Lindsay Daniels Photography: Blog http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lindsay Daniels lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:04:00 GMT Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:04:00 GMT http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u602040139-o585743277-50.jpg Lindsay Daniels Photography: Blog http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog 120 120 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2017/8/total-solar-eclipse Total Solar Eclipse SequenceA sequence of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Wyoming.

Incredible! Otherworldly! Surreal! Like many who experienced the total solar eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017, those were the words coming to mind as I watched the moon slip past the entire sun. It was an experience I will never forget. Since I live about 4 hours from the path of totality, I decided last minute to drive up to Wyoming to catch the total solar eclipse. It's not that I hadn't planned anything prior, but my original plans with my husband sadly fell through (dang work!). After a bit of research, I found the perfect spot for a quick trip. I started driving around 3 am Monday morning and arrived at about 8:30 am. I found my spot and started setting up for the show. I was surprised that only a few people were in the area and that I didn't hit any kind of traffic on the roads. I felt like I had the whole place to myself! Even without the solar eclipse, this place was gorgeous. I just enjoyed taking in the beauty around me.

Total Solar Eclipse SequenceThe total solar eclipse in sequence with mountains of Wyoming. Lens Flare of solar eclipse and the beautiful landscape of Wyoming

The "big show" was seriously incredible. Much of it can't be described in words or shown in pictures. It's something you must see for yourself. One of the craziest moments was seeing the shadow bands (see video below) before and after totality. It was truly psychedelic. Like nothing I had ever seen or experienced before. It was eerie and mesmerizing as it felt like I was seeing another dimension. While it was best shown against a white background, like on my Jeep in the video, it felt as if it was happening everywhere.

Shadow bands of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Solar Eclipse through Solar viewing glasses Shadow reflection of solar eclipse

 

I felt lucky to have been able to photograph the event and feel as if I had plenty of time to enjoy it as well. It didn't last very long, but it had a lasting impression. Now I can't wait for the next one! 

 

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ONE YEAR LATER - NEPAL EARTHQUAKE http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2016/4/one-year-after-the-nepal-earthquake April 27, 2015

A regularly one hour flight took us eight hours. The Nepali man sitting behind me on the plane had been sobbing for the last hour. He had just found out about the death of a loved one. I put my hand on his shoulder, as if it would help at all, and whispered "I'm sorry." 

We finally got off the plane around 0300 and walked down the tarmac passing groups of people evacuating the country in large military cargo planes. The humble Khatmandu airport was filled with people sleeping on any patch of comfort they could find, waiting for their evacuation flight. We grabbed our checked bags full of medical supplies and headed outside, not quite sure how we were going to get to our guesthouse. Miraculously, a guy with a van drove up and we hailed him down. He overcharged us for the ride, but considering the circumstances we didn't bat an eye. We passed families walking down the dark streets with suitcases dragging behind them. A few tents had sprung up in the open areas of the city, but mostly people were sleeping outside. Only a few lights from generators were actually working. We reached the guesthouse and met the owner outside. The lobby was completely full of people sleeping on the floors. We tiptoed through and headed to our rooms on the third floor. I felt so guilty taking up a whole room with people sleeping on the ground in the lobby. In reality, they were in a much safer area and closer to the exit, but I still felt bad.

To make room for medical supplies and camera gear, I had only brought one change of clothes. Not even PJs. So, to keep everything as fresh as possible, I stripped down to my underwear and crawled into bed. Not even a moment after turning off the light, I felt my first aftershock. It was enough to get the dogs barking. My bed shook and the sound of the building creaking made me worry. When it ended, I could hear moaning in the distance. The people were in pure fear. They had seen and felt the destruction, and with so many aftershocks, it felt to them as if the terror would never end. I realized this would be the first of many tremors, and by the time I left I had almost gotten used to them happening every night. After everything settled, I turned the light back on, put on my jeans and t-shirt and got back into bed to sleep a couple of hours.

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Nepal is still in need of help. Please go to NepalRises.com to see what you can do to help, and watch our 20 minute documentary on the quake here: https://vimeo.com/131714723. 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) 2015 Disaster Earthquake Katmandu Khatmandu Natural Disaster Nepal Nepal Earthquake Nepal Rises http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2016/4/one-year-after-the-nepal-earthquake Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:25:46 GMT
BEST PHOTOS OF 2015 http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2016/1/best-photos-of-2015 I can't believe the last time I wrote on this blog was a year ago...for this exact type of post (insert ashamed emoticon). That shows you how crazy 2015 was! And it tells me I need to set a goal this year to get my butt in gear and be more diligent about writing on my blog. 

As some of you die-hard followers may know, 2015 was a different kind of year here at Lindsay Daniels Photography. It was full of international travel, long term documentary projects, and somewhat of a shift in the photography I am used to focusing on. Most of you know me as a landscape and adventure photographer, but sometimes projects come your way that affect you down to the core, enough to even change your vision as a photographer. That's what happened to me this year.

When I was asked to be the lead cinematographer for a documentary called Stolen Innocence, I'm not sure I realized how big of an impact it would have on me and my career. It was a dream come true, and something I had always wanted to do. I got to work with some incredible people; from the amazing film crew, to the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) directors and founders, to the many girls and women who were willing to tell their stories of being trafficked into the sex trade. I'm a big believer in visual media making a difference in this world. I believe a photo can end a war. I believe a documentary can create policy change. I believe honest news can cause people to get involved. I wouldn't do what I do if I didn't believe this with all my heart. I've got a long road of learning and progress ahead of me, but the hope of doing good in this world has made a huge impact on me this year.  

 

I can't really write about this year without mentioning the amazing people who were behind it:

To Casey Allred and Chris Davis, for giving me the chance to prove myself and learn so much along the way.

To my family, for all your prayers and your continuous support in everything I do.

To my fiancé, for believing in me and loving me for who I am. 

To Urmi Basu, Smarita Sengupta and Rishi Kant (and all of those working with New Light, Destiny Foundation, and Shakti Vahini), for being the shining stars in the many lives affected by sex trafficking. You are true heroes. 

To the Nepal Rises crew in Kathmandu, for answering the call when the people of Nepal needed it most.

And finally, to all of you. Especially to those of you who have started to spread the word about sex trafficking, and to those who donated to effect.org to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. You saved lives. 

As I sit at my desk writing this I can't help but get emotional. I really can't thank you all enough. I am extremely humbled by your love and commitment to others. Keep striving for a better world. Happy New Year.

 

My Top 10 photos of 2015: 

(in no particular order)

A man splattered in dyed water from the Holi Color Festival celebrations in Kolkata, India, March 5, 2015.

 


 

Hajra waits for her next client in Mumbai's oldest brothel, Kamathipura, April 17, 2015. During the day, Hajra volunteers with a local NGO to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by handing out condoms and educating women who work in the brothels. 

