I first came to photography through backpacking trips into Olympic National Park, trying to bring back a glimpse of what I saw. And, in the circularity of fate, I found my way to the Olympic Mountains through photography. Specifically the photography of Pat O’Hara, Art Wolfe, and Ross Hamilton, whose images of the Olympic backcountry enticed me to go there myself.
Through nature photography I've been lucky enough to witness many amazing things; from reflections in dew drops, to Brown bears chasing salmon, to the northern lights. I've experience amazing sunrises. I've also spent many a morning waiting for a sunrise only to gaze at all the clouds overhead. No matter. I'm outside. And I'm patient.
I like working with the natural light and therefore don’t use many filters other than those that help me record the scene that my eyes see. The filters that I do use include polarizing filters to help eliminate distracting glare and graduated neutral density filters, which are rectangular pieces of glass or optical resin that are clear in one half and dark in the other. The graduated filters help to record scenes that would otherwise be beyond the capabilities of the digital sensor to record in one shot, since film and sensors can only "see" a fraction of the range of light that our eyes are capable of seeing.
At the computer I've been using the wonderful digital tools available like Lightroom, Photoshop, and the NIK Software plug-ins to "finish" an image so that it better reflects what I envisioned at the time of capture. I enjoy this process and find it creatively and aesthetically fulfilling.
All of my images are available for licensing. Please contact me if you have an interest in using any of my pictures for your projects.
I use Nikon cameras for my work. Right now I’m using D810 and D300 digital cameras. I'm using a combination of lenses that give me coverage from 12mm to 300mm (plus a teleconverter that will get me out to 420mm).
When I shot film, my film of choice for landscape and close-up work was Fuji Velvia, a fine-grained, slow speed (ISO 50) slide film. Now that I'm shooting exclusively digital, all that doesn't seem to matter any more as it's pretty easy to emulate the look of my favorite old films by using Lightroom or Photoshop.