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Tell us about the location in the photos.

Mount San Jacinto is an awesome mountain. If you’re into physical challenges that won’t take a week or two to finish, I highly recommend doing the Cactus to Clouds trail in Palm Springs, CA. What was originally suppose to be a one time hike has turned into an annual event for my friends and I. I’ve coined it “marganeering” since my friends and I love hiking and margaritas. Basically we pick a really challenging peak to conquer and have margaritas after. I would recommend attempting this hike in spring or fall when there’s no snow. People die on this hike and it’s not for the weak. With an elevation gain of 10,600 feet over 16 miles, this hike has the biggest elevation gain out of any trail in the United States.

How long have you been a photographer?

Before I got started in the picture taking business, I was a painter. I purchased a Canon 30D to photograph my paintings and over time, I started shooting more than painting. The next thing I know my camera is going everywhere I’m going.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

My problem is that I like too many different styles. I’m not sure if this is a problem or not but it’s hard to stay focused when you want to do everything. Visually, Scott Hansen’s work has always been an inspiration for me.

Then there are the greats such as Norman Jean Roy and Annie Leibowitz. Lynsey Addario is one of the best photojournalists around. George Steinmetz has influenced me to risk my life and purchase a paramotor to get stunning shots like he does. Also, the work of David Bellemere and my friend Joseph Tran are mind blowing. And if I were to pick up a paint brush again, I’d want to paint like Samantha Keely Smith or Danny Heller.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

I would have to say Antarctica. Or something extremely remote such as Heard & McDonald Islands. I love extremely remote locations that are hard to get to.

Are there any products you swear by?

If you’re an avid hiker, the Lowe Pro Sport AV200 is amazing. It may not fit all your gear but if you’re doing a long day hike and need a gallon of water, food and essential gear, this is the bag. Also, a proper photo editing monitor is a must.



Name Tim Navis
Location Los Angeles, CA
Featured In Issue One - June 2013
Gear & Equipment Canon 5DmkII, Canon 30D, Olympus OM1 & OM2, Hasselblad CM500, Crown Graphics 4x5
Websites TimNavisPhotography, Flickr, Instagram
Chosen By Expedition Bureau