I heard some of you almost sent out a search and rescue team wondering where I’ve been. I had a friend text me that he saw buzzards circling in the Nevada desert, wondering if he should be worried. Well, I’m happy to report I’m doing fine, but it's been crazy busy since attending Photoshop World (PSW). Attending PSW was a great experience and finally meeting Scott Kelby was definitely the highlight.
I will admit the show can be a bit of a stimulus overload for a small town guy like me, but what truly made the show for me was listening to the inspiring stories told by talented photographers including Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel, Jeremy Cowart and Dave Black. I was so inspired by their stories I made a promise to myself to work harder. I think a healthy dose of self evaluation and reflection from time to time can be instrumental to spur more growth. For me, it’s always been a balancing act between my art and not losing sight of the big picture. I always joke, “I’m ok if my photos are a bit blurry as long as I keep my family in focus.”
My good friend Monte and I headed into the desert for a two-day photo safari around Death Valley. I’m very fond of the area but in the past I’ve been in and out quick and haven’t had much time to dedicate to shooting. The goal was to photograph the dunes and Racetracks and whatever else would come our way. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ended up being the biggest challenge as we hiked nearly two miles (yes, with plenty of water) and contended with the crazy wind. It felt a wee bit like a scene from Lawrence of Arabia, but I was lacking the cool ghutra garb.
Here’s the first in a series shot with a 17mm Tilt-Shift lens that I rented from my friends at Borrowlenses.
Now I know I said it was windy and sandy, and for those of you thinking I’m just blowing hot air – here’s the proof:
I felt like I was walking with sandbags attached to my feet:
Who says sunscreen and sand don’t mix?
If you ever interested in joining me in Death Valley then make sure to check out my Death Valley Photography Workshop.
2011 Black and White Photo Contest:
Public voting is now open until Sunday, Sept. 25th. If you’ve entered, be sure to share your link with friends and family via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Judges have already began looking over images and critiquing them based upon composition, creativity, technical quality and overall impression.
Remember, winners won’t be announced until October 7th.
Good luck and have fun.