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Embracing the Crowds Part 2, Isolation and Gesture

Fishing the Merced River Yosemite National Park, California

Fishing the Merced River
Yosemite National Park, California

May 20, 2013

Like “Sunbeam Girl,” the above photo shows another classic scene from an iconic American landscape. In this case, I’d seen the view hundreds (maybe thousands) of times in photos before I gazed upon it in person. It appears to be deep in the backcountry, (spoiler alert for those that haven’t yet been to Yosemite) but actually it is right off a parking lot and picnic area in Yosemite. Continue reading

Embracing the Crowds

Sunbeam Girl Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona
Sunbeam Girl
Antelope Canyon
Page, Arizona

May 17, 2013

Enough talk about Adobe and technology…  Let’s talk photography.

I recently saw a spectacular photo by Trey Ratcliff of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was a rare and glorious morning in Beijing without pollution. It was also a rare and glorious morning for him in that he was granted access before the site opened to the public. I was in Beijing about the same time he took his photo, and all I saw was gray, polluted skies and big crowds. I don’t know how he negotiated this solitary time at one of the most popular sites in Beijing, but I definitely envy his industriousness to gain access. So what does that story have to do with the photo above?  Today, I’m going to talk about embracing crowds in iconic locations rather than avoiding them. It’s really the only way to approach photography at some of these landmark locations for the rest of us. Continue reading