I am not sure if there is anything better for one’s blood pressure levels than photographing nature. A great location, beautiful light, and I am all joy. It’s a lot cheaper than therapy, too. (On second thought, that might be a wash).

This summer at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, I was photographing on their amazing short-grass prairie when I realized I simply could not get my huge shadow out of the frame. Turning my camera to the side did not look as good and I could not get low enough to get the shadow out of the frame. So I threw my hands up and danced a little Irish jig as i triggered the camera with my cable release.

If my shadow is going to be there, I might as well own it! I remembering laughing as I ran around and watched that shadow dance.

I am working with Vermejo to do a prairie workshop next summer, and I can’t wait to get back there!

Shadow at Sunrise

Long shadow of man on short-grass prairie at sunrise, Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Canon 1Dx. 23mm. ISO 200. f/11 @ 1.20 second.