 


 

Family members of a missing girl are shown a photo to prove she is alive and well. Many had to see the photo over and over again to actually believe it. October 10, 2015.

 


 

A Muslim man stops in front of the Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra, India. May 13, 2015.

 


 

Clean up and recovery crews realize the daunting task ahead after the 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal. April 26, 2015. 

 


 

Series of photos of a Nepali woman seeing the main part of her city in ruin, Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 27, 2015. Bhaktapur was one of the hardest hit cities in Nepal after the earthquake. 

 


 

Rescue and recovery efforts continued through rain and aftershocks in the days after the first earthquake hit Nepal. Bhaktapur, Nepal. April 27, 2015.

 


 

Wildflower season in the Wasatch Mountains was one of the best I've seen.  It's always good to come back to my hometown and enjoy these quiet moments in the mountains. July 18, 2015.

 


 

Bryan Jackman, my fiancé, overlooking our home in Salt Lake City, Utah from the base of Mount Olympus. September 8, 2015.

 


 

I was able to spend the end of this amazing year in beautiful Thailand with the one I love. This was not only one of my favorite spots in Thailand, but it is where Bryan asked me to marry him. Phuket, Thailand. December 16, 2015. 

 


 

 

I can say 2015 was eventful, if nothing else. It was filled with extreme highs and depressing lows, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Cheers to a beautiful new year!

Peace. 

 

 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Best of 2015 Documentary Earthquake India Landscape Love Nepal Photos Prostitution Review Sex Trade Stolen Innocence Thailand Top 10 Trafficking Travel Year http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2016/1/best-photos-of-2015 Sat, 02 Jan 2016 18:20:07 GMT
BEST OF 2014 http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2015/1/best-of-2014  

 

I know I'm a little late to the game, but I still wanted to share some

of my favorite moments from 2014. So here it goes,

in no particular order, MY FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2014: 

 

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One of my personal favorite highlights of this past year was

getting to see Denali, in the flesh. Such an amazing experience.

 

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I got to cover the Ice Festival at Bridal Veil Falls and learned

how to ice climb for the first time. It was so amazingly fun and addicting!

Big shout out to 12 Finger Adventure for putting on the event and

teaching me the magical ways of climbing ice!

 

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There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy about this night,

other than being in Zion National Park, but it's probably one

of my favorite star trail shots of the year!

 

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I learned a lot about whitewater kayaking this year. 

With the help of my best friend and the amazing Utah Whitewater Club

I was able run some pretty sweet rivers with some pretty sweet people. 

 

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So many clients to be grateful for this year!

Specifically, Big Sky International Tents (pictured),

Chimera Snowboards, Palace Snowboards, Kahtoola,

Deuter Backpacks, Katadyn and Optimus, Watts Enterprises

and The Outbound Collective.

Thank you all for helping make my dreams come true!

 

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Learned how to photograph underwater, and it felt  

like discovering photography all over again! Can't

wait to hone my skills on this one and capture 

some new perspectives. 

 

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This was one of my all time favorite sunsets ever.

I had just finished setting up my backcountry camp

and with the cloud cover thought sunset might be a dud.

Little did I know, it was just about to blow up!

 

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Another last minute sunset that I nearly missed!

I was just about to pack up my gear when a beam

of light crept into my frame. This is a place I'm vowing

to explore more of. 

 

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I was as giddy as a school girl when I realized what I was seeing.

Light green clouds danced in the sky and I must've stood in silence

for a good five minutes before I started shooting. Seeing the Northern

Lights for the first time was definitely one of the best moments of my life! 

 

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A spring backpacking trip that turned into a winter

backpacking trip. Gotta love the Wasatch Mountains. 

 

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I got to work for the SLCC Globe newspaper for a bit this year

and really loved the diverse subjects I got to shoot. This

was one of my favorites; covering the Holi Festival in 

Spanish Fork, Utah.  

 

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This image took three years in the making, and 2014

was the year that had all the right ingredients!

I was so pumped to finally experience this phenomenon in person.

 

 

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I may not be the best crack climber, but I sure had a blast

photographing these amazing climbers in Indian Creek, UT.

 

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Nothing better than exploring the mountains I call home.

So stoked for a new year, and all the upcoming projects.

Happy new year and happy adventuring!

 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Landscape Lindsay Daniels Lindsay Daniels Photography LindsayDanielsPhotography Location Mountains National Parks Nature Salt Lake City Singh-Ray Story Travel Utah http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2015/1/best-of-2014 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:27:21 GMT
LOCATION: ALASKA! http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/location-alaska When I start showing my photos from a recent trip I sometimes feel like Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma forcing the Simpsons to sit through another one of their vacation slideshows. Hopefully you don't get that vibe here... I do my best to show the cream of the crop instead of torturing you with a whole bunch of boring images (yes, professional photographers have those images, too). Or worse, a full slideshow of selfies (I may have included a few...don't judge). So, I narrowed it down as best I could. I think I can say this post is at least better than getting a shirt that says, "My friend went to Alaska and all I got was this lousy t-shirt". So, without further adieu, here are the Alaska pictures.

P.S. Hover over the image if you want a little backstory.

This was my first morning in Denali. I woke up to a heavy layer of snow on my tent, but I couldn't have asked for better light. Me overlooking the Toklat River. My tent had already gathered a fine dusting of ice, but the northern lights were calling. I nervously walked to the road not sure what I was going to see. But there they were. The northern lights! The northern lights over Sanctuary River. My first night in the backcountry! That's bear spray on my hip. My beautiful campsite in backcountry unit 10. In the backcountry of Denali National Park. This is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip. The northern lights and the big dipper sure were trying to break through the clouds. A bull moose and the fall foliage. This is my second backpacking location. Unit 33. I did a little more exploring to find this campsite and it definitely paid off.

Backcountry Camping in Denali National Park.

