As much as I love the outdoors and getting to spend time in nature, I’m not really a landscape photographer. My passion is getting to capture people’s stories and to empower them on the other side of my lens. However, I can’t seem to not take my camera on new adventures and so after following Chris Burkard, an amazing landscape photographer based out of California, I decided to try my hand at a little landscape photography, just for kicks and giggles. A couple of weeks ago I woke up before sunrise to pack up and drive to Red Rocks Park just outside of Denver. This was a great location to be able to see the sunrise without anything in the way as well as still get some great natural landscape in the images. Here is what I came up with.
I have been looking at Chris Burkard’s tutorial videos on SkillShare, reading his blog posts along with mixing the knowledge I’ve been learning about portrait photography and lighting. I explained to my family the other day that I feel like Claude Monet as I continue to study light and understand its effects on color and shapes. It’s really quite amazing how much there is to learn about something that has surrounded you and affected your whole life, and yet is something we pay little attention to. I challenge you this week to notice the light that surrounds you. We talk so often about having a light in our life, the piece that brings joy and goodness into our lives and yet we are surrounded by light and seem to often not notice it. To disregard the way it changes colors, how it changes a mood, and even how things change when light leaves. It’s really an amazing spectacle to study light.