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This is a photo-journal of my life in the outdoors. I am a photographer, but some are taken with a a cell-phone, some with point-and-shoot cameras, and others with my professional cameras/lenses.

 

This first bunch is in no particular order because I grabbed them off facebook so they would be web resolution, thus they got renamed and shuffled.

 

These are from various hikes in the Southeast (Pisgah, Caesar's Head, Cade's Cove), our honeymoon in Maui. While in Maui, we rappelled waterfalls and hiked in the Haleakala Crater for about 11.5 miles at elevations from 8,000-10,000 feet. It was a blast!

 

Other photos include things from climbing trips, climbing at my local gym (one shot has me doing bat-hang sit-ups with one foot. This is where you hang by your toes and do an inverted sit-up, great core exercise!!).

 

I'll be sure to add to the thread as time goes on and as I sort through all of our outdoors photos!

 

Thanks for viewing!!

 

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the boulder and the black and white photo, are those taken in new Hampshire, north Conway or pawtukaway state park. the area looks familiar.

 

They were taken at Rumbling Bald in Chimney Rock, NC. Some good climbing there. I've never been to NH, how is it?

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They were taken at Rumbling Bald in Chimney Rock, NC. Some good climbing there. I've never been to NH, how is it?

its fantastic in north Conway up in the white mountains. I climbed at Whitehorse and cathedral as well as some bouldering in pawtuckaway state park.  (I fell in love with granite after being a limestone climber most my life in the Midwest)  my x wife was from new Hampshire so we vacationed there a few times. we hiked up mt kearsarge north on our honeymoon and I rode a bike up (and down, lol) mt kearsarge south.  I don't climb anymore but I put in about 20 years climbing. mostly locally. I did climb at garden of the gods in Colorado when I was 17. that's what got me started.

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buy the way, great pictures! and welcome back, not sure if you were around yet when I started on the forum, if not nice meeting you. I look forward to more pics and your posts (I think it was you that did the bamboo saw video)

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Cool pics!

 

Thanks!

 

its fantastic in north Conway up in the white mountains. I climbed at Whitehorse and cathedral as well as some bouldering in pawtuckaway state park.  (I fell in love with granite after being a limestone climber most my life in the Midwest)  my x wife was from new Hampshire so we vacationed there a few times. we hiked up mt kearsarge north on our honeymoon and I rode a bike up (and down, lol) mt kearsarge south.  I don't climb anymore but I put in about 20 years climbing. mostly locally. I did climb at garden of the gods in Colorado when I was 17. that's what got me started.

 

Awesome! I bet that was a ton of fun in Colorado! I love biking too. I'm more into mountain biking. I've ridden on the road a few times. The last time I did I got clipped by a car going through a turn....I wasn't too fond of it so I stopped then and there LOL.

 

buy the way, great pictures! and welcome back, not sure if you were around yet when I started on the forum, if not nice meeting you. I look forward to more pics and your posts (I think it was you that did the bamboo saw video)

 

Thanks! Nice meeting you too. Yep, that was me! haha I really need to redo that video. I did that when I was first starting out with video.

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I raced time trials on road bikes and xc on mt. Bikes. I have 3 state championships in time trials.  I broke my ankle and ended up not being able toride for a few years. Now Iim just getting back into cycling now. Got me an old school schwin full suspention mt bike for off road. I still need a good road bike. Sold mine back when I couldnt ride and needed the money. They say you know your a cyclist when you own your car but make payments on your bike.  Lol

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Yikes, that sucks. Awesome job on the championships though!! Schwin makes some nice bikes. I've got an older Cannondale hard tail that I've revamped and replaced everything on it. It's such a good frame I can't bear to part with it.

 

Yeah....that's when you know you're a cyclist at heart! hahaha

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They make some nice ones for sure! I couldn't justify the extra $$ for a full suspension, so I added the Cane Creek Thudbuster to mine. It works wonders!

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They make some nice ones for sure! I couldn't justify the extra $$ for a full suspension, so I added the Cane Creek Thudbuster to mine. It works wonders!

I had shock absorbing seat post on my hard tail. I like the traction I get going uphill's with the full sus especially in the loose stuff. and im old, I need all the shock absorption I can get.  :P

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Damn brother, great photos!  What are you shooting with?

 

It looks like you've been all over the place, I love the different locations?

