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The first time I met Bruce Omori (one half of the epic Extreme Exposure Galley, and lava shooting extraordinaire) was not in Hawaii, surprisingly. It was on a backpacking trip Bruce, Miles Morgan, and I went on at Mount Rainier in 2011. I loved the guy at first hello, and was happy to immediately consider him a friend... and still do.

The mosquitos on the hike in to Grand Park weren't the worst I'd ever seen, but were definitely bad enough for the occaisional expletive from my lips and for Miles to don his full face mosquito net (I forgot mine at home). Now Bruce, Bruce is in a league above all of us in patience and acceptance. I don't imagine he sees as many mosquitos on the island as he did that day on Rainier, but not a negative words came from him... I don't think a smile even left his face for a second even though he had to be getting eaten alive by those little bastards. Bruce ALWAYS smiles, except for in the video I have of him running for his life from a massive crumbling lava tube. This same happy-go-luckiness is quite contagious though, so if you ever have the chance to meet him or book a workshop through Extreme Exposure Gallery in Hilo, HI, I strongly recommend it.

This evening turned out to be one of the only shoots with decent light we had on that trip. Unfortunately, the Grand Park area turned out to be less grand than we imagined. There was only one small little meadow with flowers, everywhere else was just barren. I did what I could with the scene, but would have done things differently if I knew then what I know now.

Just like everyone else in this crowded nature photography scene, I lead workshops, I teach processing instruction in person or worldwide via Skype screen sharing, and have a website with images, workshop info, prints, and yadda, yadda, yadda. www.ryandyarphotography.com

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