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    [–] The incredible red towers of Zion National Park, UT [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 3 points ago in EarthPorn

    This is the Court of the Patriarchs of Zion. One of my favorite places in the park, the three towers absolutely dominate the scene. It's a great place to watch sunrise or sunset, and this is the latter. After spending a long day in the Narrows, I hadn't planned much for sunset, but when the light looked like it could be something I thought I'd check out the Court. I took this an hour before sunset so I didn't get that super soft sunset light, but there were some nice clouds. At sunset, the sky was completely clear and everything had dissipated. Such a great view though, I always think about the climbers that scale up those red walls...pretty crazy. I jumped in the Virgin River with my waders on and took a few shots. I always like my water between 1s or 1/6s, and I shot this at 1/5s to get some more texture in the moving water. Thanks for looking.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm ISO: 100 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/16 Shutter: 1/5s

    I have all my other photos on my Instagram - @mattymeis. Thanks for looking!

    [–] Fall colors framing Sinopah Mountain - Glacier National Park, MT [OC][1960x2000] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    This was taken at Two Medicine Lake. Conditions were so good that I ended up working on 3 photos from here. I still have some other shots from this morning, but I I'm calling it after this one. I liked how this group of trees created a circular frame around Sinopah Mountain. One of my favorite things to do this fall was to look for opportunities to frame mountains and other focal points using some fall color. It can create some interesting compositions (and some horrible ones too...but gotta experiment). Heading to the southwest a week from now and hopefully will see some cool stuff.

    Thanks for looking and I post all my other shots on my Instagram - @mattymeis.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ISO: 400 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/8 Shutter: 1/500s

    [–] The last aspens of fall watching winter set in - Glacier National Park, MT [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Logan Pass was high on my list of places to see in Glacier National Park. I never did make it though, high snowfall and ice accumulation shut down the road on my first day in the park. I really wanted to make it to see the place covered in snow and ice, I figured I could get some unique shots since there's only a small window where there's snow and the creeks aren't frozen. On my last day, I decided I would just park at Jackson Glacier Overlook and hike to Logan Pass via the road. I slept in my car at the overlook and started my hike early the next morning. Along the way, there were some solitary aspens looking up at winter taking it's hold on the park. I really liked the combination of tree layers and the atmosphere of the snow storm. Well, I kept hiking for another mile or so and eventually just called it and turned around. I was already paranoid of bears, but what started as a few flakes turned into strong winds and an absolutely blizzard. I hiked back to my car and drove out. I checked the webcam from Logan Pass when I got service and it was a complete whiteout up there. I'm thinking I'll take a Glacier trip this summer and I'll have to explore Logan Pass then!



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 70-200mm f/4 ISO: 800 Focal: 120mm Aperture: f/13 Shutter: 1/125s

    I have more stuff on my Instagram if interested - @mattymeis

    [–] Hard to top a beautiful sunrise, Two Medicine Lake, and fall foliage - Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1335] mattymeis 3 points ago in EarthPorn

    This is from one of the best trips I've ever taken. Drove 1000 miles and experienced some of the craziest skies and weather that I've ever seen. I flew into Calgary and drove down to Glacier NP...spent a couple days there then drove up to the Canadian Rockies for a few days before flying home.

    I am already dreaming about going back next fall, the weather was just crazy. Unreal skies, peak fall colors, 40-60mph winds, snow storms, huge waves on the lakes...it doesn't get much better for a landscape photographer. It's the first trip where I didn't get worn out after my 9 days shooting. Usually sleeping in my car, lack of food, and driving a ton of miles gets to me...but felt like I could have gone at it for another month. There's just so much opportunity.

    This is from Two Medicine Lake on the east side of Glacier NP. It was one of those sunrises that just doesn't stop giving. From 45 minutes before first light to about 2 hours after sunrise, the light was just awesome. I think I could probably put 10 shots together just from this morning. I've never been able to shoot a sunrise like that, it was one of my best days of my life...an awesome experience in nature that made me feel so alive.

    Winds were around 40-50mph this morning and the temp was in the mid-30s. I spent actual sunrise standing in the lake and shooting the waves that were rolling in - it was COLD!! I then stepped back after awhile and saw this awesome group of trees. I actually shot this handheld with a Nikon D810. Since it was so windy I bumped my ISO up to 400 and changed my f-stop to f/8.0...all so I could change my shutter speed to 1/500s to make sure I froze the leaves.

    Thanks for looking and I'll be posting more pics from my trip on my Instagram - @mattymeis. Also, if you haven't visited Glacier NP, you really need to consider it.

