Friday, June 25, 2010

Why You Keep Going Out

One of the great things about being a landscape photographer is that every day is different.

The weather is not the same. The clouds are different. The seasons change. No two sunsets are exactly alike.

It is completely different every day.

That makes this all the more exciting as every dawn has the potential to be something spectacular. So for me, just getting out there is it's own reward.

Here are a couple of examples to illustrate the point. Both images were taken from the east end of the Grand Canyon, near Point Lipan. The day I made the top image had started out overcast and then became a white-out of snow. That scares off most people, photographers too. I stayed out in it. I was rewarded. Suddenly the clouds started to part and for fifteen glorious minutes the scene looked like this. There were low clouds in the canyon and the sun was shining on the river.

It was one of those wow moments.

When I talked to other photographers later they told me what a terrible day it had been. I asked if they saw the clouds part. They said no, they had given up in the white-out and gone to the lodge. Man, did they miss out.......

The second image is from my last morning in the canyon. I had packed up camp in the dark and stopped again at Point Lipan to photograph the dawn.

Standing in the early morning predawn light with single digit temperatures I made this image. What a way to end a trip!

It is reasons and places like that why I keep going out and what I love about being a photographer and in particular a landscape photographer.

On a somewhat related note to getting out there, I'll be giving a presentation to the Lake Granbury Art Association at 7pm on Monday, July 12th in Granbury, Texas. The title of the presentation is "Thinking like a Landscape Photographer" and I'll have a slideshow, talk a little about why I like photographing rocks and trees (hint-they move in geologic time!), etc . If you live close, come on over to Granbury and see the show.

More info on LGAA plus map:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Snowstorm from Hopi Point

Snowstorm over the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Here is a wider view of the entire storm. I could not put the entire storm in one frame so I stitched a panorama of several frames to try and capture the grand scale of the view.

I have visited the Grand Canyon several times and I have never had a finer afternoon here as a photographer than this view. As a photographer, it was everything you could hope for.

You might compare this image with the last post as the are both of the same day. Different formats and different images, but same awe inspiring day.

As I sit here in Texas summer I cannot help but be ready to go back to the Grand Canyon in winter!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Done Old School

One of the projects I have given myself this year involve working more with B+W. That evolved out of the coming demise of Fuji Quickloads and me having to learn how to hand load film holders. You can actually follow my "angst" on my other blog that is all large format oriented (see link to left).

When out at the Grand Canyon I still had a few sheets of Acros Quickload and put them to use working the Grand Canyon. After all, that is how Ansel would have done it.

Here is one from Hopi Point. The sun was in the west but a snow storm was over the north rim. The single best afternoon I ever had at the Grand Canyon.

This view has cropped out the snowstorm and concentrates on the light in the canyon. You can make out Cape Royal in the distance.

I'll be doing more landscape work this year in B+W sheet film and I will try to post more of that work here too.