Sunlight Penetrating Storm Clouds on the Olympic Peninsula of Olympic National Park

A Pleasant Surprise

Sunlight Penetrating Storm Clouds on the Olympic Peninsula of Olympic National Park

I made this photograph while camped out on the beach in Olympic National Park. When I saw these sun rays shooting out of the dark storm clouds I thought there was never going to be any way that I could do them justice in a photograph. This photograph has since surprised me, as it has become one of my most sold prints.

The story behind making this photograph makes it even better. When I was hiking in Olympic National Park I was working as a back country guide and my job was to take teens on a week-long backcountry experience. For this reason, I had limited space in my backpack (lots of gear to carry) and I could not fit my tripod with all of my other equipment. When we reached our campsite, I saw the clouds starting to shift and break apart, just a sunset was approaching and set to work on building my own make-shift tripod.

I used a stack of bear canisters to bring the camera up to the height that I needed, and balanced the camera on top of the tallest canister. In order to make sure the camera was straight, I stacked small pebbles and shells to balance it out, making sure to leave room for the auto-focus ring so that it didn’t jam on the delicate stack I had created in order to balance everything. Then, when the light was just right, I clicked the shutter release and the whole thing came together.

I’ve always been fond of this photograph, given that it was made utilizing that bear canister/seashell “tripod,” but I never thought it would become one of my more popular works. It has certainly been a pleasant surprise!

To see this photograph in high quality and to purchase prints please visit my “Essence of the Earth” Gallery page.

Winter's Chandelier

Winter’s Chandelier

Winter's Chandelier

A frigid stream flows freely past and underneath the snow-covered stream bank. Winter’s very own chandelier hangs from above, stretching to touch the top of the cold mountain water.

Captured along the Falling Water Trail, White Mountains, New Hampshire.

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Delicate Beauty

“Delicate Beauty”

Delicate Beauty

“Delicate Beauty”

The beauty of the natural world is always delicate– like chandeliers of ice clinging to the very edge of a stone. One tap of the most subtle touch could send everything crashing into the stream below.

This is why nature and the wilds within are worth protecting.

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Photographed along the Falling Water Trail, White Mountains of New Hampshire.

* This photograph is available for purchase at NateBushPhoto.com.

The North Church of Portsmouth, B&W.

North Church Steeple Black and White

The North Church of Portsmouth, NH, who’s steeple is illuminated beautifully by a spotlight located across the street at night, stands proudly in black and white.

This weekend, I’m heading back to New Hampshire for a photo-shoot with a good friend (his photographs can be found on his blog, Jeff Sinon Photography and are worth checking out!). We’ve been hoping for some cooler temperatures (and even better some snow to fall!) but either way, it’s going to be fun to get out with the camera once again for a weekend. Thus far, our plan is to shoot a coastal sunrise, followed by a trek into the White Mountains just in time to shoot a mountain sunset.

We’ll see how the weather holds up, but I’m excited to get out there for some fun with the camera and good company!

Photographs to follow, of course. :)

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The Necessity of Making Your Photographs Stand Out!

Trying Something Different From All The Rest.

In the days of digital photography and the number of people owning cameras and posting and/or selling their photographs online constantly growing, we as photographers sometimes have to do whatever it takes to make images that have never been done before. So many people these days are willing to give away their artwork for next to nothing, just to say their photograph was published on one of the pages in whichever magazine. With this being the case, it is growing more and more important for photographers to make sure that their photographs stand-out from all of the other photographs that are available on the internet.

This means taking risks. Do what you haven’t done before, or at least try– worse comes to worse you can always press that delete button located on the top right corner of your keyboard.

Trying new things is often scary. We find ourselves wondering if there is a reason no one else has done it. We don’t want our hard work to be outcast because it differs from all the rest in such a way that it is looked down upon– but sometimes the risk is worth the reward.

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I don’t know if this one has ever been done before. I’ve seen a lot of photographs of the Nubble Light dressed in holiday lights, but personally, I have never seen it portrayed in black and white. This fact alone inspired me to try it. As an artist, I like how the white lights outlining the lighthouse make it stand-out completely against the black sky. I like how the holiday lights illuminate the surrounding rock just ever so slightly, and I like how the stars rest in the night sky above, standing out just enough.

I’ll leave whether or not this is a good photograph to you as the viewer of my work. Will this photograph ever sell? Maybe. And If it doesn’t? Well, that’s okay because I know that I took a risk in making it, but most of all I know that I had a great time while doing it.

