Thus far - My favorite photograph of 2014. And I didn’t have to travel too far to grab it. But it was a hell of a hike. First time I had ever been there and I was alone. I got lost, I managed to sweat through a patagonia down jacket and I freaked myself out a little.
I’m getting burned out on the “epic/perfect mountain scenes” where everything is composed so perfectly and there is a defined focal point. Unfortunately most of them have been exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful scenes of mountains and waterfalls… but going forward I’d like to make a conscious and very intentional effort to photograph these places differently. But.. actually do that! You hear people say they are finding the “true beauty” of a place or “shooting it in a way that is different from everyone else”. But I see the same thing over and over. I see a billion photos of the same place (100% guilty, myself) with the beautiful sky everything HDRed… all taken from a spot you can drive your car right up to. There’s no adventure there. That’s not really what you saw. That isn’t how you’ll get a unique and original shot. This goes for lots of places. It’s more of a criticism I have for myself, but also motivation to get more shots like the one above. Because before I snapped this photo, I had never seen one like it. This is proof that those spots are out there. They just take a little bit more effort to get to. And I love that. I love photographs that have stories behind them. Photographs that you can look at and feel proud of what you did to get that vantage point or to get that lighting or to see that spot in certain conditions. Even if no one else realizes you had to put on a wetsuit and freeze your ass off in 40* water while it’s snowing outside or whatever. I appreciate the photos that aren’t planned. That just happened because you put yourself out there. You were in the right place at the right time. Because you took a chance.