As an outdoor photographer, you probably find yourself continually searching for new locations to photograph. Maybe it’s an exotic location like the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica or the Polar Bears of Northern Canada or a wilderness adventure that will take you to remote locations.
I continually imagine the next photographic adventure to some beautiful landscape and still have many places I hope to photograph. But it was an adventure many years ago that changed how I looked at where I would go and what I would photograph: for fun and profit.
In the beginning I was strictly as a landscape photographer and that was all I was interested in. Then a new friend I met on a job invited me to raft Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. My answer was ‘No problem, when and where?’
Seeing a chance for great wilderness scenery to photograph, I went fully prepared for anything I discovered in front of the camera. But as we spent our days floating along, I kept seeing scenes passing me by. Unable to get out of the boat at each spot and take a photograph, I was missing out. That was frustrating but I quickly learned that this was rafting trip and I should be photographing rafting when I was in the boat and scenic when I wasn’t. … Continue Reading