Sunday, October 20, 2013

Surf Trips

Lately I've been surfing out at the Washington coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This unbelievably long stretch of nice Fall weather has brought with it some fantastic days for surfing. Along the trips out I've been stopping to take photos whenever the opportunities present themselves. Below are some of my favorite photographs as of late.
Lake Crescent
Lake Crescent
La Push
La Push
Strait of Juan de Fuca

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Surfing at La Push

Here is a small collection of photos I've taken from a few weekends of surfing with my buds out at La Push, Washington. 
The trip to La Push is lengthy but the ferry ride across the sound is always a nice way to travel
Driving around Lake Crescent on a beautiful evening
 Excellent weather always makes the weekend trip even more worth while
Surf's up
Down time by the fire after a long day out on the water 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Snoqualmie in the Summer

 I've always enjoyed hiking in the Snoqualmie Pass region during the summer. The close proximity to the greater Seattle area is definitely a perk for those looking to get a nice evening hike in after a day at work. Late in the afternoon I headed up to Snoqualmie Pass after work to make the quick yet grueling climb up Snoqualmie Mountain.
At 6278', Snoqualmie Mountain sits as one of the tallest if not the tallest mountain along I-90 in the Snoqualmie region. To it's side are Red Mountain and the Kendall Katwalk which can be seen in the photo above.
The views from the top are spectacular to say the least! Really enjoyed seeing the layers and layers of mountains to the south.
On a day where there isn't a cloud in the sky, Mt. Rainier is easily visible. However on this day there were some fairly impressive thunderstorms over Eastern Washington and these clouds began forming near Rainier as seen in the first photo.
The hike is very steep from the very beginning to the bitter end! The views certainly make it all worth while though as always.
The thunderstorms near Wenatchee made it look as if Red Mountain were erupting.
On your way up and down the mountain, the view of Guye Peak and Keechelus Lake is worth a good look.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

B&W Prints

These photos are part of a series of black and white prints I made back in December at art school.
After a great first semester at Pacific Northwest College of Art, I ultimately decided that I wasn't finding myself very much engaged in the conceptual aspect of art. I learned much more than I had anticipated during my experience at art school and have gained a whole heap of respect for the arts. However, I found myself confused as to why I was at the school. The school itself is great, I enjoyed so much about PNCA. My mind was all there, but my heart was always taking me somewhere else. Where it is taking me, I'm not quite sure yet. It was a tough decision to leave the school and the new friends I had made, but I know that this was the right decision for myself and I look forward to taking my love for photography elsewhere.
As I would walk home from classes at night I began noticing a reoccurring moment where I would glance while I passed by these certain objects that cast a shadow from a light outside of a building or a streetlight. Many of these objects were fences, light poles, trees, and gates. They allowed the light to peer through the gaps and illuminate around the object. When I would pass these scenes I noticed that there was always this one position where I would be so drawn to the shadows and the light that were cast onto the ground below. Even at the latest hours of night, in the darkest alleys, or in the most abandoned streets, these scenes made me feel safe. The way the shadows seemed to pull me in and the rays of light that shone through felt very welcoming.

These photos were taken in the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon several nights between the hours of approximately 10pm and 4am. Why I chose to wander the streets of a big city alone during these hours is beyond me. Maybe it was the near absence of human life that attracted me to doing these photos. Of course I knew there was the risk of running into some serious trouble with a random stranger while shooting but that didn't really bother me a whole lot. Somehow I knew what I was looking for and I was able to find just enough spots throughout the city to fulfill my final presentation.

This black and white project was not just a study of light. It was a study of how light can make you feel.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Splitboarding!

I am thrilled to be splitboarding this spring and summer and look forward to carrying it into next winter. For those of you who are unaware, a splitboard is exactly what it sounds like. It is a snowboard that is cut in half down the middle and essentially then turns into skis. You then use these skis to climb uphill when combined with super grippy nylon skins that you stick to the base of your skis/board. In the summer a splitboard can be used to get some great turns at higher elevations while everyone else is out doing summery stuff. Whereas in the winters, a splitboard is used to earn some deep powder turns. Either way, you're able to conveniently explore some different terrain besides the local ski area.
Recently I headed up to Snoqualmie Pass for a quick afternoon tour of Silver Peak (elev. 5605 ft.)
Silver Peak rests directly behind the main ski areas at Snoqualmie. The peak itself can be seen as you drive west down from the pass.
At the top the view of a still frozen Annette Lake is gorgeous at this time of year.
This is the true summit of Silver Peak, not very rideable from the peak at this time of year but just below it are a few great drop points and even a few nice chutes seen in the middle left of this photo.
Toward the base of Silver is a meadow which you can meander through on your way to the top. In this photo you can the extreme avalanche hazard of a mountain that is Granite Mountain along with both directions of I-90 on the west side of Snoqualmie Pass.
Afterward I stopped to gaze at this colorful scene below Mt. Si in North Bend.

I had a great time touring the area while the snowpack is still in its place on Silver Peak. Can't wait to head back up for some more turns here in the month of June. Hope you are all getting outdoors to explore this summer!