Jason Cleghorn Photography: Blog https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jason Cleghorn Photography [email protected] (Jason Cleghorn Photography) Wed, 01 Mar 2023 23:02:00 GMT Wed, 01 Mar 2023 23:02:00 GMT https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u453308199-o777862334-50.jpg Jason Cleghorn Photography: Blog https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog 80 120 White Sands National Park, New Mexico https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2023/3/white_sands_np White Sands National Park is a unique and beautiful place located in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico. The park is known for its large, white sand dunes that stretch for 275 square miles across the desert. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities like sand sledding, hiking, and camping. There are also numerous opportunities to view wildlife and local flora. White Sands National Park is definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience.

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My wife and I spent a few hours exploring the park to other day. This place is amazing! Check it out if you're ever in the area!

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New bike day!!! https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2021/5/new-bike-day New bike day! After riding the same mountain bike for 13 years it was FINALLY time for a new bike! 

For me, like a lot of other people, bicycles entered my life as a kid. In the mid 1970's My dad came home from work one day with two Schwinn Stingrays with banana seats for my brother and I. That literally started my love affair with 2 wheels! As a kid and teenager it was all about BMX bikes. In my 20's it was all about motorcycles. In my 30's, 40's, and now, 50's, it was all about mountain bikes!

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My two sons and I all got mountain bikes around the same time and started hitting our local trails. Then we started participating in racing! Southridge USA in Fontana, CA is the hot spot when it comes to mountain bike racing in Southern California. My sons raced in the downhill category and I jumped into the cross-country racing. My XC races were held on Saturday's and my boys DH racing on Sunday's which gave me time to take pictures after my race. 

I only raced my bike for one season while my boys continued racing DH for the next few years. During that time I focused on photographing the mountain bike racing instead of participating in it. I kept riding my local trails for fun and exercise. We even made a few MTB trips. Mammoth Mountain was a favorite! I also did a solo trip to Moab, Utah that ranks up there with Mammoth!

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I purchased my old bike new from my local bike shop back in 2008. It was a Giant Trance X2. It had full suspension and 26" wheels. I rode that thing everywhere!

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Jump forward to 2021 and I finally decided it was time for a new bike! I spent a lot of time researching different manufacturers and ended up back with Giant. I enjoyed my old Trance so much I just decided to upgrade to a newer one! A 2021 Giant Trance X 29 3. Full suspension with 29" wheels! This thing has been amazing so far! I'm still adjusting things on it to make it more comfortable for me. I'm 6'4" and it's difficult some times to find things that fit me, including bikes!

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I don't know if I'll have this bike for 13 years but I'm sure I'll have fun trying!

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Intimate Landscape Photography https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2021/4/intimate-landscape-photography I've recently started looking for intimate landscape compositions when I'm out with my camera. I've always loved landscape photography and incorporating landscapes with other focal features, like mountain biking, architecture and nudes with my photography and viewing other photographers work. But there's something about focusing on one particular thing in a landscape scene that really makes me stop and take a long look at an image. It's funny how something so simple can say so much! Here's a few of my favorites so far. Are you a fan of intimate photography?

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Protector https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2021/3/protector My underwater photography journey started out a few years ago by accident with my iPhone and a waterproof case in my swimming pool. A happy accident for sure! Since then I've been lucky enough to work with some great models. Two of my favorites are Kaycee and Linnea. Both are amazing solo artists, but together are on another level of amazing! Here's one of my many favorites from one of our shoots. Can't wait for the next one!!!



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Windmill https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2021/3/windmill It wasn't until I met my wife in 2013 that I started traveling to the east coast. She's from the Boston area and typically flies back there once or twice a year to visit or shoot weddings (yes, she's a wedding photographer). We usually fly into Manchester, New Hampshire, but this particular time we flew into Rhode Island. We were there to shoot a wedding, I am the "second shooter" when her clients want two photographers. When we travel anywhere to shoot weddings we typically spend a week in the area to explore things we want to see or photograph. A mini vacation mixed in with work. We were staying in Newport, Rhode Island and had decided to spend the day sight seeing. I believe we were on our way to see a popular light house on the coast when we spotted this beautiful windmill driving through Middletown, Rhode Island. We had to stop and check it out! This windmill had a big millstone laying on the ground in front it and was begging for me to take a picture of it! Afterwards, I did a little Wikipedia search, and discovered this windmill is called Boyd's Windmill. It was built in 1810 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In 1990 it was donated to the Middletown Historical Society, restored and moved to a beautiful park in Middletown.

