Catching last light on Upper Grinnell Lake last week. Reached the overlook just before sunset, scrambled across this scree field until we got a glimpse of Mt Gould’s reflection. Glad I finally made it here..
When I’m in front of views like this I wonder about the chain of events that brought me to Montana. Born in Spain, raised in France, studied in Canada and now here.. Maybe it was my dads stories of his time studying here in the mid 60’s, or the Western movies, or my deep desire to experience true wilderness. Probably a mix of all. But some days, driving down a forest road or walking among a tall spruce i start pondering on that... Feel so lucky.
Passing through the kingdom of Beargrass. Never thought I’d take photos of plants in full daylight but I couldn’t resist this field and the view of McDonald creek below...
We were all pretty confident before getting into Iceberg Lake but none of us managed to stay more than 30 seconds in there. The burn from the cold was lung stopping but that’s the beauty of summer. The air outside was so hot that after 15mn sitting on the stones outside we were ready for more.. Loving my first full summer in Montana
Stumbled upon this little guy on a rainy night high in the Tatra Mountains. I’ve just published a film on my YouTube about our time in this magical mountain range.. It’s one my favorite ones in a while — hope you check it out and subscribe🤝 Link in bio or YouTube.com/alexstrohl
⚡️Announcing an all-new workshop with @forrestmankins ⚡️ Its called “Creating The Moment”. We have built it for the photographers who are tired of making the same old photos. For those who want to further their craft & push their careers to new heights. Get the full experience at MankinsxStrohl.com We’re having a private pre-order before the opening with a lower price & free goodies. Sign up in the link in bio to get your invite 🤝
Montana dreaming. One high place I try to come see every year. Happy I lugged a 16mm wide angle lens - fitting the entire lake in one frame was so satisfying.
Isaac treating himself to some ice cold water after a successful saunter up the ridge line above.. Thankful for friends who’re always keen to head out — It’s making this summer even more memorable..
The ridge-line of Mount Henkel lit by the evening sun.. Really happy about my first summer here, so many places to see yet I don’t want to rush anything..
Another outtake from the Summer Photo Workshop. Open for 3 more days — then closing till next summer. In this 23min episode we spend half the day focusing on experiential photography. I always put the experience first & photos follow that. Not only it gets me more excited to go out but it also gives the subjects a role they can focus on. More insights in the workshop, there’s 18 episodes! Link in bio 🐋
The foothills of the Tatra Mountains. Spent the afternoon with this band of hardy Polish sheep herders to learn more about their way of life. Always attracted by the ways of people who live off the land, to the beat of the sun. @polska.travel
⚡️The Summer Workshop is back⚡️ Just re-opened one of my best-selling workshops just for this week.. You get all that we filmed in Mexico last spring + 5 all new episodes filmed in Montana totalling 18 episodes. The whole thing focuses on experiential photography, which is what I do most this time of year. This years add-on cover: + Photographing non pro models + Telling stories though photo sets + Location research 3.0 + all the underwater photography from the Mexico module.. Open for enrolment this week only. Link in bio or summer.alexstrohl.com 🚀
Cruising through Icebergs off the South Coast of Greenland working with @canonusa. It’s been challenging shooting these barren landscapes full of contrast. I’ve been using my Canon 100-400mm more than ever, it has allowed me to isolate the icebergs well against the mountains. It’s not so much the bokeh but the layers it creates that has me using it so much..
Poland — The Forest On the second part of our trip we descended to lower elevation to find the woods. I’ve never seen such dark & lush forests and you get a sense that the country is blanketed with them as you go along. I liked my time under these trees, specially after a rainstorm.. #VisitPoland @polska.travel
Couldn’t resist lapsing the clouds rolling over this high ridge in the Polish Tatra. After 3 days in the clouds we were pretty pumped to see the sky open up.. Shot with the @peakdesign Travel tripod for their launch campaign— Today is the last day you can get it on Kickstarter and save. If you want a tripod that fits in the smallest pack and that doesn’t fuss around, see link in my bio 🙏🏻 Music: Hering-Late Night Dream
Day 1 in Poland is off to a solid start — Found the clearest lake I’ve ever seen in the High Tatras.. Loved the colour of it so much that I got my picture taken in front of it! Working on a neat summer project for @polska.travel #VisitPoland documenting how this part of the world is 🤙
After a whole day of navigation we anchored midway down Tasermiut Fjord near this fresh water / salt water lake. If you look closely to the left you can see the small channel that connects it to the ocean. We scrambled up to the top of a nearby hill for a needed workout and with hopes of seeing the fard end of the lake. Mosquitoes were out for blood but we managed to stay for sunset..
