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"I took the one less traveled by"

Published October 15th, 2012

I am a story teller. You can call it a disease or just a reckless obsession, but I go where my instincts scream "caution," because we all know that stories have to be pretty spectacular to be worth telling. Like you, ever since I was young I've wanted to live a life of adventure, but the warning signs and the human instinct to stay alive, often turns me towards safer options. But no amount of word smithing, flailing of arms, and camera magic can make a story great without an amazing journey.



Ever since I knew what a poem was, I've remembered "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Remember the days when you first read and analyzed this poem in class? That was the first time I used my brain for taking inspiration through a story and realized the story behind it could become a mantra important enough to carry with me throughout my life.



To this day, on all my photo walks I look towards the road not taken. I'm always looking for cool new vantage points or difficult trails to stage my photography. Even in my non-photography, I've taken the risky plunge into starting tech companies, doing the riskiest possible ventures I could come up with, and never regretting a single moment.



When I saw the Land Rover Story Challenge on the 500px blog, I knew this would be the ideal challenge for me. Land Rovers are known for their abilities to indulge the adventurous story teller in their journeys off and on the beaten path.



Daunting trails and risky decisions don't always yield the best results, but Frost says it best, "I took the one less traveled by, And it has made all the difference."



The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
"
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;



Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,



And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.



I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
"



Photography portfolio: http://photography.artchang.com

From Below

It's always hard for me to find cool and unique views of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It's such a beautiful and iconic landmark, and rightly so. A week ago, on the rare chance that the fog had not rolled in yet, I climbed my way with a few friends over rock and fence to the bottom of the south tower. What a beautiful sight! We stayed until sunset photographing this beautiful and amazing place.

Skyline

It's hard to find a unique vantage point of San Francisco's amazing skyline, but I discovered a fantastic spot on a lesser known road above highway 280.

  • September 18th, 2012
  • NIKON D800E
  • 21mm / f/5 / 30 sec

Sunrise at Bernal Heights Park

This morning's sunrise was spectacular. This is from Bernal Heights in San Francisco, CA.

This was tough, waking up so early for a sunrise, and climbing up steep slopes (without trails) in the dark. But totally worth it, as I look down on the path that most people take.

  • October 9th, 2012
  • NIKON D800E
  • 85mm / f/8 / 1/1000 sec

That SF Tree

A murdered tree on Mount Davidson. An unfortunate but beautiful scene.

  • August 8th, 2012
  • NIKON D800E
  • 21mm / f/5.6 / 8 sec

Layers

The beautiful and alien world of Death Valley, CA.

  • November 18th, 2011
  • Nikon D700
  • 85mm / f/1.8 / 1/8000 sec

Shores of Light

Chicago, IL

  • December 18th, 2011
  • Nikon D700
  • 20mm / f/7.1 / 30 sec

Bad Water

Went way off the main route to grab this untouched part of Bad Water in Death Valley, CA.

  • November 18th, 2011
  • Nikon D700
  • 20mm / f/8 / 1/4 sec

Jungfrau

Highest place in Europe

  • June 6th, 2009
  • Nikon D700
  • 20mm / f/16 / 1/60 sec

Bonsai Tree Rock

One of the toughest places to get to, no trails, no markers, just have to scramble down a rocky / sandy slope to find these bonsais.

  • January 8th, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 20mm / f/8 / 1/40 sec

Flowering Mushroom in the night sky

  • February 19th, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 20mm / f/3.5 / 30 sec

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WOW wonderful work
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Nice shots. Just voted. My friend Ignacio sent me the link. He said you had some talent and was right!
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congrats..wonderful series!
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Congrats on your win... ((grin))
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Great pictures, i really like the SF tree !!!
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Toby Harriman  over 2 years ago
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Awesome series Arthur!
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Nice images.
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Amazing pics .. (grin)