"Calming Chaos" 📸
Swipe left to see the full photo. This is a 1 second exposure of one of the many stunning waterfalls located in the Canadian Rockies. The conditions were just perfect that morning and I was happy to finally return to this spot to take some long exposures. As I was putting this image together to share here on Instagram, I was thinking about the effect that long exposures can have on fast-moving water. Whether that water be from the waves of the ocean, the rushing rapids of a river, or in this case the velocity of a waterfall. In-person, this waterfall was anything but calming. It was loud, large, and aggressive. From where I took this shot, I was only a few wrong steps from going for a painful swim down this waterfall. But when you slow down your shutter speed, suddenly that chaotic nature of the waterfall turns into something soothing and calming to look at. It's interesting to me how different techniques in the field can affect a scene overall.
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Hardest thing I’ve done in my life – hiking Acatenango.
The first day was a five-hour straight up hike with 10kg on my back. We experienced four seasons, trekked through rain forest, cloud forest and finally reached above the clouds. We sat on the hill, watching quietly the sun go down, the night fall and the starts rise. We roasted marshmallows over the fire while watching Fuego erupt every few minutes, shooting lava into the sky like fireworks. I fell asleep in the tent with Fuego roaring in the background.
The next day we woke up at 3, hiked another extremely difficult two hours in the dark and reached the summit. Waiting for the sun to rise in minus degrees and trying not to be blown away by the wind, I couldn’t feel my hands and feet, but the view was out of the world!
Hiking a volcano is like hiking a mountain of gravel. Going up means three steps forward and two steps back, while going down is basically skiing with dust in your eyes. Being an un-regular hiker with a messed up respiratory system in high altitudes and carrying loads means I had to stop every ten seconds so that my chest wouldn’t explode. Most of the time I fell so behind that it felt like I did this whole hiking by myself. Even so, one step at a time, poco a poco, I walked till the end.
I keep thinking about that hike days after. I remember being completely at ease, even when I was all by myself, and that meant much more to me than reaching the summit. Like hiking, life can be tough and lonely. Sometimes you meet people who are also walking up; sometimes you bump into someone who’s reached the top and is heading down; but most of the time, like a pilgrimage, everyone is silently walking their own path. People ahead of you are your motivation, people behind you remind you that you don’t have to push yourself too hard all the time. Eventually, you’ll find your own pace; you are happy when someone’s walking with you, and you are at ease when no one is around. I know reaching this state is not easy, but somewhere in there lies true happiness 😉
The Yucatán Peninsula separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea, encompassing 3 Mexican states, plus portions of Belize and Guatemala. The Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico is known for its beautiful cenotes like the one pictured above. Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. This makes them very common in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico because this area is made up primarily of porous limestone. Double tap if you would like to explore the cenotes here! 🇲🇽
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В этом году на Первозданную Россию у меня попали совсем старые работы. Байкал 2011 года и Алтай 2015. Кстати, в 2011 году я только начинал свой путь в фотографии и тогда даже не знал, что надо снимать в Raw 😄
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