At nearly 300 feet below sea level, there isn’t a spot on Earth that you could stand further from the Moon all while wondering if you are in fact standing on it. 

The combination of unbearable heat and salt will suck every little bit of water out of anything that lives here. But what makes this place so interesting is that it’s one of the few places, if not only in the world where you can be standing this far below sea level in the scorching heat and look to the top of the surrounding mountains in the middle of summer and see... SNOW! It's surreal to see such a contrast in such a small area. 

I scoured the area looking for the perfect composition, which is not as easy as one might think, there are so many different variations of salt formations that exist in this area. Some of them are very dirty and flat from being walked all over from others. I was looking for perfect patterns that were pristine and untouched, with very definitive lines. I wanted it to pull the viewer into the image and make them want to explore the foreground, all while still drawing their eye up into the distance.
When you are standing at the bottom of a small stream there is very little indication what lies further up ahead. Much like life, it could be nothing for miles, or right around the next corner could be a rushing waterfall. The only way to find out is to press forward and see it for yourself. 
On this day, the BC coast was socked in with rain and grey skies, which made it perfect to shoot waterfalls. I knew of an amazing waterfall in this area, and had an idea for a shot. So, I headed out the day before and scoped out the shot. I was looking for the perfect lighting inside this cave so that waterfall wouldn’t be too bright and the rock formations in the foreground would still be visible. 

I got up in the morning, and hiked down to the entrance of the waterfall. The weather and lighting were perfect. There was just enough rain that it was making a second small stream from the top of the cave down. I love finding little surprises like that when I get home and see the full-size image.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo Da Vinci

I was on my way up to the top of Cypress Mountain, a popular recreation area just outside Vancouver, BC. I often check out areas well in advance, sit with the idea in my head, figure out different weather systems that would compliment that image and wait until the perfect picture arrives. Well, this is exactly what happened this day. About half way up the mountain it turned really foggy... which was very exciting for me, as I knew there was a lone tree in the field with nothing else in it's way. I rushed to get myself in front of it, as fog comes and goes faster than anything i've seen. Sure enough... I got my gear out and rushed to where I knew this tree was, as I aproached it all of a sudden it's silouhet slowly came out of the fog at me. I positioned myself so the tree was filling the frame and fired the shutter, for a split second all that existed in my world was this lone tree and the complete feeling of Solitude. Shortly, after that brief moment, the fog lifted and rolled out. 

Photography has always been a mixture of countless hours of preparation, and pure lucky timing. I hope that never changes.
I had recently finished listening to an amazing audiobook by Robert Kiyosaki and it was fresh in my mind. One of his statements that really had an impact on me throughout the book was: "Life pushes all of us around. Some give up. Others fight. A few learn the lesson and move on. They welcome life pushing them around. To these few people, it means they need and want to learn something. They learn and move on. Most quit, and a few like you fight."

This statement was particularly true on this day for two reasons. The first being that I was snowshoeing up to the top of this mountain with my 55lb camera bag on. About 3/4 of the way up after stopping every 10-15 feet to catch my breath, I thought to myself "I Sure hope the ambulance can get all the way up here when I have a heart attack". However, it was the same state of mind displayed in that audiobook that told me "You've come this far... only to see what the view is like at 3/4??" That was enough to keep me trudging upward.

The second time that this statement popped back in my mind during this shoot was when I was all setup in what I thought was going to be the shot of the night. I had shot several frames on my panorama camera, but the light and the composition wasn’t really doing it for me. I left the camera and decided to walk around a little bit with the viewfinder to see if there was anything else that jumped out at me. Sure enough, I walked over here and looked through the viewfinder. About as quickly as I could get the viewfinder up to my face I was rushing back to my camera and flying over to that spot to set up and capture the view. I had just enough time to set the camera up, I readjusted all my settings and fire the release cable. I took one exposure at 2 minutes and by the time that was done the light had completely faded and night was upon me. I am so happy that I kept fighting and pushed my way up to the top for this scene. Hard work is always rewarded.

See you at the top!
When I first saw this location I knew immediately that the tide needed to be out, in order to expose these amazing seaweed covered rocks in the foreground and give the scene some depth. On the day I took this image the tide was still going out when I arrived. Just as the sun dropped below the horizon, the tide receded just enough to expose the shoreline in the foreground. The lighting was just perfect and the seaweed covered rocks were starting to shine. Now it was just down to the camera. 

I barely had enough time to fire off a couple shots, and before I knew it quickly diminishing light had faded away and it was dark out.
Sometimes its just about the simplicity of things. We tend to over complicate everything in life, but sometimes simpler things are much more enjoyable. It was a warm dry air kind of day and there was a fresh taste of prairie dust in my mouth. I was on a mission this mid summer day to find an image that displayed the vast distance in the prairies. 

I had a much different idea in mind, but this is proof that if you just get out there, and allow Mother Nature to take the lead she will show you her colours. I came across this field, and for some reason it spoke to me. I stopped and got my gear all set up for the sunset. I couldn't imagine what I was about to witness. 

