I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams. As a matter of fact, in High School we were given and artist emulation assignment where we were to photograph something like a great photographer of the past. Whether it was irony or fate, I have yet to determine; my teacher assigned me to Ansel Adams. At first, I thought he just had a funny name, but then I analyzed his work and realized he was a true master of the craft. Needless to say, emulating his style was not an easy task for a High School student.
Category: ON1 Inspiration
Hi everyone! It’s great to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to ON1 for having me back. For those that don’t know me, I’m a landscape photographer and photo educator based in San Diego, California. The photo I chose for this installment of ON1 Inspiration is a reminder to me to make the time for my photography.
It’s so important for photographers to have a good grasp of what ideal conditions are for the type of photography you are setting out to create. When I’m heading to a waterfall, all I can think about is having a socked in, overcast, grey sky with a little rain. As far as I’m concerned, that’s some of the best shooting conditions for my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and when those conditions are present during a shoot, I am completely in my element.
One and a half miles, climbing 300 feet, in the darkness, with nothing but headlamps. Only one out of the twelve of us knew what to expect at the top. We were worried about bears, and moose and wolves. But we were in a group, so it was ok.
Admittedly, I don’t visit my family back in New York City nearly as often as I’d like to. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know, half a year has gone by. So, when I do get the opportunity to visit, I want to make the most of the time I have with them. Recently, I was able to fly out to NYC for a few days of downtime. On one of those days, my sister and I spent all of it roaming around various parts of downtown Brooklyn, which was a wonderful change of pace seeing as we normally default to visiting Manhattan.
The digital age of photography has brought with it plenty of amazing advances in technology that have made our lives as photographers easier. Autofocus systems are better and much more accurate then they have ever been before, the dynamic range found in my full frame Sony a7R II nearly rivals medium format cameras and the ISO sensitivity of sensors these days is leaps and bounds ahead of anything we had just five years ago. However not all changes into the world of digital have been positive.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited Little Zig Zag Falls, located near the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon. On one hand, the winding trail and creek that leads you from the parking area to the waterfall is absolutely stunning.
Seascapes are my passion. I simply cannot get enough of the ocean. It’s a safe bet that when I’m out with my camera, I am wandering along a stretch of coastline. Living in San Diego affords me a year round supply of sand, sky and surf. And I take advantage of that for sure!
Of all the places I’ve photographed and all the extreme weather conditions I’ve been in, I never would have guessed that one of the most challenging locales to create photos in would be an ice cave in Iceland. I had the good fortune to photograph a handful of ice caves during my very first trip there and, next to seeing the northern lights for the first time, this was something I was most excited for.
Since my first trip to the Big Island in 2010, I’ve been itching to visit Kauai after hearing story after story of its beauty and ruggedness. It wasn’t until last week that I was able to finally make it over there after leading a photography workshop on the Big Island.
If you’ve followed my work over the past seven or eight years, you’d undoubtedly recall my obsession with HDR and tone-mapping. It became such an ingrained part of my workflow, that I eventually forgot the reasons why tone-mapping was so important to begin with. I just bracketed the hell out of everything without question and, as a result, a huge chunk of my storage container being used to house all those files.
Iceland is one of those “dream” locations for photographers. Beautiful waterfalls, scenic vistas, and, in the summertime, daylight that never ends. I finally had the opportunity to visit Iceland last year with my husband, Brian, and was excited at the possibility of a sunset that lasted for hours!
If you were a betting person, it’d be safe to place your bet that I’d always go for a photo that has no one else in it. It’s just who I am as a photographer and I’ve learned to embrace that, making it a part of my brand. However, as a photographer, I want to ensure that I leave myself room to grow and expand. Doing so increases my likelihood of broadening my capabilities and reach. It also helps me in my pursuit of creating unique photos.
If you’ve even remotely followed my work over the years, you probably know that I hardly ever photograph people of any age. I think it has a lot to do with photography being a very internalized process for me. Any instructions needed to be given are done for me, to me, and by me all within my mind.
Horseback riding is in my blood, it always has been. My grandfather owned a horse farm when I was growing up, where I first learned to ride. My mother loved riding when she was a girl and spent many summers galloping bareback through apple orchards. Even my father, who spent many years disliking horses, ended up becoming a horseback rider. There are some things we’re given by our families, and my love of horses is definitely one of them.