14,179 Feet Above

At 14,179 feet Hiking Mount Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascades AND one of the most physically draining treks I have ever done. Here my brother, Jonathan, and close climbing partner Tracy are ascending (going up) Mt Shasta. We started at our trek up the 14 thousand foot mountain at midnight and around 1am all I could do was look up and watch the milky way arc across the sky above us. It felt as though we were walking on the moon – I couldn’t get enough of it. The rest of the trek was just as difficult as I thought it would be, like the last time I hiked it 4 years ago. To put the size of this mountain into a visual perspective: Empire State Building in NY is 1,250 feet tall. Transamerica Pyramid in SF is 853 feet tall. If you can visualize stacking the Empire State Building in New York just over 5.5 times, that’s the height of this mountain…OR take San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica building and stack that building a bit over 8 times and you’ve got Mount Shasta. We carry our backpacks full of food, water, safety supplies, extra gear, gloves, goggles..and for me a 7lb camera the entire way up and down. The different types of feelings and emotions one can experience during something like this is priceless. You can go from the most upset you’ve been all year, to instantly feeling the largest waves of euphoria you’ve felt in your entire life all within a few hours of each... View More »

She said YES!

“Are you busy this weekend, I might need to hire you for something huge!” was the message I received a week ago. A close friend of mine Nick decided it was time to tie the knot between his girlfriend Lindsay and him. He had just about everything planned out to surprise her with the big question. Wine tasting at a few different locations with my camera and I hidden in the bushes ready to capture the moment. I did a great job of staying hidden, both Lindsay and Nick didn’t see me until I walked out from behind the curtain. Here is their special... View More »

First Milkyway 2014

The Milkyway Galaxy isn’t viewable to the human eyes from everywhere, nor is it viewable all the time in the locations it can be seen. Typically people in the Lake Tahoe area can see the milky way band in the summer. Though if you’re up to the challenge you can see it in early March right before the sun rises. A friend of mine Justin Majeczky (www.varient3.com) asked if I wanted to tag along to go take photos of this beautiful view we are lucky enough to have. Here are the first three photos I captured of the milky way this season. Prints can always be purchased in my shop.... View More »

Castle Peak Backcountry Snowboarding

Castle Peak is known to be one of the “gnarly” backcountry zones of Lake Tahoe. Its a 30-45 minute snowmobile ride just to get to the “zone” – IF – someone has already blazed a trail through the fresh snow. This morning I went with someone well rounded in this area and he was blazing the first rail out to the zone from the trailhead by 8am. I’ve lived in the area for 4 years and this was my first time being back here. Lucky for me, I have just enough skills on my snowmobile to ride with all my snowboarding gear & camera gear on my back. I felt like every previous snowmobile adventure was practice for this moment. 2 feet of fresh snow, steep hills and camera gear. Talk about being in the right place at the right time? Here are some photos, two of the photos I did not take…because I’m the subject riding. San Francisco, aerial photography San Francisco San Francisco The new bay bridge San Francisco Giants stadium San Francisco aerial photography Metal Print with Black Shadow Frame Metal Print with Frame Metal Print with Hanger Metal Print Only Metal Print Only... View More »

Bonsai Rock – Printable Up To 6 Feet Wide

Bonsai rock is an iconic location in Lake Tahoe that I’ve been frequenting to photograph. I have been going to this location for a few years looking for the right timing and colors for the best photo. This day was finally one of those days that tested my patience. Tahoe was in the middle of a storm cycle that was piling up on the mountains and almost every road making it difficult to get in location. Luckily I was able to get into location and watch the sky open up for just a few minutes at lake level. Every direction other than the one you see here was in complete snow heaven. This is one of the largest prints I have available, which is up to 6 feet wide and can be found... View More »

