What have I been up to anyway?

It's been a bit of a stretch since I've posted to this blog, and I fear I'm guilty of neglect. I've been busy with other things. Firstly, I've been spending a lot of time traveling around the Canadian Rockies in search of elk, bighorn sheep, and epic landscapes. I'm not sure how often I'll be able to leave the city to venture into the wilds this winter, so I've been packing it in. I'm glad to say that most of my trips into the mountains have been successful, and I've added some nice "trophies" to my wildlife portfolio.

In between trips I've been working on my travel photography blog, MAPS & CAMERAS, which I encourage you to check out. I've worked really hard on it since it's launch in January, and I'm proud that my readership has increased to several hundred a week in a short amount of time. I'm in the process of planning trips for 2018, which includes a two week bounce around eastern Europe and likely an excursion into the Alaskan or British Columbia forests to photograph grizzlies during the salmon run. Fingers crossed...nothing is quite set in stone yet as I've been milking every opportunity to photograph Alberta's wildlife before the deep freeze. 

The other project I've been working on is an eBook (which will probably be self-published) tentatively titled Behind the Image: Stories from the Field. It will include many of my favorite images from 10 years of travel, behind-the-scenes stories, and the processes by which the photos were made. They'll be some technical stuff, but I'm trying to keep the stories about my artistic process and experiences in the field rather than gear talk. I want it to be interesting and entertaining for both photographers and travelers alike. 

While I work on these projects and make plans for next year, please follow me on Instagram @jonreavesphoto and be sure to visit www.mapsandcameras.com for travel and photography tips. In the meantime, here are some of my latest images from Banff and Jasper National Park. Thanks for reading!