Last week I had the pleasure of attending Bob Sacha‘s class, “New Media, New World,” at the Maine Media Workshops. The goal of the class was to produce a one minute multimedia piece. In today’s world, it’s important to understand how to distill a lot of information into a small amount of time and space. Working with my Canon 5D Mark IV, a shotgun microphone and a Zoom audio recorder, I had one day and two meetings with my subject to capture enough audio and video to create an interesting piece. It was fast paced and crazy. My subject was a recovering alcoholic who runs a dog-sledding business in the winter on the central coast of Maine, and here it was, the middle of August. It took 4 days, but I was able to complete my mini-documentary! It’s slightly over one minute, but Bob granted us all a few seconds grace period if it would finish the piece nicely. Below is the result. I’m working on two other projects, and look forward to getting those finished and uploaded. However, I’ll likely be a bit behind schedule as this weekend I am headed to Wales and England for National Geographic Expeditions to teach photography on their ships. Follow me on Instagram for images from the Expedition, or better yet, jump on a plane and join us! Thanks for visiting.
Greetings fellow Earthlings! The eclipse on August 21, 2017 was the first eclipse to pass over the entire continental United States in more than a century, and millions of people donned their safety glasses to witness the event. Because I live in Oregon, the path of totality was less than 50 miles from my home, so off I went, iPhone in hand. “Leave taking pictures of it to the professionals,” my wise father advised, which I did, except that I didn’t. I have a small GoSky spotting scope with an attachment for my iPhone so with a little planning, I made a very easy setup that included a tripod and some solar mylar, courtesy of the Oregon Tourism Board’s glasses that they had distributed for the event. After all, our great state was the first to get a glimpse of this celestial event, so why not make sure everyone can watch? Thank you, Travel Oregon! Unbelievably enough, the weather was perfect for viewing in the Willamette Valley. It was a spectacular sight to see the moon block out the sun for a total of 1 minute. I, along with the small crowd that had gathered at Linfield College, was stunned at the beauty of it.
Below are a few photographs of my simple but effective setup, along with some images of the event. I hope you enjoy the photos as the next one that we’ll have a chance to see here in Oregon won’t happen until October 5, 2108. For more photos, follow me on Instagram! Thanks for visiting.
Velkommen! I recently returned from an epic adventure to the Svalbard Archipelago and the beautiful Fjords of Norway with National Geographic Expeditions. This trip was phenomenal because we not only explored the land of the midnight sun where we hiked on the arctic tundra and took a late night stroll on the fast ice, we also witnessed a polar bear take a bearded seal. Polar bears are difficult to see under any circumstances but to actually witness a successful hunt is truly a rare event. After heading south past Bear Island, we arrived at the northern end of mainland Norway with our first stop in sunny Tromsø. From there, we took the ship into many of the infamous fjords with towering, snow-capped mountains, beguiling forests and quaint fishing villages, whose residents welcomed us with open arms and loads of Norwegian waffles!
Below is a collection of images that tell the story of our journey by ship as we explored this beautiful area of the world. Enjoy!
I recently returned from an epic journey with National Geographic Expeditions where we traveled to the Antarctic Peninsula, the island of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. The seas were calm for most of the voyage, making for an excellent experience exploring this remote area of the Earth. As the on-board National Geographic Photography Expert, I have the privilege of leading the photography component of this departure. I lecture on the ships about photography and help people improve their technical and storytelling skills so that they return home with a great collection of images. Below is a selection of some of my favorite moments from this fantastic adventure.
Please enjoy the pictures and thank you for visiting!
The amazing group of people that I work with on board the National Geographic Explorer on our last night after 3 weeks together exploring the Southern Ocean
It’s hard to believe that it’s already February in this new year! I’m currently on Maui, marooned on shore because of a quick moving storm that’s brought strong winds and locally heavy showers to the area, putting a damper on my humpback whale photography. However, the inclement weather gives me an opportunity to share my latest story about the island of Maui, photographed for Virgin Australia’s inflight magazine, Voyeur. The story is online in the January 2017 issue and features an insider’s take on our favorite Hawaiian Island. The story proves once again that there is always something new to discover from a wonderful taco truck to the classic Hana Highway. Take a quick break from your winter and enjoy a stroll on the island of Maui. Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!
“X Marks the Spot,” is the title of my most recently published feature about Maui. I worked closely with travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy to put together a story about this remote Pacific island for the UK edition of National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Andrew used to have a place here and I still do, so we both know it well. We were able to meet for lunch, (a luxury in the modern age of journalism), exchange ideas and hatch a plan to cover this beautiful place.
After we settled on our subjects, we parted ways and went to work. The result? An eloquent, accurate and pretty article about my favorite place on Earth. You can read the article and see a few pictures online here. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the UK, you can pick the magazine up on newsstands now as it’s published in the November 2016 issue.
Aloha from the beautiful island of Maui! On Monday, we had the great pleasure of visiting O’o Farms located on the slopes of Haleakala in what is referred to as upcountry Maui. The farm is located in the little town of Kula, just off of the main road and the property overlooks the valley and ocean. O’o Farm is the only true farm-to-table operation on the island and for a nominal fee, one can visit the farm and learn about their coffee, vegetables and even pick the greens to be served for lunch! It’s a nice way to spend the day in the cool, misty outdoors and an unexpected pleasure to experience fine dining in a unique island setting. Below are some images from our visit that I hope you enjoy. Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!