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Winter ’15/16

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It’s officially spring as of a few days ago but winter was awesome. I did so much and got to meet so many sweet people. Shot a friends wedding, throwing down at new years, flew the drone, snowboarding, and got a dog. I think most importantly though I decided to focus on practicing my photography and really make myself get out and shoot instead of just shooting when I was working. I had a good time doing it too. Work picked up or I got lazy again, I’m not sure but I slowed down on shooting personal projects but I guess that’s what’s awesome about posting. It reminds me that what I really love doing and I think I’ll get back out there this week and do some more shooting.

 

 

It’s officially spring as of a few days ago but winter was awesome. I did so much and got to meet so many sweet people. Shot a friends wedding, threw down at new years, flew the drone, and got a dog. I think most importantly though I decided to focus on practicing my photography and really make myself get out and shoot instead of just shooting when I was working. I had a good time doing it too. Work picked up or I got lazy again, I’m not sure but I slowed down on shooting personal projects but I guess that’s what’s awesome about posting. It reminds me that what I really love doing and I think I’ll get back out there this week and do some more shoting.

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Solo Road Trip

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I’ve always wanted to try this out. Driving a long ways by yourself gives you time to do a lot of things that you normally wouldn’t do. That’s mostly think or listen to stuff your normally wouldn’t do on a normal drive. I drove from Orange County, CA to Bend, OR while visiting some friends along the way that I hadn’t seen in a while. In retrospect I don’t know that I would go that far solo again (for fun at least) but you never know. I do think that the first 8-10 hours of driving is totally doable solo again.

 

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Inyo National Forest

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This past weekend was my good friend Morgan Nelson’s Bachelor party, so, we went camping. This place is about 20 miles outside Bishop, CA and is freaking amazing. Even after one of the driest winters we have ever had there was plenty of water still running down this awesome stream. The forest along the river was quite spectacular as well. Being inside a pretty narrow valley made the views spectacular. We were camped out around 9000 feet and the peaks were still about 2000 feet higher than we were. This is definitely a place to come back to, and with all the different locations we can choose from to camp I don’t think I’ll ever end up in the same spot because there is just so many good choices, although I would totally be okay if I retuned to the exact same spot.

 

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Hurricane Marie

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One of the biggest swells we’ve seen in Orange County hit this week thanks to Hurricane Marie. While the wedge was still pretty epic I think that the really cool stuff came from the normally mild newport peninsula. On average, the waves here don’t get much bigger than 4 feet and we rarely see barreling shapes. A good chunk of these photo’s where taken from the 42nd street beach where the average wave was doing 12 feet and getting as big as 15. It was spectacular. I heard that the 17th street area was getting 20+ feet but I didn’t get a chance to check it out.

 

 

I wouldn’t want to be a lifeguard on a day like this. A big round of applause to these guys for braving the ridiculous surf and the unbelievable currents that go along with it.

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Dogwood Camping

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The Nelsons have been inviting me up to Dogwood campground for years, but I never could make it… until now. This place was rad, and I got to sleep in a hammock for the first time.

 

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Whale Watching

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Both my brothers live in the Dallas area so getting us all together is pretty rare. It was pretty sweet to be able to go out and chill with them on a boat today though

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Fall Fun

I have been trying to get out with my camera more lately and I have managed to have some fun doing it. Started off with some roommate bonding, followed by one of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed, and then some family time at the Aquarium of the pacific

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Joshua Tree

I am not usually a fan of the desert but Joshua Tree durring the early part of the year was pretty cool. It wasn’t hot (that is usually my complaint with the desert), it was actually downright cold, but it still had the serenity that you would expect from a desolate location. I got to do some hiking and bouldering while I was there which is always fun. I don’t have all the pics finished but here is some of them

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Mammoth Snowboarding

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I have never had the opportunity until this past weekend to go snowboarding outside of Southern California. To me that meant no challenge of a truly enormous ski area. As you can see below I had been to mammoth before but the chance to explore the mountain was so much more than I could have hoped for. There is so much to see and do on a hill this size that I didn’t even know where to start when I got there. Luckily I had some guides to help me along the way. I traversed most of the mountain throughout my day but I had to skip most of the runs in-between in order to get to see most of what this mountain will have to offer me in the future. Anyone in southern california who hasn’t had the chance to go up to a big mountain to ski yet really needs to make a point out of it. The experience is something I know I will remember for years to come.





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The Fall of Mammoth

The Sierra Nevadas is one of California’s most beautiful area’s in my opinion. Being from Southern California I don’t often get to see green landscape, tall trees and snow. I got to go up there this past weekend and experience one of my favorite seasons in a beautiful place; Mammoth Lakes. I have been to the lakes that make up this beautiful environment, the hot springs that come from the volcanic nature of this region, and some national monuments such as devils post pile  a geological phenomenon that only exists in Mammoth and New Zealand. I think that Mammoth and I are going to get to know each other better over the next few years as there is still much to explore but for now you can take a look at some of the photos I took while up there and take it in for yourself

 

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