Thursday, 12th January 2012
The Time Traveler
by Stephen Oachs
In the high, remote elevations of California's Eastern Sierra mountain range, you will find a small group of ancient pine trees, known as Bristlecone Pines. The Bristlecone are thought to reach ages far greater than that of any other known single living organism — up to nearly 5,000 years.
Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves at and just below the tree line. Because of the unique combination of elements – cold temperatures, dry soils, high winds and short growing seasons – they grow very slowly. Their wood is quite dense and resinous, thus resistant to invasion by insects, fungi and other potential pests, contributing to their remarkable longevity.
This photo captures one of the larger twisted trees at the 10,400 ft. elevation, which was illuminated by the moon's casting a soft nighttime glow across the landscape. The enchanted night effect of the star trails were shot using a 1-hour long exposure pointed directly at the North Star (Polaris).
Equipment: Canon 1Ds Mark III
Stephen W. Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first camera.
Completely self-taught, Stephen's unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today's finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic.
Stephen has received many other awards and achievements. His work has graced the pages of such notable publications such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine and many others.
In 2009 Stephen founded The Aperture Academy, a unique combination of fine art photography gallery in conjunction with classroom and workshop instruction. Students of the Aperture Academy recieve hands on instruction designed for their individual skill level which includes everything from learning to shoot in the field to digital post processing techniques.
Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.