Starting to get settled in South Greenland but surely not getting used to seeing Icebergs out of my window every morning. Came a little early before a @momenttravel workshop I’m leading with @benjaminhardman to work on my new book: Alternative Living 2, Islands. It’s off to an unreal start.. everyone I’ve seen in the small streets waves at each other and is always happy to try and talk to me. Except I only got 2 words of Greenlandic.. Good times
The rivers of Iceland’s south coast. Spent last week hoping around with @benjaminhardman, and finally I was able to see this river from the sky. We had made a few attempts on previous trip but the weather never panned out- some rain, a dash of wind, Iceland in a nut shell. But this time it all worked out. Ps. Ben has just added a 25 page photo-guide to Iceland with his personal favorite spots to our online workshop. Link in bio to enroll & get the guide— The workshop is on sale for just a few more days..
Moody June day up at the pass. @andreadabene and I went for a little jaunt and found a lot of snow up high still. Ready for more days like this on my first full summer in Montana 🏔
Hidden Lake living up to its name. Shot this one from a nearby ridge on a stormy morning. Wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but glad we headed out..
Most of the seasoned people I go to the mountains with think I’m a bit backwards. Instead of the safer & preferred early morning (or middle of the night) start I find myself getting up places in the afternoon, watching the sun set from the top and heading down in the dark. I wonder how many people ever see the sun go down from these high places..
LAST DAY to enter The Adventure Photo Workshop before it closes 🚀 The best part of running it has been looking at student work on a regular basis. So inspiring to see how much someone’s images can progress. I posted my all time fave student work on this carousel..There was so much more I wish I could have fitted.. I hope you will consider joining it because tomorrow it will be too late — Workshop.alexstrohl.com or link in bio See you there!
Dream like mornings in the Cordillera Huayhuash. I can still remember my sore legs in the tent from the walking, but once those first rays of light would hit we’d forget all about the pains. Ps. I’m closing The Adventure Photography Workshop - if you want access to everything I’ve learned in 8 years of full time photo, hit the link in bio before it closes (it’s on sale) workshop.alexstrohl.com
Time to move on... ⚡️The Adventure Photography Workshop is closing its doors ⚡️ After almost 2 years in the running, with thousands of students enrolled its time has come. It probably sounds cheesy but it has changed my life, it has given me a deeper purpose. For the first time I’ve built something bigger than myself. If you’re curious here’s a download on what’s happening: 1. If you already have the workshop you still keep lifetime access. 2. it’s on sale at its lowest price ever. 3. It has 200+ 5 star reviews from photographers & freelancers 4. Thousands of creatives have successfully taken the course. 5. Learn more & enroll at link in bio or workshop.alexstrohl.com See you there 🐋
Favorite time of the year to bike this road, you get to see the landscape awake from its long winter break. Bonus if you bring an aeropress and some croissants for mile 16 😇
First paddle of the year on Flathead Lake. Way too happy about spending the summer in this corner of the world.. Don’t know if I should make a list of the places I’d like to walk to or just let things flow naturally?!
Crept out of bed for a sunrise up in the small village of Maderanertal. Since the village Is only accessible by cable car I wasn’t really expecting to run into anyone this early. As I walked towards the end of the lake I met Albin -who was up way before me- who spends summers in his small cabin (last image ) taking care of the surroundings. If I gathered one thing from our conversation is that he is in no rush. You might recognize this from my book. I’m finally getting around revisiting the images from it 🐋
Some of my most “iconic” images have been shot on a tripod. I love shooting hand held blue hour of course but when I need a very clean look with no ISO noise, I have to bust a tripod out. So why not have one that I actually enjoy using. I’ve been working with @peakdesign the past weeks, field testing their first ever tripod and I’m quite delighted with it. I’ve even made a review of it on my IGTV. If you think your actual tripod is flawed or you don’t have one yet, this is the time to switch- head over to their Kickstarter to get to know it. Link in bio🐋
A few weeks ago, on the first day the lake thawed. One of my favourite things to do is go back to the same places during different seasons. Sometimes I bring my camera, sometimes I don’t. It’s silly but bringing the camera makes the act of going somewhere more justifiable in my mind. As if being there wasn’t enough!
Had put these stories together for #worldlandroverday 2 weeks ago but completely forgot to post them.. Here’s some of my most memorable times behind the wheel of a Land Rover or behind a camera!
Blue hour @thenooq — After photographing other people’s dwellings & cabins across the world I finally was able to build & photograph our own place! Pretty cool feeling. PS. Posted a new film on YouTube on why we built in the woods + a house tour. 🎥 Link in profile 🎥
I’ve got a new iOS app! 🤳 To celebrate its launch I just posted a new tutorial to it about how I edit photos on my phone- I use this exact image as the example! #1 is phone edit #2 is Lightroom & Photoshop edit. Just get the app to watch- it’s free 🙏🏻 link in bio or bit.ly/strohlapp
⚡️The Hardman x Strohl Workshop pre-order is closing today at 11:59pm PST ⚡️ 3 reminders: + There's 32 episodes, 5.5 hours total, 6 in field episodes, 6 (advanced) editing masterclasses. + You get access to the all new community forum to get feedback on your images from Ben and I + With the code ARCTICFOX you save 15% Get in at Hardmanxstrohl.com or link in bio. See you on Wednesday for the drop 🙏🏻
Out in the open. Being in the presence of bison is always a treat, just seeing them grazing peacefully no matter what the weather is inspires me. A good lesson in consistency in life. Out of all the frames I took of this big guy, this is the only one where his eyes were closed. Thought it added another dimension to this moment.
