Grant Kaye

Workshop Instructor

Grant Kaye  was born on the rural Hawaiian island of Lana’i, and was raised there as well as in California and Pennsylvania.  Pursuit of academic degrees and a career in geology and volcano hazard took Grant to Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii and California, and eventually to New Zealand where he earned a PhD in 2008.

Grant moved from being a scientist in New Zealand to return to Lake Tahoe, where he created maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the town of Truckee through 2012.

Photography has always been a fundamental part of Grant’s life, looking back to the lessons he learned in his father’s darkroom in Hawaii while his father was a professional documentary photographer.  As Grant was preparing to leave the town of Truckee, he was cultivating his passion for photography on nights and weekends, and eventually, he gave in and decided that creating imagery and teaching others how to achieve their vision would be his next career.

As a photographer, Grant specializes in landscapes and night-sky photography, motion-controlled timelapse, and creative filmmaking.  Breathtaking landscape photographs in the digital age are a dime a dozen.  When Grant creates photographs, he purposefully seeks out adventure and difficult places instead of joining the crowd and ending up shoulder to shoulder in ” the lineup” at iconic locations.

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