I spent last weekend photographing down on the Medano-Zapata Ranch looking for signs of Spring! As is often the case in Colorado, the weather was very variable and ranged from rain and snow to bright sunshine. Saturday afternoon I found myself wandering in one of the meadows near the Zapata lodge looking for intimate compositions of grass and sedges. The soft cloudy light was perfect and I captured a number of images that I am including in my on-going series of Tapestries of Grass Images.
If you are interested in photographing and exploring the Medano-Zapata Ranch I will be offering a Photography Workshop there this Summer on August 25-28. Please Contact Tess (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 719-378-2356 (x 110) for more information and to register.
My image Iris Meadow Sunset was recently chosen for the September Cover of the Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers web-site. The story behind this image provides a great example of what some location planning and the ability to react to sky conditions quickly can do for the landscape photographer. I am a member of the Chico Basin Ranch Artists and this June we were down on the Zapata-Medano Ranch in the San Luis Valley for our annual Artists Gathering. Conditions on the ranch were perfect with fresh snow on the mountains and the wet meadows ablaze with blooms of wild iris. During our first evenings dinner I was watching the sky through one of the windows and quickly realized the sunset light was going to be spectacular. I excused my self and quickly jumped in the my truck and drove a few miles to a location I had scouted earlier in the day. I arrived just in time and quickly set up on this composition as the sunset began lighting up the clouds over the Sangre de Cristo Range. The resulting image turned out to one of the best I made during the trip. This light only lasted a few minutes and if I had not scouted the location and been able to react quickly to the developing conditions, this image would have been lost.
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