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Posted by ScottJarvie at July 9, 2012

Category: (c) Travel Photography




Joplin Tornado 2011

June 2011 I spent the month on the road. I did 4 weddings in the DC area along with giving some photo-presentations and making photo-stops all along the way. This was taken towards the end of the trip.

Eye Opener
I drove a little out of my way to visit my first ever area of Tornado Destruction … and it was an eye opener. Having lived my life in areas that there are not tornados i learned so much more than I could have ever learned from all my times watching the wizard of Oz haha

The documenter in me
I was so drawn to taking these pictures it really brought out the documenter and street photographer in me.
In fact it was really hard for me to spend so little time in Joplin, but I was late getting to a interview and presentation in Oklahoma City. Therefore I could only take pictures from the car and for very little time.

Yes… all pictures are taken from inside the car.

Why show them now
Because I just watched all 5 seasons of storm chasers, all in one week.
It’s bringing back that bug and half way through I remembered that a year ago I took these pictures. I think it’s very easy (for some people) to be mesmerized by the power of storms.

These were all taken in june… a month after the tornado passed through Joplin.
The tornado was the most powerful variety. EF5












(Originally written and posted by Scott Jarvie via Google+)

Yesterday one of the stops here in Tokyo was a popular park near Shinjuku station where thousands of people were gathered to see the cherry blossoms and have pic-nics.

About the couple
Jennifer and Tipp work for Google and are doing a sort of exchange in Tokyo for the year but will be back by the end of the year for their wedding in the Bay Area.

About the picture
I was doing a lot of my typical close up shots when Jennifer challenged me to try getting a shot that had tons of a tree. Well that proved difficult for a few reasons… the major one was that almost every tree was swarmed by dozens of visitors and doing a wide angle meant much more chance of getting someone else in it. I even thought it’d be impossible at first… but I kept searching for something. I took a bunch of other pictures with an attempt to get something but I didn’t enjoy the style of the picture and this one happened because the clients didn’t walk to the place I was thinking to try next. Well it was a great thing because when I saw where they were standing I knew in an instant the type of shot that would work… and it was nothing like I thought when I was originally given the challenge and perhaps nothing like they had envisioned. But it certainly tells the story of the cherry blossoms and puts them right in the thick of things.

I think the moral of the story is that it’s alright to let your clients give ideas and take them and roll with the challenge. Hopefully they are challenges and not specific requests because that can be pretty limiting to creativity. Don’t give up too easy… I might have thought the challenge pretty impossible given the circumstances but the only thing I really needed was to be more creative. Good thing I was able to stumble upon the solution.

More photo-shoots around the world
Yes I’m excited to do a few more out of the country photo-shoots this year and I’m hoping lots more come my way. I don’t charge for wedding travel so this is a real possibility.
Now engagements is a different story.
Because the location and the time of the year was so enticing I was willing to schedule in this trip to do the engagements at no extra cost but that of covering my expenses. Part of that was because it was later notice and I didn’t have anything scheduled between two Saturday weddings anyway. It was a lot of traveling to get here and it was a long photo-shoot that would make the most in shape person pretty tired but it was very very fulfilling and fun.


My 3hrs in Death Valley
And the impending trip back there

Take the LONG WAY home

I try to take the Long and Scenic Roads.
Short Cuts mean nothing unless there are a lot of great pictures along the way.
Big Highways are often the enemy. They are what people drive on at night or because they hate photography.


Rethinking Jarvie

I think you underestimate just how many Travel Pictures I take every year. Not just slightly underestimate… but crazy underestimate.
I have driven 31k miles so far this year. I rarely drive at night and I am up at sunrise almost every time and go until sunset.
If I had simply driven straight to my locations I’m guessing the number would be closer to 25k miles this year.
I drive far out of my way to visit places.
And I fancy myself the world most prolific and experience Drive By Shooter to boot.


I can take tons of travel pictures … but paid gigs, like weddings, take first place in the editing.
So that’s what people will continue to mostly see for the time being.

