Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Day 3 (Monday's Blog posted Wednesday)

I learned something about myself today. I learned that as much as I would like to take really good classic photographs, I don’t want to do it with a crowd. I would rather discover something new on my own.

I woke early to get to a great photo location this morning. But, alas the skies were gray. I found the location and there were already 10 cars there and a flock of tripods set up in ‘the perfect spot’. I was late and not too eager to join them. I think hobby photography must be a bit like combat fishing in Alaska. You just have to get in there close and hope that your lens gets a great shot no matter how many others are at your elbow. My problem is that it isn’t a unique shot and there was very little creativity in composition. So I drove on toward Yellowstone. I did have to stop for a reflection shot or two. The fall colors and still water were too much to pass up.

On my journey through Yellowstone I stopped quite a lot, was a little more discriminate on my photos than yesterday, and just kept my eyes open for cool things. This really is a beautiful place! Just about every other corner was a ‘wow’ or ‘beautiful’ or ‘amazing’. The weather didn’t cooperate today. The clouds stayed and about 1pm it started raining and rained the rest of the day. I still saw some cool things, but was less likely to get the camera out in the rain.

Tonight I am in Cooke City, Montana, just outside the northeast gate of Yellowstone. No wireless internet tonight, so I will have to find a hotspot in Billings in the morning.


Anonymous said...

I have to tell you a little secret about your niece Kelli. She loves the calenders with your pictures on it. The photos on this posting reminded me of that. I think they are some of the best I have seen.

Anyway every day Kelli takes a different month (picture) and hangs it under her door for the day. With Daniel around lately it doesn't stay up for very long, but it is still her picture and she will tell you all about it if you ask. (along with how Larry Boy, of veggie tales, is involved in the picture)

From time to time, about once a day, you will find her in her room with the door closed playing with pictures, books or her dolls. It reminds me of someone else I know.

Give everyone a hug for us.


Anonymous said...

So should we call the hot spots for photograpy a combat sport? How early do you think some of the people were there to be lined up just right for a picture of mountains that are 20 miles away?

You could take classic photography of beautiful places, just take them from a different angle, say, from the side. Or learn to fly and take them looking down from above (like your feet shot). Or take them as back drops to little flowers or rocks in the forground... Oh, wait, you already do that bit with the flowers :) And it doesn't matter if you picture is very similar to others, it is special to you because of the MEMORIES that you created when taking them!

Happy trails, and keep shooting those beautiful "Carrie creative" shots!