Peter Grubb Hut

The Sierra Club has four hidden huts in the Sierra Nevada’s. Naturally since I’m an outdoor enthusiast that likes to be in the mountains, camp, hike and everything in between – I’m drawn to such things like a hidden hut. This is the second time I had the pleasure of camping out in one of these huts. Last year the same group of friends and I decided to go to Bradley Hut and this year we decided to make it out to the Peter Grubb hut. This hut is quite a bit larger, has a bit of an easier hike, and even had two rooms on the first floor!   We got two full days of backcountry splitboarding in. We nailed some of the most amazing corn snow without a cloud in sight. I’m blessed to be invited to such an amazing event with wonderful people. Which brings me to my next topic… Everyone that attends a trip like this seems to be like-minded and open minded. We had 17 people in this hut. Most of which had only ever met once before at the previous hut trip… yet we all got along like we had been best friends forever. Everyone has their own coffee setups in the morning, their own packing techniques and special “doodads” – my special thing was gummy bears and a nice camera to capture the weekend. Another friend brought high quality whiskey for everyone to enjoy. Another close friend of mine brought a solar panel and a mini wireless boom box so we could play some tunes and recharge our batteries.   The overall experience when putting yourself into a potentially uncomfortable situation where you have to sleep shoulder-to-shoulder next to someone you might know close to nothing about, is very humbling. You create friendships that you might not otherwise had built. You make similar connections in a place like this, like you would... View More »

Oakley’s O-Lab

One of my clients Eric Davis, former SEAL sniper instructor, over at www.theloadoutroom.com has built a great relationship with Oakley over the years of his service. We arranged a “behind the scenes” shoot of what they’ve got going on over at the “O-Lab” in the military department. We got the grand tour and explanation about how the lenses and technology that go into every product. I had no idea when I walked through the front doors, but you can actually shoot a pellet directly at any authentic Oakley lens at 130 feet per second and it wont shatter. As well as dropping a weight directly onto its face…   Now to take that into a real life situation, think about skiing, mountain biking or any sort of action sports situation. If a branch smacks you in the face or another skier slams into you. Then your lenses will NOT shatter into your eye. Keeping your vision safe. On the tour we also got to learn about some amazing technology they are working on…but thats not due to come out until fall. So stay tuned for when I can talk about that... View More »

Michelle and Otis

My older sister Michelle, and husband Otis have been together for just over 10 years now. I was lucky enough to put together a video of their wedding day and now had the pleasure of being the first to welcome their new son to the world. Here are a few photos from just an hour after birth. Had he waited another day they would have been blessed with a wonderful 10 year anniversary present.         I cannot wait to take this little guy up some mountains… off some cliffs jumps and skydiving out of some airplanes... View More »

San Francisco’s Birds Eye View

After the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest  I decided to stick around the the San Francisco area a few days to do some surfing of my own while waiting for the right flying weather. The day had finally come. The weather was predicted to have a bit of fog rolling in right as the sun was setting. This was all the right ingredients for some fantastic photos from above San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. I rallied up a few friends and managed to connect the right dots with Verticle CFI, a San Francisco based helicopter tour company that is now well known for private photography tours. A quick phone call later and we had lift with the doors off. Hanging out of a helicopter isn’t exactly new to me. I’ve done it a few different times both for work as well as personal. However hanging out of a helicopter above the Golden Gate Bridge is never something I imaged I would be doing. Let alone capturing some of the most beautiful photos. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the flight and around the city, enjoy.... View More »

Mavericks

I had the opportunity to go to this years Mavericks big wave contest. My brother has been working with K38 water rescue for the past decade or so. He’s been saving lives, teaching people how to save lives and making a big difference in the big wave surfing community. Since my brother has been around this scene for so long he’s got me access that NO MEDIA can get. I was able to get into the founder Jeff Clarke’s shaping room and board room where all the best big wave surfers from around the world store their “Mavericks Guns” – this was really special to me since I’m also a surfer. I could connect on so many different levels…I was on cloud nine. I was able to see, touch and photograph some of the winning boards ridden on some of the biggest waves in the world by a handful of the best surfers in the world. Talk about a dream come true?! This year I was able to attend camera in hand, and since no one is allowed to watch from the beach I had some of the best front row seating. I was on Jeff Clarke’s personal boat shooting from the inside channel. Where pretty much only competitors and the judges were allowed to be. The size, sound and feel of these waves are astronomical. They literally shake your bones…and if they don’t you’ve never ridden any sized wave. Bravo to everyone involved that made for a great contest and congrats to Twiggy for winning the... View More »

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