Sunset in the backcountry of Denali National Park. I felt incredibly blessed and lucky to be there. There were definite ups and downs, but this day was pretty magical. The moon over the Alaska Range. It's incredible to think how much higher Denali (Mt. McKinley) is. Denali is 20,322', the tallest mountain in North America. I hiked back to the road the next morning and waited for the bus to take me to my campground at Wonder Lake. Not a bad place to have to wait for the bus. Denali is in the middle of the frame. Luckily, I never saw any bears while I was hiking, but I saw plenty of signs that they were near. This bear was hanging around the Eielson Visitor Center. There are so many mountains, many of them are unnamed. A road with fall colors leads to Denali and the Wonder Lake Campground. Can't complain with a view like that! Wonder Lake Campground in the fall. MT. MCKINLEY -- THE HIGH ONE -- DENALI The Super Moon Panorama of the Alaska Range. Denali is hiding in the clouds. A grizzly desperately tries to find food before winter. The light was incredible for my last morning in the park. This is Polychrome Point. I found some climbers! They were just outside of Anchorage on my way to Seward. I hiked in the rain to get to this river in Seward. The amount of green and moss was amazing. Saw this little guy on the trail overlooking Exit Glacier. If you haven't seen the YouTube video of "Teddy Eating Corn" google it right now. Exit Glacier. So many mushrooms! Sailboat in the bay. Seward, Alaska. The coastline in Seward, Alaska. It was super windy and water was splashing up on my camera, but this was one of the coolest moments of the trip. Portage Glacier and Portage Lake. Ice from Portage Glacier in Portage Lake. Ice from Portage Glacier. The Seward Marina at Sunrise.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Adventure Alaska Denali Landscape Lifestyle Lindsay Daniels Photography Location Mountains National Parks Nature Photo Essay Seward Travel http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/location-alaska Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:20:28 GMT
THE GEAR SERIES: CLIK ELITE BACKPACKS http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/7/the-gear-series-clik-elite-backpacks The Gear Series: You see, it can be hard to choose just the right gear. 

These purchases are investments, and you want to be able to use them for years to come.

I feel like I got lucky with a lot of my purchases, but I was also doing A LOT of research.

I want to be able to share my first hand experiences with gear I've come to love,

and steer you away from gear I wish I never bought.

This is, The Gear Series. 

 

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Clik Elite Backpacks. Where to start? I guess the best place to start is the beginning, when I decided to buy a Clik Elite bag. After stalking so many of my favorite photographers and seeing what bags they used, I thought I would give them a try. I mean, if the PROS were using them, then they had to be good. I purchased the Clik Elite Obscura 30 and never looked back. That was about two years ago. Since then, I've dragged it through muddy running shoots, thrown it in the back of my car on countless road trips, and scraped it along sandpaper-like granite on multi-pitch climbs. To put it simply, it has been my ultimate workhorse of a bag. Despite a scuff here and there (which really only gives it more character), it still performs as if I bought it yesterday. I use every bit of the pack, and always have room for a rain jacket and extra food.

 

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My go-to kit is using two Canon bodies (5D Mark II and the 7D) with the 17-40mm on one and 70-200mm on the other. My 7D+70-200 combo goes in the side entry portal. It's easy to access and fits completely and securely. My 5D+17-40 combo is in the internal lens pouch, which sits high on my back and distributes the weight more evenly. The internal lens pouch also holds my 24 TS-E and either an external flash or an extra lens.

 

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My Gitzo 2531 tripod and BH-3 Ballhead combo fits perfectly through velcro openings in the mesh outer pocket. It can be hard to get any bigger items in and out of the mesh pocket with the tripod attached. I usually just keep a headlamp and thin gloves in there and haven't had any problems getting them in and out, even with the tripod attached. The top pocket keeps my keys clipped in (I can't tell you how much time this has saved me from having to dig around to find my keys) and little things like CF cards, remote trigger, business cards and iPhone all within easy reach.

 

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With all that, I still have the main compartment in which I carry my filters and a rain jacket. When approaching a climb, I have my harness, shoes and gear in the main compartment with my helmet attached to the four reinforced accessory loops. If I'm carrying the rope, I tie it to the grab loop at the top and, if needed, strap it down with the two compression straps on each side. 

 

Best Uses:

  • Single day explorations 
  • Road Trips
  • Approaching a climb, and sometimes on the actual climb
  • Long day shoots

 

Grab a Different Bag: 

  • Backpacking
  • If you're using a lot more camera gear

 

Other Clik Elite bags I'm looking at: 

I hope this gives you an idea about Clik Elite bags and their awesome quality. And just in case you're thinking about purchasing one for yourself, I've got a little incentive for you  --> 10% OFF ANY CLIK ELITE PRODUCT WHEN YOU USE THIS PROMO CODE: CEA4910.

You won't regret it!

 

 

 

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Photo Essay: Backpacking to Upper Red Pine Lake http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/photo-essay-backpacking-to-upper-red-pine-lake  

There is a story behind every image.

Last week, I did a little overnight backpacking trip to Red Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Here's the story:

 

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I hiked past Lower Red Pine Lake, hoping the Upper Red Pine Lake would be more scenic. The snow was soft in the afternoon sun, and every step felt as if I were taking a half step back. As I got closer to the top of the large snow slope, I heard an unsettling 'whumpf' under my feet. At this point, I was completely exhausted. Pure adrenaline kicked in and I ran the rest of the way up. Thankfully, it was only a bluff. I caught my breath and looked at my watch. I had gained 500' in 1/4 mile. 

 

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I set up camp under White Baldy and decided to cook some dinner on my homemade stove before I shot sunset. For some reason, either the cold or the altitude (although neither were extreme), my alcohol burning stove would not heat up my water. I tried four times before I just completely gave up. The only ready-to-eat food I had with me was a clementine and some chips. I was just glad it was only an overnighter.

 

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The temperature dropped as a storm cloud crept over the mountains to the south. As a photographer, I get excited about clouds, especially storm clouds. Unless, of course, they block out the sunset entirely, and drop tons of rain on your camp. This time they served as dramatic sunset clouds, cleared up enough for star shots, and didn't drop any moisture. I definitely lucked out. 

 

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By this moment, I realized the drama was happening on the opposite side of my camp. I wanted to get sunset shots with my tent in the foreground. So I ran to get me tent...

 

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I picked up my tent with everything still in it, ran to the light, set it down in position and shot away. Once again, luck was in my favor. The light gave me one last chance to get the shot before the color quickly faded away. 

 

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As the light waned, I dragged my tent back to its original campsite and turned in for the night.

 

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I ate the rest of my chips, wrote in my journal and listened to the silence surrounding me.

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The next morning, I opened my tent door, breathed in the crisp air and thanked God for creating such amazing beauty, and for giving me the drive and ability to get to these awesome places. I am, most definitely, blessed to be alive.

 

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Patience Iago, Patience. http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/patience-iago-patience The elusive wildflowers in Caineville, Utah.

So much of photography is about patience. Whether you're waiting for the right light, or waiting for mother nature to cooperate. If you're not patient, you might as well just give up on becoming a landscape photographer. I'm not saying there isn't a bit of luck involved, but patience sure has a lot to do with it. 

A few weekends ago, I had a bit of both patience and luck work out for me. I had been scouting a specific event in nature that is elusive and unpredictable. I may have mentioned my search in previous posts seen here: Caineville 2012. For two years, I have gone to Caineville in hopes of capturing some elusive desert wildflowers, and this year, I had nearly given up hope. On a stroke of luck, just before I headed to Green River for a whitewater kayaking trip, I happened to see a Facebook post by the one and only, Guy Tal. He had posted a recent picture of the actual wildflowers.

