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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Patience

I've always said that photography is not "about light." But, light is certainly the most important tool we have to clarify and dramatize what we want to say about life. Obviously, no where is this more true than in the landscape.

Here is a spectacular location — Hell's Backbone in southern Utah. A little hazy due to dust in the atmosphere, a whole bunch of blah under an overcast sky. I'm not saying it's impossible to make an interesting photograph under these conditions, but a little light would sure help. Fortunately, it was a day with intermittent clouds, so a little patience was all that was called for.

According to the EXIF data, the image below was made 4-mintues, 43-seconds after the one above. It's examples like this that motivate me to propose that time and patience are among the most useful photographic tools we have. If you can only take one extra tool with you into the field, make it an extra day. That way you won't feel pressure if waiting for the light becomes the most prevalent use of your time in the field.

Tech data:

Panasonic G2 using a Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 lens at 45mm. ISO 100. f/6.3 at 1/320th sec.