Looking down on Lake Ann and the trail up to Heather Pass

October 1, 2018

I've been using Aurora 2019 for about two weeks now to edit my photos and have to say it is hands down the best HDR photo editor that I have tried. I don't consider myself a "professional" photographer, but I have tried my fair share of HDR solutions. Until Aurora 2019 there was always something I didn't like about them. I've used Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Software, and both prior versions of Aurora. To find out more about it read my Aurora HDR 2019 Review. There is an excellent presale going on until October 4, 2018, with all sorts of bonus items, click here to check it out. If you miss the presale, then use code FROSWORLD upon checkout to save 10%. 

September 29, 2018

Wow, summer sure went by fast this year.  With all the fires here in California my hiking and photography has been somewhat limited.  Now I'm trying to soak up the last few weeks of good hiking weather in the mountains before I turn to the coast and skiing for my hiking and mountain recreation.

Since I haven't posted all summer, click the image below for some photos from my adventures this summer.  

Also, stay tuned for some upcoming reviews of some new photo-editing software that I've been testing out.  I have been testing out the upcoming Aurora HDR 2019 from Skylum as well as their new AI Photo-Editor called Photolemur.  Photolemur is an excellent resource for anyone who doesn't like spending time editing.  It is literally a one-click photo editor.  If you want to check out more about these programs before I post my reviews, go to my photography gear page to get more info.

Until next time, make sure you are getting out and enjoying some of the fall colors before they are gone!!!

July 1, 2018

Hello everyone!

This year I haven't posted nearly as much as in year's past... I know... A few weeks ago, I read another adventure photographer's post on Instagram. After reading their post, it inspired me to share more on my blog and in particular to not be afraid to get personal.

It can be a scary thing to share personal details on your blog for all of the internet world to see, but after reading their post, I realized how sharing personal information could help others. In particular, I've been hesitant to share some personal details about my health that have kept me from posting and getting out on as many adventures this year. But with the first six months of the year behind me, I'm ready to start new in the second half of 2018.

You see, since late 2017 I have been having some health problems that are still unanswered. It started with what seemed like a cold that progressed and kept getting worse. As it progressed, my doctor gave me tests for all sorts of diseases like cancer, auto-immune diseases, HIV, etc. In the end, nothing came back positive, and my doctor diagnosed me with a mono-like virus that just hit me really hard. The problem was, after 2 months I still wasn't back to myself. I was experiencing muscle issues, skin issues, getting lightheaded easily, and didn't have my energy levels back to where they were. I was losing weight, muscle mass, and yet test after test came back without any answers for what was causing it.

Finally, by February I decided to hell with it, I'm not going to let this keep me from living life. I started hitting the ski-slopes, took a trip to Yosemite, and even if I didn't have my usual energy levels, nothing was going to keep me inside. Every time I was outside, I felt better, my lack of fitness caused me to start going to the gym, and slowly but surely I felt like I was getting back to myself.

I kept going like this for a couple of months, but by April I was now experiencing new symptoms. Now I was having trouble controlling my body temperature, my face would flush easily with the most basic of exercise, my throat would get tight, and I was still having some strange skin symptoms. I went back to my doctor for more rounds of tests. After another couple of months of tests, nothing came back abnormal except for slightly elevated hormone levels. That's when in late May my doctor suggested I try a new low-histamine diet. Since they couldn't find anything seriously wrong with me, his theory was that this virus had changed my body chemistry and a low-histamine elimination diet was the best way to give my body a chance to reset.

It's been four weeks now since I've started that diet and I must say, I feel so much better. The only remaining symptoms I am experiencing are skin related issues, and my throat still gets tight and sore easily. Over the last month, I've been backpacking twice and am looking forward to many more trips for the rest of summer. My fitness level may not allow me to do some of the strenuous hikes I had hoped to do this summer, but I'm out there, in nature, and back in my happy place.

Every trip I have taken this year has felt like a new adventure, I have a new appreciation for each step I take hiking, each turn I make in fresh powder, and each image I capture with my camera. There were several moments this year where I didn't think I'd be doing these things again, but I am.

The reason I chose to write this post is that I'm probably not the only one who has felt that something outside their control has taken away their ability to do something they love. The point of this post is don't let that stop you. Humans adapt, and we adapt to all sorts of crazy situations. The key is you just have to keep moving forward, even if the pace is a bit different. However, if you take the time to appreciate the moment, then the pace doesn't matter. All of this has taught me the importance of being in the moment and enjoying the journey and not the destination.

Thanks for reading and if this post helped motivate you in even the smallest of ways, then my goal is met. Seize the day!!!

April 8, 2018

Greetings!  I know it's been forever since I've updated my blog. I'll try to do better at that this year. Even though the blog hasn't been updated, I have still been going out on lots of adventures and editing lots of photos to share with you. Remember, you can always stay up to date with the most recent pictures on my "Recent Uploads" page.

One of my most memorable experiences this winter was a trip to Yosemite National Park back in February. We had a dry spell with very little precipitation, so instead of skiing, I took off for a weekend in Yosemite, and it did not disappoint. The first night I stayed just outside the park at the Yosemite Westgate Lodge. They have very reasonably priced winter rates. The second night I stayed in the park at the Yosemite Valley Lodge so that I'd be closer to all the prime photo spots in the valley.

I have always wanted to capture those "classic" Yosemite photos. For example, Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, etc. By going during the winter, I was able to visit many of these famous photo destinations with half of the crowds. If you've never visited Yosemite in the winter, I highly recommend it.

I've been busy editing some photos from that trip and recently created a Yosemite Photo Gallery to share them with you. Below are a few pictures from that gallery. Check it out!

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