The sun dropped behind the clouds, and I thought that the show was over, but then about 60 seconds later a small part of the the sky started to light up. Then before I new it, the entire sky was lit up like a fire. Everything started slow but once it was going strong it took quite some time to die down. It seemed to stay alive for an eternity. 

This is a sunset that I will remember for the rest of my life.
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We were right in the middle of the rainy season on the "wet coast". I was on a mission to find an image that invoked a stormy mood, earlier in the day I had noticed that there was a storm rolling in towards the city. I figured this would be a good time to go get my shot. So I went down, got all set up then sat and waited for the sun to set and the storm to unleash its fury. I fired off a couple test shots and then all of a sudden the clouds started pouring right over the city. I couldn't help but stand there and enjoy the show. I had to remind myself to stay focused on capturing the amazing scene as it was too easy to get sidetracked watching it for myself. By the time I left, the storm was making its way closer to me. I had managed to pack up and escape just in time.
I just LOVE old buildings from the turn of century, especially when they are in the prairies. When I saw this old ranch house I knew I had to capture all of its beauty. Most of the older buildings in the prairies are falling apart, but this one has been kept intact this whole time. When I walked up to it I could almost imagine myself standing on the front porch looking out surveying my land while my wife was inside cooking over the wood burning stove and the kids were running around playing on the grass out front. This house is filled with so many great memories from the family that made this their home, my goal was to capture a fraction of time with this amazing piece of history.
The weather was a gloomy cloudy day, which means waterfalls... I have had my eye on this location for some time now, but hadn't quite found the image I was looking for. I went back with a different lens and once I got down to the water, I started looking around this popped out at me. I love the fact that the small moss covered rocks in the foreground appeared so big, while giving some perspective to the silky smooth waterfall in the distance.
I had been out looking for a new perspective of an old part of town. I had looked at a couple different locations but decided on this one as I really wanted to have the woodwards building as the centre piece for the image as it's the tallest building in the area, but also such an icon. I spent a total of 6 nights in this location looking for the right lighting. On the 6th night my patience paid off and I was rewarded with this amazing scene. I was looking for dramatic skies and ambient light in the streets.
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to stop in central Oregon.” 

I found myself searching for an image while driving through Oregon with my mom, on our way to San Francisco. In a panic (because the sun was quickly disappearing on the horizon) we went down towards a lake in hopes that something would pop out at me. We got up the hill and out of the corner of my eye I saw it. I had to stop and setup right there. I knew that I wasn’t working with a lot of time so I quickly got my camera setup and I had just enough time to take a total of two images before the light faded and the impressive scene before me was erased. I am thankful I was there in time to capture it at it's climax.

I was determined to come up with a name for this photo that spoke to the fact that these scenes are truly painted by Mother Nature, and that not one of them will ever be the same again. But also, that my mother was standing right next to me while I frantically shot this amazing scene.
I was on Vancouver Island taking pictures at a couple spots that I had previously scouted out. I woke up that morning and had decided to go back to Victoria to meet up with some friends but on the way down I thought if I come across anything cool, I'd stop to shoot the sunrise. Sure enough I came around the corner, this quiet beach was right there in front of me. I was in absolute awe of the contrast between the perfectly still water on the left with the waves crashing on the right and the rocky shoreline shooting right up the middle. Within 10 minutes the sun was up over the trees, the soft light that was gently illuminating the rocks had disappeared and the tide quickly covered them with water. I just love that for a split second you get to freeze time and capture a moment that you can look back and enjoy forever.
I had been out to shoot this particular pier (scene) several times. Tonight, I returned, unsure what to expect. The tide was almost in, and thus shooting the photo from below wasn't an option; therefore, I chose to shoot it straight from the top, however, the pier was packed with people.

Just as the light was peaking all of the people cleared out and started heading home for the night and for a moment in time it felt like I had the whole scene to myself. I was mesmerized as I stood watching the last burst of light for the evening peak and then fade away.

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2015 EPSON Pano Awards - Bronze
It was a rainy overcast day, so naturally I am drawn towards waterfalls. This day I was out by Stave Lake off-roading with a buddy looking for waterfalls to shoot. We had found a couple earlier, however, the view and the light wasn't quite right. It's so true when they say that many of life's failures occur when people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. I was just about ready to turn around and start heading home, however, I thought twice of it and figured I would see what was around the next corner. 

And there it was! The exact scene I had been out searching for. I quickly raced to setup my camera and load up the film as the light, which was rapidly changing, was just right.  I had just enough time to fire off two shots in that spot before the light diminished and completely changed the look. I knew I had it, and I could now go home satisfied. Patience and persistence always pays off.
I had been scouring the beach looking for an amazing vantage point. This image presented itself to me the night before, except the tide was too far in. So I decided to return the next day and try again as the tide would be 40 minutes behind, thus exposing the rocks in the foreground enough to make the image look as I had imagined it.

Returning to the same spot the next day I setup my camera early so that it would be ready when all the factors I was looking for had aligned. I shot off a series of images waiting for the light and tide to be just right. Once all was perfect, I fired off one last image at a 10 minute exposure to evoke a feeling of complete calmness, making the ocean that is constantly moving appear still with a soft painterly feel.