Finally! The flowers were in bloom! I conned my best friend, who was going on the whitewater kayaking trip with me, to make a detour for a sunrise session in Caineville. 

Driving into Caineville that night, I was a little skeptical about these "so-called" wildflowers. Was I in the right place? Were the images I had seen fake? I got up early the next morning hoping to find even just a patch. As I walked out into the desert, I started seeing them under my feet. These things actually existed! I started to tread lightly, and with a bit more of a hop in my step I continued on as they were still few and far between. The desert was full of mini canyons that I'd have to traverse, and at one point I was able to get on higher ground to look out in the area I was hoping to find the flowers. In the distance, I spotted a yellow patch, but I wasn't sure if it was just the color of the dirt or my mind playing tricks on me. Could've been either, really. But it was worth a shot. There was no going back now. As I got closer and closer, I realized it was them. This is what I had been searching for, for so long. For the past two years I had been chasing these flowers, and here they were. Right in the middle of this arid desert. It was one of the most relieving and gratifying moments in my life. 

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So, the lesson here, my friends, is to keep at it. Never give up, and always remember to be patient. The old adage is true: Good things come to those who wait.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Caineville Landscape Lindsay Daniels Photography Location Nature Patience Travel Utah Wildflowers http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/patience-iago-patience Wed, 21 May 2014 21:06:43 GMT
Climbing Indian Creek http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/climbing-indian-creek The desert was calm. The sun slowly raised over the distant butte, warming my face from the chilly morning. Indian Creek was waking up, and I was beyond excited to start climbing. Our start-of-the-day, unfortunately, began searching for the rest of our party we were to meet up with the night before. Without them, there was to be no climbing. We searched all morning, leaving traces on message boards strewn across the area, hoping to communicate our location. My excitement turned to frustration and back to excitement, when miraculously our driver spotted our lost party's truck and sped after them. It was like a scene out of a James Bond movie. We passed several cars before we got close enough to nearly rear-ending our friends. After what seemed to be a minute of honking, flashing and hollering out the window, they finally realized it was us. A sigh of relief came over us all; we were finally gonna get to climb. 

Sleeping Bag, CampingSleeping in at our desert camp. Indian Creek, Utah. The approach to Way Rambo. Indian Creek, Utah. Jordan Gans sorting gear at the base of Technicolor (5.11+). Indian Creek, Utah. Erik Nordstrom taping up at the base of Technicolor (5.11+). Indian Creek, Utah.

Once at the wall, we were able to forget all about the crazy morning. It was all about climbing now. Everyone focused their attention to the preparation of crack climbing: Sorting gear, taping hands, mentally psyching each other up. It was time to forget all our worries and just climb. 

Erik Nordstrom sending "On the Up and Up" (5.10+). Indian Creek, Utah. Sam Finco leading "Way Rambo" (5.12-). Indian Creek, Utah.

Reuben Cousin leading "On the Up and Up" (5.10+). Indian Creek, Utah. Erik Nordstrom leading "On the Up and Up" (5.10+) overlooking the dirt road. Indian Creek, Utah.

I quickly learned that crack climbing is a very different sport than face climbing. I had a friend describe it once like this: Insert hand, break wrist. Insert foot, brake ankle. As I learned the technique, I couldn't help but laugh; that's pretty much exactly what it feels like. So why do people do it? I'm not sure I can explain it, but I know I kept wanting more. There's a feeling, much like the feeling I had when I started climbing a year ago, when you are hanging on a wall that you shouldn't be hanging from, and you realize you got there under your own strength and ability. That's an incredible feeling. 

Jordan Gans uses his first-aid kit after a painful try of an unknown 5.12 finger crack at Technicolor Wall. Indian Creek, Utah. Sam Finco leading "Way Rambo" (5.12-). Indian Creek, Utah. Erik Nordstrom placing gear on "On the Up and Up" (5.10+). Indian Creek, Utah. Sam Finco nearing one of the cruxes on "Way Rambo" (5.12-). Indian Creek, Utah. Reuben Cousin placing gear on "On the Up and Up" (5.10+). Indian Creek, Utah. Sam Finco takes a rest to get some chalk on "Way Rambo" (5.12-). Indian Creek, Utah.

By the end of the weekend, with new stories to tell and battle wounds to show off, we reluctantly left The Creek. I now see why so many climbers flock to this area. It seems to beckon, as if to say, "Try me". It all depends on if you're up for the challenge. 

Around the campfire. Indian Creek, Utah.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Active Lifestyle Adventure Camping Climbing Crack Climbing Desert Gear Indian Creek Landscape Lindsay Daniels Lindsay Daniels Photography Location Nature People Rock Climbing Story Trad Climbing Travel Utah http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/climbing-indian-creek Mon, 12 May 2014 16:52:56 GMT
Tutorial: Focus Stacking in Photoshop http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/4/tutorial-focus-stacking-in-photoshop Ever wonder how photographers can get such deep focus from something really close to something really far away? Here's a spoiler alert for you: We use Photoshop. I know. Photoshop gets such a bad rap. But why? It's a tool just like anything else in a photographer's kit. Without ranting too much about the use of Photoshop, let's get back to the reason why I started writing this post. Focus blending. I should note here that many professionals, including myself, also use a tilt-shift lens in order to get both the foreground and background in focus. It takes a lot of practice and patience, but it can offer some really amazing results. But what if you don't have a tilt-shift lens? Or you don't have it with you? Or the tilt-shift isn't giving you desirable results? Enter focus blending. 

Before I go any further, I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as my main post production tools. You may use something different, but these are what I know. The same steps should be pretty similar across the board, but as far as I know*, these steps are the best way to blend focus. 

Final focus blending image. Snow Canyon, Utah.

How to blend focus in Photoshop:

1. Find a scene and set up your composition. Make sure to use a tripod for this step. Once you've got the exposure the way you want it, focus on the foreground object and take a photo. With the same settings (remember to use Manual mode) focus on the background and take a photo. This step can include several focus points, depending on the scene. Take as many photos you think are necessary. For this example, I will only be using two photos. 

2. Import into Lightroom (or your editing software of choice). 

3. Highlight the photos you want to blend (hold down command and click on the photos you want to include in the focus blend). Right click, choose "Edit In" and then click on "Open as Layers in Photoshop...". This action will open Photoshop and prepare your selected photos as layers.

 

4. Once in Photoshop, click on the eraser tool. Then highlight the top layer where it shows the photos on the right. The bottom layer will remain hidden until you start erasing the top layer. Don't forget to select the top layer before you start erasing or you might just erase the bottom layer without noticing. You can switch the layers by dragging and dropping them in a different order. The top photo will always be the top layer.  