These Pictures

This set of pictures represent my 3hrs I had in Death Valley when driving back from a wedding in California last november.
There is a couple taken just outside of Death Valley on the long and lonely road back to Utah.
My style is pretty different… I push myself to take pictures at all times of the day and in all sorts of less than ideal situations.
I took hundreds in those 3hrs… many of them were crap if you’re talking fine art and highly experimental and documentive in nature.

You’ll notice that when i’m “Driving through” that there will be a decent amount of pictures of the road itself.
Me and the Road bond.




(Aka The Death Trip 😉

These pictures represent a few pictures taken on the drive home from California to Utah. It took just a few hours to drive through the Valley of Death and now one would expect I can get a better assortment if I were to spend a little bit more time.

Well as it turns out I’m gonna head over there for 3 days. That’s about 20 times longer as my last trip.


So since I’m gonna be there so long I’m thinking of what all I could do.
I wish there were a bunch of people there so I could throw in a bunch of portraits while I’m out there.
I wanna call the set the “Deathly Pictures” or “Photographers in Death” or “Barren of Life”… we’ll see.
But where to find people in such a desolate place.

Too bad there isn’t a group of friends out there.
It’s not like I’ve been included in a list or something of like 50 other photographers going from California.


Of course as far as I know it’s just me for now. I’m on a list by myself.
I mean if I were on a big list I wouldn’t want to just be just “a number” and stuff…
I’d need to be a Cool number… Jarvie insists of the coolest number available… a cool looking number full of awesomeness. number 1 Billion is pretty cool.

#1,000,000,000 – SCOTT JARVIE

What I would bring to the table

If there were people willing to come out there for a few days I could probably:

  • Take a small but good set of Portraits of every single person with some cool Off Camera Flash work.
  • I could probably even surprise them with a Jarvie Window picture or two.

It’s a photo vacation and I don’t want it to seem like work… but I do love taking pictures of people.

So bring a good outfit or two.

Make it Happen

Personally I’ll be there the 18th-20th-ish of November
(I’ll come back when I feel like it) This is like the longest i’ve staying in one area taking pictures for a long time.

Maybe there are some Google Plus people wanting to go. 😉

You can too

So now you all wanna come!
Do it… I think the Valley can accomodate like at least 2-3 dozen people at a time!

I bet my memory card could handle that many portraits as well.

So bring your eye patches, your tutus, your frilly dresses, your Ferraris and your llamas we gonna shoot people to Death.

(One would assume the play on words would be a lot easier than it has been for me)

Let them Eat Cake

So come get your Cake… aka Portraits for all! Jarvie Windows for all… and smiles from yours truly for all.

Update: I figured it out… we should be called *The Death Squad!* — That’s rockin!!

(Below) A near bye city



(Above) This was in the middle of no where in Nevada about 2hrs outside of Death Valley

Posted by ScottJarvie at August 30, 2011

Category: (C) individual portraits, (c) Mainly Pics, (c) Travel Photography


I spent a couple days in the Bay Area this month and so I chatted with Thomas Hawk and we decided on a day we could get together and do a photowalk.
He knows tons of people and so he invited people last moment and quite a few showed up pretty last moment.

We had dinner at an Asian Restaurant and then walked down to the Bay for some sunset/twilight pictures.


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Can’t forget the funky bird that was nice enough to stay still for 13 seconds

Here’s a couple shots of Thomas

Here are some of the other photographers that joined us


Also a random friend we met on our walk back to the car.


I invited a friend I met at a wedding last year who goes to school in the area



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I’m also adding a picture from earlier that day when I had lunch at Google


And the picture from when I was entering the city to get to the photowalk (late)


Story and Tips

One of my favorite pictures from my trip to Hawaii in November of 2009 (I went there for a wedding but spent 9 other days traveling around the big island and Oahu)

We had just got done taking pictures at Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu. The sun had set and most of the people had departed the shores. I had gotten a lot of great shots of surfers with the sunset. (I’ll have to share some of them later… you can see them here for now

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If I was on my own schedule
I felt pretty done for the day… I wasn’t looking for any more pictures. I was ready to drive back to the hotel. I like doing night shots but you really have to be in the mood for it. Most of the time I travel alone and I don’t find joy in being outside taking night shots alone in strange places. Therefore I just don’t do many, so when the sun set and twilight was over… I was ready to go.