One of the things I love about traveling in the New England area is the history. Getting to see history up close and personal is pretty cool for a Southern California boy like me!

How about you? What do you like about traveling?   

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Valley of Fire https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/3/valley-of-fire My wife and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas to see Cher in concert (she LOVES Cher). But, Cher was apparently feeling under the weather and cancelled her show. My wife was NOT happy (but still LOVES Cher)! Sooo, that gave us an extra day to explore! YAY! We've never been to the Valley of Fire state park, so we decided to check it out. We were staying in Vegas for the weekend and the Valley of Fire is only an hour and a half up the 15 freeway from there. This place is amazing! The landscape and colors are spectacular. We spent one day there and only saw a fraction of what there is. We plan on going back in the future and camping in the park for a few days. In the mean time, here's a few shots from this trip. Until next time Valley of Fire!!!

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Route 66, Amboy, California https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/3/route-66-amboy-california My wife and I took a slight detour on our way home from Las Vegas last weekend through Amboy, California, located on the historic Route 66 in the Mojave Desert. The town was founded in 1883 as a railroad station. U.S. Route 66 opened up in 1926, and then in 1938 Roy's Motel and Cafe was established. The population reached a whopping 65 by 1940 and as of today is down to only 4. In 1973 Interstate 40 opened up which bypassed the town and basically killed it. Now, Amboy is a Route 66 tourist destination. There is currently a gift shop there and REALLY expensive gas if you need it. 

My wife and I Had taken a quick trip to visit Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada and the Hoover Dam. So, instead of taking the I-15 back to So. Cal., we took the inland route from Hoover Dam down highway 95 to the I-40 and then Route 66 through Amboy. I've driven through the town a hand full of times in my life but my wife had never been there. We spent a good 30 minutes or so there exploring the old motel and cafe and took a few fun shots of my wife jumping next to the Route 66 sign painted in the road, watching out for cars of course! Safety first!   Roy's Motel and CafeRoy's Motel and CafeRoy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California. Roy's Motel and CafeRoy's Motel and CafeRoy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California.

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Amtrak train trip! https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/2/amtrak-train-trip My 50th birthday was spent with family near Austin, Texas. My wife and I travel mostly by plane so this time we wanted to try something different... A train!!! We booked a "roomette" on Amtrak's Texas Eagle from Palm Springs, California to Austin, Texas. A roomette is nice because it's your own private room with a locking door, from the inside. But, it's 6' 6" by 3' 6". I'm 6' 4"! Sooo yea it was a little cramped to say the least, especially when the two beds were down. The whole trip was 60 hours total in the train. I'm kinda surprised my wife didn't divorce me after spending 60 hours in a "closet" together! LOL! She's a keeper!!! The train ride was a great experience but if we ever do a long trip like that again, we'll probably get the larger family room. These family rooms have a couch, beds and its own bathroom. To pass the time I used my new iPhone 11 to take a few videos during the train ride. This whole video thing is relatively new to me and I'm really enjoying the process. Here's a short video our our train ride, all shot on my iPhone. ALL ABOARD!!!

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Tree of Life https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/2/tree-of-life Hello! Just a quick blog post this week. My wife was hired to shoot a wedding in Washington state in 2019, so instead of flying there, we decided to turn it into a road trip vacation! We made a quick over night stop near Kalaloch Beach soon after entering Washington  and discovered this amazing tree! Seemingly defying gravity and logic, this tree of life seems to be flourishing. So beautiful!

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Underwater Photography https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/2/underwater-photography My underwater photography started a few years ago by accident, really. I had purchased a house with a pool in 2011 and by 2015 met and married my beautiful wife, Andrea. While we were dating she suggested I get a water proof case for my iPhone since I was usually on my phone while lounging in the pool! LOL! Good idea! So, after doing a little research, I ended up getting a Lifeproof case. Then, one hot summer day, we were enjoying the pool and thought I'd try out my new phone case underwater. I snapped a few shots of my wife as she swam around the pool and I was hooked!  

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After that first iPhone "shoot" I knew I wanted to explore this underwater thing more. I bought an underwater housing for my DSLR camera and did some research on setting up my pool to get the desired effect I was looking for.

