You probably don’t think of photography as being a “team sport”, and admittedly it is a very individualistic pursuit, however there are times when it is REALLY fun to collaborate.  I try to do it often.  Put me in a stream, and I can find compositions to work with.  Put me under a beautiful night sky, and I’ll find compositions to work with.  Drop me in a city somewhere… I’ll find compositions.  Put me in the woods and say “go”, I’ll struggle.  Given that, I’ll generally pass on the latter simply because I know I’ll struggle.  BUT, this is why it’s fun to collaborate.

A few weeks ago my good friend Steve and I were photographing up on Foothills Parkway.  The sunrise wasn’t terribly spectacular, but there was fog hanging around the road and the trees were beautiful, so we decided to drive and find places where we were just on the edge of the fog to see what we could come up with.  I was playing with road scenes (you’ll see one of these in the coming weeks), and when I turned around, Steve had disappeared off into the woods.  When I went to investigate, he had found this interesting opening in the woods where fog was hanging in the background, and the light was filtering through the trees.  It was pretty, no doubt, but when I’d look through my camera I just didn’t see it.  So, I watched him for a minute, and then just stared at the scene for a bit.  I started shooting some… and then it clicked (no pun intended… that’s a camera joke! 🙂 ) for me.  What I found is what you see above and below.  It’s really just tree trunks, pretty leaves, fog, and light, but I REALLY like the way it turned out.  I really like both compositions, neither of which I’d have ever seen without collaboration!

More next week!

–Dan Thompson

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