Change is in the air…

Golden fall aspens and firs in the San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado USA (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. Everything in the natural world is in a state of flux and the woods of both coasts are a patchwork of color. Mention fall color though and many people naturally think only of New England and its glowing maples, but the quaking aspen of the west are equally vibrant especially when back lit.

This image was made in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado shortly before an early snow fall blanketed the landscape. A 180mm lens compressed the scene across this narrow valley and emphasized the contrast of aspen and evergreens.

Tioga Pass Ski Trip

Backcountry skier in fresh snow below Tioga Pass, Inyo National Forest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

This image was taken on a backcountry ski trip over Tioga Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For adventure photography one of my favorite lenses is the Nikkor 16mm. Its small size and easy handling make it a perfect choice for fast action and its wide field of view really lets the viewer connect with the scene. An added plus is the beautiful sun star that is achieved when the lens is stopped down to its smallest aperture.

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The Wave

Swirling sandstone formation known as "The Wave" in the Coyote Buttes area, Paria Plateau, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona. (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

As a followup to my last post, The Wave is another gem of the southwest that’s a very popular destination with photographers, but also one of the most remote spots on the map. So remote in fact that on my first trip I failed to find it – even with a GPS!

It’s a wonderful example of chaos theory applied to geology. Basically a petrified sand dune that’s been carved by the forces of wind and water over the ages, it’s easy to see how it got its name. I made this image a few years ago on my second trip to the area, which lies on the Arizona/Utah border southwest of Lake Powell. The image was taken with a 20mm wide-angle lens to emphasize the dizzying curves and create a sense that the formation is much bigger than it really is.

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