I had intended to get this post up last week, but as sometimes happens life intervened and I got sidetracked. The month of September kept me busy with two trips to the Grand Canyon – a backpacking trip down to the Colorado River from the South Rim followed a couple weeks later with a photo trip to the North Rim.
Last week we took a five-day outing with Arizona Highways Photography Workshops to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon. The workshop was led by Suzanne Mathia and supported by Tyler, A.J. and Todd from Arizona Outback Adventures. It was a great trip with some excellent hikes, spectacular photographs, and lots of fun!
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We did a little macro photo shoot a couple weekends ago, with plenty of interesting subjects to get a close look at. OK, I confess… shooting flowers and butterfly wings bores me to tears. Yes, they’re pretty and have nice detail, but the live stuff is much more interesting to me. As a result most of my shots were of spiders and other bugs. The lead shot hardly even qualifies as a macro shot since a tarantula is a pretty good size critter. This one was about four inches across as he was posing, probably another couple of inches bigger if he was trying to go somewhere. He was very docile, pretty much taking a nap which made for easy photographs.
The Tiger Gecko was a little more mobile and made for a little challenge for a good capture. I decided to not worry about the tail going out of focus to get a natural looking shot. It seemed more interesting than a view from the side.
I would have never thought of a spider as being cute, but the Jumping Spider did have some personality. It was quite animated and seemed to be almost posing for me. It was quite fascinated with its reflection in the lens, and seemed almost puzzled by it at times. The two large eyes in front which are its main vision are mobile, the other six eyes are apparently more for warning.
Last weekend we took a trip up to Page for a workshop with LeRoy DeJolie. While the main purpose of the trip was to shoot some slot canyons, the entire area is beautiful. Rather that try to capture it in words, I’ll just let a few of the photos speak for themselves.
The Missus and I recently spent a weekend in the Flagstaff area shooting some landscapes during the “Mountains and Meadows of Northern Arizona” workshop put on by Arizona Highways Photography Workshops. This particular workshop was run by Shane McDermott, a Flagstaff landscape photographer.