I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming, and from a very young age started hiking, camping, boating, and fishing with my family. In the summers we would drive to secluded areas and camp there for days. Other summers we would spend exploring the wonderful national parks scattered across the western United States. Even in the winters my father would take me to his worksite at Diamond Lake, where we'd camp for days in a small Aljo while he conducted his research.
My father was a watershed hydrologist who spent much of his life studying blowing and drifting snow. Many of the snow fences you see along I-80, especially near Elk Mountain, are the product of the research he and his colleagues pursued for so many years with the goal of keeping that highway open in the winter and preventing accidents. The weathered wood background you see on my website is similar to the weathered wood you can find on old Wyoming snow fences, a small tribute to my father, who instilled in me an appreciation and respect for nature and the desire to try and capture it in photographs.
It was my father who bought me my first real camera, a Pentax MX. I loved that camera and took it everywhere I went. I was always trying to capture the beauty that my dad and I both saw in those wonderful, and sometimes brutal, environments.
By the time I graduated from the University of Wyoming, I had traveled to, and photographed, beautiful places in Canada, Bolivia, Peru, and Japan.
My career started in California where I lived for three years, and then Matsuyama, Japan where I lived another three years. After returning to the states I moved back to Colorado, and have lived there ever since. I've traveled to, and lived in, some amazingly beautiful places, but Colorado is special.
Now I spend most of my free time hiking, camping, and taking photos as I try to capture the beauty and essence of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. I feel it is very important that to try to give people a sense of how beautiful and special these places are, and how important it is that we do everything possible to protect whatever wilderness remains for future generations.
About My Camera Equipment
I currently use a Sony Alpha 7 MIII 42MP camera for my landscape photography and a Sony Alpha 9 24MP camera for journalistic photography. These two cameras give me best-in-class focus and low light performance in a relatively light-weight package. For lenses I primarily use Sony's FE 2.8 16-35 GM, Sony's FE 2.8 24-70 GM, and Sony's FE 2.8 70-200 GM OSS. I also use a Canon 24mm TS-E tilt/shift lens with a Metabones adaptor that can increase depth of field and facilitate panoramas. I also use a Nikon D810 with four lenses; the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, and the Nikon 17-35mm f2.8. I still prefer Nikon over Sony when it comes to astrophotography and shots of the Milky Way.
For drone photography, I use DJI's Phantom 4 Pro and occasionally the Mavic Pro.
And finally there are times when nothing beats a point-and-shoot camera, and for that I use use Panasonic's Lumix DC-ZS70.