Wide skies and distant storms

By: firstpersonshooter

Sep 18 2013

Category: Landscape, Natural Light, Nature, New Mexico, Travel

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS REBEL T3i

Was teaching my photojournalism class the basics of sorting images with Bridge and editing in Photoshop today, when I realized I wasn’t practicing what I preached. I have a HUUUUUGE backlog of images on my computer, including most of my photos from San Francisco, Arkansas, Seattle and New Mexico that were taken in 2013.

So I decided to at least get one new image up on the blog today.

I shot this shortly after leaving New Mexico around the 1st of August, I think. It’s funny how different the setting was in the Land of Enchantment as compared to the Pacific NW or Northern California, but I found myself in the same conundrum. Turn a corner, drive another 3 miles down the road, and we’d almost ditch the car as I tried to get out and scramble to find the right lens to capture the next scene that stirred my heart. It makes a long road trip so much longer, but also so much richer.

I was reminded of the Ansel Adams video my students watch every year in class, where he talks about why he made photographs. Basically, it boiled down to this… if something affected him in a profound way – spiritually, emotionally, etc., his response was to make a photograph. And that’s what it’s like for me on these trips. Sometimes I get caught up in overshooting and being focused on what others will think when they see the images. But the best photos, I think, are the ones that are made solely for the love of the subject, and that magic moment that spurs me to raise the camera to my eye.

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