"LIFE IS A GIFT, AND WHAT MATTERS MOST IS WHAT WE DO WITH THE TIME WE HAVE." - Brian Clopp
Brian is a Film Director, Entrepreneur, and award winning Photographer. You found his website! Yippee!
A wild stallion stands victor, taking the moment to survey his domain's beautiful landscape. Two horses were pounding hooves, about to fight, but then the other decided to just give up and walk away, leaving this one triumphant. The winning horse was a bit surprised, and exhibited the rare behavior of just gazing around at the landscape. To get these striking silhouettes I came up with a technique of manually focusing on the horse yet exposing for the sun. | Sony A7 rIV.
A wild stallion stands head-first into a dust storm, an unusual behavior demonstrating the ruggedness these animals endure. To bear this desert weather myself, I bought a shemagh to wrap around my head and my body shields the tripod from wind. The dust is so fine here it gets into your vehicle even with the windows completely up. After my photo drive was stolen months later, this image was recovered from a print gallery. I placed this one at the top of my stairs to remind me to never give up.
A wild pony playfully rises in front of his mother, a gesture signifying dominance that will become more important as this horse ages into a fighting stallion. Getting this was near impossible and I've been chasing it for years; you have to align perfectly with where the sun just set or its too dark, and have a five minute window of ambient light. Too dark to autofocus, entirely manual. As I reposition, prickly chaparral continuously scratches. This is one of the hardest shots I have ever taken.
Two wild stallions battle for hierarchy, sending ponies scattering in the foreground. Taken during golden hour for lighting.
A rising sun makes striking lines come to life that criss-cross the Utah Salt Flats. Recent rainfall has caused the salt to form these rare popcorn-style formations (the whitest parts)' Whereas earlier water immersion created the ridges. Frequently used for landspeed records, getting a spot clean of any tire tracks meant driving about fifteen miles out on the tundra at the calculated risk of becoming stuck in mud.
Remarkable rock formations outlined in silhouette by a vibrant sky. Wildfires caused the sunset to turn unique tones of orange, pink, and purple that day. It was rare and spectacular. Getting this shot involved wading out to my waste and balancing on rocks while crabs nipped away at my feet in frigid waters.
A spectacular sunrise at the Wave is complimented by ripples from my foot. I just love interacting with nature! The red rocks known as Navajo Sandstone are petrified sand dunes dating back about 150 million years to the Jurassic period. Getting there involves winning a rare permit through a lottery system (10 visitors daily), and a strenuous 3.5 mile hike on an unmarked trail in remote desert environment. 4 people had recently died there, and even the 2 gallons of water I brought wasn't enough.
A spectacular sunset reflects off the Salt Lake and highlights small dinnerplate sized ice sheets. When the temperature drops cold enough, the surface of the salt water freezes and is then blown into piles by the wind.
During the absolute right time of day, and only once per day, these ancient ruins appear to be on fire as sunlight bounces off an opposite canyon wall and radiates from the cliff's roof. Contrary to the name, these Anasazi structures were actually granaries used to store food about 1,000 years ago. Finding it was tricky, not because of where it was on the trail-- but because people have mislabeled it under false locations on Google Maps, keeping the location secret to help preserve the ruins.
Over 1,000 years ago, these petroglyphs were created by ancient Fremont indians. While most petroglyphs are just doodles, this panel is exceptionally rare because it depicts a complete scene. Being 15 feet high, I created a makeshift 'ladder' by extending my tripod to 7 feet and balancing it atop a 4 foot protective fence post. Fun fact: Do you know the difference between a petroglyph and pictograph? Petroglyphs are carved or pecked, whereas pictographs are painted.
The Painted Hall by British artist Sir James Thornhill is a Baroque masterpiece known as Britain's 'Sistine Chapel'. Thornhill used techniques of trompe l’oeil ("trick the eye") and chiaroscuro (contrast of light and dark). While photographing it, I played on Thornhill's "trick the eye" technique and used a small observation mirror to create the illusion of a massive reflection. This 4 second exposure was photographed without a tripod, as those aren't allowed-- my winter mittens were used as a b
Tower Bridge comes alive at night as a passing bus completes the composition's leading lines. The colors of the bus match those of the bridge-- with the reds, whites, orange-yellow, and turquoise complimenting the structure as if the two were meant to pair together. As the bus goes through the center of the bridge, the blur of the long exposure seems to make one image, showing the relationship of the bridge and the vehicles are one system, one object, one living organism in that given moment.
Native Lenape storyteller Michael Pace smiles before an interview where he recounts ancient cultural stories with me. One story alone could last 40 minutes.
Floating heavenly in a red dress, she reminds me of a water nymph or an underwater goddess. Since she is a scuba instructor, the title is fitting. This is my sister, and the shot was taken during my birthday party. THIS SHOT WAS TAKEN AT NIGHT USING ONLY THE DIM POOL LIGHT- NO FLASH, NO EDITS- 100% original, untouched! What makes this shot possible is the new Canon 5Ds camera having no static at high ISO.
It was an honor capturing this portrait of President Jimmy Carter. Sharing the greenroom with him for an hour was a special moment. When I asked his wife Rosalynn what the necklace secretly tucked under her blouse was, she quietly showed me it was his Nobel Peace Prize. They are very sweet and humble people.
This wild pony approached me and wanted head snuggles for about 40 amazing minutes, what a moment. After camping out with the Onaqui herd for a week, I was photographing them at sunset when this one came up and took a liking to me. Holding a heavy DSLR out backwards on an extended arm and guessing for the best focus was a challenge. Best selfie I've ever taken.
Two gulls lift their wings in unison, as graceful as two ballerinas. A radiant sunset bounces off snowy mountains in the background and onto a reflective Salt Lake, while the gulls search for food. Capturing two wings up at the same time was luck and makes for a rare shot. My boots were so muddy from this series that now I just keep them in the car as my muck shoes. The vibrant pink hues are the true colors as my eye saw it, only slight adjustments to exposure in camera raw, no photoshopping.