I’ve always dreamed of getting a shot like this. This distant sailboat in passing would’ve normally been an afterthought, but shooting with a 100-400mm lens this trip has provided a nice change of perspective from the usual wide angle beach landscapes I shoot. It’s refreshing to see things from a new perspective, one of the pros of traveling with photographers, each who views the world through different eyes. #BeyondThePier#BeAlpha
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Surprisingly, one of the best parts of our #beyondthepier project has been experiencing those quiet minutes, early in the morning before anyone else is awake. There’s very few times you get a public beach to yourself, so moments like these are especially nice to cherish. @shortstache, @cassheridan and myself had this little stretch in Cayucos all to ourselves before hitting the road south on our journey. 32 piers down, 6 to go...
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When the mountains meet the beaches you know you’ve found a magical place. 3 trips to South Africa so far and can’t wait for a 4th.
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If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you may have seen that I’m underway on a road trip that’s been on my bucket list ever since starting photography...traveling the entire coast of California capturing all 38 coastal piers. @sonyalpha loved the idea too and the trip made for the perfect opportunity to showcase their new 24mm f1.4 lens. When I was just learning photography in San Diego, I’d get off work and the closest beach I could make it to before sunset was Scripps Pier. I loved how each day was a new canvas. Different people, a changing sunset, the ebb and flow of the waves, etc. Each day was a challenge to capture something new and creative and that was the only hook I needed to fall in love with it. Over the years I’ve visited a lot of the Southern California piers, but hitting all them on one trip was an undertaking I wasn’t able to go after until now. @shortstache, @cassheridan and myself left early afternoon and drove 15 hours in a row with the hopes of making our northern most target, Crescent City pier, before sunrise. It was a rough night rotating drivers and fighting the ticking clock but we somehow landed in the parking lot 10 minutes before the sun rose! We enjoyed a deep breathe of relief, but can’t soak it in too long because we’re off southbound towards our final stop in San Diego right on the border of Mexico. The adventure begins... #BeyondThePier#BeAlpha
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Sunrise in Mauritius, a distant island east of Madagascar I had only read about in books and seen rarely on social media. Only a few hours from South Africa, the allure of visiting was too great so we hopped a flight and arrived in this magical place for a few days. Our home at @fsmauritius was pure paradise. I was blown away by the beautiful beaches, warm water, incredible food, and more impressively the rich local culture. More to come from this island oasis in the Indian Ocean. 🌴
374 168675:01 PM Nov 7, 2018
After experiencing the magic of Hermanus, we cruised through the mountain pass and dropped into wine country. Behold Franschhoek, one of my favorite parts of South Africa! Vineyards and farmlands sprinkled all through the valley and surrounded by the mountain range. In the heart of the valley lies @laresidencesa, one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and our second visit to a property in the immaculate @theroyalportfolio collection. It was the perfect home base for our day exploring the valley and refreshing at the midpoint of our trip. This marked my third visit to Franschhoek and each trip seems to be better than the last. It’s the perfect stop if you’re visiting Cape Town and there’s tons of shops, incredible restaurants, and hikes in the mountains. Easy to see why South African wine has so many fans around the world. Wish I could’ve spent more time here but the journey must continue!
156 76459:51 PM Nov 6, 2018
Chasing those early morning sunrises in Hermanus during my stay at @birkenheadhouse. Watching the water turn orange while whales breached constantly, I thought I was in heaven. I knew Cape Town had amazing beaches, but venturing further along the South African coast to this beach town was something I’ll recommend to anyone visiting the country. Hard to leave a place with waves, whales, and wine. Hits all the checkmarks on my bucket list 😎
301 159264:27 PM Nov 4, 2018
Hermanus, the town with champagne air. Then there’s @birkenheadhouse…perched on the cliff overlooking one of the most magical stretches of ocean I’ve seen. I had read about the world class whale watching but I had no idea what was in store for us during our stay in this incredible town. Whales were breaching right outside the hotel...you didn’t need a boat or a plane, we watched from our bedroom with awe as every few seconds we’d see a new one. We could barely eat breakfast on the balcony without wanting to stop and watch the whales play. It was one of those moments that almost seemed too dreamy to be real, but what we learned during our stay in Hermanus was that it was only a small piece of what makes this one of my new favorite places in the world. Incredible wineries and vineyards 15 minutes away, mountains directly behind the property with hiking trails overlooking the coast, and incredible food. @theroyalportfolio has a real gem with this one of a kind property and I hope I have another trip to Hermanus soon in my future.
315 169043:22 AM Nov 3, 2018
Fall colors lighting up one of the most beautiful spots in California. Each season in Yosemite is beautiful, but something about those reds and oranges makes it extra special 🍁
Shot on @sonyalpha a9 with 16-35mm f4 lens. #alphacollective
453 204013:18 AM Nov 1, 2018
Spending so much time with these amazing creatures the past week at @lionsandsgamereserve changed me. Their intelligence is fascinating. They are one of the only animals ever witnessed to mourn their dead. Recently deceased elephants have been seen receiving a burial ceremony and skeletal remains have been seen getting respects paid to by passing herds who touch their trunks to the bones. A pregnant mother will chew on the leaves of the Boraginaceae family tree to help induce labor. They use sticks as tools, solve problems, and have a set social hierarchy. Even in the middle of the bush, deep in the wild, it only takes one look into their eyes and you can sense they understand you. They’re also disappearing off this planet. Current poaching kills 25,000-35,000 elephants each year for their ivory. It’s a number that’s hard to fathom until you hear stories from locals about how prevalent they used to be and how much rarer sightings are becoming. I’ll never forget these past few days at Lion Sands getting to spend time in close proximity and learn more about these beautiful animals. My only hope is we don’t become the cause of their disappearance from this planet before future generations can have an experience like this.
161 82438:16 PM Oct 30, 2018
Let me paint a picture for you. As the sun dipped below the horizon at @lionsandsgamereserve we watched the sky turn from orange into a fiery red. As the color faded to a deep blue, we watched the stars begin to shine through and the only sounds you could hear were the hyenas in the distance carried by the wind blowing across the landscape. Day and night are two different worlds here in Kruger National Park. During the day we came across a leopard watch her young cub climb a tree. We watched birds soar across the rivers. We saw elephants, young and old in a herd making their way to the river and eating everything in their path. It’s an exciting time to be on a game drive. At night there’s an eerie silence and a whole new plethora of animals out and about. Our guide @markbushlife found a quiet spot for us under a marula tree to park the car, sit in silence, and become one with our surroundings. I grabbed this picture to remember the moment. Just another reason why South Africa is my favorite country in the world to visit.
309 140208:01 PM Oct 29, 2018
You’ve got a friend in me.
Sharing a moment that I’ll never forget with the @campjabulani elephants. Every 26 minutes poachers kill an elephant. Think about that. Almost 55 elephants disappear off this planet every day. On the other side of the world it’s hard to imagine or understand the effect poachers are having across elephant, rhino, and other animal populations. It’s sickening to think that humans singlehandedly destroy these beautiful animals. The herd at Camp Jabulani has been rescued from poor living conditions and is rehabilitated in an open environment where they roam free as a herd. After witnessing the joy these elephants had interacting with humans on their own terms, I can’t imagine supporting captive elephant tourism. Think long a hard about the activities you pay into when you travel. Some of them result in cruel trends in which animals are taken from mothers as babies, forced to endure harsh training, and then suffer through poor living conditions the rest of their lives. Surely not where I want my money going. Let’s save these beautiful animals so our future generations can experience them in person!