One of a Million Reasons

..why I'm a photographer.


Picture this. I'm in a car with two other photographers, and we're driving through an ever-darkening, ever-purpling storm. Out of the corner of my eye, I see this tree with a rainbow building behind it. I start to inarticulately flap, then screech, "Stop, Gary, stop! Turn around!" Gary (who was in Yellowstone with me and is now at least prepared for my antics) pulls an illegal u-turn, pulls over, and I erupt from the car, jump the ditch and drop into this field. A few breaths later, the quickly-flying clouds opened up and a tiny sunbreak hit the hills and my tree lit up. It lasted about 10 seconds. I emerged from the ditch, muddy and giddy out of my mind.


This, my friends, is one of my favorite shots ever. This is what photography is all about. Capturing those precious moments that will never come again, just as they are. This fleeting moment will now last longer than 10 seconds for me because I had a camera. Photographers are such a blessed bunch.


My photography mentor, Scott Bourne, invited me out to join him and Gary Hamburgh for their Palouse workshop last weekend. Bambi Cantrell, one of the top wedding photographers in the world, was also there stretching her landscape muscles. It was a fantastic weekend for visiting the Palouse (Kevin McNeal and friends were hosting a workshop as well). I learned a lot, met some incredible people, saw one jaw-dropping landscape after another and was able to really sink into the experience.


Scott has a great blog post on Photofocus about the workshop, along with some beautiful images (the horses are my favorite--damn him and his 400mm lens when I had a 70mm on! ;-))


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Taken on May 22, 2010