Mountain Man

Earlier this year I was chatting with my pal Jimmy and he encouraged me to enter some photography contests. The thought had never entered my mind. I didn’t have any idea where these contests would be or how to go about it. Look online Jimmy said. So I went home and spent about 20 minutes, found a couple and fired off some submissions. And forgot all about it. Until a few months later when I got an email saying I was a winner. Actually I had forgotten so much that the email confused me at first and I thought it was a scam. I guess deep down I am a forgetful pessimist. Need to work on that.

Anyways, I had won the July photo challenge from Popular Photography Magazine. It was a double exposure challenge. I fired off a return email answering all their questions about the technicalities behind the image, etc..

And then forgot about it again. I know.. I have issues here. I forgot until Jimmy sent me a text picture of the article. Pretty damn cool.

I like the title. A lot. It makes me happy. More happy than winning. I’m pretty well suited for a life at sea. It’s in my blood and I’ve spent a fair amount of time there since commercial fishing in my early 20s. But in the deep parts that really matter I belong in the mountains and high places. So this feels good. Thanks Jimmy.

Popular Photgraphy, Staley


This is all especially cool since tomorrow I’ll be headed right into the heart of one of the most incredible mountain ranges on the planet…

Grryo Interview

I received a surprise email a while back from a very interesting photographer, Brandon Kidwell, requesting an interview with me for’s Storyteller Series. I was flattered to say the least. The conversation took place over the course of a month, via email and you can see it HERE.

Wishbones & Gunfire // Best Doc

Wishbones & Gunfire - we voice sing

I’m very proud to announce that ‘Wishbones & Gunfire’ has been named “Best Documentary” at the 2014 Socal Creative & Innovative Film Festival. This was a personal passion project and its just a huge honor. I’m proud of the professional work I do on shows like Deadliest Catch but its the personal work that fuels my fire. Thanks We Voice Sing for letting me in on your process and thank you so much for including us SoCalCIFF!

Bering Sea Portraits // Captain Wild Bill

Captain Wild Bill

Bering Sea Portraits // Sabrina and Johnathan

Sabrina Witt and Johnathan Hillstrand in Dutch Harbor

Bering Sea Portraits // Captain Casey McManus

Casey McManus

Bering Sea Portraits // Josh

Josh Harris

Bering Sea Portraits // Jake

Jake Jolibois

Bering Sea Portraits // Travis



I like to be connected to the image as closely as possible. I like natural light and manual lenses. I like the thin line between failure and the unexpected happy accident.

I was fortunate to get my hands on the SLR Magic Anamorphot early on. What you see below is the very first time I strapped it onto my GH3. I love the cold steel feel of the lens. the hard edges. the weight. It feels like a serious tool and it is. And not for nothin, it just plain looks cool.

I’m guessing if your reading this you know what the darn thing is. It’s a 1.33x 50 Anamorphic Adapter that you screw onto the front of another lens, enabling you to get a wider field of view and some spiffy flairs. Mine came as a package with the SLR 35mm 1.4 Mrk II. A sweet little piece of glass that is badass all on its own.

I shot the video handheld with no rig and only a Z-Finder to judge focus. Theres no color correction here and all my mistakes are on display. I was really surprised at how easy it was. I think one of my favorite benefits are the strange flairs when the direct sun hits it, you never know exactly what you will get and it changes as the nature of the light changes. I love this kind of chaos in the image. The kit comes with a couple diopters for close or far focus and I didn’t mind switching back and forth. I think I’ll get an 80′s style fanny pack to hold them when I shoot so i can just reach down and – bingo.

Anyway.. This is just a short little test. I love this thing and I cant wait to shoot something serious. My GH4 is currently in the mail headed my way and I’m gonna marry the two and take em to Italy on a lengthy honeymoon. 4K anamorphic in the palm of my hand on the Italian Riviera. CAN.NOT.WAIT.

trust from Staley on Vimeo.

Thanks to the always excellent, extremely talented and very handsome Bo Blount for the music.

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