Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Behind the Lens: Keeping my eye out

The fact that I get to be in so many spectacular locations makes me want to take care of the places that I frequent. I get to see first hand how the location is being treated by it's visitors. I spent this morning checking the condition of every dispersed campsite at the Buttermilks. After a quick evaluation on my motorcycle I went back and cleaned up nearly 20 lbs of other people's trash. It was the least I could do for a place that has given me so much.

Today's Shot 370

Following the path of least resistance - California

Photographer Note: I love looking at a mountain peak and figuring out how to get there without a trail. It puts you into a different state of mind when you're making the route up as you go along. It's also a lot more fun!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Behind the Lens: " Yard Sale "

Before I go on any trip I "yard sale" my gear for the task at hand. I had been camping in my van, fishing, riding my dirt bike and now was headed into the backcountry for a quick one-nighter high in the snow. After years of travel my system is getting dialed in to where I'm prepared to photograph almost any type of scenario.

Today's Shot 369

Ryan Campagna cooking up a backcountry feast below Matterhorn Peak - California

Photographer Note: The crunch of ice axes and crampons echoed amongst the granite amphitheater as we climbed to basecamp. This is a spectacular place to explore and find solitude. There's nothing better than unzipping your tent door to this kind of backcountry in the morning.