photography from the ground up

I Dream Of Endless Wilderness

I spend a lot of time these days in one of several badlands in the San Juan Basin. These images are from a tour I led recently in the Bisti Wilderness. I normally take a tripod whenever I go out photographing, but recently I have been leaving it at home when I lead tours.


The main reason is that I want to be able to devote my time to my clients and the time involved with setting up my tripod every time I make an image is a distraction.


Also, shooting handheld puts me in another frame of mind, one where I have more freedom to shoot from the hip. I think it also has an an positive effect on my creative vision.


At one point, I saw my client down in the rocks looking around for a shot and was able to capture this image of him processing the scene. If I had to fiddle with my tripod, I doubt the image would be as spontaneous.


I’ve also found that I make images that I would normally pass up. This one is an example; at first glance, I wasn’t really that impressed by this scene, but, I did like the cracks in the foreground. I’m glad I decided to make this photo, after spending time processing the image, it’s grown on me.


This petrified log is half exposed in a small wash in a remote section of the Bisti Wilderness. There are several other relatively large logs in this same area. Actually, I’ve taken this photo before, but I like the light much better in this version.


As we were packing up to leave in the parking area, this group of riders approached us. I called them over and we shared some water with them, then they posed with their horses.


It was a fitting end to the tour and my clients were overjoyed.

17 responses

  1. Wonderful set of images Jim-glorious skies too. Bet they’d translate beautifully in B&W


    August 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  2. I always love looking at your work, but I love these especially, whether that is vindication of leaving the tripod behind I can’t say 🙂 But I’ve enjoyed them more than usually even.


    August 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  3. Beautiful landscapes – love your work, from the ground up!


    August 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

  4. blackice713

    Nice perceptive shot


    August 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

  5. What a lot of beautiful photo’s.I like them a lot.What a wonderful place.


    August 22, 2013 at 4:31 am

  6. An amazing landscape with amazing pictures Jim. Stunning.


    August 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

  7. loved those different shapes 🙂


    August 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

  8. Fantastic landscape and incredibly captured!


    September 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  9. I loved the landscape, mountains with hats on or are they escaped aliens hiding out from their abusive leader?
    Love your photos of the riders, and their horses. They looked happy.


    September 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

  10. Amazing photos, So much vivid shades. Always wondered though about those spikes with the rock on top, wonder if they ever fall off lol 🙂


    September 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  11. superb photo’s


    November 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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