Spirit of the Caldera

I have a few photo series that I’ve never fully published, because spamming a social media feed with lots of similar pictures feels a bit out of place to me. But I always wanted a place to share them together. This blog seems like the right place, where I can tell a full story and show the complete set of images.

To start these photo series, I’ll go back to Yellowstone in 2015 when I photographed a bull elk resting next to the warm steam of the fumaroles at the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

I followed the elk for about an hour, careful to keep him against the setting sun, and with the steaming fumaroles behind him, until he finally went to rest. I used no filters. Instead, I let the sun hit straight into the lens by removing my lens hood, and by shooting through pine needles that flared and streaked golden light into the camera, creating colorful bokeh effects.

Shooting without the lens hood and with blurry foreground elements sometimes tinted the image orange, sometimes green, and sometimes turned it into a soft, low-contrast gray. The larger bokeh effects were from the pine needles, which sometimes directly touched my lens and sparkled under the direct sunlight.

Before the elk had settled down, it had been grazing among the tall grasses, dipping his head into the gold. I took two close-ups, focused on the antlers, that I think serve as perfect bookends.

This was a magical moment I’ll never forget. Yellowstone is so full of wonders, the alien landscape should be enough, but you also get the incessant flow of wildlife on top of it, always around you and always diverse.

New website, brand new blog

I built a new website! This time I’m focusing all my efforts towards photography, but still keeping my animation, 3d design, layout and illustration work available. I’m using the new logo and branding I had been working on months ago, and trying out Squarespace for the hosting and services.

Squarespace seems to do exactly what I need it to do, as long as I take my time to carefully customize CSS codes and add my own details for the design. But the functionality is right, managing the content has been extremely easy, and the shop integration will come in handy once I finish setting that up.

One thing that is not as versatile as I hoped, is the gallery options. I wish I had more control over the look of the galleries without too much manual CSS coding, but the default options look professional and are versatile enough for now.

old websites 1997 to 2015.jpg

Here’s a look at how my websites have evolved, since I was a “hacker” with a warez page in the 90’s, to when my focus switched towards animation, then a darker tone redesign, followed by a clean white during my obsession with 3D printing, and now on to photography.

And what is this about a blog? What year is it?

I’ve been good about posting constant updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but I felt like a lot of the images I post need a more connected structure. Every once in a while, I want to write something slightly longer, with multiple images, describing specific projects I’m working on and adventures worth sharing. I might also talk more in depth about my process, gear, and techniques I use, as well as any research I put into my photo projects.