It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on back on 2012 and decide what you want to commit to change for 2013. More times than not I find myself focusing on things that I didn’t do well or something negative that I want to change. However, not all resolutions are made to fix something.
This year, one resolution on my list is to spend more time shooting with other photographers.
Today we start traveling to visit family for Christmas. Yesterday while I was processing this image from Zion National Park I had the thought that it would be a great place to celebrate Christmas with our families.
So, Merry Christmas from Zion :-)
A big thanks to Wes Fortney for taking this image at Bryce Canyon. Most photographers aren’t fond of the camera being turned on them: our comfort zone is behind the camera. However, one benefit of traveling with talented photographers is the opportunity for great environmental portraits of each other.
Environmental portraiture is exactly what it sounds like; capturing your subject relating to their environment. Wes did a great job showing me working in the environment I was trying to capture that morning.
The fondest memories I have of the Southwest workshop are not of the places but the people. We certainly had phenomenal locations to photograph but the conversations, laughter and stories that were shared really made it a great trip. Wes helped make the trip great for me and many others.
Each image I process helps cement the memories of the fellowship we had with each other in my mind.
I made this image at Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is know for tall rock formations called Hoodoos. When the first light hits them they glow a bright orange. I have never seen anything like it before. I will post a few of my photographs of Hoodoos next. (My Gallery from Bryce Canyon)
I spent the morning photographing the Hoodoos but this little tree caught my eye as I panned along the ledge where I was shooting. This was the only “non-rock” image I made that morning.
One of the keys to photography is to shoot when the light is at its best. That might mean getting up early in the morning for sunrise or waiting for sunset to photograph certain subjects. It also means that you should put your subject where the light is most flattering (like portraiture). Photography is all about light and how it interacts with the physical world. How you capture this interaction will make or break the shot. This is true for any type of photography from macro, landscape to portraiture (especially portraiture!).
I made this image because of the lighting. The light wraps this small tree from behind and turns an average subject (in my opinion) into one that is more dynamic and interesting. The way the light interacted with this little tree is what caught my eye. Look for the light!
I was fortunate to be at Zion National Park several days after a light snow. It was my second time at the park within a week. Earlier in the day we wrapped up the workshop that I attended and was so moved by our visit Zion I had to go back. I overheard several people during the workshop mention a certain tree that photographer John Shaw “made famous”. When I arrived at Zion for the second time it was on the top of my shot list. This tree was behind me when I made this photograph.
The only traces of the recent snow were small puddles like this. The photographs of the tree I set out to capture turned out nice but I am much happier with this one comparatively.
Want to make more interesting photographs? Sometimes you just need to turn around.
Today was bitter sweet: it was the last day of the His Light Red Rocks Photography Workshop but it marks the second half of my time out west. Sarah will join me on Tuesday to explore Las Vegas, Zion National Park (where I am spending the night), the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Can’t wait!
The past week has been life changing. Together, we have made incredible memories and photographs. Such a blessing…
iPhone image from our sunrise shoot at Horseshoe Bend