My Epson Moment (Almost)

Late last year I got a mailing from Epson regarding their Signature Worthy line of photographic and fine art papers.  I throw most advertising into the circular file, but I always look at the Epson mailings because they inevitably feature a really fine cover photograph. This particular mailing caught my eye; it was a black & white photograph entitled Bonsai Rock by Elizabeth Carmel.  What attracted me the most to that image was the fact that I had taken a very similar image at Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park last year and had finished it in a very similar manner with every intention of printing it on Epson’s Exhibition Fiber paper. My image is below.  If you are interested in Elizabeth’s image, click on her name above. _DSC4225 Gallery

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Evolution Takes Time …

Exactly one year ago I was in Olympic National Park on a workshop led by Ian Plant and Kurt Budliger. On the last full day of the workshop we went to the Sol Duc Rain Forest. It rained throughout the shoot, but to me the location and the light were magic. We hiked about a half mile into the forest to a location featuring a very full stream that fed into the Sol Duc River.  While most of the others immediately gravitated to the stream and its photogenic cascades, I concentrated on photographing the trees of the forest.  The late morning light was very diffused and even, and a mist was hanging in the forest which gave the whole scene a sense of depth that I have not often found in the forests back home in the east.  Below are three photographs from that morning’s shoot.

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So, why have I taken so long to show these images?  Well, my excuse is that I was really pretty disappointed in them when I initially processed them – they didn’t seem to convey what I saw and felt in the Sol Duc.  They were okay, but not quite what I was looking for at the time.

Scroll forward to late March of this year and look at the images in my last post, specifically the one of Hidden Lake in the snow. After processing that particular image, something told me to go back and look at my Sol Duc images again.  This time they spoke to me, and I knew it had become time to share them with others.  It occurred to me also that my way of seeing and photographing the world has been evolving and that the reason I was so uncomfortable with these images last year was that I had not yet realized that my vision had, in fact, evolved. Now I need to go back and see if there are any other signs that I have missed along the way.

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