About Jason Weiss
My passion is photographing hard to reach places in mountain ranges across the globe. Growing up in Miami, FL I was not exposed to mountains and didn't develop a passion for them until a few years ago. Now, there is nowhere else I'd rather be. My favorite way to capture the beauty of the natural world is to travel deep into the mountains for days on end, when you are rewarded with views that few see. Many of the photos you see required night long hikes/climbs in order to shoot sunrise from the summit of a peak. It's never easy pulling an all-nighter, climbing through brutally cold weather in the dark, but seeing first light hit the Rockies, Sierras, Cascades, etc. is a feeling unlike any other. Part of what draws me to these magical moments is the brevity of them. Spectacular light illuminating the surrounding peaks may only last a minute and if you aren't there to experience that exact moment you miss it. When you do get to experience those fleeting moments, it is euphoric.
It's not easy to capture the breadth and grandeur of an entire mountain range, so to best represent these experiences, I now love to shoot landscape panoramas. There is so much detail packed into these beautiful landscapes and panoramas allow you to fully appreciate the magnitude of these scenes. Mountain vistas are meant to be viewed big and panoramic images are a perfect way to do these grand landscapes justice!
The earliest photos on the site go back to 2016. However, the majority of photos you see were taken in the summer and fall of 2021. I was robbed at gunpoint in May 2021 and learned the hard way about never backing up photos to the cloud. Thankfully I was able to recover a small portion of the photos taken pre May 2021 but still lost hundreds of images from places such as New Zealand, Alaska, the Tetons, etc... I am determined to go back to these beautiful spots to recapture what was lost.
I have just left my job in the corporate world and will be primarily living out of a sprinter van in 2022, traveling the west and adding many new photographs to the site, and hope you will stay in touch with my adventures in 2022 and beyond!
Current Camera Gear:
- Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera
- Nikon Z 14-30 f/4
- Nikon Z 24-200 f/4-6.3
- Nikon Z 20 f/1.8
- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6
- Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head (great for shooting panoramic images)
I am a proud member of the Nature First Photography Alliance. More people than ever are headed outside, which is great! At the same time we must do our best to conserve these incredible environments we love and photograph responsibly. Please join us if you want to help leave the world in a better place than we found it.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” - John Muir
"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." - Hermann Buhl
“Treat the earth well… It was not given to you by your parents… It was lent to you by your children.” - Kenyan Proverb