Maintaining a Creative Mindset

Maintaining a Creative Mindset

  Lately, I have been focused more on taking photos with my drone than I have with my DSLR. My most recent photos with the drone are actually the result of a landscape I photographed last month. While both photos are from the same general vicinity, they are very different. The first photo is one you may remember if you read one of my earlier blog posts. It was taken on a rainy and foggy afternoon in which the conditions were perfect for creating a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Here is that photo: I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if viewed from a different perspective. I made my way back to the forest this past weekend and composed the below two images. The first one (the opening photo in this blog) includes the road that runs through the park. I really liked how the trees allowed for a partly obscured view, but still created a sense of mystery by letting the mind wonder what animals or flora / fauna could be thriving underneath the canopy. The second photo was just a simple abstract in my mind, and I really just enjoy looking at the redwoods from above rather than below in this instance. I feel like I have succeeded in sharing two drastically different perspectives of the same subject, yet they both have many...
Year End Trip to Death Valley

Year End Trip to Death Valley

Death Valley is one of my favorite National Parks to visit for a number of reasons. Its beauty and remoteness is one reason, but the diversity of things to photograph is what keeps me coming back. Realizing that it had been over a year since my last visit, I planned a 4 day weekend road trip down to the desert. I left early on a Friday morning, and began the long 8 hour drive. The drive was uneventful and smooth sailing until I was about one hour away from my destination. It was at this point that I realized that I had forgotten my tripod. After all of the planning and packing that went into a 4 day photography trip, I had forgotten the one tool that would allow me to take photos at sunrise, sunset, and after dark. If you have ever experienced that sinking feeling, that is how I felt. I immediately pulled over on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, and attempted to make a call home. No signal… I continued to drive, eyeing my phone until two bars appeared, in a seemingly even more remote location, and I eased my way onto the gravel shoulder of the lonely road. After making a few phone calls, I was able to connect with someone who was able to help me. Fortunately, after about an hour of brainstorming, it was decided that Fedexing my tripod overnight to Las Vegas would be the best possible solution. I continued on my way to Death Valley knowing that I had some extra mileage to put on the...