Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

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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September 26, 2009

In Quest of Aspen

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Aspen Sun Burst

Aspen Sun Burst

 

I’m off for a week to Colorado, and then the white mountains of Arizona for a few days after that to see if I have any luck finding aspen leaves turning golden yellow as in this image of populus tremuloides that I made in Lockett Meadow near Flagstaff, AZ.  I love trees, I love fall.  I’m tired of being hot, and I’m ready to shiver through the winter.

Making an image like this requires a bit of luck when using a view camera.  You have to predict where the sun is going to be when you fire the shutter.  Unlike most cameras, you can fairly see what’s happening when you pull the trigger.  I used a wide angle lens and a small aperture and simply guessed (well, I knew the sun would be behind the trees!) at when the right time for a  good sunburst would be.  This time, I guessed right!

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September 12, 2008

Kelly Canyon Meets Pumphouse Wash

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Kelly Canyon Ends

Kelly Canyon Ends

Not too long ago, I was in Flagstaff.  I’ve often come to this point since the first time I hiked up Kelly Canyon which is a wonderful little sojourn in Ponderosa Pine Forest south of Flagstaff.  This day it happened to be raining and the moisture added some saturation to the image which was welcome.  I’m not sure I’ve made a fabulous image, but I do think that I’ve succeeded in conveying the feeling of the junction of Kelly Canyon with Pumphouse Wash.  I hiked further down Pumphouse wash and got to a 20-30 foot waterfall but didn’t find another photogenic location.  I’d meant to make it to the confluence with James Canyon so that I’d have my bearings when I finally do these two canyons as a loop (James Canyon requires a 40 ft rappel and a few swims). But the waterfall and the rain convinced me to turn around early.

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September 7, 2008

Flagstaff Meadow

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Flagstaff Meadow

Flagstaff Meadow

Last weekend I spent in the Flagstaff area.  Storms were moving in and out every day.  It was a nice weekend to spend up in the cooler temperatures – I needed a break from the desert heat.  I got no fantastic colors, but the mood was set by ominous storm clouds – a mood which I tried to represent in this image of this meadow between Upper and Lower Lake Marys.

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