I am uber, super, ridiculously stoked to have landed the cover of the October issue of Skiing magazine. Huge props to Brant Moles for still getting it done after all these years. Brant crushes it in front of the lens. I’m also pleased to have two full page images published in a new magazine called Mountain Sports & Living. Super nice publication from a crew that knows their stuff. Look for it in a mountain town near you.
Day three marked the end of my 2009 Fall Foliage workshop. We made the bumpy drive yet one more time over Guardsman Pass and to the Alpine Loop. Arriving with plenty of time to spare, we set up our tripods overlooking intense groupings of red and orange leaves. The maples and oaks were on fire with color! One of the most serene moments of the workshop was watching the dawn glow fade to grey, soon welcoming the rising sun. All was quiet, except for the clicking of shutters, and the subtle grunts of approval as five-star images appeared on everyone’s LCD displays. In addition to the exciting field sessions, we were also able to spend ample time in the classroom, discussing composition, exposure, use of Grad ND filters and numerous other topics pertinent to capturing memorable and meaningful imagery. Many thanks to Cliff Velinga, Todd Smith, Lewie Edwards, Kit Smith, Jon Sheppard and Guy Moore for a fantastic weekend of photography, and maybe just a little bit of fun too…
Day 2 of the ABP Fall Foliage workshop is officially in the bag, and I can say that I am completely and totally spent. In a good way. Despite clear and uninteresting skies, the color this year is absolutely off the charts. The back side of the Wasatch is as good as I’ve ever seen it, and the front side is shaping up nicely. We shot sunrise above Cascade Springs, looking towards Mt. Timpanogos and Cascade Peak. The students are all loving their newfound knowledge of how to implement Singh Ray Grad ND filters into their creative and technical workflow. Finally they are capturing the image in camera as their eyes see it! Delicious late light was in full supply at Willow Lake for tonight’s evening shoot. One more early rise tomorrow, and then the planning begins for next year’s workshop(s). Hope to see you there!
The ABP Fall Foliage Workshop began today to beautiful weather and stunning Wasatch color. I’ve got a great group this year, and it appears the timing for the workshop is perfect as lifesaver colors are vibrant as ever across the Wasatch front and back. The workshop began this afternoon with some classroom discussion on basic photography fundamentals. Additionally, we had an in depth tutorial on using Grad ND filters in scenic photography. The day was capped off by an evening shoot at Cascade Springs. Clear skies made for more challenging shooting than usual, but the dusk glow was epic. Full day tomorrow! Gotta be ready to jet for our sunrise shoot at 5:20 am. Looking forward to updating you with the events of day 2!
It’s been far too long since I’ve put up a new blog post, but it’s also been far too long since I’ve been in the country! I’m currently down in Chile, shooting skiing in various regions of the Chilean Andes. Conditions are spring-like, with beautiful sunny skies and colorful sunsets. It’s a bit strange to not be waking up super early to shoot sunrise, but the snow is so firm and frozen that you have to wait for it to soften up to even ski it reasonably well.
The landscape down here is enormous, and certainly overwhelms the senses at times. One thing I’ve fallen in love with is the intense calm that occurs in the mountains just as the sun sets. It’s an unbelievably serene feeling, and one that really brings you to communion with nature. I’m looking forward to posting several complete blog posts upon my return. Until then, I’ve sprinkled just a few teaser images in this post!
With the announcement of the new Canon EOS 7D, I’ve been thinking a bunch about how quickly technology is advancing these days. If you look at what we were shooting digital images with just 5 years ago, the advancements are mind blowing. It would appear, that it’s becoming easier to shoot “good” images and becoming increasingly harder to stand out as a photographer and create imagery that one remembers. In this world of visual distractions (and attractions), only the technically sound and (perhaps more importantly) the creatively innovative will be able to produce imagery that will stand the test of time.
Here’s a frightening statistc: Online photo sharing site Flickr hosts more than 3.5 billion images. An average of 3 million images are uploaded daily. You read that right. 3 million images are uploaded EVERY DAY. How, in the name of Ansel, are you going to produce something that stands out?
Here is some food for thought. Instead of upgrading your camera, lens, computer, memory card, huge 30″ monitor, new zoom lens, tripod, filters, cable release, operating system, editing software, backpack, lens cap, camera belt, lens cleaning solution, dust remover or any other piece of the endless list of equipment we all use, try this: UPGRADE YOUR CREATIVITY. Manufacturers produce new cameras nearly every quarter these days, but how often do we upgrade our ability not just to create, but to see better imagery.
Read a good book. Follow an inspiring blog. Give yourself a challenging assignment. Fail. Succeed. And then do it all over again. And here’s the important part–do it with your own style and panache.
Here’s another idea: Build your own better version of you. How long have you been running on Joe v1.1 or Sarah v1.2. It’s time to upgrade to version 1.5, or better yet, give yourself an entire system upgrade and find Bill v2.0. Sleeker, faster, smoother, more efficient, and a creative animal beyond compare. Hey! I’d buy it!
The longer I am in the business of photography, the harder it gets to challenge myself to be a better version of me. Resist the temptation to become a better Chase Jarvis or Art Wolfe or even (gasp) Adam Barker. Much like looking at a road map, the work of established photographers doesn’t speak so much to the destination as it does to the journey. There are a million ways to arrive at the pinnacle, why follow a path already trodden?