The Whole Story

Over the years when I was in the field creating images, I saw a lot of photographers come to an interesting location, scene or subject, make an image or two of what I assume they thought was the best angle, and move on.

Even when we were all shooting expensive films I never quite understood that behavior. Digital shooting should make everyone willing to make several images of any worthwhile subject.

I generally began any day of photography early in the a.m. Especially when I thought there would be new snow or frost. A great beginning with a nice subject, but hardly the whole story.

Notice how the sun disapeared shorty after I began. This left me with a beautiful but stark and cold mood in my images.

I was on my way home from some image making one time when I saw the sky fill with some unusual clouds. Edge to edge clouds with just enough light peaking through to give dimension and show pattern.

I waited a few moments and there appeared a break in the clouds and a blue sky to boot. The combination, make for useful contrasts.

It often pays to wait, and the best way to wait, at least for me, is to keep shooting until something changes.

One day I stopped to photograph a portion of an autumn forest, beginning with large sections, and then working my way down to some of the prettiest single trees in the forest. I was getting ready to leave, and then I looked down. I found some beautiful dew soaked leaves. Then I began searching for single, fallen leaves. There were “diamonds” beneath my feet all of the time.

I think everybody with a camera wants more than one photo of wild animals when they see them. We are a closer cousin to them then skies or plants.

I was high up in the Rocky Mts. When I found these two young Yellow-bellied Marmots playing. No photographer, at least none that I have ever met, would leave this scene of wild animals at play after only one picture. They (the marmots) were completely unimpressed with my presence. I couldn’t have been happier,

I leave you with a simple three shot sequence of the sun rising over Lake Michigan and more. The more was the moon in the opposite direction. It was all a part of the same story.

Notice how my big telephoto lens caused the “gassy” rays of the rising sun to bend around the edges. The moon, which is an actual celestial body, in other words a solid, has a distinct edge coming in a perfect circle.

“The stories of nature, are best told through sequential imagery. What happens or how things change, one step at a time. Photographers are as much story tellers, as are writers. The real fun is to cross disciplines and do both.

“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and they that lack the beginning have neither a middle or an end.”
John Bunyan

God Bless and see ya next time,

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