Why I LOVE photographing close to home…
I love shooting landscapes close to home. I will never be one of the more popular shooters on the photo forums. Photos of barbed wire fences or fields of barley will never compare with the spectacular landscapes of the American west or the mountain parks of Canada. Eyes will always be drawn to the dramatic landscapes of the national parks before everything else and that suits me just fine.
I am blessed with not having to contend with the crowds of photographers at Lake Louise or Vermillion Lake in Banff during a morning sunrise. Where I take pictures I am the only one with a camera. I get the occasional curious glance from farmers as they suspiciously eye me driving by in their trucks. Once they see the camera, I always get a wave and a smile. I think they appreciate the beauty of the prairies the same way that I do.
Don’t get me wrong. I look forward to photographing Jasper and Banff any time I can get out there. How could you not want to photograph one of the most beautiful places on earth?
I think you judge a person’s photography by the body of their work, not by one or two spectacular photographs. The rockies will always only be a small part of my work. The prairies will always be MY PLACE.
My time in the mountains might add up to a week or a week and a half over the course of a year. That’s a tiny amount of time to become intimate and familiar with your landscape. It’s impossible to catch the subtle changes of the season when you don’t live where you shoot.
Those special times that I have been privileged to witness on the prairie don’t happen every day but because they happen in my back yard, the chance of me catching them is greater. Landscape photography is about the special times that exist only for a few minutes before becoming ordinary again.
ps. I try to keep things as simple as possible when shooting. That means a minimum of equipment. Less really is more. Again, for those who are new to this blog, no filters were used to get this color. This is how the landscape looks when the good things are happening. Using filters on landscapes is like using pliers to tie your shoe laces. You can still tie em but not as quickly or as efficiently.
This is also an HDR. This is how I think HDRs are supposed to look. They shouldn’t jump out at you and say HDR – TONE MAPPING – HIDEOUS! The only reason I use bracketed exposures and tone mapping is because I am usually shooting into the sun or into a bright horizon. Today’s digital cameras still do not have the dynamic range to capture the highlights and shadow detail in one exposure. The day I am able to get all that detail in one exposure is the day I stop using HDRs. Nuff said.