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This past year had so many "firsts". First year, I'd used a full frame DSLR. First time I'd ever seen Havasu Falls. First year I went chasing the Fall colors. I jumped in my SUV and from the warmth of the Sonoran desert I found myself in an Autumn colored explosion in a very cold Colorado. I loved the color and dramatic skies, the country back roads, new and amazing vistas everywhere but what I wasn't prepared for was .....the photographers.
Many years before, long before I'd touched a camera, I remembered seeing an amazing photo.This beautiful mountain vista with snowy peaks and Autumn colors flanking both sides and an audience of what looked like hundreds of photographers who had made the pilgrimage. It was quite the photo.
Fast-forward, Pro-photographer Kerrick James was kind enough to invite me to photograph Havasupai this summer with him. A place, I've wanted to see for a long time but never had the chance to go until a few months ago. I told Kerrick that I had read his article in OP Magazine about adding people into the landscapes to add scale, depth and interest. Something I'd never done but after we chatted about it for some time, his enthusiasm about it inspired me to change my ideas on the subject. This is why I find shooting with others of a much greater skill set and experience level so rewarding. I love when someone inspires me to change my way of thinking. Kerrick did that.
It all of the sudden dawned on me while I was shooting this Fall scene that I was INDEED in the exact same place of the very intriguing photo I'd seen years before (perhaps it was the throng of shutterbugs that nudged my memory) but nevertheless, I was now one of "them"
Almost a year later and still not having fully edited my shots from that Fall, I'd remembered that I'd taken images with (gasp) people in them and in light of my recent conversation with Kerrick, I went back to explore them since I'd so readily sidelined them.
And now, a new way of thinking :-) Just in time as I head back into the Fall colors of Colorado...tomorrow !!