Two Things that happened
One of our friends +Dustin Bess was on his phone (to a girl), he seemed pretty intent on carrying out his conversation so we rolled with it. Meaning we waited on the grass near our Jeep… we were kinda sitting under the palm trees. This also meant we had more time to be there and take pictures.

My other buddy +Clint Louish kept on taking pictures which kept me moving. (I wasn’t about to be the first person to stop taking pictures… I was the full time photographer, can’t let these others show me up… haha)
Since my mood was different… I decided to just try something unique and lazy… because I really didn’t want to move from where I was.

30 Seconds
I didn’t just start taking the picture at 30seconds. That’s a big commitment for one single picture. I started shooting at a higher ISO to test my shot.
I situated the camera under the trees shooting directly up and let it go for a few seconds. Then when I saw it was gonna be pretty cool I put the ISO down and upped the shutter speed. I got all the way to 30seconds. I would have gone longer using Bulb… but did not have the remote trigger that made that easy.

There was a light wind that ruffled the leaves but you can mostly see that effect on the outside and not the inside portions near the base of the tree.

The street lights weren’t your normal colors they were really funky… so I kept on getting really funky colors. So I decided to use the kelvin scale on the WB selector… I set it all the way down to the very lowest it went to. (Which is like 2500? )
It brought the trees back to the correct colors… but it did make the sky a bit cooler than perhaps it might have been. (I added a Color version)

Personally I like the B&W version. You?
I want to print it big for an upcoming gallery setup… what should I print it on?

There are no overt tips in here… they are hidden in the story.
Things like sticking with it even after you are “done” taking pictures. Take advantage of all situations.
Experiment with WB and Long shutter speeds.
Even if it’s very dark a really long shutter speed will counteract.

Hope you like these stories with tips. I’ll keep doing them… at any point you can get me links to the pics and I’ll see what I can do.

Posted by ScottJarvie at December 29, 2010

Category: (c) Travel Photography


(I took a billion pictures of these Elk that were all in a stones throw away about 3dozen of them Pretty fun – just one of the many adventures so far)

Yeah sorry about the posts… I really shoulda wrote 15 of them before I left and had one posting each day while I was gone.

I’ll be back in less than a week… after 4000+ miles of driving in very scenic country and a couple of weddings.

I still have all sorts of weddings and travels to edit and talk about and show off pictures and now I just have tons of more pictures to go through and show off.

Hey BTW do you use RSS readers. Google Reader?? or what?

My name is Scott Jarvie and I went here.


As in right here. (see above still… no new picture quite yet)

What the picture is of is not where I’m standing but the general area at which I was at. I promise it’s a real place, I did not lift it from Lord of the Rings or some fantisiful tale with dragons and fair madens.

Where is it? It’s a secret… only I get to know… you can’t have my precious! Only me… well and the other thousand people there that day… well I suppose the other (cough) few dozen million that have probably been there. And yet I will still maintain my secrecy and not tell you where it is… so don’t even dream of looking at the metadata and keywords of this post.

So yeah I drove a long way to get here… I had company and it was a sunny day… we sang songs and made several other scenic stops along the way. But let’s face it just telling the story of this final stop is probably going to take me longer than I actually have time for so we’ll make you wait in desperate anticipation for those other pictures. Right after I finish those pictures from may of 2008 from an awesome road trip that… well yep I still haven’t finished yet. woops. No I promise this time will be different. I will catch up one day… (voice trails off into the distance)

Oh yeah that’s right… we were in the middle of making you jealous of the cool places I get to go as a internationally famous amazingly gifted and supremely humble photographer.

BAM! Take that!


I’d like you to take notice of the water… it’s BLUE!



I guess you won’t know where I’m putting all the Hawaii pictures and stories unless I tell you.

So this is me telling you where to find them.

