Greetings from Big Sky Country,
Actually this month’s greeting would be more appropriately entitled, “Greetings from the Mojave Desert”, which will be apparent as you view the images taken during two eventful weeks recently spent in southern California soaking in winter warmth, new photo knowledge and some really amazing desert landscapes and skies.
First, if you haven’t checked out my new website yet, https://www.chuckhaney.com you really should. The site is very vibrant, well designed and waiting for you to browse.
I began my trip by attending the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) Summit in San Diego, a 4-day event where I took in daily seminars and presentations from some of the top professionals in our field. To learn more about this great organization, please check out their website, http://www.nanpa.org Speakers like Nevada Weir and Steve Winter inspired with their travel tales and dedication to their craft. Dewitt Jones, a seasoned National Geographic shooter and long-time columnist for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, spoke elegantly about seeing the world with fresh eyes. Especially revealing was his use of the iPhone. His “cell” images were very artistic and looked very good on the big screen. It just goes to show that the point and shoot aspects of the phone can also be an effective and quick way to capture images that might not ever be taken if the “big boy” camera had to be pulled out of the bag. It inspired me to download a few new apps and to use my cell more often while in the desert. I got some cool captures! Big prints– no. Publications, probably not. Fun-yes! Hey, photography should be a lot of fun. Right?!