    [–] Waded into the river to get this view of the Court of Patriarchs - Zion National Park, UT [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 2 points ago in EarthPorn

    Can't believe it's 2018...where does the time go. 2017 was a special year for me...had some of the most amazing trips of my life, but also got engaged to a wonderful woman. It was the best year of my life, hands down. I'm hopeful 2018 will have just as much in store. This is the Court of the Patriarchs of Zion. One of my favorite places in the park, the three towers absolutely dominate the scene. It's a great place to watch sunrise or sunset, and this is the latter. After spending a long day in the Narrows, I hadn't planned much for sunset, but when the light looked like it could be something I thought I'd check out the Court. I took this an hour before sunset so I didn't get that super soft sunset light, but there were some nice clouds. At sunset, the sky was completely clear and everything had dissipated. Such a great view though, I always think about the climbers that scale up those red walls...pretty crazy. I jumped in the Virgin River with my waders on and took a few shots. I always like my water between 1s or 1/6s, and I shot this at 1/5s to get some more texture in the moving water. Thanks for looking.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm ISO: 100 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/16 Shutter: 1/5s

    I have more shots on my Instagram, if interested.

    [–] The majestic red towers of Zion - Court of the Patriarchs at Zion National Park, UT [OC][1335x2000] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Can't believe it's 2018...where does the time go. 2017 was a special year for me...had some of the most amazing trips of my life, but also got engaged to a wonderful woman. It was the best year of my life, hands down. I'm hopeful 2018 will have just as much in store. This is the Court of the Patriarchs of Zion. One of my favorite places in the park, the three towers absolutely dominate the scene. It's a great place to watch sunrise or sunset, and this is the latter. After spending a long day in the Narrows, I hadn't planned much for sunset, but when the light looked like it could be something I thought I'd check out the Court. I took this an hour before sunset so I didn't get that super soft sunset light, but there were some nice clouds. At sunset, the sky was completely clear and everything had dissipated. Such a great view though, I always think about the climbers that scale up those red walls...pretty crazy. I jumped in the Virgin River with my waders on and took a few shots. I always like my water between 1s or 1/6s, and I shot this at 1/5s to get some more texture in the moving water. Thanks for looking.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm ISO: 100 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/16 Shutter: 1/5s

    If interested, I post all my shots on my Instagram: @mattymeis

    [–] One of Banff National Park's majestic peaks reflected in a small side pool, Banff NP, Alberta [OC][2000x1443] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Here's another of Mount Chephren from Banff NP. I had scoped out this spot before heading to Alberta and I didn't think there would be snow (and definitely no ice), but I thought I would scout it out for a future winter trip. I found this side pool reflecting the mountain and I was hopeful for first light to hit the peak. Unfortunately, the sky was clouded over and first light didn't hit the peak until a full hour or so after sunrise. By that time, the light was harsh, but there were some wispy clouds forming around the mountain. That trend continued, my other Chephren shot was probably another hour after this one and the atmosphere was crazy at that point. I liked this composition so I figured I'd process it even though conditions were not my favorite. The area around here and Waterfowl Lakes is incredible though, lots of opportunities. I can't wait to get back in deep winter for more snow and the awesome ice formations.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm ISO: 100 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/11 Shutter: 1/5s

    2 shots focus stacked for depth of field

    If interested, I post my other photos on Instagram: @mattymeis

    [–] Moon rise coinciding with sunrise at St. Mary's Lake - Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1265] mattymeis 59 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 dawn. 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 have to say that I’ve gotten some of the best conditions I’ve ever experienced this fall. Maybe that’s a hint to photograph as much as possible in fall. Already excited for the colors next year!


    Nikon D810 14-24mm 14mm 3 minutes ISO 100 f/8

    I have more photos on my Instagram if interested - @mattymeis

    [–] Unreal sunset view of Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies, by Matt Meisenheimer [2000x1397] mattymeis 5 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yeah for sure, when I go on photo trips I actually just sleep in my rental car all week. Not the most comfortable, but cuts down on costs. And I always remember the pictures I took or moments I had, not how I didn't sleep great for a few days.

    [–] Unreal sunset view of Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies, by Matt Meisenheimer [2000x1397] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    I mean I absolutely processed this in Lightroom and Photoshop. As do most landscape photographers. I want my images to elicit an emotional response or make the viewer feel as if they were there, viewing the scene themselves. I process with that in mind...I like it when someone sees an image of mine and says 'Oh, wow it's like I can feel how cold it was..' or something like that.

    So, no I'm not a documentary landscape photographer...it's more of an art to me. But, I don't add or remove any elements. Everything you see was there - the sky, the mountains, Peyto Lake...it's just my processing style. There's much more 'heavy-handed' stuff out there than this, but there's also stuff that's more subdued and processed in a different way (still edited in LR and Photoshop). Really, there's something out there that appeals to everyone and this is just my style.

