Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

January 31, 2010

Two iPhone Apps

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurent @ 7:54 pm

I was just discussing today with a friend how we both loved our iPhones.  It’s intuitive, it’s fun, it has the power of a computer (it is a computer) in the palm of your hand.  The maps application keeps me from getting lost when I’m driving someplace new.  I use the web browser checking for weather updates from NOAA while I’m out “image collecting,” aka photographing.  Pay my bills, etc. This is a great tool.

There are two new iPhone apps authored by Dan Baumbach available at the iTunes store for a modest price of $4.99 each – one is for Yosemite National Park, the other for Arches National Park (in conjunction with Bret Edge) that tell you where to go, give maps of the park, include detailed trail descriptions, give great suggestions for sunrise and sunset locations, and include a trove of inspiring images to fuel your creative juice.

Not a photographer?  No problem, photography guides often make the best hiking guides as they describe things you might otherwise not notice.  So, if you are heading to Yosemite or to Arches, consider these applications. They’re fun, easy to use, and an iPhone (or iPod Touch) is so much lighter to carry than those traditional heavy books.

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January 10, 2010

Changing Plans on the Fly

Filed under: Colorado Plateau, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 7:05 pm

juniper, vermillion cliffs wilderness, arizona

I spent a couple days in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness with Harley Goldman over Christmas.  I was a little plussed when the red rock I expected was practically nowhere to be found and there was this crazy amount of this strange white stuff everywhere.  It gave me big pause while I had to get used to thinking in a different way.  I was thinking of finding patches of reflected light.  Well, there was reflected light, but most if it was reflecting off the snow!

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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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November 6, 2009

Taking Flight

Filed under: Arizona, Photography — Laurent @ 4:35 pm

Red Tail Hawk, Las Cienegas NCA

I often contemplate my desk job and what exactly it means to me.  I then wonder what would I rather be doing instead of it.  Then I wonder why should it matter if I can make the time for that which I love. Then I wonder why I am wondering so much instead of paying attention to what I’m doing.

I think I can only make photographs when I am “present.”  This can mean a lot of things, of course, but for me, it means I’m concentrating on one thing – I am here.  As I walk a trail, I have to feel myself being there.  This means taking it all in and allowing spontaneous inspiration to take over my being.  In such a mind state, I see the light and patterns of nature much easier. I almost feel it and it leaves me giddy. And then it’s a lot easier to create an image rather than hoping an exposure will turn out.  I wish I could turn that on at will…

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October 30, 2009

The Endless Sea

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Laurent @ 8:47 pm

Aspen Sea, Ridgeway, Colorado

Finding your own creative vision when in the midst of scenery that is very well photographed is hard.  I found it difficult not to get excited by the iconic scenes. Still, I wanted to make images that were me.  I’m still trying to find my vision.  Or maybe, I’m trying to let my vision find me.  Either way, the creative aspect of photography is really about finding what really triggers something deep inside you.  For me, I was just amazed at the near endlessness of aspen forest.  I kept wanting to find an image that showed that, yet not necessarily in the context of majestic rocky peaks and colorful skies.  I came across this scene outside of Ridgeway, Colorado and knew it was going to be one of my expressions for that awe of “Endlessness.”

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October 22, 2009

Tucson Open Studio Tour

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurent @ 2:21 pm

I’m taking part in the 2009 Fall Tucson Open Studio Tour.  If you are in the area, please take part in visiting artists at their studios.  My studio, which is also my home, will be open to visitors Nov 14-15 from 11-4pm.  The tour is open through 5pm, however, I have classes that I’m trying to miss as little as possible, so I’m cutting my hours down a small bit.   Please do try to attend and come by to see some of my latest work in print.

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October 21, 2009

Change in the Weather

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Laurent @ 9:55 am

 

Change in the Weather, Aspens, Colorado

Change in the Weather, Aspens, Colorado

 

It was really fun to see the 4×5 version of this image turn out so well.  I honestly thought I’d wasted the film.

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October 18, 2009

Tapestry

Filed under: Colorado, Photography — Laurent @ 9:43 pm

 

Aspen and Oak Tapestry

Aspen and Oak Tapestry

 

For me, the trip to Colorado ended being about blankets of color, photographically speaking, anyway.  I saw these splashes of color weaved into a landscape and I wanted to make an image that represented the way I was seeing the color.  This was how I saw it.

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