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    [–] Rainbows are so much fun to photograph - Kalalau Valley, Kauai, Hawaii - [OC][2000x1334] @mattymeis mattymeis 3 points ago in EarthPorn

    And my thought process is - I have a lots of images do well on Reddit, ones that aren’t nearly as good as this one. So, since this was one of my best images on other platforms I believed it should have had more exposure, hence I tried posting it at other times.

    [–] Rainbows are so much fun to photograph - Kalalau Valley, Kauai, Hawaii - [OC][2000x1334] @mattymeis mattymeis 5 points ago in EarthPorn

    I deleted the other images within 20 minutes. If an image isn’t posted at the exact right time, it doesn’t do well. That’s just how it goes on Reddit. Sorry, I didn’t know that was against the rules. I’ll take it down.

    [–] Took this shot a year ago in Glacier National Park, one of my favorite places for fall photography. Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1335] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Wind, water, snow....some of my favorite elements to capture. They absolutely change a landscape. This was the first time I was able to witness all three in conjunction, and what a scene it was. I want all my images to make the viewer feel like they're there in-person, experiencing the same emotions I did when I took the shot. That's what I love about photography, for me it's not documentary...I take and process my images with the intent of evoking an emotional response where the person viewing can 'feel' the scene. At the moment I pressed the shutter to take this shot, I was experiencing nature at its finest. 50mph winds, freezing temps, rolling waves on Two Medicine Lake, soft flurries in the air with Sinopah Mountain dusted in snow, first light hitting Sinopah, and this amazing display of light all over the landscape. I said it before in a previous shot from this morning, but god I felt so alive...the weather was so chaotic, but I felt so calm and so at one with the place. I've never experienced anything like it. And now, when I'm back home having a bad day or things aren't going the greatest...I think back to this morning and the peace it brought me, and I'm so glad I have a few images to remember it by. The quick 5 days I spent in Glacier NP this fall were some of the best days I've had since I started taking photography more seriously. It's a spectacular place and definitely one of my favorite national parks. 

    EXIF - Nikon D810, 14-24mm, 14mm, 1/5s, ISO 100, f/16

    If interested, I have more work on my Instagram @mattymeis and website.

    [–] There’s no shortage of rainbows in Kauai - Kalalau Valley, Kauai, HI [OC][2000x1349] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It's a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you're living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I can see why they filmed parts of Jurassic Park here, that's for sure. During my first night here, we did some hiking around the Kalalau Valley. Conditions were great, some rain showers moved in and rainbows were popping everywhere. I liked this composition along the trail with the lone tree catching the light. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I'd shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. I also used a polarizer to really bring out the rainbow. I haven't been happy with much of my work since Alaska earlier this summer, but this is a special image for me, as this trip also was my wife and I's honeymoon. This image sums up everything I look for in a shot - a simple composition, some incredible light, and even better atmosphere. Thanks for looking.

    EXIF - Nikon D810, 14-24mm, f/14, ISO 200, 1/80s, circular polarizer

    I have more photos on my Instagram @mattymeis or website.

    [–] Sunrise over Lake McDonald before the Howe Ridge Fire started in Glacier - Glacier NP, MT [OC][1333x2000] mattymeis 0 points ago in EarthPorn

    Lake McDonald isn't one of my most favorite spots in Glacier, mainly because it's one of the most photographed places in the park. But, I guess its that way for a reason. Very beautiful. This was about a week before the Howe Ridge Fire. If you would continue to follow the mountains in this photo to the left and off the frame, that's right where the fire started.

    EXIF - Nikon D810, 14-24mm, 14mm, f/16, 1/20s, ISO 64

    If interested, I have more photos on my Instagram @mattymeis or website.

    [–] No shortage of rainbows in Kauai - Kalalau Valley, Kauai, HI [OC][2000x1334] @mattymeis mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It's a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you're living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I can see why they filmed parts of Jurassic Park here, that's for sure. During my first night here, we did some hiking around the Kalalau Valley. Conditions were great, some rain showers moved in and rainbows were popping everywhere. I liked this composition along the trail with the lone tree catching the light. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I'd shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. I also used a polarizer to really bring out the rainbow. I have another story from the night after this...I left my camera unattended and it fell about 20' off a cliff. I had to find a route down because I wanted to recover the SD card so bad, pretty much because of this image. I found a way down and got my cam, turned out its fall was protected by some vegetation and everything is working (for now)!

    EXIF - Nikon D810, 14-24mm, f/14, ISO 200, 1/80s, circular polarizer

    I have more photos on my Instagram -@mattymeis and my website.

    [–] The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park - best road in the USA. Glacier NP, MT [OC][1333x2000] @mattymeis mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    The amount of snow that the road gets at higher elevations is insane! An area called the Big Drift can get 40-80 feet of snow accumulation.