A quick word of advice. If you think it looks like a nice afternoon to go out and shoot some photos (i.e., the light is rockin’, fresh snow on the mountaintops, etc, etc, etc), the very best of advice I might offer you is this: Head out on your own.
I know better than to think I might do some photography when I head out with non-photographers. Well, I like to THINK I know better, but I today did it yet again. Sometimes I’m a just a flatout non-learner, I guess.
So, as the setting sun turned the sky and nearby mountains a glorious pink, instead of photographing the grandeur, I was packed up and skiing my way back to the parking lot, my camera and tripod safely tucked away inside my daypack.
Photography and non-photographers just don’t mix well. The first time I was given this lesson was years ago, in a discussion with the late Bill Silliker, Jr (a great photographer and a good man); we were talking about being a photographer versus being a musician. Bill had been a drummer in his younger days. His words were “Carl, one of the best things, for me, about photography as a gig is that I don’t need a bass player”.
Not only do photographers not need a bass player, they do better without them. Much better. Drummers, not so much. 🙂
So, the lesson, as I need to be reminded, is that if I want to photograph, and photograph well, I do a whole lot better to head off on my own (or with other photographers). So, anyway – next time I think it might be a good afternoon to do some skiing and bring my camera along to shoot a little late light, alpenglow and mountains, I’ll make sure I’m not on a curfew. 🙂
PS – Oh, and hey look , there’s Denali in the distance.