 

5. Use the eraser tool and start erasing the section that is out-of-focus. In this case, my top layer is the photo where the flowers are in-focus and the mountains in the background are out-of-focus. My bottom layer is the photo where the mountains are in-focus, so when I erase the out-of-focus mountains from the top layer, the in-focus mountains show up from the photo in the bottom layer. Make sure your opacity is at 100% and flow 100%. 

 

6. Once you've erased the large sections, zoom in and start focusing on the details. This step is where the world "blend" comes in. You want to make the transition between the two photos are as seamless as possible. It takes some practice, but this is a critical step that definitely needs attention.

 

7. To see what you've actually erased, and to make sure you erased everything you needed to erase, click on the eye next to the layer. I clicked on the eye next to the bottom layer so I could see what was remaining of the top layer. Remember, the top layer is what I was erasing. Everything that is showing will remain on top of the bottom layer. 

 

8. If everything looks OK, go to File>Save. This will save a new file, leaving the original files as they were, and automatically bring it into Lightroom.

 

9. Back in Lightroom, you can finish up the edit and get it ready for export. 

 

You can use this same method with numerous layers. Just remember the basics. The possibilities are really endless. I've used this same process to blend exposures, and although it's not my favorite end-result, it has opened up the possibilities for me in Photoshop. 

If you learned something, feel free to share this. 

 

*Full Disclosure: I am not a Photoshop expert. Not even close. If you know of an easier or better way of doing this, please share. I won't be offended.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Blending Create Focus Focus Blending How To Learn Photoshop Tutorial http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/4/tutorial-focus-stacking-in-photoshop Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:42:08 GMT
Weekly Inspiration, which is now turning into "Current Inspiration" http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/4/weekly-inspiration-which-is-now-turning-into-current-inspiration I know I said I would write a weekly post on inspiration and what inspires me, but...well, I really don't have much of an excuse except that I have other things that take priority. That's not to say I don't have the time, but sometimes I have to prioritize what's going on in my head. Writing a blog post every week on what inspires me went to the bottom of that list. However, I still find things inspiring, and I want to be able to share them here. Hence the new name of this post: Current Inspiration. To be honest, being forced to come up with something interesting every week is not only a chore for me, but would most likely become boring for you. Uninteresting content is the last thing I want on my blog. So, now to my current inspiration...

I may have mentioned Chase Jarvis in my last post, but he's worth mentioning again. Today (April 9, 2014) he has a chasejarvisLIVE* episode coming up at 11AM Mountain Time. He will be interviewing a woman by the name of Brené Brown. I mention this because I just watched Brené Brown's TED talk, and wanted to share it here. I wanted to share it because I think it's pertinent to our society today. We are vulnerable as human beings, but we are afraid to show any kind of vulnerability. Keeping it in and letting it fester will only bring out bad habits and mistrust. I know I struggle with this and am often seen as closed off or reserved. This TED talk made me feel like I might need to work on being more vulnerable as a person. That's not something we say very often as human beings, but it might just be the ticket to success and happiness. 

 

*If you miss the live episode on Chase's website, don't fret. He posts all of his past episodes at the same link. 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Brene Brown Chase Jarvis TED Talks current inspiration inspiration learning life vulnerability http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/4/weekly-inspiration-which-is-now-turning-into-current-inspiration Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:36:00 GMT
Lightweight Backpacking and Photo Gear http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/3/lightweight-backpacking-and-photo-gear Backpacking in Glacier National Park Under a Full MoonBackpacking in Glacier National Park Under a Full Moon

Backpacking in Glacier National Park under a full moon.

 

There’s nothing quite like carrying the essentials of life on your back and stepping out into the wilderness for a few days. All you really need is a tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a stove, food, water, rain gear and some first aid items. To some this may sound like a pretty heavy pack once you add everything up, but if you’re a landscape photographer, like myself, this pack is more like a featherweight. We don't always pack in everything we own, but to give you an idea of how much photo gear weighs I've put together a pretty basic landscape photographer’s kit:

1. Canon 5D Mark II and 17-40 lens - 3 lbs 6 oz

2. Canon 7D and 70-200 lens - 4 lbs 12.6 oz

3. Canon 24 TS-E lens - 1 lb 6 oz

4. Macbook 13" - 4 lbs 15.5 oz

5. WD External Hard Drive - 5.5 oz

6. Card Reader - 5 oz

7. Gitzo GT 2531 with Kirk BH-3 Ball Head - 4 lbs 1.5 oz

8. MeFoto Backpacking Travel Tripod - 2 lbs 6 oz

9. Battery LP-E6 - 2.8 oz

10. Giottos Rocket Air - 1.5 oz

11. Neewer Remote Trigger - 3.8 oz

12. CF Cards - 0.4 each

13. Filter Pouch with Filters - 1 lb 6.3 oz

14. Rain Cover - 0.9 oz

15. Flash - 1 lb

16. Flash remote and trigger - 3.3 oz

17. Lens cloths - 0.6 oz

 

 

Some photographers may use more gear and others may use less. The point is, photography equipment is heavy. Which is why non-photographers seem to frolic on the trail in comparison. We photographers are passionate people, and admittedly, we must be a little insane to add two times the weight to our already heavy packs. I’ve gone on backpacking trips where I feel like I’ve brought everything but the kitchen sink, and other times I’ve regretted not bringing just that one extra battery. I’ve learned to go into a backpacking trip knowing exactly what I want to shoot and how I want to shoot it. The hardest part is deciding what to leave behind. I've been able to narrow it down a bit when I go backpacking, and depending on what I'm shooting or how long I will be out shooting I will add or subtract things from this list. I call this my bare bones backpacking kit:

1. Canon 5D Mark II and 17-40 lens - 3 lbs 6 oz

2. MeFoto Backpacking Travel Tripod - 2 lbs 6 oz

3. Neewer Remote Trigger - 3.8 oz

4. CF Cards - 0.4 each

5. Rain Cover - 0.9 oz

6. Lens cloths - 0.6 oz

7. Singh-Ray Warming Filter - 1.4 oz

8. Singh-Ray 3-Stop Reverse ND - 1.2 oz

9. Batteries LP-E6 - 2.8 oz each

 

One of the items I knew I could save weight on was my tripod. My main Gitzo tripod, with a Kirk ball head, weighs: 4 lbs 1.5 oz and is pretty large in size. It's something I personally don't like to be without, but it's a pain to pack in. So, I went on a search for a lightweight and compact tripod. I wanted it to stand at a certain height (at least 35 inches), be able to hold my heavy camera without sagging or causing too much vibration, and I wanted it to be within a reasonable price range. Was this too much to ask? In my search, I found out that it was getting to be too much to ask. There are carbon fiber tripods that would’ve been perfect, but the price was way out of my league. I was about to give up, when I found the Mefoto backpacker travel tripod at $140. I still ended up modifying it by cutting off the extended “mono-pod style” portion, making it lighter and, in my mind, more stable, and never once have I regretted buying it. It only weighs: 2 lbs 6 oz (almost half the weight of my Gitzo!) and fits inside or outside my pack without catching on trees or bushes along the trail. Another option that I have yet to trust completely, but know others who swear by it, is using a rock or a balled up jacket as a steady surface to create long exposure shots. You can definitely get creative in saving weight, just take into account what you’re willing to sacrifice.