They are located on Envision the World Blog

More specifically the hawaii pictures will be right here… so far there are 6 posts listed with just a smattering of pictures. I’ve taken a whole lot more but I’m still here in Hawaii so I am just randomly going through them now.

The purpose of Envision the World is to help people understand about countries and cultures from all around the world. There’s an ongoing story on Europe from pictures I did from 2006 there are 9 posts so far with a planned 70 more throughout the rest of the summer. One representing each day in Europe. So that should be fun. Go here for Europe


Consider adding the Envision the World blog to your blog reader with this RSS Feed

Also each post is mentioned on the Envision the World page on Facebook… so following there might have the same effect.

Maybe I’ll mention it from time to time here… but this was your fair warning that most of my travel stuff will be going on to Envision the world. Even some of the older stuff.

On that note… if you have some great travel pictures consider a guest post on the Envision the World Blog. If you take lots of travel pictures perhaps a more consistent presence.

Every post starts out “Envisioning … ” So think of your pictures in that way and tell us a good story to bring the other places to life. Far far away and near and next door.




What was gonna be

OK I meant to post this like months ago.
As you can tell… I didn’t.

And maybe that’s to your advantage.
I wanted to do a small workshop for either 4 or 8 people in Maui for 3 days.

Not so much to make money but to have fun and of course pay for the trip and to share.

Well I’m still going to Maui June 6th-11th, I have a condo, I plan on getting an off-roading Jeep and just going everywhere and taking tons of pictures.

But I doubt in 2 weeks time we’ll get the people together to do a workshop. People seem to plan months in advance for large expenses like that… and let’s just say Jarvie isn’t the best at planning that far in advance so I don’t know if workshops will ever be the road I go down.

What is now gonna be

SOOOOO…. Who wants to go on a Photographic Guided Tour?

1 or 2 people can even jump over to Kona to help photographic the wedding that saturday.

I kinda figure if you’re interested enough and have the time you’ll probably make it happen.
If you want to, you can think of it as a cheap priced 4-day workshop.

But in the end I’ll probably just end up having you split costs (housing, transportation)

Heck I know most of my friends are poor so I’ll give the fun/cute people a deal. Like you know they can be the model or something.

Why have people go?

Because last time I went i found that having other people there kept me motivated and sane.

Motivated: because I need to get my butt out of bed at pretty darn early times for sunrise and there are times when you just don’t want to but I know I can do it when I have someone else to help or when I feel responsible for providing a great experience. (Unless you’re hardcore don’t ask what time it is)

Sane: I enjoy talking. I enjoy sharing. I enjoy teaching. I feel that all of those make me a better photographer, and knowing I’m helping someone else become a better photographer makes me happy as well.

Qualified? Worth it?

Well I don’t know… I’ll show off what I did last time and personally I hope to get twice as good of stuff next time.

My style is this: I drive around a bunch and just capture everything and everywhere and hold up for a little while during sunrise and sunset.

So if you like 100% structured then you’ll hate this. I structure just enough and then allow for amazing opportunities and inspiration.

The results

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Cliche – yes sunset beach at sunset… of surfers!

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Wait for it… sunset is cool… but twilight things get crazy!!



Snorkeling is a must!! (Maybe some scuba)


When things get so busy I sometimes step back and do the lest important things on my list. You know… just to take a break. Well that’s what I did today. I edited pictures from my trip last week.

On my way to WPPI in Las Vegas I spent the night at Bryce Canyon and woke up early to do sunrise picutres. Spent a couple of hours there doing all the stops and then drove through Zion’s and on towards Vegas by night fall.

Here’s a bit of what I did. See the gallery of some of my favorites here

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Having the snow on these formations really added a lot to the whole experience. I was suprised just how much snow there was there.
Way more than there was up in northern Utah. But the same snow storm that had hit provo the night before didn’t hit here so none of this was new snow which I was hoping for.

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I’ve been using the 8mm fisheye so much for the JarvieWindow that I thought i’d try it with some other stuff.
I must admit… I loved using it and now I’m glad I own it even more. It’s not just a one trick pony like I had supposed.


