Over time, I have been to many photographic workshops that I have really enjoyed. But several years ago I went one that was was the only workshop that I did not like attending. And the reason for that helped me to understand a bit about my photographic ‘personality’.
This particular workshop was about five or six days in duration, and during that time we photographed at Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley, and Canyon De Chelle. What could be bad? Well nothing really, as long as you like moving from spot to spot fairly rapidly and are OK with ending up being at some prime spots during the bright afternoons when conditions for photographing are not optimal. It made me realize that my photographic ‘personality’ is to move slowly and take in all the nuances of a location; to steep myself in the feel of a place and photograph it under many conditions and times. I would much rather have spent the entire week, or at least half a week, at one of those locations and gone back to multiple areas within it for sunrise and sunset and to get an opportunity to explore it more fully rather than get the classic roadside shots that have made the locations famous for being a photographer’s paradise.
Please understand, I am not complaining about or denigrating this particular workshop. I am just talking about how participating in it made me realize more about my personal photographic technique. Not that it’s always good. I often do need someone to push me along a bit, lest I not move for hours to see what is around the bend. But it is the way I am most comfortable working. Others like to shoot and run, and that works for them. But I do think it is helpful to understand the way you work best and plan accordingly.
This particular image was one where we ended up at the right place at the right time.
Monument Valley ‘Mittens’
Copyright Howard Grill