Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

June 16, 2010

Just Leaves

Fall colors, San Juans, Colorado

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve made a post.  I could say I’ve been busy. I’d be lying.  I’ve just been unmotivated. Why?  Leg injury and a windy desert.  I get tired of the wind and I get tired of it blowing all the freaking time, which it seems like it does here in Tucson.  I have another excuse.  My scanner broke.  It’s hard to get motivated to go make images when you can’t share them.  At least, it’s hard for me.  I like to share.  I like to show people the beauty of the earth – at least, I like to show it the way I see it.  So my scanner’s been broke, I got a bum hamstring, and it’s been freaking windy.

Well, I got the scanner fixed, my leg is getting better, the wind hasn’t died, but I made a scan and decided it’s time to get going again.  This image is from last fall. I was wandering around the San Juans on a lovely cool morning and this warm light was filtering through the aspen leaves and softly lighting this patch on the ground.  I was completely captivated.

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December 15, 2009

Over the Hill and Far Away

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 9:36 am

Telluride, Colorado

Some times a slide comes back and I think to myself, this is why I photograph.  Those fleeting moments of magic that I was there, that I saw, that I paid attention to.  It seems the more you do this photography thing, the better you get.  At least, better in terms of discrimination of quality of light.  It’s a practice.  You might get good quickly, you might get good slowly – it really doesn’t matter.  The important thing is to pay attention to where you are, don’t worry about that magic image.  Pay attention, immerse your observation into your local reality.  Then, if you feel so inclined, you trip the shutter. I must have stood here with Harley Goldman for 45-50 minutes while the wind whipped around us in a frenzy and we just watched as the clouds rolled by playing the shadow dance on the landscape.  This is the only image during those many moments.

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December 1, 2009

RMNP (NPN) 3rd place for “Road 7 Surprise”

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 8:21 pm

Fall color, Sneffels Range, Colorado

We were driving around and bouncing along looking to see what might be photogenic or at least worthy of a photograph when we pulled around a corner and saw this scene…along with about 50 other photographers.  What the hell, you can’t not take a picture just because 1000s of others have done the same.  I’m really glad I did, because this slide is amazing! I should also add, this image would not have been made without the generosity of information by some wonderful photographers that I’ve met via this site. First time to an area is unlikely to land an image like this without a priori knowlegde. Thanks to everyone I met up in Colorado.

I’m also deeply humbled and honored that the voters for the RMNP fall color competition picked this image for third place (anonymously).  Cheers, everyone!

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November 15, 2009

Day Glow

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , , , , , — Laurent @ 9:42 pm

Aspens, Telluride, Colorado

I decided this last trip not to limit myself.  I wasn’t going to limit myself to just open shade images and dawn/dusk images.  If I found the right composition and the light was right, I was going to make an image.  We passed by this stand on the way up Last Dollar Road from Telluride and I was struck by the light on the foreground aspen boles.  They really stood apart from the rest, almost like a studio light was on them.  This was not the case of course, but I tried to keep that feeling in the photographed image.

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October 13, 2009

Standing on the Edge (of Aspens)

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 9:36 pm

 

Aspen Stand, Colorado

Aspen Stand, Colorado

 

This is one of the first stands of aspen we found on our trip.  We’d driven up the Dolores river to Telluride and on a recommendation from Jimmy Gekas, we headed up last dollar road.  We found a few lovely stands of aspen, one just shy of turning completely yellow, the rest as you see here. We were enthralled.  For this image, I wanted to give the feeling of being right at the edge and feeling the bath of light as the sun filtered through the yellow leaves.

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October 7, 2009

Aspens in Storm Light

Filed under: Colorado, Other Photographers, Photography — Tags: , , , , , — Laurent @ 11:22 am
Aspens, Storm Light

Aspens, Storm Light

When clouds roll in, magic light happens.  There’s something about that soft light that can make an image sing sweetly.  When storms roll in, the light is even sweeter.

Harley, Rick, Jennifer, Jade, and myself were sitting on a side of a hill in no less than 50mph winds trying to make images.  For some reason, that was a good time and we were laughing at the sheer miserableness of the conditions.  I could not make a 4×5 image in these conditions at all. No way.  At one point, the wind was so strong it picked up my little digital camera and bonked it in my face.

Jade and I feel very lucky to have been able to see the sights we did, and I want to give thanks to Jimmy Gekas and Brent Doerzman for making our first fall journey into Colorado a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Thanks to Rick Dunn for clueing us to this view.

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