The Nigardsbreen glacier in Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Norway’s Nigardsbreen Glacier

We hiked fjords and drove through icy landscapes.  We saw incredible architecture, and we scaled hillsides without food or water.  And we even marveled at thunderous waterfalls under the never-ending daylight.

But we saved the best for last.

We had already been wow’d to the next level and beyond, and we thought nothing could possibly top our experience at the Kjenndalen glacier, but we were wrong.  We were about to be floored by the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

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TWOI: 7/16/18

Happy Monday!

The summertime has been very busy for me, so I have unfortunately been unable to dedicate much time to posting to social media.  As such, I only have a few images this week.

I’m also considering changing or ceasing these posts altogether.  I’d like to take my posts in a slightly new direction, so I’m evaluating all I’m currently doing to see how it fits into the bigger picture.  Look forward to more details soon.  I’m excited for the change.

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Bryce Canyon: Hiking the Rim Trail

These adventurous photographers spent our last day in the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park soaking up every view we possibly could!  We rose early for one last fiery sunrise, and we kept our boots on the trail as long as we could before taking the grueling trip back to Salt Lake (why, oh why didn’t any of us look at a map before we booked our flights??).  We were loath to leave, but we could only shoot so many hoodoos… right?

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Photostory: The Duane-venture

I’m taking a slight break from the Bryce posts to bring you a local photostory.  As the weather continues to improve, we’re getting out more, and I’m taking more pictures of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

The trip involves closed paved roads, easy trails, tough trails, tunnels, scrambling, and really nice scenery.  The distance is 5-6 miles.  Elevation gain is approximately 800 feet.  There will be ropes.

Equipment:
– Layers of clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
– Sturdy boots with good traction
– Flashlight (yep)
– Work gloves
– Sunglasses for protection against branches
– Spare clothes to change into afterwards
– Definitely bring camera gear, but keep it light.  Tripods are recommended.

The Duane-venture

Woman in a riverbank in a mossy forest, photographing the water | LotsaSmiles Photography

We have a friend.  His name is Duane.  He knows a lot of the local hikes, and he’s kind enough to share those with us.  He likes to chase waterfalls.

Duane’s also familiar with many “off-road” trails – ones without parking lots or paved paths or crowds.  Most don’t have bathrooms.  Many don’t have officially marked trailheads.  Some don’t even have well-established paths through the underbrush.

These are the hikes we’ve dubbed the “Duane-ventures.”  And these are oftentimes the highlights of my summers.
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WC: 5 Things that Drastically Improved My Photography in 2017

I’m constantly learning.  But I love building on my skills and improving.  How boring would this world be if there was nothing new left to learn?  There aren’t as many items as last year, but while I’m finding fewer things that really improve my art each year, I hope to never stop growing.

Here are a few things that drastically improved my photography in 2017:
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Backpacking Alaska – Day 5: Bears

Ordinarily, this post would be for my monthly photo challenge, but that didn’t seem too popular, so I’m tabling that for now.  Perhaps I’ll revive that sometime later.  In the meantime, you get more bears!

In fact, this is the last daily installment of my grand backpacking adventure through the Alaskan bush.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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