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Taken at Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe, Nevada on January 15th, 2011

Lake Tahoe has many beautiful places along its shores, but for me Sand Harbor is at the top of the list. The way the white granite boulders merge with the crystal clear, turquoise water is simply incredible. On this night I was shooting a sunset that I thought was going to be a dud. But as I packed up my gear, the clouds to the north lit up with gorgeous pink and purple hues and I raced to get my camera out to take this shot. With the beauty of the scene, and a complete lack of any wind, it seemed as though Tahoe and I were both left breathless.

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  1. Hi Josh, I admire your work, I’ve been watching your tutorials videos since years and taking inspiration in your work because I have a similar style. I was dedicating myself to travel and landscape photography but got discouraged, it seems to me that people like portfolios with dull and monotonous pictures, all of them applied with the same filter premade and bought, it doesn’t help that nowadays everyone is a photographer. People like you are stands out from the rest. Well Josh I wish you can keep working and do what you like man, and have success too, cheers.

    1. Thanks so much, Pablo! I really appreciate those kind words. You’re right that it can be quite discouraging out there at times. Social media has created an army of photographers who are more interested in following trends and being popular than in developing their own voice, vision, and style. But if you seek that, you will find lots of satisfaction. Do you follow Sarah Marino or John Barclay? They are two close friends of mine who constantly spread an encouraging message about finding your own style, going slow, getting rid of expectations, and photographing what makes you happy.

    1. Hi Laurie,

      Yes I do! I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I have been busy re-vamping my website and print ordering system. If you visit the page for this photo again (link below) you will see a print order form and information below the photo. Please let me know if you have any questions!


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