photography from the ground up

Stepping Out Of My Box

When I go on a photo expedition or lead a tour, I take two cameras and all the lenses I could possibly need, all packed into my Lowepro AW 300 Trekker backpack with my tripod strapped to the outside. It’s a load and can sometimes become a bit much after trekking through the desert all day. But, I do it because I know I’ll have whatever I need to capture the images that I see.

Recently, I flew to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my lovely daughter Lauren. The baggage and carry-on restrictions prevented me from bringing along all of my gear, so I made the trip with one camera, two lenses, and a flash packed into a shoulder bag. As a result, I was forced to look at my photography in a whole new way, and I am quite pleased with the images I brought home.

I made this portrait of Lauren on one of our early morning dog walks. If you knew Lauren as I do, you would also know that this is the perfect setting for a portrait of her.

I made this image at Lake Mendota, the bigger of the two lakes which border Madison on the north and south. This gull was walking up and down the pier like a miniature Charley Chaplin. It was pretty comical and I made close to forty exposures of him, but when he stopped and looked over the edge, he provided the perfect counterpoint to the fisherman.

Believe it or not, this image was made in one of Madison’s many dog parks. This one has its own wetlands complete with a green heron. Luckily, I spotted the bird before Lauren’s dog did.

This last image is of a lotus flower and lily pads in the Japanese Garden at House On The Rock in southwestern Wisconsin. House On The Rock is an amazing place and deserves more than just a nod in a photography blog. If you’re ever in that part of the world, I highly recommend the tour.

So, aside from spending a wonderful week with one of my favorite people, this trip also forced me to look at my work in a different way. Art, like anything else in life, needs to evolve; otherwise it stagnates and looses its appeal.

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11 responses

  1. My kit is limited to camera and lens so I’m managing with a Lowepro AW 55 case alone.. I looked at backpacks but imagine once you go down that route, you expand to fill the space you have and before you know it, your lugging round a ton of weight. I like travelling light. 🙂

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    September 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • I like the idea of travelling light, but I don’t like the idea of being out there and not having what I need to fulfill my vision. It’s a trade off. On this trip, I made do and it forced/helped me to look at things in a different light.

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      September 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

      • Take your point Jim.

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        September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

  2. harleybird

    Morning glories! I have tons of different colors at my house and I love em so much I let em grow wild. Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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    September 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  3. different and nice 🙂

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    September 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

  4. Nice set of photos. I like the lines in the seagull/fisherman photo.

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    September 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

  5. It is beautiful.

    The portrait of Lauren is a delight

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    September 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

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