Member Monday Featuring Brian Jarvis

Brian Jarvis is an avid landscape and wildlife photographer with a passion for traveling to get that perfect shot. There were a variety of excellent shots in his portfolio to choose from, but this one just jumped off of the screen and caught our eye.

About the Photo

Late last fall I decided to take a drive up to Mt Baker, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, with the intent of trying to catch the last of the fall colors from Artist Point. After shooting in and around Artist Point for a couple of hours (with off and on winds pelting my gear with dirt) I decided to pack it in.

But as I started down the mountain, I thought to myself, “self, you should stop and take look at Highwood Lake, just in case”… So that’s exactly what I did and to my surprise, the lake was very calm almost like glass and with the oranges are reds reflecting on the water, and Mt. Shuksan in the background how could you not just sit and enjoy the moment, take it all in. 

This is actually one of a few different compositions that I took that day and is one of my favorites, pulled in high, with Mt Shuksan towering over the lake. 

On a side note, in case some of you are interested, this was taken around 3:30 pm in the afternoon with clear skies, and at that time of year, this far north, the sun sets after 9:00 pm so this was taken in pretty harsh light.

As great as these shots came out, I can’t help but hear Scott [Kelby] say “but just imagine how much better it would be at sunrise or sunset”. Yes, Scott, I am aware of that. Perhaps another time I’ll drag my sorry ass up the mountain for sunrise.

Gear and Software

Nikon D850NIKKOR 24-120 f/4 lens, with a Circular polarizer attached (this would not look nearly as good if I didn’t use a polarizer). 1/4 sec exp @ f/20.

All post processing was done in Lightroom using primarily radial filters and brushes.

Photography Preferences

I love shooting landscapes, but I also really enjoy the challenges of wildlife photography.

Photography Inspiration

With so many great instructors on KelbyOne, I don’t think I could pinpoint any one landscape photographer that inspires more than the other.

Favorite KelbyOne Class

I’ve got two favorites actually. 

First: This also happened to be the first class I watched on KelbyOne, is Moose’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography”. There is so much very helpful information, little tips, and tricks to catch that perfect shot. I’ve personally put several of those tips use myself and it’s really improved my wildlife, and in particular, bird photography. You’re the man Moose!

Second: and how could you NOT love her classes, is Kaylee Greer’s “Adventures of Becoming a Dog Photographer: A Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Get Amazing Portraits of Dogs” Aside from the fact that I really love her style, her love of animals, dogs, in particular, is so pure and rare. You can see in her work, and in her classes, that she truly loves what she does and that it’s not “job” it’s her love and her passion. Her classes never fail to put a smile on my face.

Brian has both an Instagram for his landscape photography, as well as a wildlife account. You can also head over to his Facebook, Twitter, and website to view and comment on his work!

Thank you to Brian Jarvis, and all of our KelbyOne community members for your submissions to Member Monday! We love to see the passion you all have for your craft.

Join us again next week for another photographer feature!