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Brendan van Son
Bio Travel photographer from Canada Currently: Wales Next: The Philippines Daily vlogger Brendanvanson@gmail.com
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The first 60 hours of #BvSAmerica we're hampered by bad weather. The last 20, it was exhaustion. Hanging with the squad, and having @lightbendersvisuals and @mikepereaphotography join me for the drive from Moab to Valley of Fire helped. But, we miscalculated the time (and forgot about time zones) and ended up with an extra hour here. You're probably thinking "that doesn't sound like a bad thing". But, an extra hour of light, means my plan had an hour of sleep cut. So far, over 3 night I slept a total of 14 hours. And, with 2 more meetups, 7-8 more hours of driving, and only 12 hours to get to LA, I really didn't think I was going to make it. I left this shoot worried, but also thankful for the energy the crew gave me. I needed it on this shoot more than any. Next stop, Joshua Tree. #nevada #vlogger
This picture... What can I say, it means more to me than most I've taken. I battled harder for this photo than any other I've taken, I think. I was about 50 hours into #BvSAmerica when a blizzard hit in Colorado. I spent the next 10 hours driving through the heaviest snow I've ever seen and along roads slicker than a penguin in a tux. Its was terrifying, but I knew I needed to keep driving/sliding through the pass to #Utah if I wanted to make my flight. Eventually I got to #Moab, and a pile of fresh snow. @mikepereaphotography and @lightbendersvisuals were waiting for me. And, honestly, it was a bit emotion arriving, and pulling the camera out for some photos. I'd be lying if I said I didn't let out a howl of excitement/relief when I finally made it. So, this isn't just a photo of a tree to me. This is a photo of perseverance and - well, a little bit of stupidity.
Get paid to come travel with me to Japan!! Along with the help of @trover, I'm hiring a video/photography shooter to come with me to #Japan. There's info in my lastest video (link in my bio) and IG story. Looking for someone who can already shoot great video, has gear, and has a personality for being on camera as well as behind it. Apply now, Japan is going to be amazing. #filmmaking #vlogging
48 hours into the B vs. America challenge and I rolled into this location in #Colorado full of hope and high expectations. The light was kicking off, and the 5th meet up squad was waiting to capture it with me there. But, I literally got 1 single frame shot off before those epic clouds washed in carrying a blanket of heavy snow. That night, I drove my summer tyre-wearing rental car through a wild Colorado blizzard. The trip which is meant to be 4 hours took me 10. And, I can honestly say I've ever been so scared driving in my life. It seemed, America was taking exception to the #BvSAmerica moniker of this trip, and was intent to keep throwing punches. Eventually, as you'll see, I made it to location in Utah - and another scene of #winter wonder.
Ohma-freeze-ma-A$$-off, I rolled into Omaha, Nebraska at 3am on the 3rd day of B vs. America. It was 0f (-17c). Obviously not the best weather for a car sleep. But, car sleep, I did. When I woke up, it wasn't much better, but I headed out for my shoot. I totally expected to be alone. I mean sunrise, on a Monday, in #Omaha, in freezing temperatures aren't exactly the best conditions. But, 1 brave photographer joined in to shoot this barn that I had crowdsource-location scouted via a desperate plee for a location here on @Instagram. Turned out to be a great spot. But, it did take some serious self-control as the sky just behind us was exploding and the river a half a mile away was streaming with beautiful fog. But, while that image might have been nice, this one tells more about the feel of driving across the Midwest: cold, but perfectly beautiful. #BvSAmerica #nebraska
Let it snow! B vs. America round 3 was a sunset shoot in #Chicago! To get to it, though, I had to cruise through some pretty heavy snow falls, so a massive thanks to the men and women who plough those highways night and day. I made it safely, and to a pretty stunning scene of snow. Chicago, was a perfect winter wonderland. Though, I'll have to admit that I wasn't exactly prepared for the below freezing temperatures. So, massive thanks to John for showing up with a massive coffee. And thanks to the rest of the squad that turned up for the chilly meet and shoot. After Chicago, I pushed through the night towards Omaha, where I'd car sleep for a second night in a row; this time with temperatures at 0f (aka -16). The #BvSAmerica trip continues! More images tomorrow. #illinois #bvsquad