• Travel
  • May20

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    Planned a last-minute camping trip to the Badlands in South Dakota this spring. Like so many other people, I had driven through the Badlands loop a few times on my way to the Black Hills area, but had never really spent any time in the Badlands . . . so I decided to change that. Packing up my tent, supplies and of course my camera gear, I set off to camp a few days and do some exploring. Despite a stiff wind that broke my tent, I had a great time checking out this underrated park. I had a flexible schedule, which paid off as some rain came through, allowing me the freedom to pack up a day early and break up the long drive back home with a relaxing stop in Sioux Falls. The panoramic photos are from my iPhone.

  • Feb26

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    I’m always excited to check off another National Park from my list. A work trip to LA was the perfect reason to visit Joshua Tree National Park, so I tacked on a few vacation days and was able to visit this funky place. We started out in the LA area and got our fill of beaches and crowds, so wrapping up out in Joshua Tree was the perfect way to unwind. Great weather and great skies, you can’t ask for much more! The night photo was taken around midnight, with a nearly-full moon.

  • Sep26

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    Europe 2014

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    How can you sum up a trip to Europe in 12 photos? The answer is: you can’t! It was a blur of 15 days, starting in Prague and ending in Amsterdam, with 5 stops across Germany along the way. This was a solo trip and I definitely learned quite a bit on traveling this far and this long without any help or companionship. What I found is that European cities are just like ours, with plenty of people willing to offer help and, more importantly, willing to be patient with a foreigner who needs a quick bit of advice in the subway. So many beautiful, historic and amazing sites to visit that one trip can’t do it justice. I’ll be back, but maybe after exploring other countries first and pushing myself further out of my comfort zone.

  • Jan1

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    Twenty Thirteen

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    Twenty thirteen will be a year to remember. It started off with a career change – something new, something exciting, something needed – all within the same company I’ve been with for nearly 19 years. Transitioning from digital prepress to video production wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected it to be, not that I still don’t have tons to learn. But my background in photography helps me understand lighting, framing and working with talent.

    Travel was a big part of my year, and I have no complaints. Fort Meyers, West Palm Beach, Kingsville TX, NYC, NYC, Kingsville, Boston, Kansas City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Baltimore, Kingsville, Kingsville, El Paso, and Juarez Mexico. Whew.

    Several of these trips revolved around the large video project we are doing for King Ranch, covering all of their business areas in a documentary-style video – which has literally been the assignment of a lifetime. Several of these trips also involved staying at some amazing places. Plenty of long days traveling, plenty of connection flights, plenty of delays, a few cancelled flights, a missed flight . . . zero complaints!

    Random moments made the year memorable. Spending Super Bowl Sunday on the beach in Florida. Celebrating my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Losing a $1,000 piece of video equipment in the north woods – and then miraculously finding it a month later. Hiking over snow on the 4th of July in Glacier National Park. Missing a flight because a basketball team made the payload too heavy. Bitten by fire ants, chiggers and ticks while filming on location. Filming an interview with former New England Patriot football player Aaron Hernandez a week before he was arrested for murder. Being the last person to drive the original, #1 off the assembly line, 2001 King Ranch F150 before it was placed for display in their museum. Hitting a royal flush for $1038 on my way up to the North Shore. Eating crab legs in Seattle one week and crab cakes in Baltimore the next. Getting skunked deer hunting in Minnesota and seeing well over 100 deer in Texas a day later. Whew again!

    2013

  • Jul23

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    I recently took some time off of work and vacationed in the Pacific Northwest, eventually making my way over to Glacier National Park. It was my third time to GNP and it never gets old. Never. I know there are a lot of great National Parks in this country, but to me, this one is a must see. The drive through the park is worth the trip alone, but there are many great hikes that present some spectacular views. Views that clear your mind and demand your full attention. So get to this park, park the car, grab your backpack and walking stick, and get out there.

  • Feb5

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    After a few days of rainy weather in Nashville, I finally had a nice day to take some photos downtown with Shane Martin.  Downtown Nashville was a great place to walk around with a camera – interesting buildings and textures to play with.  Fresh off of his performance at the Texaco Country Showdown at the historic Ryman Auditorium, Shane was excited to get some updated photos and also to see where the national exposure of the Showdown will take him.  My guess: pretty far!  Shane plays live solo and full-band shows all around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and a few other interesting venues across the state. Check him out sometime and support your local musicians: www.shanemartin.com

  • Jul4

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    I was able to spend a day of fun at Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday after two days of work in Loveland, Colorado. Couldn’t ask for better weather! Still plenty of snow in the higher elevations and very chilly up there – we’re talking over 12,000 feet. Exact opposite at the lower elevations of the park, where temps were in the 80-90s. Dressing in layers is never more appropriate than when visiting this park! For the first time in 7 trips to RMNP, I was able to drive all the way to the west entrance. Not as much going on over on the west side, but I was rewarded with a moose sighting and an encounter with a deer on a hiking trail. Enjoy the pictures.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Apr7

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    I just updated my Photomatix Pro software to the latest version and decided to try out a few of my photos from Colorado. These were taken late 2010 while I was hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Have to say I like the update and how easy it is to create High Dynamic Range photos. This style of editing photos is not well liked by everyone, but I think it has its place. The software gives you full control of detail and saturation and it’s fun to push the color to the limit sometimes!