At the end of August this year I helped the Sedona Photography Symposium get off the ground with it's first annual event. A year and a half ago at the Moab Photography Symposium I approached the founder Sarah Dolliver and offered to volunteer at the event. In April she asked me if I would be interested in serving on the board, and to help in the planning and running the event at the Sedona Creative Life center. I offered to help set up chairs, and make coffee. I did that and much more.
It was a great event and I got to meet and hang out with some of my favorite landscape photographers such as Erin Babnik, Kurt Budlinger, Adam Schallau, Suzanne Mathia, Cole Thompson, and David Cobb.
Erin Babnik conversing with Elaine Belvin at J Wine Bistro
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny...but in ourselves." -William Shakespeare
With all the attention the comet NEOWISE was getting lately, I was starting to get down-right envious. The shots I have seen were amazing! But as it turned out the comet wasn't as easy to view as it seemed on the internet. And so I began the chase. Early on I thought that it could best be viewed from atop of a local building that I had access to. I got up hours before dawn and shlepped my gear up the six stories. Ready at 4:30 am to catch a glimpse. Except I had no idea where it was. Which way should I point my camera? How long of a shutter speed? Was it there and I just couldn't find it? I decided to pack it in and go home for more research. I tried the next morning at a local park. I had clear skies, why couldn't I see it? Alright enough of this sleep deprivation.... I guess it was giving me brain damage. Back to the drawing table. After a few days mor…
Now that the new year is almost upon us, I have been looking back at some of the images I've created the past twelve months. Creatively speaking, this has been a pretty good year for image making for me. I had one of the most memorable epic trips, river rafting the Grand Canyon for my birthday. I revisited and backpacked to some remote hoodoos in Escalante National Monument. I became heavily involved at the Sedona Photography Symposium. My involvement with the fine folks in Sedona landed me a fun trip to the Valley of Fire in Nevada. It was also the hottest place I had ever been in April, clocking in at 97 in the shade. I wrote and self-published a book on photographing the Grand Canyon, which received positive reviews, as well as a successful presentation at the Sedona Camera Club. I created some interesting night images, as well as some intimate ones as well.
The year started off with a winter trip to the Grand Canyon. There were some areas that I had to shoot to fill some ga…