As a student of Kit Frost’s 2014 Monument Valley Workshop, I was very impressed with the entire experience. Having been an amateur photographer for over 40 years, I had never attended a photography workshop and had yet to explore the Utah Southwest. Kit was an extremely capable teacher / mentor and has a unique way of connecting with individual students to help instill their own unique way of seeing the world and capturing their vision within their own photographs.
Aside from her technical knowledge and her ability to capture amazing images, Kit was able to help me “feel” the geography and connect with the natural world in which we were situated. Her personable style and excellent communication skills then helped me to capture imagery that was forming in my mind.
Peek-a-Boo ©Tom Fulton
Mesa Light ©Tom Fulton
Golden Massif ©Tom Fulton
Golden Totem ©Tom Fulton
Ancient Ones ©Tom Fulton
Room with a View ©Tom Fulton
Distant Shadows ©Tom Fulton
Elephant Toes ©Tom Fulton
Teeter Totter ©Tom Fulton
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While I have always felt I was a reasonably accomplished photographer, Kit taught me to see with light and “paint” my compositions with light and shadow in a way that elevated the final images to a level I had only hoped to achieve.
Friends and family have been astounded with the quality and composition of the images I made at the workshop and I am so very pleased with what I gained over the four days. I am looking at local scenes and geography much differently now. “Chasing the Light” has become much more than a catch-phrase, it has become a way of interpreting what I am seeing in everyday life and imagining how those scenes can be captured within the camera. Thank you Kit for opening my eyes to the light. My photography will never be the same. Tom Fulton, 2014
We returned recently from our 2014 Monument Valley Photo Workshop. And wow, the photo opportunities were awesome. Although the spring winds in Utah and Arizona were sometimes epic, we explored locations to teach the participants composition, right place-right time, cloud shadows as subject, avoiding the “cliche” in a well-photographed environment too.
Our locations included multiple views of the San Juan River as it flowed through the canyons of Utah. We made photographs using wide-angle lenses to capture the expansiveness of the Goosenecks of the San Juan, ate lunch at river level at the Sand Island Recreation Area, and photographed the big views from up on Muley Point to see the next level of the canyons and the tiny river cutting through.
iPhoneography, we hiked down from the Goosenecks overlook to get a better vantage point. ©Kit Frost
We photographed with our iPhones, Smartphones, DSLR’s, and Point and Shoot Cameras. And uploaded images to Instagram.
A mix of moments from our workshop. Monument Valley
Lesson: Find an interesting foreground. Lead the viewer through the frame. ©Kit Frost
Lesson: Create a framing of positive and negative space to make a new image of a classic subject. ©Kit Frost
Monument Valley has been the backdrop of many movies, from Stagecoach to Thelma and Louise. It takes some imagination to create images that are “different”. We were blessed with clouds (and blown by winds) so we could use the sky in our images too.
Working with what is presented to us is very important in Workshop Photography. We cannot control the subject or the sky or the wind or the crowds. We CAN work with these elements to create images that are unique.
Keep coming back, as we will add more images as the participants submit them for this blog.
Lesson: Use shadows to create positive and negative space in the big scene. See if you can find a shape that matches the distant scene. ©Kit Frost
And just in case you think I’m kidding about the Epic winds. John Ford’s Point was so windy, that we dared not take our DSLR’s out of the car. Here’s a link to our You Tube video. And another short clip Here.