art, nature, photography

Silence, In Black and White

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”  ~ Ansel Adams

 
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Storm and Colorado River, South Rim, Grand Canyon NP, AZ, 2014
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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
Private, Destination Workshops 2014
 
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Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
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Welcome To The New

I had a new design concept for my workshops and the new site last week… and on a wild hair, I completely redid my slatonworkshops.com website in just a few days.  And I absolutely love it.  I hope you do too.

My goal with this new site is to try to give back more than I’m asking of people.  It’s a new way of approaching things, but I feel really good about it.

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For each exciting destination, the viewer is greeted with an iconic shot that sets the scene for the workshop.

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Come on… don’t be shy.  Check them out… you know you want to!

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And just so it’s worth everyone’s time, I added a few limited time discounts to celebrate the launch!

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I’ve even created a customizable Private Destination Workshop adventure.  An affordable, one-on-one dream workshop… anywhere in the world!

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There’s  a really cool “Resources” section that I’m very excited about.  I give a ton of great info on it already, and plan to keep posting more and more.

I hope to continue to build a marketplace of ideas for like minded people who love nature and photography, and desire to get out and do!

Will you join me?

— andrew

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
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nature, photography

Hurry Up And Wait

I remember this old adage being used frequently when I was an assistant to several commercial photographers in Dallas and Austin in my younger days.

“Today will be a lot of ‘hurry up and wait'”, they’d say.  Stylists, make-up artists, talent, creatives, account execs, clients, big wigs, etc.  Everyone has their part to play in a commercial shoot, and the bureaucracy at times, made for really long days.

I still shoot some commercial work, but the transition back to my first love, nature photography has reminded me that this old saying still rings true.

You can’t rush the elements.  And sometimes, they just never come together the way you visualized.

This image below is from my most recent trip to several northern Arizona/ southern Utah National Parks.  I drove over 1500 miles each way, hiked 20+ miles round trip with 60-75 lbs of gear, woke up at 3:30 AM, and waited for an image that was in my head of stars over the incomparably beautiful Havasu Falls.  I waited in vain, in the dark, for two hours until the sun rose.  But the clouds never broke long enough to capture the nighttime star picture I wanted.

I still came away with a few images I liked, but not what I truly wanted and envisioned.

Sometimes it’s really hard work to capture images such as these… and when dealing with nature, there are no guarantees.

But sometimes, it all comes together, with little work on your part other than being there… and being prepared.

When we arrived at Grand Canyon National Park, all the elements came together.  No long hikes through deep canyons and sand with all my gear.  Just amazing drive-up vistas, dramatic clouds, and phenomenal light.

However, there was still the need for patience.

Then there are the opportunities that occur when you least expect them… as can happen often with wildlife.  We were driving to a trailhead when my wife spotted a group of desert bighorn sheep scrambling up the slick rock of Zion National Park.  Thankfully, I stay prepared for even these chance encounters.

When traveling, I always have a camera body ready for wildlife.  70-200mm lens with a 2x teleconverter, fast shutter speed and wide aperture set.  Because you never know.

Waiting.  Prepared.  They are the ever present realities of the nature photographer.

Often we’re waiting on the individual elements; the light, the animals, the weather, etc.

But much more profound than just these, it is the moment we seek to capture.  The culmination of all the elements in space and time, artfully composed in our frame.  We are dutifully ready and able to use whatever tools are necessary or at our disposal to lock the “paint onto the canvas”.

We’re fortunate as photographers if this happens perfectly even a few dozen times in our our career.  It is elusive, truthful, and beautiful.  It’s addicting too.

And it’s why I still desire to continue learning and growing… and venturing out into the wild.

Hurry up and wait my friends!

— andrew

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
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What I learned from the Lunar Eclipse

I found myself in less than ideal conditions in the early morning hours of April 15, 2014.  In the city, and somewhat sleep deprived.

Had I planned a little better, I could have been in a beautiful location, well rested, and ready for the total lunar eclipse.

But I wasn’t.  Sometimes it goes that way when I’m not shooting for a specific client.  It requires a little more self motivation and determination to make things happen.

So, I stayed up to watch the eclipse, and I devised to shoot a time-lapse.  20 Minute segments at 400mm focal length.

I made it all the way until the actual Eclipse… and of course fell asleep.  Seriously.

I awoke in a complete stupor to fire off one more raw image of the gorgeous red moon before me.  Then back to bed.

What I learned was to prepare better for an event as unique and beautiful as this.  Even if there is no related paycheck…

Thankfully, I’ll have a second chance this year… in Grand Teton National Park no less!

Expect more from me on that one :)

— andrew

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
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SUMMER // INTERNSHIP

Are you a dreamer?  Do you know how to be more than a dreamer… someone who does?  Where do you want to be in 5 years?

I have been a professional stills + motion photographer for over a decade, and it remains the best and hardest thing I have ever done.  Give me a hand on everything from commercial location shoots, tagging and categorizing stock, shooting and editing motion clips, and possibly even do a little shooting of your own.

I travel a lot, and there is the possibility for the right candidate to experience some of the excitement of traveling on assignments.  Come help and learn as you get started in your own visual career.

This is unpaid for the summer, but positions are available and interns will most certainly be at the top of the heap…. unless you’re a horrible, terrible person. :)

 

DATES: JUNE 2 – AUG 24 (DATES CAN BE FLEXIBLE)

 

Applicants must possess:

  • a hunger for something better
  • a strong visual IQ (we want to see your portfolio!)
  • an inquisitive mind, and positive attitude
  • working to advanced knowledge of Adobe PS + LR (Premier Pro + AE huge plus)
  • working to advanced knowledge of how to shoot photo + vid on DSLRs
  • ability to take direction and act quickly

 

“OK, GREAT.  WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS??” — YOU

 

In a word… experience.  Okay, two words… working knowledge.  Three?  A leg up.

The way a photography internship should work (and will here), is that you, the intern, work hard, and in turn, I, the photographer, impart special knowledge and real world know how that you wouldn’t get from a blog post or youtube video.  You also gain access to all of my equipment… to practice, shoot tests, learn different lighting styles, etc.  Some may even get to travel on assignments, or get a paying job in the end.

It’s a trade.  My knowledge and experience for your time and help!

Let me know why you are the ONE!

andrew

APPLY HERE

“I see no higher art than that of the canvas that is painted with light every morning, evening, and night. And I am both cursed and blessed with the insatiable hunger to capture it’s beauty.”

 

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
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Macro From Nothing

This technique can be used with most lenses, but please be careful not to scratch front element!

It’s always better to give yourself more control with an actual macro, but if you get in a bind, this may help.

— andrew

the amazing music is by Lucius
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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
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Daring to Begin

All glory comes from daring to begin.

— Eugene Fitch Ware

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What does it take to be a “doer”?

Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much.

Not a lot of brains or money, or even talent…

It just takes a little bit of courage.

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Well… here’s to a little bit of courage….

Happy Friday, my friends. May we all dare to begin today.

— andrew

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If you are interested in learning more about photography, taking your art to a new level please check out my new workshop dates:
 
Grand Teton Photographic Tour/ Workshops 2014
More Destination Photo Tours/ Workshops 2014
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // andrew r. slaton
 
If you are interested in purchasing prints from this post, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
andrew r. slaton // photographer // prints
 
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
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