Tuesday, June 24, 2008

the speed of wind

The wind was HOWLING! This is one of a series of a sunrise that lasted around 15 minutes. It flew by, and we almost missed it. Just 20 minutes prior, we had the classic conversation: "looks like we're not going to have much of a sunrise this morning. I say we get on the road, and hope that the weather clears later." "welllll, why don't we finish our coffee and see what happens." Yikes. The wind really made it what it was - it blew the clouds and curtains of rain and color across the Cuernos. We hung on for dear life in the wind when we couldn't shoot in the lee. More to come!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Stretching

Point and shoot. Point and shoot. No time to think. The boat is moving, the ice seems to be moving, the light is changing. Stay calm. Composition on the fly. Like a fish striking a lure, some shape registers in your brain, some surreal hue of blue flashes, and you press the shutter. No time for chimping. It is an exercise in concentration and letting go. You hope for a pleasant surprise later, even though you probably made a mental note of ones you really liked... In spite of the immediacy of shooting digital, I prefer to wait to see what I recorded, once, of course, I make sure the technical aspects are covered. Jeff Grandy once told me that he likes to wait sometimes weeks or months to look at his images, to help create distance between his potential attachment to the image and his ability to view it with fresh eyes. Makes it easier for him to answer the question, "would I stop and admire this image if it were hanging on a wall somewhere?" Great advice. This trip, I brought no laptop, much to the surprise of my companions. I managed to wait almost 2 weeks this time. Imagine that.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Patagonian Dreams

Actually, it's seemed like a good idea for some time now, but frankly, I've been stalling. I have good reasons, of course, but, um, they seem to have run out. The big motivator for now, comes as a result of a large number of very kind people who have been wondering when the heck they will be able to see some of my pictures from Patagonia! For starters, this blog will attempt to satisfy their(your!) desire, and let me obsess over the "small details" of preparing my favorites for my web gallery....beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to how this will evolve...
This first image clearly could have been taken anywhere, but it wasn't. It was taken somewhere in a place roughly called "Patagonia", in Torres del Paine National Park. In fact, when i looked up from taking this, I could see the magnificent towers, which you will be able to see soon. I guess you could call this an example of what happens when you actually look around you, instead of what you're supposed to be looking at... On a slightly different note, check out Bill Ellzey's site to see if he has posted his version yet!