It’s the middle of winter and I am actively working on staying inspired and motivated. The landscape around me is, for the lack of a better word: achromatic, it is void of anyand illumination. Packing my suitcase and escaping for warmer climates is not an option at this time. I am committed to teaching close to home starting next week.
The next best thing to leaving this bleak environment physically, even just for an hour is to sort through pictures I made last summer. I begin with the last images I captured during an immersion photography workshop at Emma Lake during July 2012. Every day for an entire week a small group of keen photographers explored the “sweet light” under the leadership of John Perret, an excellent tutor. Getting up at 4 a. m. to chase the sunrise was only the beginning!
Every morning and evening we traveled the Boreal forest, its lakes and surrounding country site. The light was spectacular and no matter what setting we explored, color, line, texture, contrast and composition we framed with the viewfinder the learning never stopped.
The most memorable moment I recall about the week was the very last field trip to capture one more sunrise. The group was not sure if it was worth one more 4 a. m. alarm and only four of us gathered in the campus parking lot. We agreed not to venture too far. Only one kilometer to the east we pulled into a boat launch site and set up tripods and cameras. Slowly the sun began to change the color of the sky from a deep indigo to deep purple, red, orange and gold. We had never witnessed such light before. Even John kept muttering “I have never seen something like this before…”
The saying Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning… didn’t come to anyone’s mind till that evening, when a tornado struck less than 500 meters away from the place we captured natural history. For more images of this early morning shoot and evidence how the colors changed, check out my flickr album.