It’s not always Purple and Peaceful

November 8, 2013 4 Comments

Last month, Angel and I spent a few days in Grand Teton National Park to do some fall photography. Heading out, we had visions of the photos we wanted to come home with. I wanted to photograph the famous Moran barn. The iconic shot against the Teton range as they’re painted purple, moments before the sun touches the horizon in the East.

It's not always Purple and Peaceful

But it didn’t go that way. In fact, when we arrived, we experienced a 40 degree temperature drop as an Indian summer gave way to what would be the first snowstorm of the year. A front that lasted three days and kept the majestic peaks out of sight for nearly the entire time. But that certainly didn’t mean lost photography opportunities. We planted our tripod, pointed the camera at the barn and we waited. Other photographers arrived and left during that time. From point-and-shoot tourist to those carrying large tripods, legs extended and cameras attached, perched casually on their shoulder.

The wind was strong enough that we knew things could potentially change very quickly. And they did. For a few moments – surprisingly during a period when no other photographers had ‘stopped by’ – there was a dramatic break in the clouds. The sun pushed through, illuminating the barn and adding contrast to the looming weather. Within minutes, things changed again. By this time, it was already 10 degrees colder than it was when we claimed our spot and set up our tripod.

As we headed back to Jackson for an IPA at the Snake River Brewery, we reflected on our experience. It wasn’t the iconic peaceful and purplish shot we envisioned. In some ways, it was better. A reminder that it doesn’t always go as planned, and you have to make the best of what’s given to you.

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Landscapes Don’t Smile

April 14, 2013 No Comments

When I got started in photography, I avoided photographing people for a very long time. I focused only on still life and landscapes. Subjects that sat still while I fine-tuned composition and manipulated camera settings.

Landscapes Don't Smile

After meeting my Angel, I slowly stepped out of my comfort zone. I had a subject to experiment on that not only knew what I was doing but knew what I needed to learn. Angel taught me to see and anticipate the expressions that makes good portraiture both challenging and rewarding. There is rarely sufficient time to question composition or camera settings when a moment unfolds.

Angel taught me to see and anticipate the expressions that makes good portraiture both challenging and rewarding.

This photo was taken on our Honeymoon in June, 2012. We took an afternoon walk along the beach, cameras slung over our shoulders. As we approached a small bungalow, I knew there would be nice diffused light among the wind-blown linens. I also knew I would only have a split second to capture the look I wanted. Situations and shots like this highlight the importance of anticipating your moment and knowing your camera. Two things you’re often not challenged to do with static subjects.

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Just a Day in the BWCA

March 18, 2013 No Comments

There’s something indescribably refreshing about the BWCA.

Just a Day in the BWCA

It’s sitting by a fire and enjoying conversation and camaraderie. It’s sleeping between towering red pines and waking to nothing but the call of loons and a sunrise. It’s being humbled by miles of wilderness and over 10 percent of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. It’s dealing with whatever Mother Nature throws your way, because you have no other choice. It’s not wearing a watch or even caring what time it is. It’s realizing the deadlines that await you 300 miles away don’t matter that much.

It’s being disconnected.
Completely. Disconnected.

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