So if you haven’t yet seen the fine art ski poster I recently printed, then it’s about time you did. If you’re interested in purchasing (and receiving) before Christmas, there’s still time. Course–they’ll be around after Christmas as well, so no big hurry…
This was a pet project of mine, and I must say it went surprisingly well. Everything from the poster design, to the printing, to the collaboration with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, to the selling has gone quite smoothly (knock on wood). This poster was meant to be a classic–I hope I see one hanging on the wall of some ski lodge 40 years down the road. Little Cottonwood Canyon is such a beautiful venue–tough to capture it in one image, let alone a lifetime’s worth. However, I think this poster does it (and Utah skiing in general) some justice. If you’ve ever skied in Utah, or simply have dreams of skiing the bottomless powder so prevalent here, you’ll understand the passion behind the poster. They cost $25.00, and I’m donating a dollar from each sale to the CCF. Merry Christmas!
Well here we are–Thanksgiving already come and gone. Can’t believe it. I am grateful for many things–most importantly I’m incredibly grateful for my sweet wife and son. Without my wife’s support, and my son’s endearing smiles, I could never do what I do behind the lens, or anywhere else for that matter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Okeydokey–enough with the sentimental stuff…Over the holiday I headed south to St. George. The snow up in the Wasatch is virtually non-existent for the time being, so I decided to try another type of snow–Snow Canyon State Park. Located just 10 min. from St. George, this easily accessed state park has soaring redrock buttes, deep cut canyons, petrified sand dunes, lava caves and a number of hiking trails from super easy to moderately difficult. I knew I would only have one morning to shoot sunrise, so I took advantage of a free afternoon to scout locations. Incredibly, I stumbled upon some great shooting opportunities during mid-day. I generally abhor mid-day lighting, but I decided to make use of the light cloud cover and exceptional compositional opportunities to create some memorable images. Key to these mid-day images was my Singh-Ray Reverse Grad ND. The images I made that afternoon would not have been possible without this well-made (albeit pricey) filter.
Although I came away with some great images that day, I failed to find an adequate spot for a sunrise shoot. Generally, when shooting sunrise, I look for a location that offers great image opportunities both looking into and away from the sun. If the sunrise is complimented by dramatic skies, I find a foreground element and shoot into the sun. If the skies are lackluster, I usually shoot away, and capture that first light as it breaks the horizon. I took a guess as to where might work best, and lucked out as Lava Flow Overlook turned out to be a perfect location. Skies were somewhat uninspiring, but dawn with the redrock emanating subtle pink hues and dee-licious indigo sky was pointedly peaceful. Anticipating the first rays of light, I decided to settle in on a layered section of redrock with deep grooves leading the viewer effortlessly into the rest of the sprawling vista. Man it was beautiful–absolutely stunning. One of those moments when you look around and soak it all in (all the while clicking away on that cable release).
If you anywhere near St. George, make time in your schedule to visit this spectacular state park. It’s well worth a drive or hike, and even more worth a sunrise or sunset with tripod and camera in hand.
Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve put up my last post–been traveling nearly every week as of late. Last week my travels took me to beautiful San Francisco. I haven’t been there for quite a while, and I was very much looking forward to capturing some classic images of the Golden Gate Bridge, and perhaps some new, creative takes on a historic icon.
While the skies were dramatic and interesting for the first two days I was there and unable to shoot, it was more than ironic that the evening I was able to shoot, the sky was dead clear without a cloud in the sky. I took this opportunity to shoot on Baker Beach and utilize the soft light hitting the rocks and surf until the sun dipped below the horizon. It was fun to experiment with slow shutter speeds and pounding surf on the coastal rocks. I will say I encountered some challenges not typically experienced in the Wasatch Mountains. Sea spray is an evil thing–I’ll leave it at that.
The next morning gave rise to an epic sunrise from the Marin Headlands. The closeup shot of the bridge from that morning looks like an illustration from a comic book, but that is what the camera captured. That particular image goes down as one of the few images to actually convey the wonder and amazement of the actual scene photographed. The Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful. It has likely been photographed from every angle, and in every weather condition known to man–but not by myself. And now I have my piece. While there were patches of fog that added to the images that morning, I was fortunate to have clear views of the city and the bridge as the sun rose.
