Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers. This year is rapidly coming to a close and I just wanted to express my appreciation to all my followers and fans of my work. It is certainly worth being thankful for what talents I am able to communicate in my photography. While my work is intrinsically rewarding, I do also get great pleasure in your comments and knowing I have been somewhat successful in communication my artistic vision to others through my photography.
If you are in the Kansas City area, I hope you will drop by my Black and White exhibit at the Harris-Kearney House Museum on Saturday 1st, 5:30 – 7:30 for a wine and cheese reception for the exhibit. I will be there to discuss my work and would be honored to meet and spend time with you. The museum is located at 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64111
With Christmas now only weeks away, you might consider one of my workshops coming up in 2019 as a gift for one of your photog friends. The link below will provide details. I’m also excited to announce that now partnering with me on many of my workshops is famed photographer and Visual Wilderness Team contributor, Jane Palmer . Beyond being a wonderful photographer, Jane brings to the mix an expansive photography background and skill set. Her talent is manifest in her diverse works as an underwater, macro, nature and landscape photographer. Equally evident is her burning desire to share her knowledge with other photographers. Jane and I are committed to take your workshop experience to the next level. Our workshops are not just a photo tour, but rather a comprehensive program designed to elevate your skills as a photographer, as well as helping you come away from your workshop experience with memorable images, elevated skills, and new friends. This is our vision and purpose as we look forward to working with you.
During my recent Missouri Ozark workshop I took the group to a lesser known shut-in along the Ozark Trail between Rocky Falls and Klepzig Mill. It was not a long hike, about a half mile off the main road, crossing a couple light marshy areas through some pines and scattered hardwoods. Soon we had to ascend a rather rocky path, not difficult, but still requiring mindful placement of feet due to wet rock surfaces resulting from rain the night before. It was early morning. In fact it was necessary to delay the start of our hike slightly so as to avoid the need for headlamps. There was no wind and the previous nights rain dampened not only the ground but any sounds in the forest, all now still and quite except for the sound of Little Rocky Creek as we came closer to our destination.
At the top of our ascent we came upon a small clearing exposing access the these small shut-ins. The morning fog and subtle light offered some fantastic shooting conditions. Only having an hour at this site we had to quickly engage our creative processes to come away with memorable images. The mode, colors of the ryolite boulders, the morning fog, early light, and subtle budding fall colors helped reward our efforts.
I have made several trips to the Columbia River Gorge area over the past few years. This beautiful stretch along Scenic Hwy 30 just East of Portland, Oregon has been a beautiful treasure for hikers, photographers, nature lovers, and tourist for years. Unfortunately, due to extremely careless actions of one or several young teens, reportedly setting off fireworks near Punch Bowl Falls, this area will likely never be the same. Over 33, 000 acres had burned at one count. If you have ever been to this beautiful area and are familiar with some of the beautiful waterfalls and their locations in the Gorge, you can’t help but be devastated and heartbroken as you view some of the fire images.
Fortunately, no lives were lost but 3 homes burned and local business which rely on tourism will likely be devastated as many consider revising vacation plans. Even I had planned a photography workshop in the Gorge for 2018, which is now on hold indefinitely. Undoubtedly, the Eagle Creek fire will cost us all in terms of the loss of some beautiful areas to explore and photograph, but the local economy and small businesses that depend on visitors will likely suffer as well.
I read one opinion that the teens in question are not to blame. Rather, it is global warming, logging and capitalism at fault. Really????? Now I have no desire to rehash arguments, pro or con, about global warming. As far a logging, there is not logging in the Gorge and logging as an industry in Oregon has been greatly reduced over the years due to environmental issues. No, the cause and blame is clear: the carelessness and insensitivity of young kids, who maybe lacked proper guidance or mentoring from adults in their lives. But it goes beyond that. In recent months we have heard of even adults who clearly were aware of their actions, being prosecuted for defacing landmarks in national parks. In some cases actions like these are irresponsible careless acts and in other cases deliberate criminal acts. Either way we must do more to educate our young to preserve and protect the beautiful natural resources we have the good fortune to enjoy. I am 66 years old and will likely never see again see the beauty of the Gorge as I remembered this past Spring.
Went to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City several nights back. Thought I would try to capture something with the Christmas lights for a card. Spent some time with a fellow photographer checking out a few possible locations for a nice sunset over the Plaza. Unfortunately, the previously predicted 24% sky cover did not materialize. Such conditions could have provided the elements for a really nice sunset. But a cloudless sky is all we ultimately had to work with. After chalking it up to little more than a scouting mission, we grabbed a few shots and my fellow photographer friend decided he should call it a night. I too figured I would capture a few more and head home. As I walked a few blocks I noticed another photographer at a corner deeply involved in his work. As I approached I saw he was photographing through a clear crystal ball. I introduced myself and listened as he explained what he was doing and he then graciously offered me the opportunity the try a few shots through what was like a giant raindrop. Of course the image appeared upside down but that would easily be corrected in post processing. It was different and certainly produced a unique image for this year’s Christmas card.
Merry Christmas to all my photography fans and friends