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! 
https://gogetfunding.com/cross-country-exploration/

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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Story Behind the Image: 4

This is my NEW series I am going to do on my blog about the images I have taken. I'll be able to give a perspective and description of everything going on in the one moment that I clicked the shutter. If you have any other images you'd like to hear the story behind make sure to email me at nkoehlerphotography@gmail.com

Image: Covered Bridge Water Spill
Where: McConnell's Mill State Park
Year: 2017
Camera: Nikon D750, 24-79 f2.8

McConnell's Mill State Park is a park close to home. This state park is well traveled but often overlooked for photography. For me it's one of my favorite places because of that. I can go and search and discover new angles that haven't been captured before. Along with that nature has this aura of calmness, even in the most catastrophic events; nature and landscapes give me the calmness I look forward to when shooting. 

This image in particular I was hiking down the trail past the Covered Bridge looking for a spot to shoot. While scaling some rocks looking around, I found this spot. A beautiful view of the Red Covered bridge, some green moss and water flowing in and out between the rocks. I was surprised by this view because it set up the perfect landscape scenario for foreground to background. As taking this shoot I was able to observe and relax; I had a long exposure set up to bring out of the crispness in the light and the smoothness of the water. The visual of smooth water makes the viewing of this image so much smoother. It is definitely one of my favorites from this State Park. If you ever have the need to go out and do light hiking around some beautiful nature near Pittsburgh, McConnell's Mill State Park is the place to go!

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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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Story Behind the Image: 3

This is my NEW series I am going to do on my blog about the images I have taken. I'll be able to give a perspective and description of everything going on in the one moment that I clicked the shutter. If you have any other images you'd like to hear the story behind make sure to email me at nkoehlerphotography@gmail.com

Image: Barge Sunrise
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Year: 2017
Camera: Nikon D750, 24-70 2.8

This image happened on an early June morning. I was driving down to the West End Overlook while scouting out the low clouds. I felt that it would be a good sunrise. Upon arriving to the Overlook I grabbed my camera equipment and moved to my favorite viewpoint there. This viewpoint gives me the opportunity to look through some plants along the hill into the downtown region of Pittsburgh. My main expectation for this image was just a sunrise with the sun blasting through the image. But the sight was much different, Pittsburgh was covered in clouds and it was a very quiet morning. So waiting till the sun was rising I started shooting. Around the time I was going to leave the sun reached this spot in the sky and I saw the Barge to start moving off the dock. I was over-excited to see some action happening while the sunrise was this beautiful and the fog had cleared off Pittsburgh. Very happy with this image and is one of my top images on Instagram. @nkoehlerphotography

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Story Behind the Image: 2

This is my NEW series I am going to do on my blog about the images I have taken. I'll be able to give a perspective and description of everything going on in the one moment that I clicked the shutter. If you have any other images you'd like to hear the story behind make sure to email me at nkoehlerphotography@gmail.com

Image: Duquesne Incline Sunrise
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Year: 2017
Camera: Nikon D750, 24-70 2.8

This image is from the Duquesne Incline from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, PA. I had been wanting to take this image for awhile before I finally went to capture it. I figured sunrise would be the best time to go. Watching the sun rise behind the city is one of the most beautiful things. The sun had just had a dramatic rise before this morning clear white sky sprung into action. This light brought the leaves a glow and a highlight on the side of the Cable Car moving up and down the hill. When noticing this light began to show I quickly changed my settings to accommodate the possibility of a sun flare shooting across the frame. What I like most about this image is the simplicity of how the city looks and the light casting across the sky hitting the summer leaves. I could not have asked for better conditions, and will be for sure back up here when the fall leaves settle in. 
 

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This is my NEW series I am going to do on my blog about the images I have taken. I'll be able to give a perspective and description of everything going on in the one moment that I clicked the shutter. If you have any other images you'd like to hear the story behind make sure to email me at nkoehlerphotography@gmail.com

Image: One Man Band
Where: Venice, Italy
Year: 2017
Camera: D750, 24-70 f2.8

This image sticks out a lot to me when I look back on my trip to Italy. I was walking through the alley ways of Venice looking for street photography and anything to capture. I stepped away into an alley to relax for a minute and just look around. When, all of a sudden this man the "One Man Band" came strolling through the street in the middle of the day playing his heart out. The difference about this man than past street performers was that he was traveling around rather than staying in one spot. While pushing and pulling the accordion, his heels jingling, his back holding a drum that would keep a beat and cymbals also. And to top his performance off he was wearing a funnel-hat with bells and a strap. When hearing this character come down the street I knew exactly what I needed to do. I analyzed the situation and when he would make it down the street to where I was waiting. A few other photographers presences seemed to make the "One Man Band" shy away but he kept playing. Waiting a few moments till he was directly in a path with no one in his way I walked over and stood right in front of him and snapped a few quick pictures before giving some euros into his box. Normally I don't get in front of people and obstruct the natural happenings of the situation. This image however brought that out of me and I got the shot I envisioned in my head upon arrival of this "One Man Band".

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Niagara Falls

I've only ever been to the USA side of the Falls until this past Summer when I was able to experience them from the Canadian side. Seeing how large scale and amazing this water fall is sure a motivator to push closer to where I want my photography to be. I love traveling so much it's all I can think about when I have time. I hope to be able to start traveling again soon to get some new landscape content for everyone. Been around Pittsburgh a lot and filling up my Pittsburgh Portfolio very quickly. But for now, enjoy these photos of Niagara Falls!

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Congaree National Park

This national park is on the Western side of South Carolina. It is home to a beautiful swamp based area with a lot of mosquitos, spiders, and many other animal species. The main trail here is the Boardwalk Trail which takes you through a swampy area filled with Cyprus trees, Cyprus knees, and water logged spots. The main wet seasons for this park are in Late Winter, Early Spring. If you are down in South Carolina I'd recommend checking out this National Park. Just watch out for mosquitos. 

Definitely a spot to check out if you're interested in a Marsh land type forest on the East Coast!

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Pittsburgh's Beauty

Pittsburgh in my opinion is one of the most photogenic cities. Being able to live near Pittsburgh gives me the opportunity to continually capture images of the beautiful sights around. The different architecture and the perfect horizons for sunrise and sunsets give Pittsburgh a whole different dynamic. This blog post will be updated with new photos every so often with Pittsburgh sights! So make sure to keep checking back to see new things that are being captured and uploaded. 

Thank you so much for checking these out! If you have any requests or questions feel free to ask!

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