Q&A With Loaded Landscapes
I was recently interviewed for an article on Loaded Landscapes Blog. Marc asked some provoking questions about my experience as a landscape photographer. Here's a few highlights from the interview below. Feel free to click to read the full story.
What is one important lesson that you have learned through your own photography?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to not get frustrated when I don’t find great light. For the first several years of doing photography full-time, it was incredibly discouraging to go on a long and expensive trip and not come home with the quality of images I had hoped for. Sometimes to the point where I felt terrible afterward. Once I learned to stop worrying so much and to simply enjoy traveling and being out there shooting, without the pressure, I started creating much better work.
What are the biggest challenges you face in your work as a landscape and travel photographer?
Between physically getting to the location then waiting for the right weather and light, the time you have to put into getting a single image is hardest thing for me about landscape photography. This is especially true when shooting overseas. It took me 50 hours just to get back home from Kamchatka, Russia — where I waited 2.5 weeks for a shot only to have terrible weather the entire time I was there. I can’t just jump in the car and go back. In the U.S., I’ve traveled back to the same locations over and over again, which often times means hiking for miles each way for shots I still haven’t gotten.