Frequently Asked Questions
What is "adventure photography"?
Well, I think of adventure photography as being a way to take you on an adventure through images. Sure, a lot of it is landscape photography, but I also like to capture images of people as they enjoy the places that I go to.
What kind of car do you drive?
For most of the adventures shown on this site, I drove a 2002 Toyota 4Runner that I bought used in July, 2005. Check it out!
However, I finally traded it in (with 320,000 miles) and got a new 2016 Toyota 4Runner in April, 2016.
How many miles do you drive per year?
Here's a graph showing how much I drove my 2002 4Runner.
Which states have you driven through?
I've driven through all the states except for Hawaii. I probably won't take my own vehicle there, so I'll have to rent a car, I suppose.
As far as our neighbors, I've driven through British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. I've been warned not to drive to Mexico, so I stay north of that border.
What's your favorite road trip grub?
I like Little Caesar's pizza. Their Hot 'n' Ready large pepperoni for $5 with no waiting is hard to beat! And it's easy to eat while driving.
What is something that you've noticed on your road trips?
I've noticed that PT Cruisers have personalized license plates more often than any other vehicle. A close second place in that category is the Hummer H2. However, the H2 is just about extinct, so the MINI Cooper is probably second place. I wonder if statistics for that are available....
If you travel by airplane, is it still considered a road trip?
I'm glad you asked. Technically, no. However, I still take a small road trip to and from the airport, so I guess the answer is "Yes."
Either way, I'll still share the photos on this site since I'm trying to capture my adventures. It's just that I take road trips more than airplane trips at this point.
Why DO you drive so much?
I graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, so I know the kind of people that receive diplomas nowadays.
I think I drive so much since I'm making up for the lack of road trips when I was younger. I also see it as first-hand confirmation of the accuracy of my atlas.
What's your favorite road trip music mix?
I always like to listen to Tears for Fears, Enigma, Simon & Garfunkle, and America. It's good to thrown in some Shawn Mullins, Bob Marley, Dixie Chicks, or Bon Iver, too. I try to get a good mix going for each trip, but those are the top artists that come to mind.
Can I sponsor you?
Of course! If you have ideas of a gnarly adventure I should go on, let me know! I will gladly accept sponsorship to exotic destinations in need of some Road Trip Rip photography. A percentage of the sales of photos taken on that adventure will go back to the sponsor!
On the other hand, if you need a photo documentary of one of YOUR adventures, bring me along! I’m in excellent physical condition, I’m not a picky eater, and I’ll be up before dawn. As long as you’re not camera-shy, we’ll get along just fine.
Do you do studio work?
Yes, I have done a little bit, and I'd be happy to do more. Contact me for pricing!
Can I be your traveling buddy?
MAYBE! If you're super cool and don't mind if I stop to take a photo or pick up a rock, we'd probably be good traveling buddies.
Can I join your mailing list to get updates when you add new galleries?
Of course! Just send me a message at Rip@RoadTripRip.com
What awards have you won?
This photo was awarded first place in the "Plants" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2016 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded second place in the "People in Parklands" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2016 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded second place in the "Scenic Shots" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2015 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded second place in the "Scenic Shots" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2014 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded Best of Show in the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2011 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded third place in the "Scenic Shots" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2011 Photo Contest.
This photo was awarded first place in the "Scenic Shots" category of the National Park Service Spirit of the Mountains 2009 Photo Contest.
Also, I won the Fun-in-Ventura Spring photo contest in 2010. The prize was a trip for two to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. I posted the photos from that trip here.
What camera gear do you use?
I currently use the following gear:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR body
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR body
Bower 14mm f/2.8 lens
Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro lens
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Mark II lens
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Mark II lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens
Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
Canon Extender EF 2X III
Canon Extension Tube EF 25 II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II