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The Photographic Adventures of Bat Dog!

I’ve been having a lot of fun making these images. Who doesn’t love cute dog costumes? I made a YouTube video to go along with it. The first one was so successful I figured might as well keep this momentum going! Check out the video for the behind the scenes of making these images come to life.

My First YouTube Episode!

I’m excited to present my first YouTube Video! In it I explore the old with the new(ish) in photography. It just goes to show you that despite the fact that new things in photography are being introduced all the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need it to accomplish a shot.

I had so much fun making this video, it was really refreshing to express myself through a different medium. It also gave me some new found respect for a lot of Youtubers. Talking to a camera is tough. So far the reaction from people has been overwhelming positive. I’m already starting to write new episodes and concepts and I’m pumped to share with you in the future!

Getting Creative When the World Is On Fire

I awoke to look outside my window and thought that it was 5AM. I thought I must have set my alarm wrong but no, it was just the apocalypse and in a strange but sad way, it was really beautiful. So I hopped on my phone and texted my friends who run a next level clothing company Saw-USA and asked if they would like to venture out there and make something beautiful with me. One thing that you can say about my creative friends if there’s an opportunity to create something they will. With almost no time they managed to track down two amazing models, get them fitted and we were off.

I’ve never shot in conditions like this, it was so surreal, I didn’t want to edit these photos too much because the more I did, they seemed to lose their magic. Before I started shooting I created a color-accurate custom white balance because I knew my camera would try to auto-correct the orange all around us and turn it grey. So what you’re seeing here is mostly straight out of camera. I hope you enjoy them.

My Tour of the American West

When the world is in chaos, and you find yourself fearing checking the news feeds every morning, it’s time for a break.I took some time to go hit the road with one of my best friends. Our mission was simple, go see some places we’ve never been, and try to stay out of cell service as much as possible. We traveled about 3,000 miles in my Outback around the American West to go see some of our country’s greatest treasures, our National Parks.

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Before starting our journey through these parks we took some time up in Coeur d’Alene Idaho for some R&R. We fished, sailed, kayaked all over the lake, laid out on the dock and let ourselves slip into vacation mode. On our 14 hour drive up to Idaho I looked up in the sky and noticed we were close to a new moon. I thanked myself right then for bringing my tripod. I’ve always wanted to take a stab at astrophotography. So I waited till I thought it was dark enough and set up my tripod overlooking the lake and you can see the results below. After a few more days of living the good life it was time to hit the road.

Our first park we stopped in was Yellowstone, it’s difficult to describe because I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like being on another planet, with barren features and bubbling mud pits, the smell of sulphur in the air – you almost expect to see aliens come around the corner any minute. Then you go through the other side of the park, see the great plains and the herds of buffalo you suddenly get transported to a western flick and feel like a real American cowboy. It’s truly a spectacular place. The next park we visited was my personal favorite of this trip.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Tetons are something to behold, as cliche as it is to say, you really have to see them to believe them. Most of my backpacking adventures have taken place in the Sierras of California which I thought were truly rugged, then I saw the Teton Mountains. They stick up like daggers in the sky surrounded by boulder fields. A place I plan on returning to with my climbing gear.

The Grand Tetons
The Grand Tetons

Our last stop on our tour of the American West was Zion National Park. It’s such a beauty, also with a very unique layout. I’ve never driven through a park and felt like I was on a Disney ride. It has an immaculate two lane red road through the park. It takes you through a huge tunnel to reveal a magnificent canyon that you begin the winding decent into. All to end up with you finishing at the gift shop/ranger station. With the Covid-19 situation going on, most of the Park was limited but it was just the taste I needed to get me to come back and do some real exploring.

Zion National Park

When I go on a trip my main goal is to take in my experience to the fullest. A lot of times that means leaving my camera at home. If I am taking pictures I use my phone for personal moments. This trip was different, I wanted to challenge myself to do something that I don’t normally do, landscape photography. It’s not something I’ve had too much interest in to be honest unless that involved me going full Ansel Adams and using a large-format camera. This year has been different though. This virus has tested my patience again and again, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s taught me to take it slow, be kind to myself. If you spend enough time locked in a house during COVID one of two things is going to happen, either you’re going to be better to yourself, or you’re going to be miserable. Part of being better to myself is forcing myself to do things I normally wouldn’t do to break habits. So that’s how we ended up with this black and white series. I hope you enjoy them.

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