Iceland Solo Adventure

January I finally had my breaking point with wanting to go see Iceland. I finally booked my plane ticket to force myself to make it to my dream destination. February came along and it was time to travel to Iceland. Originally I wasn’t going to go to Iceland as a Solo-Trip. I scheduled it so quickly, I didn’t have any extra time to organize any travel buddies. So I landed in Iceland early morning and ventured to my rental car. Was able to get the rental car reasonably fast and off I was towards Reykjavik. The point of this trip was to discover a new destination, see the culture, landscape, and to hopefully have a chance at capturing the Northern Lights. To get around the country I rolled around in a Nissan SUV. While living in the car, I had to listen to the roaring Iceland wind at night. About 4 days into my 7 day trip there were 180km/h winds that prevented me from driving for half the day. I also got to explore a cave that was used in a scene of Game of Thrones. Along with meeting a lot of pleasant travelers on the way exploring the country too. The Ring-Road brought a lot of unexpected landscapes, I absolutely was stopping the car every 5 minutes to capture something completely different than the last 5 minutes. Well, here are my photos from my crazy cross-country Iceland trip.

Reykjavik - Leifur Eiríksson Statue

Reykjavik - Leifur Eiríksson Statue

Crazy waves

Crazy waves

Famous church in Vík

Famous church in Vík

Iceland Horse Farmers

Iceland Horse Farmers

Ice and Stars

Ice and Stars

Vestrahorn

Vestrahorn

Game of Thrones Cave

Game of Thrones Cave

Waterfall Rainbow

Waterfall Rainbow

Stallion Mountain

Stallion Mountain

S-curve River

S-curve River

Kirkjufellfoss

Kirkjufellfoss

Northern Lights - Kirkjufellfoss

Northern Lights - Kirkjufellfoss

Crazy yellow landscape

Crazy yellow landscape

Horse photo-bomb

Horse photo-bomb

Beautiful sea-stack on black sand beach

Beautiful sea-stack on black sand beach

Glacial spikes

Glacial spikes

Mountain Peak

Mountain Peak

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Snowy mood on farm house

Snowy mood on farm house

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Höfn

Höfn

Stone pathway to Red Church

Stone pathway to Red Church

Northern Lights - Kirkjufellfoss

Northern Lights - Kirkjufellfoss

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New York City

I had never experienced New York City on a sunny day in any of the times I’ve been there. So I made it one of my goals this year to capture the city in all of it’s glory in early Fall and finally capture a sunny day. I was able to accomplish this goal out of the weather giving me all the luck. Can’t wait to go back and capture more in New York, New York.

The trip started out with what looked to be a busted sunset. But I lucked out and was able to capture this beautiful red sunset from the Top of the Rock. The next day was a cloudy morning. So I went to the Oculus to capture the beautiful white architecture throughout the train station. After that the clouds cleared up and I was able to capture a beautiful sunset. Then on the last day I was able to capture a gorgeous Golden Hour after a cloudy Sunrise in DUMBO. After I went to Grand Central Station to finally capture the classic shot of the amazing golden Terminal. Then I ventured to Central Park to photograph the beginning fall colors around the Bow Bridge.

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Upstate New York

At the end of the summer I decided to sleep and travel through central New York to North Western New York. Some of the most beautiful locations on the east coast are contained in this area. The locations I went to are Letchworth State Park, Chimney Bluffs State Park, and had a little fun of exploring in Rochester. While on this trip I wanted to sleep in my car so I found places to sleep each of the nights I was traveling. Many hours of driving and hard-work here are some of the images!

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San Francisco

After a lot of recovering and relaxation. I traveled back to San Francisco to enjoy the views and vacation there. Some of the cool locations were downtown San Francisco, V. Sattui Winery, along the Coast, and I met a sea lion. Here are some of the images!

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Washington D.C.

The Cherry Blossom festival is something I've always wanted to photograph since I was told it existed. This year was the year I was finally able to make it down to D.C. to capture the beautiful cherry blossoms all around the city. Arriving to D.C. I was able to explore around and see the blossoms the first time during a sunset near the Washington Monument. I then stayed out till 11pm that night to try and capture some images of the buildings and monuments around D.C. Staying out late put me in a position to not wake up for sunrise, but I did anyway to try for one last push for the image I wanted so bad of the blossoms. Before leaving the city I went around and I photographed some of the images during the day! With all that being said, I hope you enjoy the images!

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Aruba

Welcome to Aruba, I small little Island about 19mi long and 8mi wide with winds that average 18mph everyday. I was here February 10-18 of 2018 exploring and experiencing the Aruban culture and climate. One thing that stuck out most to me was the windy days combined with the heat created a great temperature to enjoy during the day. Aruba being a touristy destination has a lot to offer. You can quad around the Island, jet ski, sunset cruises, parasailing, snorkeling, you name it they probably have it. From the most northern part of the island to the most southern part of the island it is lined with hotel after hotel on the left side, and on the right it's lined with beautiful rocky scenery and a National Park. This small little island only being 6mi from Venezuela is apart of South America. Being this close to South America made me want to have an impromptu trip to Peru, but that would've been a little hard to do considering the time of year. The activities I was able to experience were the Quads, a couch type tubing in the sea, a sunset cruise, and then I watched wild Pelican's hunt for food off the beaches by the resort. This trip was filled with drama, I almost lost my drone to 25mph winds and the sea, I was thankfully able to bring it back; the wind also played a game of knocking over my camera and tripod every once and awhile. The landscape and the people were great and fun. Here are images I took from this trip!