Most people often have a lot of things they say they’ll “get back to” when they have the time.
Well I’ve got tens of thousands of those things.

And right now I’m getting back to a few thousand of them… from May of 08 when I drove down to Caliornia to do a wedding and proceeded to spend a week traveling around California.

I went through several deserts, including mojave, anso borego and death valley.
I went to the san diego vild animal park.
Traveled up the PCH all the way to San Fransisco.
Visited the Salton Sea.
Spent some time in the Sierra’s including Yosemite.
And made lots of other random stops along the journey.

I will proceed to edit them nice and show them off over the course of a few posts.

The first set is from the first couple of days.
Gallery Here

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(above) Some Highlights from wild animal park.

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(Below) I can’t even remember the name of this place… I don’t think I owned a GPS for my camera at that time either.
Big sand dune.




More of the Wild Animal Park

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Posted by scott at January 9, 2010

Category: (A) Landscapes

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I wanted to relax and edit a really short shoot.
Well I only took about 45 pictures on my drive from Utah to Oregon.


I stopped to take a couple of pictures near the salt flats, then later a random mountain cuz it looked cool (not sure I stopped for this one)
Then luckily in a repeat of last year I came accross a pack of wild horses in the middle of no-where nevada.




I suppose many of you do not realize how much a fan of “Car Photography” I am.

No, not pictures OF cars… but pictures FROM cars.

I find a great satisfaction from taking an awesome picture while being really lazy, and that means taking it while in my car.
Some of my favorite images and favorites of others were taken while in a car.

I’ve turned it into a science… I could go on an on for a couple hours about the finer techniques of “driving photography”

Of course I do consider myself somewhat of a documentive photographer, I’m more concerned with capturing the image and capturing LOTS.
I don’t have a pressing need or desire to come away with the ONE shot… I like lots. (motivated by one of my future projects)

When I travel I’m always wanting to see what’s around the corner… I don’t want to stick around here.

(Above) For this picture I stopped and rolled down the window, because I just couldn’t handle not stopping… the light was too amazing

(BELOW) For the following I didn’t roll down the window… I shot through the window… no… actually it wasn’t clean.
But I couldn’t worry about it, it was clean enough and the site was drawing me in so much I just had to.


So I shot straight through the front window.
In fact I didn’t stop for this one… I suppose I was still going pretty fast, but these pictures were taken at 2.8 pushing the shutter speed to 1/8000th


Here you can even see the outline of my dashboard.

Warning: Do not attempt at home 😉 – I am not only experienced at this, I’m a long time veteran and very cautious, and a tad crazy.


I’ll try to do more posts talking about my travel photography and driving photography if people are interested.



This is pretty much all I took pictures of this day… on the road back from San Diego

Posted by scott at January 5, 2010

Category: (c) Travel Photography

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So I went to Magic Mountain with a friend (Dustin) and a girl he knows.
We went on rides.

I took my G11 (point and click) into the park
Because it turns out my DSLR doesn’t fit in my pocket and you can’t ride the rollercoasters with a big honking camera.

So these were a few pics I took with the little guy.
It was a fun challenge to shoot on something I don’t usually use.
I appreciated the challenge, but of course i still loved having the manual functions of the G11

Yes the lines are long… so I occupied myself sometimes.


The parking lot to entrance transportation had me a little bored so I looked down and made use of my time.


I felt like seeing how far the G11 raws could be pushed in editing.

(Below) Not as easy to sneak off random friend pictures with a point and click… but I wanted to try anyway.



I did two weddings in Alaska this year… on the first trip I went up to Denali National Park.
These are the pictures I took.

I know i’m gonna put a bunch here on the post … but there’s some really fun stuff on the Full Gallery
So go there


This was pretty darn cool when the bear walked past us.
Yes we were in a car, we’re not crazy and I don’t own a super telephoto.


I kinda chased this guy around for a while.




Denali is all about Mountains and Animals i’ve decided




So apparently this was an exceptional time to go. It’s not usually this clear. (So they tell me)
Maybe clouds would be fun sometimes but I guess it’s fun to go in abnormal situations.