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Michael Clark

Internationally published, award-winning adventure photographer. @NatGeoTravel contributor. Live Passionately. Push it to the edge. Prints available.


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Daniel Coriz ripping around the Santa Fe Motocross track a few weeks ago. I took this opportunity to test out the FUJIFILM GFX 100 to see if it’s autofocus could keep up with Daniel going 40- to 50-mph around the track. Once I got the camera dialed in it did quite well even with this fast action. Check out my latest Summer 2019 Newsletter for more on this story and many others from the last six months of assignments. See the link in my profile to download the 50-page PDF magazine that I call the Newsletter. It has equipment reviews, stories from recent assignments, editorials, news updates and much more. If you would like to sign up for the Newsletter shoot me an email and I can add you to the list. @fujifilmx_us @fujifilm_northamerica

It is an honor to be a part of the @mammothphotofest from October 10-13, 2019. The festival features a whose who of famous photographers with keynote talks by @coreyrichproductions @franslanting @cristinamittermeier @pedromcbride and seminars and panels featuring stellar landscape and adventure photographers such as @christianpondella @krystlejwright @sav.cummins @joshuacrippsphotography @lucasgilman and many more. I will be teaching a variety of seminars including one on Hi-Sync lighting and advanced lighting techniques which were used to create all of the images in this carousel. Use the code BURST15 to get a 15% discount off all passes through August 27th. Come join us out in MammothLakes, California for what is sure to be an amazing event! Check out the festival website at www.mammothphotofest.com for more info on this incredible photo festival!

Thinking back on this incredible moment on March 20, 2019 where @mikeswansons of the @redbullairforce jumped out of a Heli and wingsuited in front of the SuperMoon on his way into downtown LA. It has been a heck of a year so far with some incredible assignments, trips and adventures and they are stacking up for this fall already!

Umbrellas floating along behind the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan as seen from outside the normal path. While exploring the nearby zen gardens I realized we were just next to the bamboo forest and saw the umbrellas marching by in the rain on the path through the forest. The juxtaposition of colors was fun.

Sunset over the mountains to the west of Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand.

Aoraki Mt. Cook, seen here on the far left of the first and fourth image, with the Tasman Glacier in the foreground, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 3,724 meters (12,218 feet) and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb before making the first ascent of Everest on May 29, 1953 with Tenzing Norgay. It is quite difficult to do Aoraki justice with a camera. This national park is one of the most impressive I have ever seen.

A Pipeline motion blur. After spending the entire day capturing the action at Pipe a few years ago I tried out some motion blur images. As usual, you rattle off a few hundred frames before you get something that works. This might be the most soulful surfing image I’ve ever captured.

A few of the B-Side images from New Zealand. The first Image is of in Wanaka on the South Island. For this image I left the shutter open for a longer period to get some star trails above the tree and I light painted the tree with a flashlight in the middle of the night. For the second image, this is another shot of Aoraki Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, with the Milky Way above the peak. Both were captured using the @fujifilm_global GFX 100. @fujifilm_northamerica @fujifilmx_us

It never gets old seeing your work get used in National and International ad campaigns for massive companies like this image that @fujifilm_global used to promote the FUJIFILM GFX 100. And this image would not exist without the stellar crew we had on this shoot including @sav.cummins (the climber in this image), @angela_vanwiemeersch and @tedhesser Caption: Savannah Cummins climbing Go Sparky go (5.11) in Indian Creek, Utah. @fujifilm_northamerica @fujifilmx_us

Photos from @nasa | On this day, 50 years ago, we humans landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. It was only in 1903 that the Wright brothers flew a plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It is hard to believe that it only took 66 years to go from the first human flight to the first humans landing on the moon. Now, 50 years later is looking to head back to the moon and onwards to Mars. Space travel is hard. As much as folks would like to think about how romantic it would be to colonize another planet and live there, what most if not all of the astronauts realized on the lunar missions was just how unique and precious our own home planet really was. The power of imagery has never had an impact quite like these first images from Apollo 11. These images jumpstarted the environmental movement in the early seventies. Looking back at Earth, the Apollo astronauts, who were floating in their own spacecraft, realized the Earth was just a much larger spacecraft floating in the Universe. We do need to explore the Universe but the best gift from going to the moon is the realization of what we have here in Earth. Onward to Mars!

High winds, steep mountains and massive glaciers deep in the Rees Valley beyond Glenorchy, New Zealand. This one just felt better in black and white since there was little color to speak of in the original color file anyway. Part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed back in this valley and it isn’t hard to see why—absolutely stunning. This image is part of a massive panorama captured with the @fujifilm_global GFX 100. @fujifilmusa_ @fujifilm_northamerica

Cecil Peak looming above Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. I love it when clouds form below the top of a peak. While staying with @mikelangford_qccp and @jackieranken I woke up on this morning and saw the incredible view out the window, then scrambled to get my camera and tripod. The view from their balcony is pretty phenomenal. This image is a six image panorama put together in @lightroom from the @fujifilm_global GFX 100 and is a huge image file. The hospitality in New Zealand was amazing. After speaking at the @nzipp_national photography conference in Wellington, I spent another week on the South Island cruising around and was well taken care of. In particular @andywoods57 set up a great flight over to Milford Sound for me which allowed me to see it as clouds and a big storm moved in the next day. My thanks to Jackie, Mike, Andy and everyone for the incredible hospitality. I will definitely have to come back to New Zealand for more adventures!

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