Mount Timpanogos Under the Stars. Shot with my basic kit on an overnight backpacking trip.

 

One of the hardest parts for me when narrowing down my kit is deciding which lens(es) to carry. At times I have carried both my wide (17-40) and zoom (70-200) lenses, cursing the decision along the way, but happy with my choice in the end. Other times I haven’t even touched my almost 3 lbs 70-200. Pre-planning and pre-visualization are crucial for backpacking photographers. If you don’t know what you want to shoot, you will end up bringing everything but the kitchen sink. Sometimes bringing one lens can benefit your creativity. If you are forced to stick to one lens you can get pretty creative. Take for example the shot below. When I saw these moose, and if I’d had my 70-200 zoom lens, I would’ve thrown on my zoom and gotten a typical close-up moose photo. Instead, because I was limited to what I had brought on the backpacking trip, I only had a 17-40 wide angle zoom. So, I used my ninja sneaking skills and got as close as possible and framed the moose within their habitat. In the end, I was able to tell more of a story with a unique point of view and come home with one of my favorite shots to date.

Moose at Willow Lake. Shot with my 17-40 lens.

 

The lesson here is to pre-plan, pre-visualize, and create a kit that you know will perform for you without breaking your back (or the bank). With certain projects, you may not be able to avoid bringing your entire kit, just make sure you will use every single item. There’s nothing worse than hauling a 5 pound tripod up a mountain only to realize you didn’t need it.

Some quick tips to remember: 

1. Pre-plan and pre-visualize your shots. Know exactly what kind of gear you will need, and more importantly, what you won’t need.

2. Minimize your non-photography gear. You may have to give up some luxuries to make room for that extra lens. Also, decreasing the weight of your usual backpacking gear will give you more options with your camera gear. There are a lot more options with lightweight tents and sleeping bags than there are lightweight professional cameras.

3. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Sometimes limiting your gear can be an eye opening experience, and you’ll realize how little you actually need to make compelling imagery.

4. Substitute anything you can. Use an HDR or composite method rather than bringing filters. Bump up your ISO for sunset shots, or plan on using a balled up jacket as a “tripod” for long exposures. Remember that steady rocks can sometimes work just as well as a tripod.

5. Last but definitely not least, Remember to have fun and enjoy the scenery!

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Backpacking Gear Landscape Mountains Nature Photography Tips Travel http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/3/lightweight-backpacking-and-photo-gear Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:29:49 GMT
Shooting Active Lifestyle Imagery with Models and Athletes http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/shooting-active-lifestyle-imagery-with-models Running Winter Kahtoola Product Shoot 02012014-110Running Winter Kahtoola Product Shoot 02012014-110

 

 

If you are a commercial photographer you will more than likely work with models or athletes (otherwise known as the talent) at some point in your career. It can be stressful if you've never worked with them before; everyone's going to be looking at you to direct the show. It can be stressful. The most important thing is to relax and be confident that you are the one for the job. Here are a few tips that will not only keep you in the game, but will also keep your talent coming back:

 

1. Communicate everything. You'll want to make sure your talent knows exactly what they're getting into. If you know you will be hiking 3 miles into your location for a shoot, don't keep it a secret. Your talent is going to want to know what to expect and how to prepare. Ask yourself these questions: How long will the shoot last? Where will the shoot take place? How long do you expect the talent to be standing? Will you provide food? What should the talent wear? Then communicate this to your talent.

2. Make the talent as comfortable as possible. I don't mean to pamper them, but think about what they will be doing. If it's going to be cold, bring extra jackets and cold gear. If possible, bring hot chocolate. If they will be running, bring sports drinks. Do everything you can to keep your talent as repeat talent. You want them to pick up the phone the next time you call.

3. Bring extra clothing. The right clothing can make or break a photo shoot. Sometimes the client will provide clothing, but it depends on the client and the shoot. If you want to keep everything in control, bring some extra clothing along. Your talent won't always know you want a bright red jacket for the shots, and they most likely don't own one. This is something to keep in mind the next time you're shopping for outerwear. 

4. Don't be afraid to direct the talent. That's what you're there for. You are the director. Actually act it out, throw a snowball to where you want them to turn, or carry walkie talkies. Be patient. Directing can be the hardest part, but once it all falls into place you'll be golden. 

5. Have fun and relax. If you're stressed, your talent will be stressed. Let loose and have a little fun. It's photography after all. It's supposed to be fun.

 

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You don't always need a client to implement these practices. Shooting for stock gives you the chance to practice without the pressures of a client, plus you'll have a nice library of stock images and loads of experience.

 

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Weekly Inspiration http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/weekly-inspiration I've been taking in a lot of inspiration lately and I felt like I needed to share my personal insights with the world. I guess that's why people have blogs: To share every thought, provoking or not, and try to bounce ideas off each other. At least I like to think that there's enough of a platform for my readers to give me feedback, and for it to be more of a two way conversation than just a personal sermon. I also like to think I share provoking content. These ideas got me thinking about a new series for my blog, aptly called "Weekly Inspiration". I'll post something that has inspired me recently that I think you might appreciate. In return, I'd love to hear what inspires you. Who is making a difference in your world? What new gadget has given you ideas to start a new project? What places are speaking to you? It can be anything. Post a link to your blog, Facebook or whatever platform you are using to share these inspirations. The comment section below is also a great way to share, so please, feel free to leave your inspirations in the comment sections. 

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Current Inspiration: Week I

Last night I watched a documentary on Netflix called "Ready to Fly". It follows ski jumper Lindsey Van, and the US Women's ski jump team and their fight to include women's ski jumping as an official Olympic sport. I could go on quite a rant about gender equality and how ridiculous it is that this sport was not recognized by the Olympic committee, but the real inspiration is these women's fight to keep trying and the respectful manner in which they are able to affect change. The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the first for women's ski jumping, and I can't wait to watch these women fly. 