    [–] Unreal sunset view of Peyto Lake in the Canadian Rockies, by Matt Meisenheimer [2000x1397] mattymeis 3 points ago in EarthPorn

    It's an incredible place to visit during winter, I'm hoping to make it back next winter. Just a completely different landscape with snow and ice, so badass.

    [–] A lone Aspen fighting off the first snow of the season - Glacier National Park, MT [1600x2000][OC] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    A single Aspen fighting off winter's first snow with all its might. I imagine the tree was bare the next day with all the heavy snow that fell. A simple image, but I like the story it tells. There were many more symbolic scenes like this one since displaying the transition to winter. I chose a shutter speed of 1/10s to 1/30s so that I could freeze some of the falling snow. I liked the effect best around 1/20s. It was snowing very hard though and shooting was difficult. There was another patch of amazing aspen trees very close to this tree, but my lens was so wet that it continuously fogged up making it impossible to capture a sharp photo. I was happy to capture this moment of perseverance before that. Thanks for looking. Find me on Instagram.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 70-200mm ISO: 100 Focal: 120mm Aperture: f/11 Shutter: 1/20s

    [–] A lone Aspen fighting off winter's first snow [1600x2000] [OC] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    A single Aspen fighting off winter's first snow with all its might. I imagine the tree was bare the next day with all the heavy snow that fell. A simple image, but I like the story it tells. There were many more symbolic scenes like this one since displaying the transition to winter. I chose a shutter speed of 1/10s to 1/30s so that I could freeze some of the falling snow. I liked the effect best around 1/20s. It was snowing very hard though and shooting was difficult. There was another patch of amazing aspen trees very close to this tree, but my lens was so wet that it continuously fogged up making it impossible to capture a sharp photo. I was happy to capture this moment of perseverance before that. Thanks for looking



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 70-200mm ISO: 100 Focal: 120mm Aperture: f/11 Shutter: 1/20s

    If interested, I have more photos on Instagram: @mattymeis

    [–] Winter wonderland at Peyto Lake - Banff National Park, Alberta [OC][2000x1397] mattymeis 0 points ago in EarthPorn

    After a long day of driving from Montana, I got to Banff and realized I actually hadn't done much location planning outside of a few spots further north that I planned to visit over the next few days. I didn't really know where to go for sunset so I headed to Peyto Lake to check it out. I was surprised to see so much snow. At least a foot or two in some spots. Peyto looked a bit different than usual so I figured I'd hang around. I actually tried to hike down to the base of the lake for a different perspective. Eventually the trail disappeared and I was just post-holing across a ridge...after about a mile of that I was dripping with sweat and the easy stroll down seemed to get a bit sketchy so I turned back and hiked back up to a spot with a view of the lake. Made it just in time to see the sky light up. I can only imagine how awesome the Canadian Rockies are in winter, I only saw a few spots that actually had substantial snow. Really want to see those crazy ice bubbles on the huge lakes up there too. Too many places to go.



    Camera: Nikon D810 Lens: Nikon 14-24mm ISO: 100 Focal: 14mm Aperture: f/11 Shutter: 1/30s

    I have more stuff on my Instagram if interested - @mattymeis.

    [–] The lush greens of the Columbia River Gorge, OR - unfortunately this falls was hit hard by the Eagle Creek Fire this summer [OC][2000x1334] mattymeis 5 points ago in EarthPorn

    Kind of hit a creative wall as of late and I decided to go back through some old photos to try and knock it. Figured some nice spring greens and waterfalls would do the trick. Back in May, I hiked to Mossy Grotto just in time to capture the sun rising over the Gorge, it was a great last morning to cap off the trip. This waterfall and Ruckel Creek in general got hit pretty hard by the Eagle Creek fire this summer. This area looks much different now. I'm sure. There's a good chance it won't fully regenerate during the course of my life. So, I'm really thankful I was able to have some solitude at the falls and witness it during peak spring. It's a special place. In my opinion, Mossy Grotto is the epitome of the Columbia River Gorge. It's just perfectly balanced. I love the V-shaped concave that the falls tumbles over and all the lush greens surrounding the creek. Hoping to get back to some Canadian Rockies stuff now!

    I have more photos on my Instagram - @mattymeis

    [–] Nature at its finest - Two Medicine Lake, MT [OC][2000x1376] mattymeis 1 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.

    I have more work on my Instagram: @mattymeis.

    [–] Nature at its finest - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1376] mattymeis 1 points ago in EarthPorn

    Yeah one of my favorite things during trip was how windy it was. Always makes for interesting conditions. And yeah feel free!

    [–] Nature at its finest - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, MT [OC][2000x1376] mattymeis 1 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.

    If interested, I have more photos on my Instagram: @mattymeis

    [–] 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.