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8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Social Media

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About three years ago I decided to say adieu to my facebook page. I almost went to the extreme of deleting my account, but decided that perhaps down the road I might find some use in it. I went almost two yeas without logging into my account and then one day figured what they hey and logged back in, luckily, with a completely different perspective than I began with two years prior.¬†Below are the questions that inspired my leave of abscense and my own personal asnwers at the time. How do I feel when I am using social media? I…

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Nevada Darkness

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There is something about the awesome power of light and it’s ability to pierce through the darkness in the most tender yet dramatic ways. Perhaps it is that power that drives me underground and that motivates me to sit for hours under a starlit sky listening quiet undulations of my own breath, the drone of my heart, the howl of distant and not so distant coyotes, and the gentle yet persistent shush of the wind. Or maybe it’s just insanity. Either way it is a very pleasant place to be.

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Smog over Salt Lake Valley at dawn

Learning to See Clearly

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Sometimes we discover our greatest opportunities when we learn to sacrifice our immediate desires in order to follow our intuition. A big part of this is learning to move with the ebbs and flows of life and stop trying to control that which we have no control over, or that which only causes us pain and frustration when we try and control it. It means letting go and moving forward despite the pain and discomfort of the unpracticed and unfamiliar. Continually searching for new opportunities and embracing them when they pass our way. I learned to see more clearly this…

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Canyonlands National Park

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Sometimes, though it may seem better at the moment to travel somewhere else to get the great shot, where you are can be just as good if not better. The day had been long, Michelle, our 4 month old daughter Sierra, and I were tired from trying to care for Sierra on this, her first camping trip, and we were just getting dinner started. As we had gotten a late start that morning we were unable to secure a campground within Canyonlands National Park and now I felt myself getting particular antsy because I wanted to hurry up and scarf…

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Zion National Park Overlook

Zion National Park

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Adaptation seems to be the name of the game when it comes to photographing the natural world. Even when the weather report cooperates it doesn’t necessarily mean that the weather will actually follow suit. For our short weekend field trip for the SLCC Nature Photography class we had hoped for a beautiful sunset, crystal clear night skies, and a glorious sunrise. Instead we got a sunset that was consumed by the shadow of giants, a hazy night sky, and an overcast sunrise. Disappointing to some, but full of possibilities for those of us who have trained our vision to see…

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Slowing Down

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The one thing I have noticed with the proliferation of the digital medium is what I refer to as “good enough” syndrome. We snap, snap, snap without even thinking and enjoying that which lies before us. The internal dialog may go something like this, “Should I snap it? I don’t know if it is really that great of a shot. What am I thinking, it’s digital.” Snap. Snap. Snap. And we head home with a massive¬†collection of digital data, most of which will serve only to hog space on our hard drive. Consequently, that one great shot, may be easily…

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Winter in the Canyon

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I think the hardest thing about shooting in the winter is finding the motivation to get up early and head out into the mountains when the temperatures are so bitterly cold. But then I was reading in People magazine about a woman who holds a pre-school for ages 3-6 in the forests of Washington and tells the children the following: There is no bad weather, only bad clothes. Once you arrive at your destination, or the beginning of your journey, it never really seems to be as bad as your mind made it out to be while you were laying…

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Reasons Not to Stay Inside

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At 8:00 in the morning I debate as to whether or not I should go out. The weatherman was once again wrong and a sky that was supposed to be “partly cloudy” has turned out to be “mostly rainy” with a mix of snow. Despite the turn I decide to chance it. The parking lot at the trailhead is completely empty and it’s not hard to see why. The good thing is that I don’t have to worry about overheating on the way up the trail. On the way up, neither the light nor the landscape being particularly pleasing this…

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