We are pleased to once again have Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem from Awake The Light as our guest bloggers!
There is no question that the pursuit of photography is a grand adventure. We are all on the same journey: chasing the light, creating artistic extensions of our vision, crafting our images to the best of our ability, experiencing those rare and special gifts Mother Nature bestows.
The art of photography is unique. There are those who claim it is not a true art, that the image is manufactured by the camera and, most recently, the computer. While it is true that it is a technical art, the camera is simply a tool, an extension of our creative spirit. The camera is a lifeless, mechanical, but highly technical machine capable of capturing light via light-sensitive receptors, either via a film emulsion or a sensor. It does not produce any art. It only records the light.
The art of photography is produced by the photographic artist, YOU. You are unique. You view the world differently than all others. Your perception of luminance and color are distinctly different than your peers. Your sense of order, or lack thereof, is singular. All of the experiences that have fashioned you into the adult of today will influence your photography, your art. Embrace it. Use your assets to your best advantage with respect to creating images. It is important to know and understand the principles of composition and the components of good photography, but it is equally important to know yourself and be able to express your unique personality through the medium of photography.
This image, taken in Upper Antelope Canyon outside of Page, Arizona, is my artistic impression of a sacred Navajo site. Whenever I am in the canyon, I am in awe of the power and beauty of Mother Nature, and my hope is that my images contain some measure of the feelings that I experienced when there. The harsh, exterior sunlight filters down from a narrow slot high above and gets transformed deep in the heart of the canyon. The warm tones of the sandstone come alive and speak loudly to any who are still enough to listen. The ray of light is invisible until the wind people carry the dust of the ancients upward to the light.
Our group was behind me working a different curve. I rounded the corner and was gifted this scene. I was prepared for this chance encounter. The camera was already on my tripod and was pre-set with an ISO of 200 and an f/stop of 22. The intensity of the light would dictate the shutter speed. Since I was tripod mounted, the shutter speed was inconsequential. Had I not been prepared to quickly capture the scene, it would have vanished into my memory without being recorded. All I had to do was quickly compose the shot and focus the lens. Mother Nature had done all the rest. It was indeed a sublime endowment.
We wish you many gifts along your photographic journey. May you delight in the odyssey and know that the object is not in the final destination, but in the enjoyment you experience along the way.
Technical Data: Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec. Aperture Setting: f/22. Exposure Compensation: -1 EV. ISO 200. Lens: Canon 17-40mm at 40mm. Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III. Tripod: Gitzo with Arca-Swiss Monoball Head.