Before jumping on a plane home, I just had to visit Muir Woods. If you’ve never been, make it a priority the next time you’re in the area. It’s just 30 minutes from downtown SF, and it’s absolutely stunning. Long shutter speeds were the name of the game as daylight was just creeping into the deep, dank forested chasm that is home to giant Redwoods and plant life of all shapes and sizes. I found composition to be extremely challenging in this environment, as it was a challenge to take it all in with my own eye, let alone my camera. I looked for miniscapes within the big picture, and found many, many possibilities. I didn’t have much time to shoot, which just leaves me with a greater reason to return! Hope you enjoy the images.
For all you frequent flyers out there, do me a favor and pick up the October issue of Sky Magazine. Sky did a large and in charge article on Salt Lake City for this issue–big news for us in the tourism industry. I was pleasantly surprised when the art director called and wanted to use a couple of my images, and wanted me to shoot the opening spread! This is definitely the most significant publication to date for me, and I hope for many more. The piece begins on page 98. I have images on pages 98, 112 and 126. Cheers!
Days, that is.
I recently returned from a trip back east and had the good fortune of spending a couple days in/around Burlington, VT. While I would have loved to time my visit for a few weeks later, other business commitments required my visit to occur earlier.
I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the quaint, rural country of Vermont. Even Burlington, bustling by some accounts, felt welcoming and cozy. Since the leaves weren’t really changing all that much, I became fascinated with the rural farmland along the scenic routes that dot northern and central Vermont. I could see in my mind’s eye what I wanted to capture: lush green fields with mist, rustic barns with peeling paint and rusting silos, hay bales sitting silently in the middle of a freshly harvested field, layer upon layer of trees and vegetation–all thrown into one early-morning frame. I had one morning to shoot, and (thanks to the recommendation of a knowledgeable local) decided to head to Upper Pleasant Valley road. I didn’t have a spot, or even a shot I was driving to. I was simply just driving, allowing myself enough time to arrive at the general area in time for sunrise.
My wandering was justly rewarded with an exceptionally beautiful morning of shooting. The air was crisp, the dew was heavy, and the mist was ethereal. The morning freshness always seems to leave so hastily, but with the vibrant greens of the foliage, reds of the barns and blues of the sky, good shooting conditions continued through early afternoon. Hope you enjoy the images–thanks for stopping by.
My show is finally in full swing at the Porcupine Pub & Grille. I am UBER excited about this show, as it is my first real opportunity to show my work to the general public in a spectacular setting. For those unfamiliar with the Porcupine, it is located right at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Address is 3690 Fort Union Blvd.
I’ve got 17 pieces in all hanging on the walls there ranging from 12 x 18 to 26 x 40 in size. Some of the more notables are a very large Antelope Island BW print and two canvas prints of fall in the Wasatch. Most of the other prints are from the Wasatch Mountains in/around Salt Lake City. All of the prints are for sale.
The food at the Porcupine is excellent (I recommend the buffalo wings!) and the atmosphere is never dull. Go check my images out, have a bit to eat, and feel free to drop me a line with any comments you may have. Cheers!
What a place. Really–that’s about all I have to say–but that wouldn’t make for much of a blog, so I’ll continue.
My family takes an annual trip to Jackson Hole each year to bike, raft, shop and eat (among other things). As for myself, I love getting out on the Snake River and Flat Creek with my fishing rod, soaking up the last rays of sunlight as I anticipate the evening hatch. This trip, I decided to employ a bit of self disciplne and trade the fishing rod for a tripod. Weird. A photographer actually making pictures of one of the most beautiful locales on earth. For reasons that completely escape me, I have never really made much of an effort to photograph in GTNP before. Perhaps it’s the abundance of other activities that I enjoy immensely that has always persuaded me to relax and have fun instead of wake up at oh-dark-thirty to shoot the sunrise. I guess my increased dedication to this passion and burgeoning profession of mine convinced me to get after if photographically on this particular trip.
