Apr 18 2014

Mount Rainier National Park Workshop

I have this great fondness for Mount Rainier. It is the landscape that I grew up with and the view of it southeast of Seattle inspires me to this day. It is hard to miss—an unbelievable landscape rising abruptly from sea level to 14,000 feet. This shining, white mountain has always loomed above and beyond Seattle, both unsettling in its latent volcanic power and awesome in its beauty.

It was the allure of the mountain that got me to Mount Rainier early in my life. I’ve climbed the mountain several times over the years, but I visit at least a couple times a year to photograph its magnificence and get grounded. I’m motivated to inspire people—to uplift people—and I find mountain imagery does that. I also love to turn people on to things that have excited me in the past; with Mount Rainier it is very easy to do.

From any different angle Mount Rainier presents a perfect and amazing landscape. I love that fact that it is often shrouded in mist, and as the day changes the mountain just comes out of nowhere. The mists themselves are great subjects as moisture and light and hidden forests give rise to clearing skies. It is a subject that is never boring and often entertaining.

In mid-August monkey flowers are flourishing along the small streams that come down from the snow fields above. There’s western anemone, lupine, beautiful paintbrush, and asters. As you are fully engaged photographing the details of the landscapes you’re likely to see animals pop up as it is an environment that is rich for wildlife. There are foxes that live up in there as well as black bears; mountain goats often come off the barren slopes and cross the mountain valleys. Martens, marmots, jays, squirrels, chipmunks and pikas are all up there waiting to be discovered.

Down in the old growth forests a whole new range of subjects reveal themselves—from the beautiful details of the old growth trees to the fungus that start to come out in the early fall to the beautiful oak ferns, oxalis and hellebore. If we are lucky we may see some forest animals as well. Ptarmigan and grouse make that zone home, but deer pass through the forests as well as spotted owls, barred owls, and calliope hummingbirds. It’s all part of the experience of photographing in what is a rich, accessible environment.

I always look forward to returning to Mount Rainier, and I definitely love to share it with people who have never been.

Art Wolfe Rainier Workshop
August 22-24, 2014
Click HERE for all the information or to register

Apr 16 2014

Gura Gear and Art of the Photograph Giveaway!

We’ve teamed up with Gura Gear to give away a Gura Gear Bataflae Pack System and two other winners will also receive a copy of The Art of the Photograph, one signed. Enter with the Rafflecopter below. Increase your chances of winning by completing all the options. Good luck!

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Apr 15 2014

Papua New Guinea: Behind the Scenes & Sepik Totems

I was able to upload the rest of the images from the Sepik before hopping on the airplane to head home.

Traveling up the Sepik River has definitely been a greater challenge than the earlier part of the trip. However, struggle is not without its rewards. References to freshwater crocodiles are in evidence everywhere you look in Sepik tribal culture. The Sepik tribes revere the freshwater crocs since they are the only big, bad thing in their environment (other than the clouds of bloodsucking mosquitoes). They mimic the scales in their corporeal scarification and their houses are made of layered leaves to look like croc scales. Sacred totems and elaborate carvings also colorfully incorporate the crocodile.

Apr 14 2014

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Close of Entries April 17!


The new international photography competition, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, launched by the world-renowned photographer Charlie Waite at the end of 2013, will close for entries on the 17th of April, 2014.

The competition is open to all photographers from anywhere in the world, for their images of the rural and urban landscapes of the United States of America.

A highly regarded panel of judges, made up of some of the most prestigious landscape photographers in the USA, such as Art Wolfe, David Muench, Christopher Burkett, Jim Patterson, Tim Fitzharris, Marc Muench, Marc Adamus and Brenda Tharp will review images to determine the overall winner of USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014.

The overall winner will be determined on the basis of three images, which can have been entered into any one, or any combination, of the Award Categories:

• Classic View
• Urban Landscape
• Black & White
• Landscape on the Move
• My U.S.A.

There will also be an overall youth winner for the photographer under 21 years of age that enters the strongest three images across the Award Categories. There is a significant prize fund which includes US$5,000 to the overall winner, US$1,000 to category winners and awards in cash, equipment, and mentoring to category and special prize winners.

Details of the competition can be found on the website and winners will be announced in USA Today on the 31st of May, 2014. For more information:
Visit: www.usalandscapephotogheroftheyear.com
Email: info@usalandscapephotographeroftheyear.com