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B E N | S T R A U S S. Landscape Photographer || Engineer 🏔Colorado🏔 🌎 Founder: @earthgridz 🌎 #benstrauss_photography for a feature! 👇Tutorial Videos!!👇 http://www.benstraussphotography.com/tutorials

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  • This evening was one of those times where the light waits for no-one. We had just arrived to Arches after a long drive from Zion National Park abou...
  • This evening was one of those times where the light waits for no-one. We had just arrived to Arches after a long drive from Zion National Park about 30 minutes before sunset. I hadn’t ever really photographed this area, so of course I didn’t have a composition in mind. When the sky began catching fire, I started frantically sprinting around trying to find something to photograph. This is the best I could muster. Turret arch kind of looks like an other-worldly castle haha. Hopefully you enjoy! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . Also, don’t forget to use #benstrauss_photography for a chance to be featured in my story! I pick one every day! . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16mm🔸 shutter speed: base 0.6 sec🔹exposure blend for sky ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 4068 197 5 days ago
  • I present to you an image from a location you’ve most likely never seen before in your life. I had to hike an ungodly distance across the roughest ...
  • I present to you an image from a location you’ve most likely never seen before in your life. I had to hike an ungodly distance across the roughest terrain I’ve ever experienced just to access this spot. Then once I made it, the freezing temperatures and 100 mph winds were trying their hardest to drive me away. Luckily, I managed to fire off this shot before the conditions became too unbearable. Have I fooled anyone yet?! 😂 Are you reading this thinking “my god Ben, you are an unbelievably determined photographer!”. Probably not. As you MAY know, this is only the most iconic image of Zion National Park ever. So much so that it is literally on every item in the gift shop (shirts, hats, coins, mugs, books, posters, etc.). It might as well be the park’s logo haha. Nevertheless, the conditions were great this evening, and I had checked off my other desired compositions throughout the week so I figured “what the heck! Why not”. Hope you enjoy my “The Watchman”. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸ISO: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16mm🔸 shutter speed: 1/13 sec🔹no blending ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 14678 389 1:59 AM Feb 7, 2019
  • 🔻A full “Start to Finish” tutorial video of THIS image is available on my website!! Follow the link in my bio!🔺
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  • 🔻A full “Start to Finish” tutorial video of THIS image is available on my website!! Follow the link in my bio!🔺 . . About the image: I’ve been to this location once before, only shooting from the trailhead. Returning for a second time, and inspired by a cell phone image I saw on google, I decided to trek a couple of miles back into Eagles Nest Open Space until I found this gorgeous composition: the beautiful scene of a river leading towards Eagles Nest. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 0.6 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 6766 245 8:16 PM Feb 2, 2019
  • It’s been so cool to see everyone’s blood moon shots today! There is so much talent and skill amongst everyone. The night before this rare astronom...
  • It’s been so cool to see everyone’s blood moon shots today! There is so much talent and skill amongst everyone. The night before this rare astronomical event, I got the pleasure of spending the evening in Arches National Park. During this time, we witnessed a near full moon rise, and it was glorious. While not a blood moon, it was nonetheless impressive due to its enlarged size and strong presence in the lower sky. Lucky me, the moon placed itself perfectly inside the North Window Arch during its rising trajectory. I immediately saw the eye of a giant staring back at me, and it was looking into my soul. This was the closest thing I’ve experienced to a staring contest with Mother Earth. This image was done through focal length blending. Check out my story to see the raw images! Now, you may be anticipating my blood moon shot because of course “Ben Strauss had to of photographed this event” right?! Wrong haha. I decided this year to not pursue photographing the blood moon, and here are my reasons: 1. I just finished two weeks on the road photographing the most beautiful places in the west. I had already extended my trip 5 days from initial plans, and was ready to return home to the love of my life @abbygomer. 2. I had the chance to photograph the super blue blood moon last year when it was directly above the horizon, and this was spectacular. This year the moon was high in the sky making it compositionally challenging. Therefore I decided to use my “moon credits” photographing the near full moon in Arches the night before. 3. Sometimes it’s nice to let the rare events go and just enjoy them with the naked eye. It’s good to resist FOMO once in a while in order to keep your sanity as a landscape photographer haha. That being said, I will just have to enjoy the blood moon through all of the wonderful pictures I’ve seen today! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 70mm and 400mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/80 sec🔹focal length blend. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 4081 221 1:25 AM Jan 22, 2019
  • “You’ve got to shoot Angels Landing”, they said. Along with The Watchman, Angels Landing is one of the most iconic images coming out of Zion. I usu...
