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    [–] Woke up to a winter wonderland in Banff National Park, Alberta [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yup, it’s all about your cam settings. My favorite settings for water movement are from 1/6 second to 1 second.

    [–] Woke up to a winter wonderland in Banff National Park, Alberta [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 5 points ago in EarthPorn

    There were some crazy transitions between fall and winter in the Canadian Rockies when I visited. The start of October brought early snow to the Rockies. What was left was a really cool transition between fall and winter in most spots. However, there was this pocket around Waterfowl Lakes that was just a winter wonderland. Lots of deep snow (for October at least) covered everything around a 10-20 mile radius. Banff and north of Waterfowl lakes had MUCH less snow, weird. I was so excited though...you know what they say - one person's crazy is another person's passion or whatever. Not many would be happy to get a ton of snow on their vacation mixed with wind and cold. It's exactly what I was hoping for. I had scoped this stream out on Google Earth and some areas around the lake. I woke up at sunrise and it didn't look promising. Very gloomy. You could see Mt. Chephren, but it was totally overcast. So, I threw my waders on and scouted around Waterfowl Lakes for a while. As the morning progressed, the clouds started to break and left some really nice atmosphere behind. By that point I had left the lake and started hiking up this drainage. I not only found this sweet cascading stream, but there was ice glazed all over the rocks. I tried a lot of compositions with my lens tight to the water and I eventually had to stop shooting because the water on my polarizer froze over. Just an amazing landscape to shoot with snow. It was absolutely awesome...fresh snow is such a great element to a scene. The ultimate simplifier.

    Shot with Nikon D810 + 14-24mm w/ polarizer - 14mm, 1/4s, ISO 64, f/16

    If interested, I have more pictures on my Instagram.

    [–] A spooky tree illuminated by pre-dawn moonlight at Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1335] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    I photographed this tree on a cold morning in Glacier. This was actually the best light from the morning and it was about an hour before sunrise. This is a 3 minute exposure at ISO 100. The added moon light made it possible to take a long exposure at a low ISO, which was awesome for getting a clean file. It streaked the clouds a bit as well, which was nice. I took another exposure for the stars right after.

    I’m on Instagram.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 0 points ago in EarthPorn

    You can go and stand, but tours might be booked so you can always reserve online. I did Dixie Ellis for Lower Antelope. Google them and you can reserve time.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 0 points ago in EarthPorn

    That’s awesome. I was close to working there as a bio tech for the park, but had an opportunity to go to Africa so I did. I actually wish I would have spent the season working at Zion instead.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yes, my story is probably buried, but a Zion shuttle ran it over I think. It was turned in to the visitor center by one of he shuttle drivers. I had one credit card broke in half, everything else in tact.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yep, Virgin River. I have been to Bryce. I actually like Zion better, but many think Bryce is more scenic. Just preference I guess, can’t beat either!

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Fall colors have faded, but great time to hike Narrows. Lot less people, just rent some dry pants and you’ll be good.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Very cool. But way too many people. I’m actually headed back in spring to visit some lesser known slots in the area, but it was cool to see the legendary canyon once.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    I’m redoing website right now actually. And I do use Fotodiox’s WonderPana system. I like it although it is big.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 5 points ago in EarthPorn

    The first time I was in Zion. I was backpacking the West Rim Trail and stopped at Angels Landing on my way out. My pack was heavy so I left it and went up. Came back down and squirrels had chewed through my pack and were inside. I learned my lesson.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 20 points ago in EarthPorn

    We talked to a law enforcement ranger who took my info down. They called me the next day saying it had been turned it. Whew!

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 142 points ago in EarthPorn

    We did that the day before. I’ve been to Zion a bunch, but first time I’ve ever done Observation Point. Trail was awesome. It is an amazing place, so cool to see all the fall color.

    [–] I lost my wallet this evening, but hey got a nice fall sunset at Zion National Park [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 126 points ago in EarthPorn

    A few specs here then a little story - the streaks at the bottom of the frame are actually leaves moving through a little side pool. I was jacked to have this come together as I spent a lot of time looking for spots where fall leaves might be moving along the river. I took a bunch of 8-10s exposures at f/22, ISO 64 to capture the streaks. I was using a Nikon D810 and a Tamron 15-30 - shot at 22mm. The light wasn't out of this world, but I wanted to put something together from this night for two reasons...the leaf streaks and the story that follows.

    So, about an hour before this my fiance and I were at our campsite. We were going to book a Lower Antelope Canyon tour, but I realized that I needed to get somewhere for sunset so we hustled to pack up and drove along the road, stopping about 1/2 mile before The Watchman bridge. I went down to the river and did my thing. I came back to the car at dusk and we were starving, we were going to go to Oscar's (just a classic Zion spot). I told her to grab my wallet and after some looking neither of us could find it anywhere. Well, we had both our IDs, all our cash and credit cards, pretty much everything in there. We were left with some peanut butter, trail mix, and 150 miles in the gas tank. We finally realized that one of us had left my wallet on top of our rental car...and as we were driving we actually heard something hit the car, but we figured it was just a rock or something...it was the wallet. We spent the rest of the night searching along the side of the road with headlamps and we let one of the park rangers know. After giving up, we headed back to the camp site and had a pretty measly campfire...made plans to try and somehow get back to Vegas and find a way to get home - still had about 4 days left on trip :(. Next morning, I took a bus into the park to shoot sunrise and when coming out, I had a voicemail from the park. Someone had found my wallet and turned it in. THANK GOD. I picked it up at the visitor center and everything was there, it looked like it had been run over multiple times..but we were so thankful that we could continue our trip. We got super lucky and I was so happy we were able to make it to the Grand Canyon and Page, AZ so my fiance could see some of the areas of the southwest that I love so much.

    If interested, I'll be posting more pics from my trip on my Instagram - @mattymeis