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September 5, 2012

Portraits Of Earth

I’ve had the privilege of photographing alongside David duChemin on two occasions, in India and Mexico. Both of them were extraordinary experiences. Perhaps my favourite memory was when we were in Northern India, on our way back from the high altitude lake, Tso Moriri. We had been camping at over 15,000 feet and feeling it. […]

Tso Kyagar - Ladakh

I’ve had the privilege of photographing alongside David duChemin on two occasions, in India and Mexico. Both of them were extraordinary experiences. Perhaps my favourite memory was when we were in Northern India, on our way back from the high altitude lake, Tso Moriri.

We had been camping at over 15,000 feet and feeling it. I was beat from not sleeping well and altitude sickness and David was faring worse, having been up all night with a stomach bug. We were facing an all day 4WD ride on dusty and bumpy roads back down to Leh.

Shortly after leaving Tso Moriri we passed another, smaller lake; dramatic in its own way. We looked at each other and decided to stop the van, get our cameras and tripods out and trudge down to the lakeside to make some photos.

All of us have been in that moment, in a car, or van or some other vehicle, when we see something amazing and imagine what a photo of that thing or place might look like. I believe the soul of a truly creative person will always, in that moment, scream – stop the van!

Portraits of Earth

Portraits of Earth is David duChemin’s latest eBook from Craft and Vision. I’m often plugging David’s books, because I find them so useful. This one is no exception. I heartily recommend it for anyone who is interested in shooting landscapes in any form.

This eBook is supposed to be “An Introduction to Landscape Photography.” While that is true, it’s also full of practical ideas for all landscape photographers.

The main reason I’d recommend the book is because it drips with the “stop the van” spirit I saw from David on the road back from Tso Moriri. Landscape photography is all about being ready to do it, doing it, then making the most of what you’ve done.

And, it’s about being out there – where the landscapes are. This isn’t a spectator sport. Grab your tripod and camera, plant them somewhere amazing and get to work. Oh, and read Portraits of Earth on your way there!

The Buying Bit

You can pick up Portraits of Earth until September 9th for U$4 using the code EARTH4. After that it will be U$5, which is still a lot less than an imported photography magazine here in Asia.

You can also use the code EARTH20 to get 20% off five or more books from Craft And Vision..

Responses
Fred Thompson 8 years ago

I like your comment, “This isn’t a spectator sport.” It is hard to take landscapes if you are not willing to get bitten by a bug or two.

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