Inspiration. We all need it. No matter what we do for a living, a lack of inspiration can leave one feeling a bit empty, creatively speaking. I have some close friends who shoot for themselves constantly. I don’t do it nearly enough. So, with a little coaxing from my buddy Parker J Pfister, I decided to join him on a little roadtrip after WPPI in Vegas in February. Yep, February. It’s taken me a little while to post these….
After a long week teaching in Vegas, Parker drove us out of Vegas, and into Mt. Zion National Park, through Bryce Canyon, down into Antelope Canyon, and out through Monument Valley…. all in 3 days. It certainly wasn’t nearly enough time, but we had a blast.
What was clearly different for me was the need to slow down. I’m so quick to anticipate and react to moments while shooting weddings and events. There’s so much more to landscape work than good light and proper exposures. The need for ND filters, long, long exposures, finding the sweet spot for lenses, and perhaps most of all, patience- of which I have none.
If your not familiar with Parker J, he’s the single most gifted photographer I know. He can shoot anything… literally anything. What pisses me off is that he’s phenomenal at everything too. I learned a bunch about Landscape photographer just hanging with him for those few days. It’s quite a bit different than shooting people. Here’s my first attempt at shooting this kind of stuff. I need to point out that Parker did ALL the processing of these images. His stuff from this trip was mindblowing. I can’t wait to do it again!
For the Geeks- All of these were shot with a Nikon D800 with a bunch of G glass.