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Week 9 Winner

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The winner of week 9 of our 2018 #52weeksofnature photo contest is Jason Mcintosh. There are instances in nature when the natural surroundings are so still and pristine it almost feels like time is standing still. This image of Cheakamus Lake in British Columbia captures that moment perfectly. In addition to winning a $100 gift code to hippytree.com we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation on Jason’s behalf. Learn more about Jason Below:

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 1000

Give us the lowdown on your winning image.
The shot was taken at Cheakamus Lake, located in in British Columbia. It's just south of Whistler and is a popular spot due to its accessibility. My Fiancé and I woke up early and hiked in. When we arrived the lake was like a sheet of glass. It was Fall so the lake is as blue as it gets and the reflection of the trees was amazing. The sun was still behind the mountain so I had to boost the ISO to compensate.

How long have you been shooting?
I lived in Banff, Alberta before moving to Revelstoke, BC so I have a big connection with nature. I snowboard through the winter months and spend my summers hiking usually with a heavy camera pack. I live in Vancouver now so I have to really try to get into nature as much as possible to keep a healthy life balance. I have always been interested in photography but started taking it more seriously when I got a job bartending with CMH heli-skiing at the Bugaboo's Lodge. It is one of the most spectacular areas of B.C. and it is hard not to want to photograph. I invested in gear and have been shooting for the last 7 years on a regular basis. I love to travel and go on road trips so they kind of go hand in hand.

What excites you about photography?
Photography excites me because it gives allows me to get out the city and into the outdoors while sharing my experiences with others.

Do you like to shoot with a crew or solo?
I shoot solo the majority of the time as I drive through the night quite often to reach locations and usually am getting pelted with rain or freezing so most others do not find it as enjoyable as I do. When I am not solo I am usually enjoying the outdoors with my fiancé Lindsay who can be seen in a lot of my images.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Moving to Vancouver from the mountain towns of the interior, I have fallen in love with the ocean and have spent a lot of time in Washington and Oregon due to their easy accessibility. So I would say seascapes have become my favorite subject matter to shoot.

I am really honored to have my image chosen as I have been a huge supporter of your company.

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