To read more about Lindsey Van and the US Women's ski jump team's fight here are some links:

NPR Article

The Weeklings

NBC Olympics

Also, if you don't have a Netflix account, the film "Ready to Fly" is showing with the Banff Film Festival. Check the website for tour dates.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Inspiration Interesting Olympics Ski Jumping Sochi Weekly Inspiration Women's Ski Jumping http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/weekly-inspiration Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:11:12 GMT
Location: San Francisco, Big Sur and Pinnacles National Park http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/1/location-san-francisco-big-sur-and-pinnacles-national-park There's a part of me that will always long for Coastal California. Maybe it's the smell of salt in the air or the warm weather or the fact that I spent my first five years of life there. Either way, a piece of my heart will always be in California. Before I left, my sister said with every bit of sincerity in her heart, "The ocean has a sort of healing power, doesn't it?" I couldn't have agreed more. I caught myself more than once just staring off into the sea, daydreaming. I was thrown back to the years I would stare into the thousands of surfing photos I had cut out of magazines and pasted onto my wall in a giant collage. Looking back it's a wonder why I eventually became a photographer. It was either that or a surf bum. Who knows, maybe someday I will combine the two and have a noteworthy surfer portfolio. 

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Central California Road Trip Tips:
 
1. Get to Battery Spencer early to catch sunset on the Golden Gate Bridge. Especially if you are planning to be there on a weekend night. You may have to fight your way in to get a space, but it'll be worth it. If planning would've allowed I may have opted for sunrise, honestly. I think you can get great photos either way. 
2. If you don't mind sleeping in your car or in a tent without the regular "facilities" there are plenty of places around Big Sur to pull off and get a few Zzz's. Check out this website for free camping areas: freecampsites.net. Otherwise, you're gonna pay a pretty penny in any campground. Just make sure to leave the area as you found it and obey fire regulations. 
3. Watch out for poison oak. It's everywhere. 
4. If your car doesn't break down right before sunset (like the poor GP) then make it to Pfeiffer Beach. All I can say is I was swearing up a storm knowing I was missing a light show. During this time of year a shaft of light beams through a hole in a rock, to which photographers flock. At least the good people at Natale's Auto Shop in Monterey were extremely helpful and nursed the GP back to health and back on the road. Other notable locations I was actually able to see: McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge, Jade Cove, Sand Dollar Beach, secret location near mile 16. I would recommend all of them.
5. Don't miss sunrise. Even though the west coast is known for it's amazing sunsets (and rightly so), sunrises offer softer light and can often times be just as good with fewer crowds.
6. If you're headed to Pinnacles National Park know that there are two entrances and the road does not connect. If you want to get to the other side in a timely manner the best way is to walk the 3 miles across. Bear Gulch Reservoir (two photos up) is easiest to access from the east entrance and the Machete (last photo) is easiest to access from the west entrance. Both sides offer caves to explore, and if you're into rock climbing don't forget your gear!
7. Never stop exploring! There is so much to discover, you just need to be willing to put in the footwork. 
 
 
 
 
To see more photos click here.
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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Big Sur California Central California Coast Golden Gate Bridge Landscape Lindsay Daniels Photography Location National Parks Photo Essay Pinnalces National Park San Francisco State Park Travel http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/1/location-san-francisco-big-sur-and-pinnacles-national-park Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:27:16 GMT
LDP Best of 2013 http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/1/best-of-2013 It sure was a struggle to pick out my top 10 photos of 2013 (that's why I usually just stick to a year in review video), but when I saw photographer Jim Goldstein's 2013 project I decided to join in. It was a fantastic year of building, learning and adventuring. I love going back through my photos and seeing my growth as a photographer. I feel like my favorite photos are the ones I've most recently taken, so it was a bit difficult to go back as far as a year. As a caveat, these are my personal favorites. This most likely means you've seen them before. They each say something for me. They each represent a stepping stone or an incredible moment or a story, and that is why these are my top 10. So, without further adieu, my top 10 photos of 2013 (in no particular order):

 

1. I spent a lot of time as documentarian and support crew for my best friend, Becky Richins, who kayaked the length and back of the Great Salt Lake. I am still working on the documentary and hoping to finish it by the end of April, 2014. This photo was taken at Spiral Jetty, day 3.  Great Salt Lake North Spiral Jetty  KayakGreat Salt Lake North Spiral Jetty Kayak

2. An early rise at Willow Lake rewarded me with a mother and child moose family. I only had my wide angle lens, so I set it to 40mm and got as close as possible.  Willow Lake MooseWillow Lake Moose 3. A surefire storm over the Great Salt Lake had me running to the GSL Marina. The wind and rain were relentless, but I knew I'd be rewarded if I stuck it out. And I was. Great Salt Lake and Antelope IslandGreat Salt Lake and Antelope Island

4. This year's trip to Mount Timpanogos was full of frustration: My knee was in bad shape, I had missed sunset and I realized I had forgotten an extra battery when my camera died in the middle of the night while shooting the shot below. I'm not as frustrated about this trip anymore.   Mount Timpanogos Stars and TentMount Timpanogos Stars and Tent

5. The clouds, the light, and the snow-dusted peaks were all working together on this night at Silver Lake Flat in American Fork Canyon. This is one of my all-time favorite personal images. I think it's the feeling I get as if the mountain is saying, "An adventure is waiting."

Silver Lake Flat Mountain and Yellow LightSilver Lake Flat Mountain and Yellow Light 6. One of the coolest spots in the world. Nothing can take your breath away quite like Canyonlands National Park.  Canyonlands Overlook SunriseCanyonlands Overlook Sunrise 7. A layer of fog rolled through our camp leaving a frozen layer of ice on the tent and everything else in it's path. This was from that frigid morning.  Five Mile Pass Winter SunriseFive Mile Pass Winter Sunrise 8. The ocean will always captivate my soul. It will always have piece of real estate in my heart.  

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9. I was pretty much done with photographing the Delicate Arch. Then I had the opportunity to photograph it in a snow storm. I like it much better in a snow storm. Arches National Park Winter Black and WhiteArches National Park Winter Black and White

10. There are some moments that stick with you, and this was one of those moments.  Sunset Peak and Lake Catherine SunsetSunset Peak and Lake Catherine Sunset

 

 

 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) 2013 Landscape Lindsay Daniels Photography National Parks Nature Top 10 Travel http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2014/1/best-of-2013 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 05:40:25 GMT
2013 Year in Review http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2013-year-in-review

 

It's been an incredible year. So much opportunity and progress. A lot of ups and downs. Some doubts, but mostly fun. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I am so lucky to be where I am, doing what I love. To all those who make it possible for me to do what I do, thank you. Your support and excitement is what keeps me going. Here's to a 2014 full of passion and epic storytelling. 

 

See last year's video, here.

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) 2013 Adventure Landscape Lindsay Daniels Photography Mountains Nature Photographer Storytelling Time-Lapse Timelapse Travel Utah Video Year In Review http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2013-year-in-review Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:05:19 GMT
Gear Guide: A Photographer's Christmas List http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/a-photographers-christmas-list If you're looking for those last minute gifts for your favorite photographer here is a list of some of my favorite items I use that make my life as a photographer a whole lot easier. 

