In an aerial display featuring precision flying, the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron “The Thunderbirds” demonstrate the team work needed to perform a near perfect ‘Calypso Pass’ at the 2011 Aviation Nation Airshow at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. In this photo they are flying the F-16C Block 52 Fighting Falcon, also known as the Viper.Read More»
This past June I spent a day hiking up and down the length of the Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park in search of an “ah ha” moment. These are the moments that take your breath away. I was looking for not only a stunning location, but I wanted a contrast of color and light.
The Virgin River twists and winds its way through several miles of The Narrows. Being deep in this canyon, light may only reach a small section of the canyon at river level after first reflecting off the sandstone walls above. Some locations within the Narrows may not see any light at all. Add in the fact that the light is always changing and it can become difficult to be in the right spot at the right time.Read More»
I’m back from Zion National Park in Utah where I spent a few days hiking both the Virgin River Narrows and the Subway. The temperature was hovering around 100 degrees, but the cool rushing waters of the Virgin River were refreshing. Here we have the Virgin River as it carves its way through the Narrows.
The July 2014 issue of Arizona Highways Magazine is out and the cover features one of my photos of Grand Canyon National Park. This is actually my first cover with Arizona Highways Magazine!Read More»
Earlier today I announced the release of my first book, Chasing the Light – Grand Canyon, a 192-page hard-cover book with almost 190 color photographs of the Grand Canyon. I’ve been working on this project along with my publisher, Park Partners, for quite some time.
I’m sharing the Foreword in the book with you here to give you an idea of why I created this collection of my photographic works and what this book, and the Grand Canyon, mean to me. You can pre-order the book directly from me at the following link: http://adamschallau.com/grand-canyon-book/
“In 1999 I made my first trip to the American Southwest to visit and explore our National Parks. This trip, planned as a 1-week excursion, had stops scheduled in the iconic locations including Grand Canyon National Park. My goal was to “experience” as much of the Southwest as possible in this short time.
After 2 days of driving, my wife and I arrived at the Grand Canyon. The sun was setting and we were running short on time.We quickly checked into our camp site at Mather Campground, and then found our way to the canyon’s rim.
Seven years earlier, I had been living in Colorado working at a high-altitude field research station. I was surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks with fields of wildflowers and streams fed by melting snow. For a young man that had come from a big city in Texas, I was now living in a near-Utopian environment. Nothing could possibly be more beautiful.Read More»
Happy Birthday to Ansel Adams. He would have been 112 years old. I can’t possibly image the world of fine art landscape photography without him and the influence he has had on all of us. Perhaps his greatest gift to all of us was his advocacy for the preservation of wild lands and the creation of our National Parks.
The Grand Canyon is an amazing place. Of course we know it’s big, it’s nearly a mile deep, and we know that the Colorado River cuts a path through the canyon that is 277 miles long. But one of the many things that I love about the canyon is how weather interacts with it.
I had passed by this location many times on my journeys across the American Southwest. Often it was in the middle of the day when the light is directly overhead and becomes quite flat. On more than a few trips I had planned to be here just before sunset, but the best laid plans often get thrown out the window as we adapt to changing weather conditions or the desire to get home after a long trip.
So you’re planning the big, once in a lifetime, trip to the Grand Canyon. You’re probably wondering what camera gear you need to take to get the perfect shot. Equally as important as bringing the right camera gear, is bringing the right personal gear to best cope with the high-desert environment of northern Arizona.Read More»
Before I found my way to the art of landscape photography, I dabbled in other forms of art including creating pottery on the wheel and painting, working mostly with oils. I enjoyed creating pottery, and there’s a lot to be said for feeling your work take shape as wheel the spins and the clay shaped under your very own hands. But my heart belongs to the landscape. It is what I dream about and it is what I want to be surrounded by.