For the month of July, I am releasing a 12×18″ Fine Art Print of “Fire and Ice” printed on Fujichrome Super Gloss at a discounted price of $100.00. I made this image in the high country of the Indian Peaks Wilderness at Blue Lakes under the Continental Divide. The hike up was tough and I encountered down pours, sleet and sub freezing temps in order to be on location for the sweet light.
SuperGloss uses a unique polyester base that give it an incredible gloss and creates a depth and dimensionality that has to be seen to be believed. This depth helps SuperGloss prints reflect more light which makes them more brilliant than other papers, and the colors are deeper and richer than even Pearl or Metallic papers. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks to receive your signed print via Fed Ex.
I spent a long 3 day weekend camping and hiking with my son Phoenix in the Mountains of West Virginia and western Maryland. On Sunday, we hiked and scrambled down to Elakala Falls and Second Falls of Shays Run. After climbing around on the rocks and waiting in the plunge pool below the falls, I took a chance to work a few comps of the scene. For this shot I was in the water with Phoenix. He was kind enough to hold the shutter release and trip the shot when i told him I was ready. Great kid!!
Behind the Rocks bathed in sunset light under the La Sal Mountains from Poision Spider Mesa, Moab, Utah
I made this image on the last night of another epic western trip to Colorado to shoot wildflowers and monsoon light and then a brief foray into Moab to work some desert light before heading back. On this fateful eve, myself and fellow photographers Alex Mody and Chris Kayler took Alex’s tricked out 4×4 monster FJ up onto Poison Spider Mesa to shoot this not so iconic location from a spot about 2/3 of the way up the mesa. The trail was rough and involved some serious rock crawling and super technical 4×4 maneuvering to get to our intended spot. Arriving with a couple of hours to spare before sunset, we decided to venture onward and upward towards the top of the mesa. The road continued to deteriorate, but we landed safely on top with no problem, or so we thought!!
As we turned around at the top of the loop and began back down on flat and smooth packed dirt, we felt the truck buckle and bounce on the driver side. Thinking at first we had hit a rock or were perhaps dragging something, Alex stopped the truck to inspect. To our horror the axle had snapped at the joint and the tire was buckled under the front of the car. Now that was an OH SHIT moment for sure! With no other options, we put on our backs what we could carry and began the long 5 mile walk down the mesa to the trail head where my Element was parked. Not being able to get to our original shooting location in time, I settled for a telephoto comp as the light broke and bathed the fins of Behind the Rocks in glowing red light for only moments before the sun disappeared once again behind monsoon clouds on the western horizon. As we made our way down the trail in the gathering darkness, I was struck by the unconditional beauty and unforgiving nature of the desert and just how lucky we were to have broken down on this evening in the the land of burning rock and big sky.
Porphyry Basin Falls at sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado.
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I just returnd home from a 14 day trip to Acadia National Park on the rugged coast of Maine. I worked the light and the weather every day from before sunrise at 3;30am until well after sunset each night. While many of the days were socked in with rain and fog, those rare moments when the weather and light came together made all my long hours and work worth the while. You can view a selection of my top 20 images from the trip on my website. Just follow the link below to have a look! Thanks in advance, Joe.
My profile with Outdoor Photographer magazine is now live on the OP website. Look for the interview in print in the June edition of the magazine.