As many of you know, every year I host a photographic retreat in a National Park. This past September 20 of us went to Yellowstone for the 5th annual Find Your Focus adventure. The following is from one of the attendees, Elizabeth Homan. Elizabeth is one of the finest photographers I know. Her work is simply stunning and inspiring to so many. It is humbling when such talent attends an event I host. Over the years, the Homans and us have become friends and it was a joy and honor to have her spend her time and resources with us at FYF. Below is a guest post by Elizabeth about her experience and her breathtaking imagery of this beautiful place. You can learn more about Elizabeth and her work here. You will notice some images of bears and wolves, I want to again thank Arlington Camera for their support of this event by providing the lens that help make this event possible. If you are interested in attending, FYF 2016 will be in Yosemite, Oct 2-7, 2016. Space is limited. You can learn more and register here.
About a month ago I attended a wonderful landscape photography workshop in Yellowstone National Park, led by my friends Cris and Deanna Duncan of Lubbock, Texas.
I have been “meaning” to go to this workshop for the past few years, always finding a reason why I couldn’t go. Afterall, this was “JUST for ME” and I never make time to do that. While this workshop was still photography related, never do I get the chance to just photograph for myself.
I know you are thinking “Wouldn’t you rather go to a spa or wine tasting? Something NOT related to your work?” The answer is no. I LOVE my job. I am so fortunate to do what I love every single day. Now sometimes, I do admit that I get a little burned out working with people, dealing with their drama (God knows I have enough of my own) and working to please everyone. But that is very rare and usually only occurs when I am so busy that I haven’t had a day off in weeks (PS: I am NOT talking about YOU).
So, where was I?
Oh, yes, I was looking forward to a week of being alone. A week of pointing my camera at whatever I wanted to. A week of not pleasing anyone but me. And…wait for it….a week of waking up at 4:30am??? What???
Yep. Every morning. And there was hiking. Lots of hiking. With camera gear in a backpack. And a tripod (doubling as a walking stick). And some of this hiking was not Fat*ss friendly (this is actually a book that rates the hikes as fat*ss friendly or not). And it was cold, rainy at at times, snowy.
And let’s not forget about the Bison,Wolf, Bear, Elk and birds we saw. A little too close for comfort at times.
But it was wonderful! A fabulous experience that I hope to do again!
So….here are some of the images that I created while I was in Yellowstone. I hope you enjoy.
If you ever want to go and experience a fabulous adventure, here is the link: www.findyourfocus.org
Be forewarned….Start training now….