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So now I just needed to find models to pose underwater and not drown! Luckily, my wife had a friend who wanted to do a sexy Valentine's Day shoot for her husband. So, we talked her into doing an underwater shoot, even though she barely knew how to swim! All I kept thinking was, "PLEASE DON'T DROWN"! Despite her lack of swimming ability, I was able to get some of my most favorite images to date! Her husband loved the images too!

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My wife was also a willing model for my underwater experiment! But, she found out pretty quickly that it's not easy trying to pose underwater! First of all, it's difficult to try and stay underwater without floating up to the surface like a rocket! (we later learned how the professional underwater models do it, but still did't make it easier) Haha! Second of all, it's kind of hard to look normal underwater without looking like a Blowfish holding your breath! I also discovered how challenging this is when my wife and I decided to pose underwater for part of our wedding formals. Not easy at all! To this day I'm completely amazed how the professional models, and my wife, make it look so natural and easy!

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Since then I've hired both professional and non-professional models for underwater shoots. Each one had their own unique style and I've been able to get great images from all of them. I even have two "regulars" I'm fortunate enough to work with every summer! Kaycee and Linnea are both professional dancers in the L.A. area. Kaycee had never modeled underwater before but was a complete natural from day one! She's such a creative person, I've never gotten a bad image from her! Linnea had been all over the world modeling underwater when she contacted me after viewing my Instagram. She has worked with some big time underwater photographers and has been on the cover of Playboy Magazine after working with the amazing photographer, Ed Freeman. I've been working with them for a few years now and never get a bad shot of them in the water! Because of their dancing background they're very good with movement and flow underwater. They're essentially dancing underwater. Being artistic doesn't hurt either! I love working with other creatives to produce something magical! 

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There's so much more I want to do with underwater photography! I'm so excited to see what my my models and myself will be creating in the future! Any creative ideas you have in mind? Let me know!!!

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A Walk Through the Clouds https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/2/a-walk-through-the-clouds We had storm blow though town a few weeks ago, so what do I do??? I head up the mountain into the clouds, of course! My wife and I live about 30 minutes from the mountain town of Idyllwild, California, so I head up there to try and catch the tail end of the storm. My wife and I love to visit Idyllwild and will try to get up there any chance we get. I'm pretty familiar with the area so I've got a particular spot I want to shoot this storm from. When I get to this spot, it's cold and windy, with lots of cloud movement. The rain has stopped and it's still damp outside. Perfect conditions for a nice moody landscape photograph. I've always liked this viewpoint of this particular hill but never had ideal conditions for a good image. That is until now!! I love how the trail leads you right into the trees! I came away with two different shots of the same hill. One is with the trees in the clouds and the other with the clouds behind the hill. I can't decide which one I like better, so I included both of them into my gallery. Which one do you like? 

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I've also been experimenting with time lapse video lately and spliced together 3 different clips from this area. I'm really enjoying doing these! Hope you enjoy them too!!!

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2017 New England trip https://www.jasoncleghornphotography.com/blog/2020/1/2017-new-england-trip Going back to 2017 for this blog post! My wife's 30th high school reunion was at Cape Ann's Marina Resort in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This is the same marina the Discovery Channels show "Wicked Tuna" is filmed out of. My wife grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and went to high school in nearby Billerica, so Gloucester was a convenient location. The reunion was fun and I ate my very first lobster (I don't do seafood) and probably my last! 

The resort's hotel we were staying at overlooked the marina and I was able to get a few great shots right from our balcony. 

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Next we were off to Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire, to check out the Flume Gorge. Besides the flume being absolutely amazing, this was also the day of the solar eclipse, August 21st. We actually completely forgot about it until we were hiking back down from the top of the flume and started seeing Moon like shapes in the shadows of the trees we were under. It was really cool to see an eclipse from this perspective!

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Next up, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire! This is a popular tourist beach town during the summer. The place was packed! I grew up on the beaches of Southern California and this was my first time seeing the Atlantic Ocean, so I had to jump in the water! It was a lot colder than the Pacific! 

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Then it was on to North Conway, New Hampshire to check out Cathedral Ledge. The views up there are pretty spectacular!

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And the highlight of the trip was a visit to Diana's Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire. This is part of the White Mountain National Forest just outside of North Conway. Diana's Bath is just a series of waterfalls that's fed by Lucy Brook. The hike to get there was pretty amazing too!

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