 

What kind of Osprey pack do you have there?  I'm looking at getting a Kestrel 32 as a dayhike/overnight pack.

 

Again, great having you back man!

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I had shock absorbing seat post on my hard tail. I like the traction I get going uphill's with the full sus especially in the loose stuff. and im old, I need all the shock absorption I can get.  :P

 

Haha, I know the feeling. The softer, the better!

 

Damn brother, great photos!  What are you shooting with?

 

It looks like you've been all over the place, I love the different locations?

 

What kind of Osprey pack do you have there?  I'm looking at getting a Kestrel 32 as a dayhike/overnight pack.

 

Again, great having you back man!

 

Thanks, it's my passion! The better ones were with a Canon 5DmkII, others a 5DmkIII. Lenses range from a 24-70mm 2.8L, 35mm 1.4L, to 70-200mmIS 2.8L. I just picked up a 100mmIS Macro 2.8L; can't wait to take it on the next outing!

 

Yeah, I've been a few places. I have a ton more photos from a lot of other places, lots of wildlife photos (my true passion). I will definitely be sure to post some of them. Just have to sort through and pick my favorites out of them. We did some work for a state park near us and got a TON of photos. I'll try to get some of those up later this afternoon/evening.

 

The pack is an Osprey-Moosejaw Esteban Collaborative pack. It was made by Moosejaw and Osprey. I was a gear tester for Moosejaw for it, so it was free  :hugegrin: It's a great day-pack. I also use it for pretty much everything (climbing gear to the gym, workout clothes & shoes to the gym, camera when I don't want to use a "HEY LOOK I HAVE A CAMERA IN THIS BACKPACK" backpack LOL.

 

I've heard good things about the Kestral. You can't go wrong with anything Osprey. I'm an REI addict LOL. I was in the market for a new multi-day pack last fall and ended up getting the REI XT85 http://www.rei.com/product/844652/rei-xt-85-pack. I cannot say enough good things about this pack. It carries well, is very comfortable for me and I'm 6'4'' and about 190 pounds. I am tempted to do a review video on it when I have the time. So far, I've just been able to take it out for a few hours here and there getting used to it and adjusting to that perfect fit. It may end up being April after I've had some good hikes with it. I've weighted it down up to 45# and did a 3-mile ruck, followed by a 1 mile run with it on. It did amazingly well on the run, lol. I wasn't sure how it would do with that size and weight. The only reason I ran is because a guy I have run some races with came up behind me on the trail just as I was finishing my ruck. I decided to mess with him a do my best to stay in front of him as long as I could. He told me to throw the pack down and let him hop on my back  :rofl:

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Here are some photos from a state park we shot for. They have a few rangers that go out and talk to schools letting the kids know the park is there and what kinds of things they have to offer. They get a packet of stuff to take, but none of it is from their park. So we provided them with images of what the kids can really see when they visit.

 

90%+ of these shots were from a John Boat. We were filming and photographing and it was WINDY, made it a nightmare to shoot haha.

 

On the first outing, the Bald Eagle would fly off as soon as we got within 200 yards or so. After a week of shooting everyday we were able to get within 50 yards. It was an unbelievable experience. He would just sit there and watch what we were doing.

 

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More to come!

 

ETA: Yeah I didn't wait for the afternoon...lol...I got antsy and squeezed it in before I have to leave.

 

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Damn brother!  I shoot with a T4i right now. I want to upgrade to full frame eventually. I've got a 60mm f/2.8 macro, a 17-50mm f/2.8, a 50mm f/1.8, a 70-300mm f/3.5-4.8 (I want to seel that and upgrade to a 70-200), and a 11-17 f/2.8.

 

Not the best, but for my budget and what I do it works.

 

How did you get to go pro?  What's your story?  Its my goal to eventually get into pro work.

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Great Pics!!!  You have an eye for photography for sure!  Thanks for sharing them with us.

 

 

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Thanks! I'm glad you've enjoyed them!

 

 

Damn brother!  I shoot with a T4i right now. I want to upgrade to full frame eventually. I've got a 60mm f/2.8 macro, a 17-50mm f/2.8, a 50mm f/1.8, a 70-300mm f/3.5-4.8 (I want to seel that and upgrade to a 70-200), and a 11-17 f/2.8.

 

Not the best, but for my budget and what I do it works.

