I honestly can’t remember the last time I spent more than a passing minute tone-mapping an HDR image or stylizing an UrbEx (Urban Exploration) photo. It has been even longer since the last time I went on an UrbEx shoot. I think it was with my buddy, Todd Sipes, but I can’t remember. I’m sure he’d know better than me at this point. While my life has been dominated with the natural landscapes and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, I have to admit that I sure do miss the sound of my camera rifling off a bunch of brackets in a dingy hallways of an abandoned school or office building. There is a real art to UrbEx photography and I’m lucky to know two truly talented photographers who take it way more seriously than I ever did, the aforementioned Todd and Amy Heiden. I’ve gone on several UrbEx shoots with them and always had a blast. If anything, what I find most intriguing about this genre of photography and exploration is the stark contrast that it has when compared to photographing a waterfall or a vista. But, then again, that’s why I love photography so much. On one day, I could be climbing through a broken window into an asbestos-laden hallways (with a respirator on) and the next day, I could be standing at the base of a gigantic waterfall. Both offer me tremendous satisfaction and help get my creative juices flowing.