The Death Valley Photography Workshop of 2015 is ‘in the can.’ We had a great time and were treated to some very special weather, something photographers always seek and are thrilled when it happens. And, unlike vacationers, very special weather is not clear skies and balmy temperatures. We started the workshop with rain and snow above 5000’. It was beautiful and the desert smelled so good. Combined with the great weather was an eager, enthusiastic and motivated group. We had a great time and you can’t ask for more than that.
I want to share a few highlights of the workshop with you.
Day 1 – Sunday
The storm Sunday night and into Monday created exciting skies. We drove up to Ubehebe Crater Sunday afternoon for ‘sunset,’ although the sun was hidden behind the clouds. My favorite photograph is an abstract of the crater bottom that was rendered best in black and white.
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The results are in and you have selected your favorite photographs of 2012. Before presenting the results let me just say how much I appreciate the input from everyone that participated. This has been an exciting experience for me and I hope you had fun.
So, on to the results. There were eight photographs in the final runoff. They were the top two of their categories – California Deserts, Big Sur, Eastern Sierra and Zion National Park. So each one is a winner in it’s own right.
Let’s start with number 8 – Sunrise, North Lake.
North Lake is in the Eastern Sierra just outside the town of Bishop,, California. It is one of three lakes that are up Bishop Creek. North Lake sets itself apart from the other two (Sebrina and South Lakes) in that it is naturel. Besides being the smallest there is no dam to back up water and generate electricity. The only development is a pack station at its head. And there’s a rustic campsite upstream a little ways. I always return to this same location because of the boulders in the foreground, the soft grasses and the snag in the middle ground. The colors at sunrise are magnificent with the cool blues and greens that are still in the shade and the bright warm morning light on the peak in the back. I get a strong feeling that all is well with the world when I’m there.
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We are choosing the best Ralph Nordstrom Photography photograph of 2012, or, more precisely, you are. We’re running a series of surveys, selecting the best photograph from each of five areas where we did workshops – Death Valley and Joshua Tree (collectively the California Deserts), Eastern Sierra, Big Sur, Zion and Bryce Canyon.
The first survey covered the California Deserts. And the results are in. But before presenting them I’d like to give you an opportunity to weigh in on the second survey – the incomparable Eastern Sierra. We were there in early June which is summer in the Owens Valley but still spring up in the mountains. There are six photographs to choose from and the survey will only take a couple of minutes. So click the link below and share your opinion.
Select the Best Eastern Sierra Photograph of 2012
OK, now let’s turn to the results of the California Deserts survey. There were four photographs, two from Death Valley and two from Joshua Tree.
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“This photograph speaks to me.”
The photographs that have a strong impact on us speak to us. The photographer has created an image that moves us. Did he or she have something in mind when making the photograph? Probably so. Strong images just don’t happen by accident.
As one grows as a photographer one’s vision becomes clearer. One begins to discover who they are and what they have to say. And as one’s technical and aesthetic skills develop, skills used in both the field and the darkroom, one’s ability to express their vision becomes stronger.
The artist’s vision is an important element of their art. The clearer an artist is on what his or her vision is the more expressive their art becomes.
If you’re not clear on what your vision is, live with your photographs. Become aware of what you associate with them, what stories they are telling you, how they make you feel. And as your vision emerges nurture it, strengthen it, let it speak through you and your art. And then your photographs will also speak to others.
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