on my setup right now but am far from done. Have a radical weekend everyone.


Taking the jeep out on some trails today in Los Padres National Forest. Stoked to explore some less traveled roads and hopefully find a few campsites for this summer. Here’s another from my last trip to Yosemite at the iconic falls during some fresh snow.


With the birds I'll share this lonely view...


I’ve been putting a lot of work into my jeep the past few days. I’ll be posting more photos of the upgrades here on this account. I want to share more behind the scenes content, maybe some portraits, b&w series etc. More content and less focus on the “perfect photo.” I’m headed up to @tepuitents tomorrow to get my new tent installed. Stoked to have this setup coming together. Big thank you to the team over at @frontrunneroutfitters for installing my Slimline II rack earlier this week.


Here are a few time-lapses that I captured during my last 24 hours in Yosemite trip. My battery nearly exploded during one of these and I am still not really sure what happened. I used the mini genie from @syrp_ to get the panning effect. I always forget to use this thing but I am so glad that I remembered it for this trip. I then import all of the images into LR Timelapse and nerd out in there for hours. Then it’s off to Lightroom and then Final Cut and then here to Instagram. Which totally degrades the quality, will probably remove because of music content and only a handful of you will actually see it since this new algorithm sucks. Is anyone still reading this?


Going through my photos from my last trip to Yosemite and I still can’t believe the conditions. I snapped this at a turnout via Wawona Rd on my way into the park. I was hoping to take this same road on the way out but it was closed due to an accident. I’ve got a few time-lapses to put together and lots of slow-mo snow footage. Yosemite during the winter is my favorite time to visit the park for many reasons. This photo is one of them.


I just got back from Yosemite and I finally lucked out with a whiteout of the valley. If you’re headed up there anytime soon, please be careful on the roads. Chains are required or 4WD with snow tires. Wawona Rd. was closed off when I tried to leave due to a bad accident. Stay safe y’all and have a rad weekend.


“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.” Stephen Hawking


“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist.....Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” Stephen Hawking


Just getting back from a road trip with stops at Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. I missed the Yosemite whiteout by 36 hours but this one photo in particular makes up for it. The shooting conditions were not ideal for most of my time in Yosemite but for this moment, everything came together. The last light touched the bare trees causing them to glow in a field of white. I ran out to get this shot and the light only lasted a few minutes. This is a single exposure captured on my 70-200 lens. My favorite time to visit Yosemite is during the winter and this is exactly why. This is slightly cropped to fit instagram, leaving out some shadow detail on the snow.


One of my all time favorite photos. ISO 200 F/9.0 16mm 8 sec 4500k


I haven’t been using this platform as much lately and it’s been nice focusing on life outside of the screen. I snapped this one during my first visit to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. I waited until the right cars drove by for some scale and bam! The sunset shortly after was a total bust but ya can’t win em all.


Last light at Fire Wave in Valley of Fire State Park. This was our first visit to the park and if you are gonna shoot here, I would recommend sunrise. The sun gets lost during sunset and most of the wave is covered in shadows from the nearby mountains. I have a few keepers from this trip but the weather seemed to be working against us the majority of the time. This is a single exposure captured on my 24-70 lens.