Q Martin@jamesqmartin

Photographer|Filmmaker|Conservationist|Nat Geo Adventure Contributor |


Walking from my office to dinner, I was struck by the double rainbows arcing across the dark sky. I had a feeling that the post monsoon storm was going to bring epic light. As I walked, I snapped a couple pics, and kept looking for something to tie it all together... yet nothing was really catching my eye. When I got to the train tracks and historic station, I begin to sniff out a composition. I was getting nervous as the sun was getting low on the horizon and I was already late for my dinner engagement, I prayed a train would come through town. I knew if one did I would need to move quick to get the shot. Then I heard the whistle of the train and it was heading westbound, as an eastbound would have not worked. I ran, sprinting for the puddle, I am sure the train conductor was like... “come on guy, don’t run towards a train post rain storm!” I made it to this rain puddle, got low just before the locomotive got to this moment and shot 5 frames as fast as my iphone would allow. Then just like that it was over, Henri Cartier-Bresson referred to this as, “the decisive moment” where luck, some skill and quick moves make a beautiful capture that is gone as fast as it came.
#iphoneography #iphone #train #rainbow #decisive #moment #storm #iphone8


Photographer @chrisburkard takes the #patagonia commute to work via the zip line - shot during an assignment for @djiglobal with an all star crew:
@chrisburkard @_ryanhill_ @renan_ozturk @standtallest @uavantage @andresbozzolo


Happy World Elephant Day! To celebrate, I wanted to share with you the work of my friend and colleague @amivitale on Reteti Elephant Sanctuary @r.e.s.c.u.e, the first every community owned and operated elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is a blue print for modern conservation efforts by African communities. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.
You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti at prizeo.com/elephants and you will be entered to win a 7-day Kenyan safari and a second trip to see Dave Matthews Band in concert. Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. 👆🏼Link in profile 👆🏼 #saveelephants #stoppoaching @conservationorg @nrt_kenya @sararacamp @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @thephotosociety @nature_africa @magicalkenya @savetheelephants #elephant #retetielephants #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


In the office with the Friday’s thirst for being outside... thinking about what kind of adventure I can get myself into once I get out from all these computers & deadlines. 📷artist, entrepreneur & climber @jer.collins cruising a classic line in Eldorado Canyon.


@yosemitenps is currently closed due to the #fergusonfire - @bethrodden recently posted on her blog (link above 👆🏼) about the two #firefighters who have lost their lives battling this fire. She has links where you can go to help these families as well donate to #california fire foundation - 🙏🏽 for a rain / change in Yosemite & across the entire state of #california 📷 @leo_houlding giving it his all in @yosemitenps


That moment when you have sent (climbed) the hard bits & now face the top out.... if you are a climber & have bouldered a 20’ climb rope less you know this feeling well . 🧗🏻‍♀️ @jessagoebel


Climbing with @sierrablaircoyl is always good times - she has laser focus, yet doesn’t take her to herself to seriously.


That moment when you get air back in your lungs and appreciate the landscape you’ve traveled across by human power...


It’s amazing to me how cameras and photography have changed in my 20 year career. There are so many more channels to share images on since I dropped out of college and began this career path. I am stoked on the continued evolution of the medium & the ways to share stories through the lens of photography. While rappelling into climb the route, “Good Evans” with my homie @jer.collins - we got to preview the climb as Jonathan White ( @elvesandmagic ) styled the climb. I only had my #iphone with me so I quickly snapped a couple pics and continued down the ropes.... happily knowing we would be in this exact place in less than hours time.


“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” John Muir


My brotha of another Motha @jer.collins clothing company @meridian_line is taking off like a rocket... if your not familiar with his art & their products follow the links back, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
This image was taken during the making of “DRAWN” a multi year film project Jer, myself and many others embarked on years back... #drawn #notanadd


“It’s a rare to work in a field where friends are also your heroes” - @bcolective
A couple months back @clifbar asked me to take a series of portraits of some of their athletes during @mountainfilm - I decided to capture them using film & on an old skool medium format camera - with tons of help of Eric Adolphi @sandcrash
By order here are the folks I was honored to Photograph for #clifbar Atheltes: @carolinegleich ski ambassador & conservaionist -
@hilareenelson ski mountaineer, Mommabear & inspiration - @thatdakotajones trailer runner & activities @forrestshearer snowboarding ambassador & climate spokensman -
Other friends who I capture images that same day @renan_ozturk + @taylorfreesolo athletes, story tellers & love birds - @jimwmorrison who recently skied Everest & one of the most respected big mountain skiers in the world - @coryrichards story teller for @natgeo & one of the funniest people you will meet - @kwfleischman dog lover, friend and marketing guru - @sandcrash epic photog, Dad, Husband & Macgyver - lastly is a pic of me that @sandcrash was kind enough to shoot. Most of us are at @outdoorretailer the gathering of our friends who are also our heroes & I’m damn proud to be part of this tribe of athlete conservationists!