The famous Divi Tree. This was a must have shot, I went during sunrise. Did not regret it, except this is when the wind knocked my camera and tripod over 3 times!

The famous Divi Tree. This was a must have shot, I went during sunrise. Did not regret it, except this is when the wind knocked my camera and tripod over 3 times!

The rocky coast drew my eye when I saw the waves crashing and leaking through the cracks. 

The rocky coast drew my eye when I saw the waves crashing and leaking through the cracks. 

This image from my drone is a product of 25MPH winds carrying my drone to the sea and me fighting to bring it back. 

This image from my drone is a product of 25MPH winds carrying my drone to the sea and me fighting to bring it back. 

Pelican hunting at 4pm for dinner

Pelican hunting at 4pm for dinner

Golden Hour wings

Golden Hour wings

The beautiful California Lighthouse during Sunset. With some Cacti in the foreground.

The beautiful California Lighthouse during Sunset. With some Cacti in the foreground.

Beautiful rainbow during one morning

Beautiful rainbow during one morning

What is left of the Natural Bridge. Was fortunate enough to come go here for sunrise.

What is left of the Natural Bridge. Was fortunate enough to come go here for sunrise.

Beautiful sunrise shooting through stacked rocks.

Beautiful sunrise shooting through stacked rocks.

Waves were shooting into this wall and jumping out taller than me standing on top of this. About a 10ft drop into the first level of this wave pool.

Waves were shooting into this wall and jumping out taller than me standing on top of this. About a 10ft drop into the first level of this wave pool.

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Drone!

Recently I got the DJI Mavic Pro drone. This thing is a beast for what it's been through so far. I flew it in the snow storm, sunny days, snowy days, and in decently fast winds. I try to not really test my equipment, but it's become a habit recently; you'd be surprised as to what this gear can do.  I've been able to fly it in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Aruba so far. I will definitely bring it with me wherever I go to continuously look in different perspectives. This drone will be a great tool to have on this upcoming summer road-trip!

Here are some photos I've been able to photograph already.

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National Park Exploration

Coming up this year in May - June of 2018 a few friends and I will be making way across the country to experience all the beautiful sights and wildlife. Along side this experience, I will be photographing and sharing the experience through social media. We are accepting donations to help us with this trip, but if you donate enough you can receive a Free Print of your Choice from the trip!! The remainder of the donations we receive will be donated to SeaLegacy to help improve the healthiness of our oceans. 

Here is the link to the fundraising page! All donations are appreciated and a lot of help! 
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Here is the map and the names of every place we'll be visiting. 
If you have any questions please contact me at anytime! 

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We will be starting in Pittsburgh, PA > Chicago, IL > Maquoketa, IA > Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refugee, NE > Badlands National Park, SD > Custer State Park, SD > Black Hills National Forest, SD > Thunder Basin National Grassland, WY > Yellowstone National Park, WY > Grand Teton National Park, WY > Glacier National Park, MT > Banff National Park, Canada > Yoho National Park, Canada > North Cascades National Park, WA > Seattle, WA > Olympic National Park, WA > Mount Rainier National Park, WA > Portland, OR > Siuslaw National Forest, OR > Brookings, Oregon > Travertine Hot Springs, CA > Yosemite National Park, CA > San Francisco, CA > National Bridges State Beach, CA > Big Sur, CA > El Matador Beach Road, CA >  Death Valley National Park, CA > Joshua Tree National Park, CA > Las Vegas, NV > Grand Canyon National Park, AZ > Zion National Park, UT > Bryce Canyon, UT > Antelope Canyon, AZ > Monument Valley, UT > Canyonlands National Park, UT > White River National Forest, CO > Garden of the Gods, CO > Rocky Mountains, CO.

We are hoping this trip can change our life, conserve these beautiful parks, and help make the oceans cleaner.

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Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island, Maine. This park is normally frequented in the spring/summer, but winter was more appealing to me. To start the trip we arrived at 5a.m. to then hike up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise. Sunrise was so beautiful from the top of Cadillac Mountain, but the wind chill had the temperature down to -27 Fahrenheit. It was a bit chilly, but we made it up the 2.2mi hike to the peak. Here are a few shots from Cadillac Mountain. 

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After Cadillac Mountain we went to breakfast and then made our way to the AirBnB. It was about 10-15min from Bar Harbor. For sunset we made way to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the coastline of Mount Desert Island. 

After I was able to capture a few images in the cold with stars it was time to go and relax. 
The next day it was decided to go to Boulder Beach, Otter Cliff, and Thunder Hole!

Then it was onto Schoodic Point for sunset. We didn't stay there long because it was freezing and the wind was overpowering. Here is the one shot I was able to get upon some of the icy rocks. 

Acadia National Park was such a beautiful park and can't wait to experience it in the different seasons. 

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Sunrise in Pittsburgh

Sunrises in Pittsburgh have always amazed me. I don't know if it's because I go at the right times or if it's all the time. But the images I tend to capture during sunrise always excite me. This past Thursday morning was a morning I thought was a bust. Showing up to the Duquesne Incline everything was foggy and you could only see about 50ft in front of you. This gave me the hope that maybe the fog would clear up as the sun rose. That happened to be the case and it gave me one of the most beautiful images I have ever taken of Pittsburgh. This had been my first sunrise shoot in probably 1 month and it excites me and motivates me more to go out in the early hours of the morning!

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This image is surely one of my favorites and I'll probably get a print of it for myself!

 

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