“Chiaroscuro, from the Italian for “light/dark” is the use of contrasts of light and shadow as a modeling technique for achieving the illusion of plasticity and three dimensional volume in a two dimensional drawing or painting.” from Walter Issacson’s book Leonardo Da Vinci. Learning from the master. ________________________________________________________#naturephotography#olddawgnewtricks#shotoniphone
Go at 2018 like…. ________________________________________________________ What if wildlife is really here to teach us about commonality? We can all see a bull elk and appreciate it’s beauty no matter what your ethnic, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. It’s hard to deny beauty in nature no matter where you’re from. Maybe that’s the most important part of all this social media hoopla. I hope over the course of the upcoming year to use this feed as a source for simply bringing people together from different backgrounds to appreciate the world around us. As they say, Keep it Simple right? We don’t need barriers if we can stand on common ground. I think that’s probably the most important lesson that wildlife has taught me. Here’s to attacking your own personal goals in 2018.
We didn’t really know what we were doing because no-one had done it before. Sure people have gotten footage of mountain lions, but we began a deep dive into the lives of specific individuals over the course of what ended up being the next couple of years while following these groups of cat’s, gathering footage for @natgeowild ’s American Cougar. We had primarily been focusing on finding kills of both collared and un collared cats in northwest Wyoming. While the kill idea definitely worked, I thought we needed to start focusing on other aspects of the kill site to start getting some different footage and mix it up. I figured if we could find their day bed, or where they will spend the day sleeping we could put a camera there and potentially get something unique. I was working for cinematographer @jeffhoganfilms and as any true mentor should, he always pushed me to go out and try and shoot something better than he did. He allowed me the freedom to make mistakes. That’s the only way you’ll get better in this game. We had some of the best times out there figuring it out as we went, just ecstatic when we’d get a shot, trying to help each other figure it out when we wouldn’t. Thanks Jeff. . •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #cats#cougars#mountains#wildlife
After yesterday’s post, It’s fun to think back on old stories, and think about what they mean now (and what they don’t). I got asked one time what would be the ultimate assignment for me. After thinking about it for a while, I said that I thought it would be awesome to be the first person sent to Mars on an assignment for @natgeo. They laughed and said “No Really”. Apparently they didn’t know I’ve been practicing. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#reddesert#wyoming#thatswy
I was told once that photography wasn’t a team sport. I believed the person that told me this for a little while but as I thought about it, I realized that they couldn’t be further from the truth. Especially today, with social media and how connected we all are. I probably would’ve hung it up a while ago if it wasn’t for all of you out there supporting what I’m doing and showing that love through this platform. It’s not much, but the least I can do is offer some free wallpapers for your phone as a way to say thanks for the support over the years. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Click on the link in my bio to download one of the 4 free wallpapers you can see above, a selection of some of my highest engaging posts for 2017, and don’t forget to tag your friends! THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING PART OF THE TEAM!! Excited to see where we go in 2018. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#wallpapers#wildlifephotography#nosponsorsneeded
"The Federal Government has a responsibility to manage wisely those public lands and forests under its jurisdiction necessary in the interest of the public as a whole. ... In the utilization of these lands, the people are entitled to expect that their timber, minerals, streams and water supply, wildlife and recreational values should be safeguarded, improved and made available not only for this but for future generations.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower #grandstaircaseescalante#publiclandsdebate#monuments
Excited to be planning trips back to Alaska to continue working with @yukoncharleywolves on our long term wolf project, tackling issues of wolf management, caribou herd management and public lands this is truly a great assignment and awesome project to be a part of in a pristine wilderness setting. Looking forward to shining a little light on this issue in 2018.