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1. Good Boots. Thought I was going to start out with a sexy lens or camera body, didn't you? Let me tell you. A good boot can go a long way, literally. If your feet are hurting from the long hike into a destination, or from standing around for hours, your photography is going to suff. I grew up in Vans, and often times still wear either Vans or Sperry's. Neither have the support needed for a long day of adventuring and photography, even though I've tried to make them work. Let me tell you from my mistakes. Get some boots. Or at least some supportive and comfortable shoes. Supportive being the key word here. My favorites so far are L.L. Bean Cresta Hikers (Women's/Men's). They have felt like butter since the first day I put them on my feet. 

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2. Large Capacity External Hard Drive. I'm actually asking Santa for one of these as well. I've maxed out my current backup drives and need a new one. There are several brands on the market, but I'm not going to tell you which one to get. The most important message is to back up your photos! I may be a little on the paranoid side of things when it comes to backing up my digital files. But the fact is, I'd be losing a lot more than just memories. That is why I have two copies of everything and sometimes even three or four copies... OK, you don't have to be that neurotic, but back up your stuff! The only thing you can count on with technology is that it will fail. Once you have the hard drive, be diligent! Set a time on your phone calendar to remind you every month, or every two months, or every week. Depending on your work load and how much you're churning out, set a schedule that makes the most sense. 

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3. Sturdy Tripod. A sturdy tripod is perhaps one of the most important pieces of gear in a landscape photographer's toolkit...besides the camera, lens and memory card, of course. But that's still pretty high on the list. In combo with a Kirk ball head, my Gitzo GT2531 is my workhorse. It is with me 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time when it's not with me, I have my modified MeFoto Backpacker Tripod. It's a great substitute if I'm really concerned about weight. 

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4. Inspiration and Education. There are some incredible resources out there for photography. These are only a few of my favorites at the moment:

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5.  Filters. If you're looking for something to improve your photography game, filters are going to make the biggest difference. The two filters I would recommend to a newbie are first, a warming polarizer, and second, a 3-stop graduated ND filter. I use Singh-Ray Filters, and I would highly recommend them. There are several other filter companies, but I know Singh-Ray and I have used them throughout my photography career and I can vouch for their quality. 

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*Bonus* 6.  Kinesis Filter Pouch. Once you start acquiring some filters, you'll need a place to put them that is convenient and easy to reach. Behold, the Kinesis Filter Pouch. This little gem has saved my filters more than once. Before I got this pouch I stuck my filters in my jacket pockets. Not the brightest idea, but they were within easy reach that way. With this filter pouch my filters are protected, all in one place, and right at my fingertips. Just clip it to your tripod and you're good to go. 

 

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*Bonus Bonus* 7. Prints. A personal plug here, I have my prints 20% off thru the end of December, use promo code LDPDecember at checkout. Prints are a great gift to give, and get! 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Filters Gear Gift Guide Photographer Gift Guide Photography llbean boots http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/a-photographers-christmas-list Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:46:27 GMT
Location: Arches National Park, Winter http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/location-arches-national-park-winter December 2013December 2013

Last weekend I went to Arches National Park on a photo adventure with two of my favorite local landscape photographers: Rob Witt and Conor Barry. I have been a fan of their work for a while, so being able to work side-by-side with them was pretty awesome. We headed down as a severe winter weather warning came into effect for Southern Utah. We weren't sure what we were going to get, but the chance to shoot Arches covered in snow got us excited. Get three photographers together in some crazy weather and some cool things can happen…and some crazy things, as well. 

 

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We were prepared to camp in the chilly weather, and we made sure our tents were as strong as possible to take on the weight of the snow. What we didn't take into account was how the branches in the surrounding trees would react to the weight of six inches of new snow. In the middle of the night, we all woke up to a crashing sound of branches falling to the ground. We ended up moving camp to a branch-free parking lot soon thereafter and eventually got back to sleep

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The next morning we awoke to a winter wonderland. The clouds never broke and the snow never let up, but the soft light and dusting of snow in a place like Arches gave us unique photo opportunities all day. 

 

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Also, please enjoy the top image of this post as a free desktop wallpaper for the month of December. Click on the photo and download from there. Happy Holidays!

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Arches National Park Black and White Desktop Wallpaper Landscape Lindsay Daniels Lindsay Daniels Photography Location National Park National Parks Nature Snow Story Travel Utah Winter http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/location-arches-national-park-winter Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:35:49 GMT
Location: Zion National Park http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/location-zion-national-park Zion National Park Subway Singh-Ray Warming Filter Zion National Park Subway. Singh-Ray Warming Filter.

recently got back from my trip to Zion National Park. I was hoping for peak colors, but I just missed them. I guess I'll have to go back a little earlier next year. Despite the lack of fall colors on the trees there were still some colorful leaves on the ground, which made it the perfect time to do the Subway. The hike is 9 miles total, with several photo opportunities in the last 1/4 mile. So many iconic shots from this hike, I didn't even realize! Nothing really conveys the feeling of walking into the Subway for the first time, though. It was really magical. I had the whole thing to myself for a good hour or so. It was incredible. The sun reflected off the walls to light up the curvature in the rock, as if on purpose. Pot holes that have been continually beaten by rock and debris lay in the foreground filled to the brim with rushing water. If you have not been, I would highly recommend it. At this time of year the water was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. I decided to ditch the wetsuit and just go in wool socks and hikers. It was a good choice. 

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Doing this hike made me want to do it again and again. I think next time I'll want to try going from top to bottom, but for this one it was the round trip route starting and finishing at the bottom. A recent storm made the pools a little muddier than their usual emerald color, but it was still pretty amazing. 

Right before you get to the Subway (coming from the bottom) you reach the famous Arch Angel Waterfalls. Steps of waterfalls most often photographed during the fall, and for good reason. 

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In between the Arch Angel Waterfall steps and the Subway is the slot flowing with water. It seems like someone just came in and carved out their own irrigation ditch. The water is moving so quickly through the small crack these two 3.2 second exposures came out silky and smooth.

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Although my goal was to photograph the Subway and all the iconic places within the Subway, I did go with the intent to capture Zion in a different light, ironically enough. I always strive to bring home images that are a little bit different, especially in iconic places. I want to capture the feeling, more so than what the eye sees at the typical lookout. I think emotional photography can be even more powerful than iconic imagery. 

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lindsay@lindsaydanielsphotography.com (Lindsay Daniels Photography) Adventure Photography Arch Angel Waterfalls Autumn Fall Landscape Landscape Photography Lindsay Daniels Photography Location National Parks Nature Southern Utah Step Waterfalls Subway Travel Utah Zion Crack Zion National Park http://www.lindsaydanielsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/location-zion-national-park Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:39:27 GMT