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2015 EPSON Pano Awards - Bronze
I had set out on the east coast with one goal in mind. To capture that feeling of the North Atlantic salty air, and a maritime village that shows years of history painted with blood and sweat from local fishermen, in a picture that had not yet been done. There are so many iconic images from this coast that I knew it would be a big undertaking to find a new one. I spent a couple days driving all over Nova Scotia looking for the right place, and as usual if you put enough effort into something you will be rewarded. I saw the "shot" and planned to come back the following morning for the sunrise. It was winter in the North Atlantic, so it was a little chilly to say the least. As I stood and watched the sunrise, time seemed to freeze but within minutes of pressing the shutter, the whole scene quickly changed before my eyes as the boats motored out of the harbour and into the unforgiving North Atlantic Ocean. With a friendly maritime wave from a fisherman the whole scene was over.
There is just something about a waterfall that really captures my attention. I'm not sure if its the cool mist hitting your face as the water slams into the ground charging your body with negative ions, or if it's the silky smooth look that you get when you capture a brief moment of that waterfall by making all that water take 10 seconds to fall over 200 feet. Whatever it is, no two waterfalls are the same yet the energy seems to be the same every time.
<p>I was visiting a small town in Northern Manitoba to take pictures of a location that I had been trying to capture for sometime. While at that spot I noticed an airplane in the distance. It was calling my name like crazy, so I went over and checked it out. Of course I couldn't stand there staring at it without feeling a picture was there.<p>
<p>I had planned to come back the following morning, as I wanted to evoke the feeling you would get if you were sipping your early morning coffee looking out your cabin window and down your dock at your awaiting plane.</p>
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I had the composition all lined up, and it was a matter of waiting for the light I had pictured in my imagination. I spent a total of 9 nights sitting in this spot and becoming very familiar with the skyline. I had even managed to capture a couple good images in the previous nights but they weren't quite up to the image I had in my mind for this location. On the 9th night i was ready to go nice and early and was on the phone with my brother while I waited for the sun to set and the show to start. All of a sudden mid-sentence the show was on and I was ready. Im sure my brother was wondering what was going on as the phone suddenly went quiet and all you could hear was the camera's shutter firing off. This was what I had been planning for, and it was exactly as I had imagined.
I had been chasing a shot from this location for quite some time! I have spent many nights here with all my gear setup and ready to go, but had been unsuccessful in capturing something that I really wanted to share. I had just got a brand new camera, and found myself on Vancouver Island shortly after. Of course being very excited to try it out I thought, why not go up to the training grounds and see what happens. The sky was just a little hazy, which isn't typically my preference but certainly doesn't stop me from getting out. I was having an issue with the hard light reflecting off the water, but once the sun dropped just below the horizon the city lights started to balance with what was in the sky. It turns out the haze came in handy too as it provided the perfect backdrop giving the sun and the sky the opportunity to work together and show its natural colours. This is truly a million dollar view! - Sean Schuster
I walked around for a bit trying to find the right spot for this nice waterfall. Once I was setup and satisfied with what I was going to capture it was almost as if mother nature said ”Wait, theres more!”. The first atlantic snowfall of the year was all of a sudden in full blast! This reconfirmed that it truly is all about being in the right place at the right time, I think the light dusting of snow really added to what was already about to be a great picture.
I had a hard time debating which image to have as my first release of 2015. I settled on one that brings back a lot of great memories as a teenager. I grew up sailing a 21’ Clipper on this lake with a good friend, So when I was in the area I wanted to find a shot that best represented the vivid memories I have of this location.

Being in the prairies, storms can roll in fast. I have witnessed the contrast of dead calm water, to roaring 6 foot waves on this lake. 
It’s always impressive with how a well timed incoming storm can add a unique painterly feel to a sunset. 

I was in a rush to find a good location, as the sun was quickly setting. I had two locations in mind to check out, I quickly stopped at this one and then went up the road to look at the second. As I pulled up to the second location I instantly felt that I needed to get back to the first location as fast as possible. I got back just in time to setup and start capturing the scene as it was unfolding in front of me. Just as fast as I was able to get ready and start shooting, the sun dipped below the horizon and the scene vanished.
I was sitting at home one day and started daydreaming about a foggy, somewhat erie photo. I knew of a location that had a bunch of big abandoned ships and thought i would head over to them to find the composition on a shot and then plan to go back on a foggy day. When I arrived at the location where they were stored I was surprised to find out they had been moved. Of course I figured since I was already in that area, I would drive around a little more and explore the area. To my surprise I ended up coming across this scene, immediately my previous plans were abandoned and I had found just about exactly what I was looking for. The only thing I was missing at 4 O'clock in the afternoon was the fog I had envisioned. So I planned to return when the weather conditions were perfect and that would best suit the feeling I felt when standing there. I returned several times only to be disappointed by the weather, but something about this great scene kept me coming back in search of the perfect compliment of lighting. Alas, one early morning all my patience and planning was rewarded as it all came together perfectly and I was ready to capture the scene before me. I hope this image gives you the same feeling I felt as I was standing in this location - Sean Schuster