I invite you to leave your thoughts on this in the comments section below!

Until next time…

Cape Flatter Just After Sun dips below Horizon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The Beginning.

Where all good things start. As necessary as it is, I bet the vast majority of people who want to be great at something really dislike starting from the beginning. But you have to start somewhere and put the time in to become great. After all, sayings are sayings for a reason and practice does make perfect.

I’m not saying I’m perfect at photography. But I am saying that I’m putting my time in. I have only been practicing photography on a very serious basis for a couple of years now, and when I look through my old files on my computer of photographs that I truly thought were great (at the time), Its like going back in time to see a play-by-play of my progress and how far I’ve come from the amount of practice I’ve put in. While some of the photographs are almost embarrassing to look through, it’s actually quite fun to go back to take a look. The photographs you’ll see below are in order from earliest to most recent– not necessarily ordered from worst to best. In fact, I think they are all interesting photographs, but as time passes you can easily see my skill with the camera, camera technique, and post processing use progress as well. Below is Nathan Bush Photography from before the italicized name and fancy website to present day.

2010: The Beginning– When I knew I liked taking pictures and tried to take good ones.

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A child plays on the beach surround by salmon carcasses at the mouth of the Kenai River. Photograph taken summer 2010.

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Mountains in the distance at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Photograph taken summer 2010 despite the copyright mistake.

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A mother Grizzly and cubs head down to the river for lunch. Photograph taken summer 2010, despite the copyright mistake.

2011: I’m very into traveling, and attempting to capture great photographic travel memories.

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Ice clings to the trail during a winter ascent of Mount Washington in 2011.

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You can’t tell from here, but these towels are frozen at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Photograph taken 2011.

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A volcanic landscape covered in snow. Notice the blue ice from a glacier that used to be there before lava flow melted most of it away. Photograph taken in Iceland, 2011.

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The sun sets over the Icelandic barren landscape. Photographed in 2011.

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A man sits alone in the central plaza of Cusco, Peru. Photographed late 2011.

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The ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru. Traveled to and photographed in late 2011.

Ancient ruins at the top of Wayna Picchu burst through the clouds. Overlooking Machu Picchu, Peru.

Ancient ruins at the summit of Wayna Picchu burst through the early-morning fog. Photographed in Peru, late 2011.

2012: I’ve fallen in love with photography, photo blogs, and am constantly reading about new photographic techniques and seeking to make myself better at making photographs.

Same waterfall, different composition.

Bridal Veil Falls, Castle in the Clouds NH. Photographed early 2012.

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Tough light on these bald eagles who so kindly allowed me kayak right up to their post, just off the coast of Washington State. Photographed in 2012.

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Lupine, photographed along the trail of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, 2012.

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Sunset at Cape Flattery, Makah Tribal Reservation, Washington State, 2012.

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Sol Duc Falls – Hoh Rain Forest. Photographed 2012.

2013: Always learning, constantly practicing, and even traveling just to make more photographs.

New York City Lights

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Photographed 2013.

Zinnia Arc

Zinnia Arc, Macro, Photographed 2013.

Black Bear Cub

A black bear cub uses a tree as balance to reach for the highest leaves that she can. Photograph in Glacier National Park 2013.

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Wadsworth Falls, Wadsworth Falls State Park. Photographed 2013.

Grinnell Glacier reflection in Lake Josephine

Mountain Reflection, Glacier National Park. Photographed 2013.

Mountain Goat Family

Mountain Goat Family, Glacier National Park. Photographed 2013.

Present Day: A focus on being more artistic with my photographs, staying closer to home, and shooting with friends that I’ve made along the way.

New Castle Commons Sunrise

Sunrise, New Castle New Hampshire. Photographed present day.

The North Church at Night

The North Church of Portsmouth New Hampshire. Photographed present day.

Frozen Wadsworth Falls

Frozen leaves at Wadsworth Falls State Park. Photographed present day.

Gateway to Sunrise

Tree framing sunrise at New Castle New Hampshire. Photographed present day.

In the end, when you look ahead you realize there is still so much to learn and so much more to grow for. Yet, when you look back to the beginning you also realize how much you have grown, which makes looking forward to the future all the more exciting.

Thanks for taking the time to read this longer post and browse through my photographs from my photographic beginning to present day. :)