Rarely will you find Joe Ness without his camera. He takes it everywhere - from the depths of the Great Barrier Reef to deep in the rainforest Joe is on a global mission to capture the most beautiful pictures in the world. "It's been ten years and we've been to every continent in the world. We have over 50,000 images from around the world and it's a dream come true."
Joe and his talented crew work for the Peppermill corporation. A decade ago, owner Bill Paganetti saw a glimpse of Joe's work and said he had to have it for his seven properties in Nevada. "And he gave me 90 days to shoot enough footage to put two of these in his lobby."
And today... Joe's spectacular images - all 50,000 of them - are showcased on 1,000 televisions in Reno for hotel-casino guests to enjoy during their visits. The best part for Joe - is this job is never-ending.
In fact, he just returned from a month-long trip to eastern Europe, where he set an ambitious goal of returning with 1,000 high-def clips. After editing and formatting, about half of them will make the cut for your viewing pleasure.
It's an assignment of a lifetime for Joe, but it is also a lot of hard work. Not only does he spend weeks from home, when he's shooting, he'll often log 16-20 hour days. Whether it's navigating a 1,000 pounds of equipment underwater, getting up close and personal with wildlife or preparing for magic hour at day's end. "We've captured sunsets everywhere."
Joe will do whatever it takes to get the best pictures. The former MTV photographer says even if it means practicing patience and taking his time. "I went from almost the opposite of that fast-cutting music video stuff to just the opposite... no panning, no tilting and trying to create an image that the composition and lighting and the simplicity was the power of it."
Captured by one man -- but appreciated by so many. "It's an honor to do it, first of all. And to think I can get paid for it. Can you believe it?!"
Joe tells me he's heading to Africa next.
Joe is going to lead an NCET tour on July 9 (open to the public) at the Peppermill from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.