The Geyser and the Inn
August 12, 2017 • 1 Comment
When I first started photographing nature, I tried to never include any kind of human object. At the time, my objective was to portray nature pure and untouched as much as possible. Little did I know how much I was limiting myself, not only in terms of creativity and marketing potential, but also in telling the entire story. A year or so ago, my Facebook feed was full of posts and photos by other people about mountain lions. If one didn't know better, they might be led to believe that mountain lions, or cougars, are commonly seen and easy to photograph. But the truth was that all the images were of captive animals yet weren't marked as such, failing to tell the true story of how rare these creatures are and how difficult they are to photograph. By not photographing the human element in nature, part of the story is being left untold, so a few years ago, I started including it in some of my images. This morning, I made a trip to photograph Old Faithful Geyser in the early morning light. I have to admit, I love it when the grasses take on their autumn colors. I've photographed from this spot many times over the years and never get tired of it. I also have never included the Old Faithful Inn as part of the composition before but this morning I felt compelled to include it. I also photographed a pano that shows the same scene plus more of the crowd to the left. By including the Inn, I expanded the creative possibilities of photographing a scene that I've shot many times and I included a little more about the story of the area. And of course, from a marketing standpoint, a photo with two iconic subjects has more marketing possibilities. It's easy to limit ourselves but when we open up our minds, our limits go away.
Love this shot.
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