Inspiration from a Photo Conference
October 15, 2013
This weekend I attended a photo conference that inspired and fueled my passion for photography.
It began Friday with a hike to Wahclella Falls near Bonneville Dam. Most of the other photographers were landscape enthusiasts.
I love great landscapes, but am more captivated with nature. In the creek leading to Wahclella Falls, fish were swimming upstream.
Spiders were building webs and capturing prey……
…and at the end of our hike I found a Dipper perched on a rock!
To our delight, the group leader added a second stop at Starvation Creek Falls .
Saturday I attended five lectures on various technical or inspirational topics, then Sunday enjoyed another field trip. Mt. Hood at sunrise! Unfortunately clouds hampered our view, but I can go back another time if I can drag myself out of bed that early again.
Eventually the clouds broke up and we had a semi-clear view of the mountain before it was time to leave.
As we left, I grabbed this last shot of the top of Mt. Hood. I love living amidst the majesty of the Columbia River gorge.
Most inspiring to me was Friday evening keynote speaker, Paul Bannick. Taking his lecture to heart and paying even more attention to habitat than before, I was able to capture this Red-breasted sapsucker near my studio following the conference. I could go on and on about how fabulous Paul is, but I am rushing out for another hike to find more birds! Go like his Facebook Page and buy his book, but I warn you – prepare to be awed!
In case you didn’t know it, many of my images are available as all-occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop. Some have also been printed on canvas wraps and glossy aluminum.