We finally got a decent amount of snow this year, so I decided to take a trip into my front yard (AKA The bog). I love the juxtaposition and contrast between the snow and sun. The trees helped create an enchanting effect with light streaks that seemed to spotlight my path throughout the forest. Despite my distaste for snow, it really does creates amazing photo oportunities. Check out the gallery below to see what I'm talking about!
My local surroundings have been fueling my creative drive lately . The fresh and exhilarating moments found in the serene landscapes of the lower mainland give me a feeling of euphoria when it's just me and my camera. My favorite moments are when I have nothing else to do on a weekday afternoon and I get a chance out of my busy schedule to take a drive with no expectations. In having no particular expectations, I find that I take my favorite photographs. I have nothing to live up to or abide by. All I have to do is open to my eyes to the landscape and take it in.
If you live in Delta you might have noticed a new little road that connects hwy 1 to Tsawwassen. And if you really know what I mean, then you'll realize that this new little road is actually HUGE and is a tremendous improvement to the infrastructure in the local community. One thing that this road (hwy 17) means to me though, is the new opportunities for locations to photograph. It allows easy access into the large unscathed end of Burns Bog, as well as a plethora of industrial activity which is also very interesting to document. After visiting a part of hwy 17 earlier this morning to catch the sunrise, I realized that this may be one of my favorite routes to photograph for the next little while. I challenge you to try out the new route and see if anything inspires you. Just be careful of all those big trucks passing you by on the highway though ;)
The photo below is a perfect example of untouched natural beauty that is Burns Bog.
I couldn't help myself, I have a fixation of photographing Mt. Baker.
Maybe because it's easy, or inspiring, or unique, or maybe it's just beautiful no matter where you're at. My parents have always took notice of this monstrous mountain viewable in so many different locations in the lower mainland. They've always made sure to voice their opinion over the years on how beautiful it is every time they see it. Now that I'm older/ a photographer/ not some snot nosed kid, I finally realized what they've been talking about. It's amazing how photographing this mountain can keep up it's continuity no matter where you view it. The two bottom photos were taken about 90km apart from each other, but somehow Mt. Baker still maintains it's dominance.
The top photo was taken using a Canon 7D with a EF 70-200 2.8 lens while the bottom photo was taken using a Canon 5D MK II with a Nikon 300mm 4.5 lens.
Lately I’ve been drawn to natural light and landscapes. Looking for places that pull my subconscious in and tell a story through organic and unplanned moments in time. I used to always be inspired by rural environments but fell away from that style of photography as I focused more on portrait and event work. Now going back to my first love, I feel like I am seeing it all for the first time again. I've been trying to challenge myself now by looking for the natural light and positioning myself to find how to best utilize it.
For me, it is exploring interesting subject matter and moments through my lens and camera. Some days though, no matter how hard you try or want those moments to happen, they never cease to exist exactly how you envisioned it.
This morning I woke up at 6:30am, drove for over an hour and waited for 45 minutes to try and capture what I wanted. With no luck from the weather, I was hooped. But despite that failure, I still felt accomplished from the commitment I have to my craft and the solo photo adventure I was having alone.
Lately, my mantra has been to never leave a photo exploration without leaving with one image that I felt connected to. The photo below is my struggle for a perfect moment, despite the lack of ideal weather conditions.