I know I go here a lot, but it is so gorgeous and minutes from my house.
Sometimes I explore alone, but never without my cooler. Spent the day at Convict Lake; one of my favorite spots.
Decided to make a one night camping trip to the Alabama Hills and meet my goo friend there at the same time. We did a short little night shooting session followed up with some beer and campfire shenanigans.
Do you enjoy beer and good company? The Beer Savage movement is just that. Getting together with friends or strangers and enjoying the greatest beverage in the world together. Helping out others in their journeys with the gatherings of people for a beer or 3. I recently did some photos for the Beer Savage movement up here in Mammoth and it was a blast. Glad to be a part of and support this. "Channel your inner savage"
Be sure to follow along with the movement. www.BeerSavage.com
Gazing off into the beauty that Convict Lake holds. This is me with my Poler clothing and Langly camera bag. Both quality gear worth checking out if you haven't.
I have been given the opportunity to shoot some photos for this company that makes tough gear for adventures with your dog. Kristen and I took it out to Alabama Hills for a test run and some photos. Check out their website and keep an eye open for my stuff to show up! www.SkookumDog.com
I worked for Apple Inc. for almost 4 years and had a nice visit with some of my former coworkers that I can consider family. Was able to have a few drinks and some dinner with them.
This past weekend I was able to get up to the mountain and shoot some of the Olympic Qualifiers. With the guys and girls going big on the Slopestyle Finals as well as the Half Pipe, I was super excited to be a part of taking photos at the event. The weather was perfect and so was the vibe! You can see more of them on my Flickr or Instagram.
Last night, Kristen and I decided to head out to Mono Lake to shoot some of the Tufas. Well, we got there a bit too late and we lost some light. Although looking East was not working, looking West sure was. Take a look at this 20 minutes of glowing, flowing, and just absolutely beautiful sunset. It was 20 minutes of photos at a photo a second on my Nikon D800.
Today Kristen and I went for a quick spontaneous trip to Convict Lake. Instead of just hanging on the easy access beach, we decided to make the 3 mile loop around the lake. Makes me love this spot even more.
A week or so ago, we had an event at the Brewery and I was able to take some photos for it. Hoping to let people in on what our events are like at the brewery was my goal. This winter season we released a beer by the name of 1953 Red Ale. Mainly to support the mountains 60th anniversary, but we have people crossing their fingers in hopes that it will stick around all year. Take a look at the rest of the photos from this Retro Ski themed party in the Tasting Room here.
You can also follow the brewery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. www.MammothBrewingCo.com
Hey everyone, as you most of you started following me for my Wildland Fire photos through the summer, California wildfires have struck again in December. This fire burnt quickly and destroyed multiple homes in Big Sur. One of them being a photographers I have been following for a long while, @kodiakgreenwood. This is him pictured sitting where his home used to be. Along with his home he lost most of his professional photography equipment, archives, clothing, travel gear, and family keepsakes. I just wanted to help spread the word through the Instagram community that Kodiak could use a little assistance getting back on his feet. There is a donation link in his profile with some information on other ways to help, or just stop by his Instagram and leave some warm wishes. Thank you everyone, and best of luck to you Kodiak.
I have been using Rdio a lot lately and it helps me discover new music easier than any other way I have tried. It is free to use on their website or using the computer app. Small fee to get unlimited phone app usage. This album really sucks you in and makes you kinda forget whats going on around you. So good. A little folky, southern rockfish sound with lyrics capable of being sung along with. Check out Langhorne Slim, The Law!
It's quite the treat to have such a location so close to home. Kristen and I spent the afternoon soaking in the natural 100°+ spring water just outside town. Though it can be a popular spot for locals and visitors from out of town, this afternoon left us alone for the majority of the time and even through the sunset.
I thought of something... In the summer I throw trees, in the winter I throw kegs. I don't think I could ask for a better job through the winter to let me recover from the strenuous summer. If you are ever driving along the highway 395 you'll have to swing on in.
After working for Apple a couple years, I took a promotion to open a new store and run the inventory there in Temecula. Jon ended up being my right hand man doing so and we really got along well. Neither one of us work for Apple anymore but our friendship continues. Recently he made the trek up to Mammoth for Thanksgiving. It was nice to have some company through the holiday for Kristen and I. Let alone having a partner in crime for a couple adventures while he was here.
The fact that this group of friend go out and explores the great outdoors in their area, and do it with style always blows me away. Looks fun, looks quality, and looks sincere.
Such great voices make this a pleasant song to listen to.
One thing I enjoy on Halloween is having a fire, a beer or three, and handing out candy in front of the house. So that is exactly what we did. Actually, this is exactly what I have done since I outgrew trick or treating. Otherwise my dad would follow me and the cousins around pulling a wagon for the cooler and extra stuff along with the aunts and uncles as we made the rounds around the block. This year we all dressed up and headed over to Kathy and Randy's to celebrate the evening.
I forgot to mention Kristen cut off 10 inches of her all natural super blonde locks to donate to the program similar to "Locks of Love" that Pantene puts on called "Beautiful Lengths." Prior to bagging it up and sending it off, we decided to have a little fun first. Mustache!
The first time Kristen and I visited Mammoth was for a camping trip over my birthday weekend a couple years ago. We actually camped right there in those trees to the right. Just pulling into town, I had the feeling that this is where I wanted to live. Let alone after spending the weekend on this beautiful lake. Oh, and coincidently it was Oktoberfest weekend too. Which was not planned; I promise. Sure enough a couple months later we were making the move to Mammoth and absolutely loved it. Here we are know on our second year and still feeling the same way. So of course we had to go visit Twin Lakes and our camp site before it was covered in snow and the lake was frozen over.
Well, fire season really made summer fly by and I didn't get a chance to do a lot of the things I had planned in Oregon. It's over now, and we are back home in California. Mammoth Lakes to be exact. It feels really good to be here. There are so many places to see in this area and I can not wait to visit them all. Winter is coming quickly, so that will make certain places tough to see, but that just means more time to spend riding the mountain and brewing beer. Fine by me.
After a 21 day, 336 hour, roll to Montana... it was time to relax.
So I did and I had some help doing so from some family I hadn't seen in a few months. My Mom, Stepdad, and little brother made the drive from Southern California to Southern Oregon overnight and spent the couple days with Kristen and I. Emigrant Lake is where we had some beverages, hot-links, and fun in the Oregon sun.
After a good three years of using my Nikon D60 I felt I had out grown it and wanting more out of a camera. I decided to take the plunge and get a full frame DSLR. I went with the Nikon D800 and couldn't be more excited about my decision. We will see what it does to my photography!