Mammoth in Tundra

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO / Settings: F.14, ISO 100, 250 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and proto Night-Writer.

On a recent trip out to Denver Colorado, Astrobandit and I took the short drive out to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The views were wild and beautiful everywhere we looked, but I took special note of the Tundra section of the park - an area of extremely high elevation, unique flora, and very cold temperatures at night (even during the summer months).

For this spot, I wanted to try another light-fossil - I've been on a rainbow-skeleton kick lately and needed a Mammoth in the mix. At around 40 degrees just after sunset with nothing more than a long sleeved shirt, I was happy to get this one first try - the next attempt resulted in a dying battery to my prototype light-pen. 

Staying in Denver was awesome, I was surprised how many great breweries were out there, we had an incredible sour beer that used a colorful sticker-label on blank cans that looked a lot like the cover to this old nintendo T&C surf game:

Special thanks to Jerrico and Michael for letting us stay with them, we will have to visit again in another month or so to see the changing color of leaves - the alpine trees can really give you a show.

I took this last shot at sunrise from the City Park. Another location for my Postcard Project series.

Next Level

Location: Los Angeles, CA / Settings: F5.6-22, ISO 400, 549 seconds.

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Night-Writer with Red, Blue and Green Color-tips.

People use the term 'next level' to describe upping their game on a personal level - to take what they've learned, and apply it to something that far surpassed what they've already done. 

I'm not sure I would say this image is truly next level for me, but I wanted to comment on the phenomenon and thought this might be a good way to do it.

The main idea is that in life, work, art etc, our greatest challenge is ourselves - every time you knock that ball out of the park, you are setting your personal bar higher.. Conversely, you make it tougher on yourself to achieve that next level.

For this shot I've incorporated a few tricks I've learned over the years - some surface painting for the piranha plant - turning a fallen chimney into a warp pipe. Casting Red on the ground around our hero, and a bit of Blue around the pipe for contrast. This was all done at F5.6 at ISO 400.

Next, I adjusted the Fstop to F22 (you can do that manually on a 14mm Rokinon lens) and started with the characters. Green tip on the Night-Writer for our Piranha Plant, changing to red and white for the face, then off to paint Mario - happy to have nailed the eyes!