One Frame


I was asked by my friend Mark Carruthers to do a blog about one of my favorite images that I’ve captured over the years and I wanted to share here as well.

Over the span of my career I’ve been very fortunate and have had the opportunity to create a collection of images that are extraordinary, but one stands above the rest. I’m sure some of it may have to do with location (although I’ve been to many amazing locations throughout the United States) but I believe the majority of it has to do with the connection that I have with the landscape.

Let me back up and paint the backdrop and atmosphere for this image. As a full time professional landscape photographer, there’s something enlightening and personal about being able to spend time with Mother Nature. Now don’t get me wrong, we all love to capture pretty pictures but to truly have a connection with the landscape is when you are able to create remarkable images.

I’ve been visiting and teaching workshops in the Grand Teton National Park since 2005 and I have to admit that it never gets boring or mundane. There’s always something new and exciting to photograph and let’s be honest, who could get tired of looking at that landscape.

As a workshop instructor, you wouldn’t be doing a good job if you didn’t allow your clients to capture a few of the classic iconic images and an image of Oxbow Bend is certainly a classic. During our 2012 autumn workshop, I had taken the group to capture sunrise with amazing results. However, as the day progressed and the storm clouds rolled through the light started to really become wonderful and as we all know, “photography is all about the light” and being able to capture extraordinary light is truly the key to success.

When you have a lot of ground to cover and only so much time to do it we don’t normally visit the same place twice during a workshop but there are always exceptions to the rules. So, we headed back up to Oxbow Bend to see if we could capture a reflection with the storm clouds and I have to admit my hunch certainly paid off allowing me to capture this amazing image of Oxbow bend with the storm light. When you’re teaching a workshop you never seem to have much time to capture your own images because you’re busy helping and instructing others but here the light was so amazing that I couldn’t resist firing off a shot.

A lot of people will say “boy you got lucky with this one” but I believe a well-prepared photographer will make his own luck by knowing how to read the light and being in the right place at the right time with the knowledge to capture what is presented before you.

Best of Light,

“Oxbow Bend Glory”


Good morning,

The majority of the time, planning and preparation will overcome blind luck. In this image of Oxbow Bend, the forecast was for partly cloudy skies in the morning so I decided taking our group up for a sunrise would be a good idea. As you can see we certainly weren’t disappointed!


  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @62mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/4 seconds
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,


“Snake River Overlook”


2011-1346Good morning,

As a landscape photographer I get to spend some true quality time in the great outdoors. It’s amazing the solitude and peacefulness of an early morning or late evening visit with Mother Nature and how it recharges the soul.

This is a classic image of the Teton Mountains and the Snake River, made famous by Ansel Adams in 1942. It still has that amazing, timeless and mysterious draw for thousands upon thousands of people every year!

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

― Henry David Thoreau,


  • Nikon D3
  • Tamron Lens –28-75mm f/2.8 Di
  • Gitzo GT3541xls Tripod
  • Lee Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs Software
  • Nik Collection by Google
  • Exposure – 1/10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,