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EXPLORE | Spain > Platja Coll Baix

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I was fortunate enough to be told about this hidden beach and I'm really hesitant to share the location out of fear of people overcrowding and ruining it.  At the same time it's an amazing place and people should have the opportunity to appreciate it.  It's called Platja Coll Baix and is located on the northern side of Mallorca near Alcúdia.  It's only accessible by hiking 2-3km or by boat.  When I arrived there were only 3 other people on the beach and a single boat anchored in the cove, while I was the only person actually in the water.  The visibilty was amazing and the water temp was perfect.  I highly recommend bringing fins because even though the water may look calm, you never know what kind of currents are coming through these places.  I actually lost a friend down in Mexico a few weeks ago after he was caught in a riptide.  He was a strong swimmer, but didn't have fins on.  Anyway, fins (I was using Churchills) and a quality mask (I was using a Riffe) will make the experience much more enjoyable.  After hiking and climbing over some rocks to get to the beach, jumping in the water was a refreshing reward.  Up to this point this beach is definitely one of my favorite spots I've been to.

South African Sunset

Last night's sunset.

Urquhart Castle | Loch Ness, Scotland

This was taken about two weeks ago while I was traveling through the highlands of Scotland.  I stopped at Loch Ness for the night and took this photo just after the sun had fallen behind the hills to the southwest.  Urquhart Castle was built in the 1100s and changed hands many times through out its history.

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in Scotland

TECH TIP: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich: Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters

http://www.adorama.com Life is all about balance. And the same can be said for photography, especially when it comes to exposing for the highlights and the shadows. In this episode of Getting the Shot, photographer and director Corey Rich discusses an image he captured of two mountain climbers approaching the iconic mountain Cerro Torre, located in the southern part of Argentine Patagonia.

Behind the Image - The Ghost Road of Iceland

This is a photo of the Kjalvegur Road / Kjölur Route in Iceland which I shot using my Nikon D7000 a few weeks ago while my buddy Chris (@chrislovesadventure) and I were exploring the interior of the country.  This route, sometimes referred to as the "Ghost Road," used to be the main road used by vikings to travel between the north and south of Iceland.  Some legends say the Knights Templar hid the holy grail somewhere along the route . . . Before embarking on this journey it was highly recommend that we rent a vehicle with 4 wheel drive so we opted for a Toyota Land Cruiser which we picked up from Hertz Iceland.  With a trusty map and compass in hand, we set out to circle the island.  Once we made it back to Reykjavik we still had a bit of time left on the rental so we decided to check out this highland road through the interior.  The route starts just after the massive Gullfoss waterfall and continues on to the Ringroad near Varmahliöand and passes between the Hofsjökull and Langjökull Glaciers (Temple Glacier and Long Glacier).

Some other sites to see along the way are ÞingvellirGullfoss, Geysir, and Hvítárvatn.

Diving for Dinner

Missy Gibson (@missykgibson) diving for dinner while we were hanging out on the Gulf coast of Florida during a 6 week long road trip that started off in San Diego.

Border Relations

Awhile back I rode my bike down to the beach where the U.S./Mexico border fence runs into the Pacific Ocean.  I was hanging out at Border Field State Park when I noticed this kid going back and forth between the two countries as he squeezed through the fence.

Nikon D7200: Sur Argentina

I'm a Nikon guy and have spent a ton of time in Argentina over the past 8 years so naturally I was drawn to this short film that shows off some of the new D7200's features.  I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen, but would still like to play with the camera myself.  I shot a music video on the new D750 a few weeks ago and that camera kicks ass!

In the making of 'Sur Argentina', photographers Andrew Hancock and Corey Rich head out to Argentina with one mission: to test the theory that creativity is not limited to the size of your kit. 

From a breathtaking time lapse of the city lights in Buenos Aires to the expansive natural beauty of Patagonia, the Nikon D7200's 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine delivered extraordinary stills and motion of this vast country effortlessly.

Behind the Image - The Narrows

Date: June 3, 2014
Location: The Narrows | Zion National Park | Utah
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G
Additional Gear: Lowepro Photo Sport 30L

The photo below was taken about 15 minutes before the sun sank below the rim of the canyon walls. We started running in order to make as much progress as we could before it got dark. The backpacker running in the green shirt is Ryan, he grew up near Zion and was showing me around.  Further in the distance you can barely see my friend Christine, she lives near Zion and we had been trying to coordinate this trip for about 3 years.

The Narrows | Zion National Park | Utah

No snow in Snow Canyon

Last summer I decided to take a trip to Utah to explore Zion National Park.  Over the years I had seen a lot of photos of Zion and decided that I needed to check it out in person.  My original plan was to head out there in 2011 during a 4,000 mile solo road trip I was doing around the southwestern part of the U.S.  Unfortunately I didn't have quite enough time to make it there and had to postpone.  Finally at the end of May 2014 I had a bit of free time so I packed up my Saab wagon and drove from San Diego, CA to Saint George, UT.  After about 6 and half hours I arrived, grabbed dinner, and met with a few locals I had befriended.  The first day there I went on a solo hike to Three Ponds in Snow Canyon State Park.  It was the beginning of June in the Utah desert so there definitely wasn't any snow in Snow Canyon and the 3 ponds turned out to be one small pool of stagnant water which was covered in dead flies.  This was not the most pleasant thing to discover after trekking a few miles through really fine sand in 113°F/45°C heat.

Finding relief in the shade | Snow Canyon

A few days later I met with my new local friends and went to Zion.  We did about a 5 mile hike in the morning that took us around one of the other parts of the park and then we headed to the Narrows after.  I have to say The Narrows was definitely one of the most enjoyable hikes I've done.  Not only is the terrain amazing, but hiking through the cool water in the shade while it's 100+ degrees out makes things much more pleasant.  We probably hiked in about 3 miles and didn't start heading back until the sun was setting.  Being in a canyon after dark was an interesting experience because it was pitch black, luckily I came prepared with my Petzl Headlamp.  The downside to the headlamp was that it attracted a ton of Mayflies that started to circle my head so I eventually just used the headlamp like a regular flashlight.