Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

October 20, 2010

The Little Guy

Aspen, Populus Tremuloides, Kaibab National Forest

I’ve also been fascinated with the patterns that blue fir’s make with their needles. I constantly try to seek out “rhythms” in these blue fir waves, so to speak, and here I found them to be a nice backdrop for this young aspen sapling.

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October 18, 2010

Ponderosas

Ponderosas, Kaibab National Forest

I’m always fascinated with the reds of Ponderosa pines. As I was driving in the Kaibab national forest, I found several areas where the pines had the rich red bark which I’ve always wanted to make an image of.  I was on my way to Fire Point, when the light changed on me and made the colors come alive with a soft glow.  It happened right at this scene and I immediately pulled over and took a quick digisnap on my Canon G9 to check composition and rendering.  It looked good, so I pulled out the 4×5 to make this image.

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October 12, 2010

Arizona Rainforest

Pumphouse Wash, Arizona

I was chilling out during a monsoon earlier this summer.  The rain let up so I walked about a bit.  Colors always seem to be a bit more vibrant after it rains and I was curious what I’d find. I stood over the edge of Pumphouse and soaked in the fresh moist air and then ran back to my truck to get my camera.  The sun was playing peekaboo through the clouds and low lying mist was washing through the…well, wash.  I exposed one sheet of film and kept my fingers crossed (as I always do) on how it might turn out.

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June 28, 2010

One Fine Day Last Fall

Escudilla Mountain, Arizona

It’s been really hot lately and I’ve been longing for some cooler temps.

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June 22, 2010

Entwined Boles

Flagstaff, Arizona, Coconino National Forest

A pair of aspen boles on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. This is a new scan for a print that will be 16×20″.  Be sure to back up your work. I lost all my files when my hard drive crashed several months ago.  Ironically, I was about to back everything up onto another hard drive when it did crash. It sucks to have to re-create it all.  And, in fact, you will never re-create something.  A re-work is always a re-interpretation which means, if you lose your digital files, you lose your interpretation.

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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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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 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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June 22, 2009

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

 

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

 

Ferns are in full force in Marshall Gulch, my favorite trail in the Santa Catalinas.  The parking area is closed off. Presumably the powers that be are going to fix up the road that leads to the trailhead.  If you do go, expect an extra half mile walk to the actual trailhead.  Columbines are just starting to bloom.

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June 18, 2009

Mountain Empire Wine and Dine This Weekend

Santa Ritas

Santa Ritas

If you have no plans for this weekend (June 20-21), check out the Mountain Empire Wine and Dine down in Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin.  There’s lots of stuff happening.  And stop by Creative Spirit Artists in Patagonia to check out some of my photography for sale down there.  They’re having a weekend sale to help celebrate the weekend.

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