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How many times have you heard, “Oh, what a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky!”? Those are the days my camera and I stay home and watch TV. (My camera likes to watch Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe; he gets to see his cousins.) Being a landscape photographer, I can’t think of anything more boring than a cloudless sky. Clouds add so much interest to almost any scene, that it really isn’t worth venturing out when they aren’t there.
So I was sitting in the dining room in the lodge at Death Valley; across from me was a photographer I met while there. We were comparing notes about calendar sales. I was impressed with his and asked, “So how did you do it?" He replied, “It’s all in the marketing.” My head sunk into my hands as I looked down at my Cowboy Steak. Ughhh…there was that word again, “Marketing.” That's everybody’s mantra these days on how to succeed.
I was reading a forum post by someone, who said, "I prefer prime lenses, and would rather zoom with my feet." I also read a blog post by someone that was comparing lenses of two different focal lengths, and they said, "If I want a wider angle, I'll just back up." Now, of course we've heard these references to "zooming with our feet" for years, but does it really work? We'll explore that in today's blog post.
After the storm on Sunday, I went down to the beach for a walk. I didn’t intend to shoot, but I always carry my camera with me, anyway. As I walked along, I saw the local camera club pile onto the beach 20+ strong, with tripods in hand, and obligatory camera vest and hats. So I stopped to watch them.
People ask, "What’s your favorite place to shoot?" As a landscape photographer, you might expect me to name one of our National Parks—which I do love—maybe Yosemite. Could it be the beautiful ocean right in my back yard? Perhaps my favorite place on Earth, the Anza-Borrego Desert? No, I like all of those quite a lot. But my favorite place to shoot is…The Salton Sea.