Exposure #4 - Temple Crag, California by Micah Albert

Location: Temple Crag, Sierra Nevada, California

My Gear: Nikon FM, Nikon 14 - 24mm f/2.8 | Fuji Provia 100

Camera Settings: ISO 400, 1/200 at f/4.5

Year: 2007

Getting There: I grew up backpacking and climbing. I've done it all over the World. It's one of the elements that has shaped me and formed me who I am today. I'm eternally grateful to my dad for giving me the gift of "freedom of the hills". I've spent time in major mountain ranges all over; yet the Eastern Sierra (if you know me, you know this), to me, is the most special of them all. It's where I cut my teeth. Learned survival skills. Grew to know my limits... and my potential. 

The Palisades are the most alpine subrange in the Sierra Nevada and contains some of the Sierra's highest peaks, its largest glacier, and most stunning scenery. And also the most difficult to access, which is partly why I love it. And the best time, is late fall early winter; when you have the entire half-million acres to yourself. 

This photo was taken in late Fall. We set out on our 8 hour, day 1 hike in snow flurries. Pretty intimidating. To arrive here. At the Temple Crag, just as snow really started to fall and the temperature stick. 

What the photo doesn't show you: I love the photo, because I was with my dad and brother. I love doing trips with them. There is no one else on the planet that I trust more and who I have the most fun with. 

I love the photo because I love this area. Few people in America have been here, and yet it's relatively close to civilization. Crazy. 

What it doesn't show you, is that my (good) knee felt like someone had stabbed it with a dull ice pick. We woke the next day with a few feet of snow. My knee was worse. Not good. Not good at all. I couldn't go up and I couldn't go back. 

After taking some heavy pain killer, we pushed on higher sill to the base of the Crag. Only to be forced off by near-blizzard conditions and my knee being on fire. 

We were forced back, tail between our knees. 

But... through it all, we learned more, laughed more, lived more, felt more, loved more. We saw the edge of a season. The end of one and the beginning of another... all to ourselves. Probably my most favorite thing in the World. 

Eventually, through loosing trail, horrible pain, and lots of frustration, we made it back to the high desert below. We ate steak. We drank a few bottles of good wine. I iced my knee for the next day. 

And well... there it is. Get our there damn it. 

Erickson Woodworking | For Sacramento Magazine by Micah Albert

A few months ago I headed out about 45 minutes north of Nevada City down a dusty mountain road to find a surprisingly sophisticated workshop. 

Erickson Woodworking is a father-son duo that is designing and crafting some of the most impressive furniture I've ever seen. 

Sit down: The design world is practically littered with high-end chairs that make better sculptures than they do seats. Not Erickson’s chairs. “We want our chairs to be sat in and to be comfortable. It’s an absolute focus of what we do,” he says. “We think we make the most comfortable wood chairs in the world.” 

Museum worthy: Erickson’s pieces are sought after by furniture collectors across the country (the East Coast is a big market for him) as well as world-class museums. His iconic Van Muyden chair is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; his floating back rocker is at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. 

The love of it: “I love the craft of building things. At the end of the day, you see your product right before you—that’s a very satisfying process. Also, any time anyone orders something from us, I feel a validation that what we’re doing has some meaning to other people. I get a lot of satisfaction out of that.”

The next generation: Erickson’s son, Tor, recently joined the business, a development that has fueled both Erickson’s imagination and his optimism about the company’s future. “Most people are slowing down at this age, but having Tor in the business has created this new creative burst that’s very exciting,” says the 67-year-old Erickson. “There is a new generation, a new vision.”

Where to buy: Locally, Erickson’s chairs can be seen at Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City. Buyers can also arrange to visit his workshop north of Nevada City. The custom-made chairs range from $3,000 to $7,000.

Norah Turns Five by Micah Albert

Norah, here is to you! You bring life and energy into every room and land you walk into. Your personality and smile is infectious in all of your adventures. You have turned into the most incredible daughter and big sister. Your love of life and willingness to take risk will take you far. 

Happy 5th birthday. 

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The Far West | Northern California Shoot by Micah Albert

I joined-up again with what has turned out to be a great friendship with the boys from The Far West to do another shoot. They currently wrapped-up a month-long solo tour and also opened 8 or so shows for the legendary Dave and Phil Alvin (the Blasters). 

This year, instead of shooting in Silverlake / Echo Park, they rolled up to Casa Albert after opening for the Alvins. The following night we did a little private show in my backyard. It was awesome. 

Here's a few images from the shoot, down the street from my house. 

These guys are truly class acts and welcome in our home any time.