There are so many unbelievable locations to shoot in GTNP, you just have to take a step back and decide which locations you’d like to capture most, and save the rest for next time. You must understand that even in a week’s time, you wouldn’t be able to capture even a quarter of it all. I chose to shoot some classic tripod locations in the Snake River Overlook and Schwabacher’s Landing. However, I did get off the beaten path a bit and head up to String Lake for a spectacular (albeit somewhat tempered) sunrise. The mist coming off the lake that morning lent an ethereal effect to the images. It would hang out on the far shore of the lake (in the middle ground of my frame), and then suddenly come in waves towards me with surprising haste. I was fortunate enough to capture several of these images as Mt. Moran was illuminated by the rising sun.
The view from the Snake River Overlook (made famous by the late Ansel Adams) is an absolute classic. It’s a bit intimidating to set up your tripod in the exact location of such a master. Photography, however, is subjective for a reason. The same location may carry different meaning, and therefore produce different images for every photographer. The sunset that evening started out fairly ho-hum, but by the time it was over, I had a feeling I’d captured something special.
I could go on for much longer about how pleasant it was to dedicate some good time to photographing this great National Park, but I’ll just conclude by saying I can’t wait to visit again next year–and knock off a few more images on my list for GTNP.
And you should come. I’ll be presenting a slideshow and as well as several “basic” components that will help the beginning photographer achieve better travel images. Details are below, and it’s free to the public. Hope to see you there! BTW–this is the SLC REI on 33rd South.
Adam Barker presents the basics of digital SLR photography the Italian way. Take a photographic journey through such Italian delights as the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Venice, Lago Maggiore, The Dolomites and Cinque Terre as Adam describes the timing, set up, composition, exposure, and equipment needed to transform your travel photography into fine art. Helpful photography tips and techniques will be discussed, as well as general travel insight into bella Italia.
This course is especially designed for beginners, Italy travelers, and those just thinking about getting into digital photography.
A native Utahn his whole life, Adam Barker has grown up in the heart of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain range. Specializing in scenic landscape photography, Barker strives to communicate his vision through unique lighting, engaging subjects and dynamic composition. Barker has spent several years living in Italy, and has a contagious enthusiasm for its people, food, language and endless entourage of photographic subjects. His work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications and can be viewed at www.adambarkerphotography.com.
Lake Powell truly has to be one of man’s greatest gifts to mankind. Sure, there are probably quite a few people out there who will disagree with me and angrily detest the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, but I for one consider it one of the most beautiful and spectacular places on earth. I recently returned from a trip down there with my family. I must say–we’re quite spoiled when we go down. House boat, ski boat, blah blah blah. Hey–I’ll take it, and love it.
Typically, a Lake Powell trip is all play and no work, but lately I’ve foregone a morning or evening ski here or there to go make some (hopefully) striking and memorable images. While it’s no fun to miss out on the fun, I’ve found that “fun” is a relative term. This trip was plenty “fun” with one evening of simply unforgettable light. I always hope for interesting skies when I go down to Powell (or anytime else I’m shooting, for that matter) Although the landscape is sufficiently jaw-dropping in its own right, it never hurts to add some dramatic clouds, spotty, 3-D lighting, or diffused sunset light. I found just that (pretty much all of the above) on one particular night down there. Most importantly, as always–I was out and about with my camera. I didn’t have a particular shot in mind–I just knew if the light came, I could find something.
Sure enough, just before the sun hit the horizon, it poked through the clouds, casting deliciously warm light and long dramatic shadows on the desert scene in front of my lens. I frantically searched for a foreground element, and quickly settled on a patch of hearty yucca plants. I continued to fire off frame after frame, anxiously studying the composition and exposure on my LCD screen to make sure I was capturing “it”.
Later, as the sun dipped low behind the red rock cliffs, the sky lit up with an ethereal magenta cast. What was intensely golden just minutes ago was now painted in mysterious pink, red and violet hues. What a night! So–while my siblings were out enjoying some “fun” on the lake, I was no worse off clicking the shutter on one of the more memorable Southern Utah evenings I can recall.
Seriously–just saying it evokes grand images…
I’ve been trying to get out more often for sunrise shoots this summer. Regardless of the weather or location, it always pays off. Sometimes they don’t quite “wow” like I’d hope, but I’ve found if I can get my creative juices flowing, I can almost always walk away with some quality images. If you’re short on inspiration, or simply would like a moment of beauty and tranquility–go watch a sunrise. Whether you see it through the lens, or through your own peepers, I promise you’ll be justly rewarded.