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Story Behind the Image

Story Behind the Image: Syncing Up with Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, and Kelly Slater

24-70mm lens / ISO 100 / 250th second  / f/5.6   When I was in college, I got an assignment to shoot a magazine cover and story featuring Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, and Ben Harper. I knew of Ben Harper and liked his music. Jack Johnson was … [Read more]


Nikon D5 / 24-70mm f/2.8 / ISO 800 / 1/1000th second / f/5.6   What do mountaineering, childbirth, and teaching a Creative Live course all have in common? They all involve an enormous amount of suffering that strangely fades from your … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Doubling Down in Lebanon

Nikon D810 / 16mm Fisheye / ISO 800 / 1/320th second / f/3.2   In the mountains of northern Lebanon is a limestone sinkhole that is simply beyond words. It’s called the Baatara Gorge. It features a pencil-thin waterfall trickling into a … [Read more]


Nikon D700 / 16-35mm lens / ISO 100 / 250th second / f/5.6 Around midnight, Jim Collins, the best-selling business author and longtime rock climber, stood at the base of El Capitan. Over the next 24 hours, he would attempt to climb all 3,000 feet … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Standing on the Shoulders of Yosemite’s Giants

Nikon D4s / 14-24mm f/2.8 lens / ISO 200 / 1/1000th second / f/8 I took this picture of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson at 3:59 p.m. on January 11, 2015. At this point, I’d been living on the side of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park alongside … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: The Best Time to be a Photographer is Right Now

Nikon D700 / 17-35mm f/2.8 lens / ISO 200 Today David Lama is one of the most successful professional climbers in Europe. But at age 19, his climbing career almost ended before it even began. In the austral summer of 2009/2010, Austrian climbers … [Read more]