I think that by now you’ve heard about our new workshop with @benjaminhardman. If you were in front of me and asked why you should get the workshop I’d tell you this: If you’re curious enough with photography and want to turn it into a significant part of your life you’re going to need 3 things. 1. A sharp, curious mindset. 2. Your own “universe”. 3. Technical skills. Any class that I put out there I make sure it nails these 3 points. Every creator I’ve ever known or worked with had these 3 qualities. Some are born with it, some learn them. I was just born with a curious mindset. The rest stemmed from that. A big part of my journey is reading books, listening to interviews & watching masterclasses. So getting access to the mind of Ben, who’s so strong at all 3 aspects would benefit your work immensely. Pre-order ends tomorrow Friday at 9am - enroll at Hardmanxstrohl.com or link in bio. 📸 @benjaminhardman
Photographing the elusive reindeer on the South Coast. Our new @strohlworks online workshop with @benjaminhardman is going on early pre-order tomorrow. There will be limited spots for early bird pricing. If you want to save your spot, signup at Hardmanxstrohl.com and we’ll send you an email right when we open. Link is in bio too! So excited to share this new monster workshop with you guys 🐋
Shooting a “Spring in Montana”story for @canonusa — The lakes have thawed down in the valley floor! This night not seem like a big deal to you if you live in a warm place, but in the higher latitudes this is a turning point marking the arrival of spring. So we jumped into our canoes and set off with no real goal in sight except to take in the blue hues of Flathead Lake.. Shot on my Canon 16-35 F 2.8 III USM + Canon 5D Mark IV.
The track home after a cold day of filming in one of my favourite landscapes ever.. Our new Find Your Visual Style & Master Editing Workshop with @benjaminhardman is going on pre-order in a week from now.. If you’re subscribed to the release list you’ll start getting free episodes on April the 20th. If you’re not subscribed yet head to hardmanxstrohl.com to sign up - or link in bio🙏🏻
LIFE UPDATE — This is it! Our first home is completed.. The fireplace got hung yesterday and saying we’re quite stoked with the whole thing would be an understatement. 3 years of headaches, joy, sweat and the best surprises come to an end. Monday we’ll spend our first night up here and I’m really excited to live among the trees ! Video is coming on Friday 🥳 If you want to see more of the house see @thenooq for the whole process.
Stumbled upon this Elk on Tuesday while on a day trip through NW Montana with @isaacsjohnston. We headed out with no real goal except to see Spring and get some fresh air. Love heading out innocently, see where the day takes us.. I just posted a new video about my daily rituals and creative routines to stay fresh and avoid creative burnout. I’m sure a lot of you are going to identify with the struggles.. Have a look— Link in bio!
Ending a long, cold day in the remote valley of Thórsmörk. I remember this stop particularly well because @benjaminhardman, the crew and myself had to thaw out the tire valves with our bare hands. They had frozen solid during one of the frozen river crossings and we needed to re-Inflate the tires. One of the many lasting memories made while filming the #HardmanxStrohl Workshop earlier this winter. I cannot wait for you to see it, on top of having the most insane conditions while filming, Ben was on his A game when it came to deliver the wisdom and knowledge he’s gained on creating his aesthetic. See the link in bio to signup for the Workshop pre-order. It will be limited. 4-24-2019.
South Iceland winter scenes. Accidentally turned this image black & white on VSCO the other night and got excited with how It looked. The reindeer stood out way more and the whole scene felt purer. Now I stumbled upon an old reclaimed wood frame at an art gallery, it was laying in the back room, forgotten. It was once hung inside a boat in Glacier Park. I thought this image might work out well inside that frame, should I go snag it and try it?
Taking the long way round to the valley. Love late missions in the spring, it’s so nice out I don’t want to get back down. For the photo minds out here, I tried something a bit ambitious on this one. Decided to shoot it with the 70-200 2.8 at 1/50 of a second which was quite challenging. Usually at blue hour I have the 24 1.4 on but thought I’d try something new! Putting a little film out this Friday on my YouTube about how I shoot blue hour🙏🏻
Last week, miles and miles deep in the wilds of NW Montana. Happy to call home a place that allows for instant isolation. Pull up a map, find general area of desired travel, go.
Getting quite pumped about our new workshop with @benjaminhardman.. We’ve just dropped a website that gives you the inside scoop about it and how to signup to get exclusive access on D day. It’s going to be fierce. Link in bio 📡🔥#HardmanxStrohl
Winter holding strong on the turquoise waters of Grinnell Lake, Montana. Last time I was there we had to paddle the length of two lakes, portage over a shallow creek and hike the last miles through the forest. There’s a trail to get to it too but it was more fun to do it our way!
Andrea sound asleep during a dawn patrol drive to the base of Wheeler Peak.. Couldn’t remember if I’ve already posted this one or not! Either way it’s one of my favorite photos and I just stumbled upon it while making a new Friday film📽