Three, Four, Shut the Door...
Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
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The focus of the tour was NOT to be technical aspects of photography. While they were prepared to answer and help with any mechanical aspect of your devices, the focus of the tour would be artistic and compositional practices. In fact, the instructor put particular emphasis strictly on aesthetics, showing us great prints he managed to take using "outdated" technology and cheap 3$ throwaway cameras. What a relief. I was not in competition with the other photographers, per say, but knew I would have an edge considering my artistic background.
Overall, I did go away with some useful tips and further technical understanding of my camera. I have more to learn but feel as thought I have a good foundation. One of the photographers was even a flashlight hobbyist, and gave me some good information on expanding that part of my camping/backpacking gear list.
Lastly, the one person that inspired me the most at this workshop was a man named Jack Newkirk. He's writing a book, following the path his father took on a cross country road trip in 1939. He's driving his father's original motorcycle and even wearing period clothing. What an adventure. He's only taking the original roads from 1939 using an old atlas. What struck me the most were the stories of the people he had met along the way. Not in big cities but small towns. It got me thinking about my own travels, and the importance of connecting with people and history. I have spent a lot of time in the wilderness, but think its about time I get off the beaten path soon. Spend a little more time worrying about my journey instead of the next destination.