This year I retired from my day job. Don’t get me wrong, I work, it’s just no longer for “da man”. Instead I continue to be the Director of Chase the Light Photography in Durango. I teach private and group photography lessons in my studio as well as on location. In the studio I teach digital camera instruction as well as Adobe Lightroom post production and digital video. In the field, we have been out to photograph Fall Colors, Grand and Intimate Landscapes, Zion National Park. I have made some personal excursions to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico and to the Valley of the Gods, Utah.
Inspiration is everywhere. Locations in the Southwest USA
Every fall I get the internal tug to “get out and stay out”. During September you can find me teaching Aspen Photography lessons in the Mountains of Colorado. Here are a few examples of location photography near Ouray and Ridgway.
Location: Ghost Ranch
Abiquiu, New Mexico is home to amazing landscape, and known as the location for many of Georgia O’keeffe paintings and her home at Ghost Ranch. While at
Ghost Ranch I felt like I was in an O’Keeffe painting. I was gifted with a week of oil painting lessons, and while I explored the genre of painting, I also hiked, biked, and photographed. Inspired by the land, seduced by the color and light, I can see why artists flock to New Mexico.
Location: Zion National Park
From October 26 through November 8, I was in Zion National Park. I love Zion. Artistically as muse for me, the park is accessible, stunning and grand. There are opportunities for easy, moderate and strenuous hikes. The shuttle system is wonderful and as a tourist as well as artist, being able to hop off and on at will is great. My only complaint is that during my visit I had to change campsites three times. Their online reservation system is used by lots of folks and it takes time and effort to move that many times in one visit. I will try to book my fall Zion travel early and get a single campground (there’s a 6 month reservation window).
Some of my favorite locations were challenging to photograph this year. I prefer stormy skies to boring bluebird skies. Changeable light is my favorite as is the intimacy of hiking and biking along the trails, stopping for image making.
Here’s a video sequence of some of my photos from Zion National Park, 2014.