Print of the Month December 2011

315 First Snow and Rock Reflection

# 315- First Snow at Bear Lake

It was cold enough to think twice about going out to do some nature photography. But, there’s always something refreshing about facing the elements and capturing the peacefulness of nature. Much to my surprise there were quite a few others who felt the same as me. There was a steady flow of visitors excited about the beauty of the first snowfall in the Rocky Mountains.

I had an appreciation for the snow frosted pine trees, reflections in the lake and the rock that lay in the foreground leading your eye to the rock formations across the lake. The entire scene was one you would find on a greeting card, but I chose to also create an image that was more abstract to highlight specific areas.

I proceeded to unload my gear and while doing so, thought about a friend of mine who had recently had his view camera blown over by the wind and damaged to the degree of possibly not being repairable. I asked myself how I would feel if my camera fell forward and landed in the lake before me. This view camera had been with me since the beginning of my profession. There is a certain attachment that takes place over the years, like that of a car, or perhaps your children! I positioned my tripod on a large boulder to achieve the best angle. My camera was in place as I continued to unload my bag. As I turned back toward my camera the tripod was shrinking and my camera was falling toward the lake for a drink. Although my reflexes may not be as quick as they used to be, they were quick enough to grab hold of the tripod and camera. Odd, how things happen.

After giving thanks for a good outcome, I was able to enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings. I hope you enjoy it too.

As I think about my friend’s experience and mine, I would suggest you take time now and again to check your equipment. Make sure your equipment is anchored properly and check for weakened parts.

After all….tis’ the season!


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The Print of the Month is a new print offered at an early-edition discount. Normal pricing must apply once the print is offered by a gallery.

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