 

How did you get to go pro?  What's your story?  Its my goal to eventually get into pro work.

 

Cool! You've got a good start. You can do a lot with that macro. The best investment for the macro end of things would be a decent tripod and a shutter release.

 

I've toyed with a few fish-eye lenses, and like them, but just cannot justify the expense for what I would use it for haha.

 

Do you shoot in manual?

 

I got started shooting at my aunt's wedding in Michigan years ago with a point and shoot camera. That gave me the bug LOL. My dad and I started an electrical business about 10 years ago, and that gave me the money to invest in pro-grade equipment. I toyed around with it for a while, put it up for about 2 years when work went crazy good, and then pulled it back out when things slowed down. I knew a few girls that had done modeling and pageants and asked them to model for me. They were more than willing. Then, low and behold, a friend of mine had a babysitter that was from Moldova. She had modeled there and was looking to get into it here. She said she would model for me to give me some experience. That was about 3 years ago. Shortly after we shot she hooked up with some BIG time photos (one of whom saw my work with her and liked it enough to mentor me. He shoots for Cosmo, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, SI swimsuit issue, etc). Now she is HUGE! She is a beach bunny, has been in FHM, SI swimsuit, and is now a Victoria's Secret model. Her name is Xenia Deli.

 

I shoot mostly weddings, some concerts, family stuff, local models, etc. We also do video of weddings, concerts, short films, stuff for Wofford College, training videos, some corporate stuff, etc. Pretty much if if can be filmed or photographed, we do it. We also go hooked up with a local CBS casting lady for a while and traveled around the Southeast some filming some of the final picks for Survivor and Amazing Race. The ones they had seen videos from, but wanted to see more of.

 

Our business is just my dad and myself. We keep it small and can control the quality that way.

 

I'm game to help with any questions along they way. Photography and video are my passion, right up there with being outdoors.

 

I hope that's the story you were looking for! LOL

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Exactly what I was looking for! 

 

I shoot entirely in macro.  I'm photo editor for the school paper and head photographer.  Also shot for some school events. 

 

I really want to get the full body and the 70-200.  I think they'd make a big difference.

 

I've done a wedding and some senior pictures.  Nature photography is my favorite, especially night time.  I love using my tripod and release.  Makes a big difference with the night photos.

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Exactly what I was looking for! 

 

I shoot entirely in macro.  I'm photo editor for the school paper and head photographer.  Also shot for some school events. 

 

I really want to get the full body and the 70-200.  I think they'd make a big difference.

 

I've done a wedding and some senior pictures.  Nature photography is my favorite, especially night time.  I love using my tripod and release.  Makes a big difference with the night photos.

 

Glad I could help!

 

Cool, those are great places to start honing your techniques. Stepping up to a full-frame body and the 70-200 would be a huge bonus for you. But don't think you HAVE to have them both right away. One of my favorite shots was taken with a 30D and the 70-200mmIS f/2.8L

 

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This was taken years ago (the 30D had just come out) and I had no idea what I was doing LOL. However, I still won a competition with this shot. It was taken in St. Joseph, MI, at Lake Michigan.

 

It's not always the equipment that gets the shot.

 

If I were you, and you could afford to wait, save up for the 2.8. I cannot count the number of times it was either near dark, or I was shooting in a darker location, or i just wanted that super shallow depth of field. You can't get that with the f4.0.

 

What type of nature photography is your favorite (animals, insects, plants, landscapes)?

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I enjoy plant and landscapes the best.  Animal isn't bad but my equipment hasn't been good enough to do it well. 

 

This last semester at school I discovered night and it easily became my favorite. 

 

I'll take your advice and save up for the f/2.8.  I was about to pull the trigger on the f/4.0....

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I was into chemical pictures for years. My favorite is my Nikon FM2. I have several lenses but now I never use them. Im using Nikon CoolPix P80 and Nikon E8700. I have a few others Fugi FinePix S5100 all digital now. Actually the 8700 is just too complicated so primarily the P80 is what I grab. I like the way a digital can stop a bird in flight because it remembers the frame.

 

Thanks for the effort my satellite internet out here in the country is a bit slow and I had a wait for the pictures to load. Great shots.  :thumbup: 

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Some shots from our Valentines Day hike

 

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Part of that hide was dried out and the whiteish end was still tender and soft.

 

And Thanks Swede!

 

 

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