We’re just past the halfway point of our Mentor Series Worldwide Treks workshop in Grand Teton National Park, but we’ve had an incredible few days. When I first learned about these treks, I questioned if 4 days was enough time to see a dramatic improvement in my photography. It turns out that it’s more than enough!
We still have two more major shoots but I already have more images in the can than I ever imagined. I’ve also learned a ton.
Since this Mentor Series Worldwide Treks experience began, instructor Layne Kennedy has really encouraged us to look beyond the obvious frame and shoot images in a series. As an editorial-driven photojournalist, he uses the techinque to efficiently tell a story.
Essentially, a wide, medium, and tight image is required, but it adds extra impact to truly explore the subject. I’ve really been working hard to walk all around my subject and to shoot from higher and lower perspectives.
Mentor Series Worldwide Treks Series
These Balsamroot flowers are just past their peak in Grand Teton National Park; however, plenty have hung on through the unseasonably hot weather over the past few weeks. I’ve been particularly drawn to the flowers – which are nicknamed mules-ears – as foreground elements. Thanks to Layne’s advice, I’ve also made an effort to photography them from different perspectives and in different style frames. Here are the results.