My love of nature and art began at a very early age. I began painting in grade school, and my favorite subjects to paint were the landscapes that I found in scenic calendars. In college, I studied Fine Art and expanded my appreciation of art under the tutelage of renowned print master Dan Welden. My interest in photography came from carrying a point-n-shoot film camera on hikes and climbs in the mountains. When I moved to Northern California in 2002, I bought my first DSLR and became more serious about my hobby. In 2005, I received an honorable mention in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition, the only amateur to win, and that inspired me to work even harder on my photography skills. Since then, I have received numerous awards and my work has appeared in venues around the globe. I am the author of several books, most recently The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, published by Sklyine Press.My e-book on Weather Forecasting for Photographers is a steady seller. My goal as a photographer is to capture brief moments of time, and freeze them for an eternity, so that we can experience that special moment and realize the great joy that life brings to us. I am also passionate about preservation and conservation of our wild natural areas, and hope that my photography inspires us to take an active role in saving this great planet.
I currently released my 6th music album, "Dreams" (Alien Guitar Abduction) and have been steadily working on new music videos for my songs that combine time lapse, still photography, and video. See my music videos at http://vimeo.com/stanrose I recently resigned from my day job, a forecaster for the National Weather Service for 14 years, and I am now a full-time artist and photographer.