  • “You’ve got to shoot Angels Landing”, they said. Along with The Watchman, Angels Landing is one of the most iconic images coming out of Zion. I usually (key word “usually” haha) tend to shy away from the highly photographed areas when visiting our beautiful National Parks. However, after researching this hike I had to check it out. Photography aside, the thrill factor alone had me convinced, and boy was it a blast; I love myself some insane heights! Of course I had to bring the camera just in case, and I’m so happy I did. Upon reaching the summit of Angels Landing after a white knuckle, 1500 ft drop-off/edge-teetering climb, I spotted a dead tree lying on its side (“wait, Ben likes to photograph dead trees?”). At first I figured this might make a decent foreground interest, and hadn’t been something I’d seen in previous photographs of Angels Landing. After closer inspection, I noticed the tree trunk had been hallowed out after years of decay. Like any normal human being, I decided to put my camera on a ten second timer and shove it into the tree trunk for a photograph. After pulling my camera back out and reviewing the image, albeit crooked and out of focus, I saw something of a composition that had me excited. Logically, I spent the next half hour tweaking the placement of my camera and manually adjusting my focus points and exposure until I had a set of 4 shots sufficient for a focus stack and explore blend. Keep in mind, I was shooting completely blind the entire time since only my arm could fit into the tree. Apparently this is how I like to spend my time on top of beautiful viewpoints 😂. Oh, and #WHPwanderlust. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/250, 1/150 sec🔹 3 frames for focus stacking and 1 for sky exposure. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 6748 541 4:21 PM Jan 19, 2019
  • It is becoming more and more difficult to find unique compositions in our national parks, especially in the internationally acclaimed ones such as ...
  • It is becoming more and more difficult to find unique compositions in our national parks, especially in the internationally acclaimed ones such as Zion. I always find an exciting challenge in seeking out the lesser photographed, however equally impressive compositions. Therefore, I fought the urge to photograph the classic Watchman bridge shot in order to capture something slightly fresher during this awe inspiring sunset. I did a bit of river walking and bushwhacking in order to position myself at the perfect spot along the Virgin River framing Angels Landing. Hope you enjoy! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 0.4 sec🔹vertical panorama consisting of 6 shots. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 5689 189 1:59 AM Jan 18, 2019
  • Kind of a funny story behind taking this photograph: I had explored this area the night before and came across this great tree as a foreground subj...
  • Kind of a funny story behind taking this photograph: I had explored this area the night before and came across this great tree as a foreground subject. A little bit off the beaten path and away from the lookout area, I was fairly confident this would be a nice quasi-unique composition. As you may know, I posted a story about my “finding” and was instantly bombarded with DM messages about how I just photographed the most popular tree in Dead Horse Point State Park 😂🤦‍♂️. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my take on this famous tree! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 4 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 4050 186 1:59 AM Jan 17, 2019
  • Have you ever had one of those experiences leading to the realization of how tiny we are as human beings on earth, let alone in the universe? Maybe...
  • Have you ever had one of those experiences leading to the realization of how tiny we are as human beings on earth, let alone in the universe? Maybe you’re flying in an airplane looking down on the small buildings and cars, or maybe you’re sitting atop a cliff’s edge watching tiny human specs walk around down below. Either way, these experiences really put into perspective the relativity of our individual lives. Each one of those specs observed from a distance has a life full of love, happiness, fear, anxiety, and worry. Many of us tend to get caught up in our own problems. They can feel so important and all-encompassing, however when observed from afar, lose all significance. When the stress and anxiety in life seems overbearing, I like to imagine what earth must looks like from one of our neighboring planets; a small blue spec. All of human history happened on that blue spec. All of it. Yet it is only a dot of blue in a terrestrial night sky. The image above, showing the true scale of myself amongst a giant Utah landscape, was one of these experiences for me. It’s such a nice reminder that everything is relative. Everything. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/9🔸focal length: 240 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/500🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 15926 444 1:59 AM Jan 15, 2019
  • I present to you the first evening of our Utah road trip. While I was excited to find this interesting and charismatic scraggly dead tree, the ligh...
  • I present to you the first evening of our Utah road trip. While I was excited to find this interesting and charismatic scraggly dead tree, the light was quickly skunked out by a large bank of clouds out west. So while this photo doesn’t quite deliver the light show many of you expect of me 😬, it grew on me throughout the day, so I had to share it. Once in a while you have to be proud of your “from nothing to something” edits amirite?! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/125🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 5046 114 1:59 AM Jan 10, 2019
  • It has been far too long since I’ve been up to the Bear Lake area with this extremely drawn out government shutdown. Luckily, I leave tomorrow for ...
  • It has been far too long since I’ve been up to the Bear Lake area with this extremely drawn out government shutdown. Luckily, I leave tomorrow for southern Utah for the next two weeks, where I’ve heard the National Parks are still available to visit. Sometimes you need a small break from photographing Colorado to remember how beautiful it truly, truly is. In the shot above you can see my awesome model @lukewagnerphoto being unknowingly photographed as he himself photographs the beauty of RMNP 😂. Thanks for wearing that red jacket Luke! . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/9🔸focal length: 35 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/80🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 4077 142 1:59 AM Jan 8, 2019
  • I don’t think I have ever posted a black and white photograph on my Instagram page before. Sometimes, a given composition looks its most beautiful ...
  • I don’t think I have ever posted a black and white photograph on my Instagram page before. Sometimes, a given composition looks its most beautiful void of color. Maybe the color pallet was monochromatic to begin with, or maybe the colors bring too much distraction from the true beauty of the photograph. Either way, don’t be afraid to edit a black and white shot from time to time. This photo was taken a bit after sunrise as the cloud inversion began receding eastward, revealing some of the lower mountains and hills. I usually despise negative space in my skies, but the framing of the trees and the lack of color somehow make this aspect of the photo seem comfortable. . ‼️Learn how I process my images! The link is in my bio‼️. . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 70 mm🔸base shutter speed: 1/200🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
  • 4602 105 2:13 AM Jan 6, 2019