On the morning this photo was taken, I was awakened at 4:00 am by the sound of ATVs roaring past the horse trailer I was sleeping in. It was the 2014 opening day of Bow Hunting in Colorado and the bow hunters were out in force. I’m personally not a hunter but I understood the excitement for a day like that.
This image was shot durning the morning hike. We arrived at the trailhead at first light and hiked along a old logging road while waiting for the sun to rise. We were very deep in the Aspens so I never did see the sunrise but the light was incredibly, none the less.
My hunter’s name is Curt Ladich, a friend I’ve known since High School. He comes to this area near Pagosa Springs, Colorado every year for the last 15 year where he bow hunts Elk, Deer and Bear. I had the opportunity to follow him this year and photograph the experience. During the two weeks I was with him, he shared his knowledge of Elk hunting with me and I took away from this experience an new appreciation for hunters and their lifestyle.
This was one of my favorite shots from the two weeks I spent photographing Curt and a group Elk Hunters. I’ll be following this up with more images and story so please be sure to check back often.
I remember after school when all the other kids in my neighborhood were reading their comic books, I would be paging through the Life magazines that were stacked in my bedroom. I really feel those photos are now engrained in my subconscious mind so when I came across this image in my edit of the Jennifer Perlmutter shoot, it really reminded me of something I could have seen in one of those magazines. There’s something timeless about this image that makes it feel like it could have appeared in Life Magazine.
While I was shooting this I remember Jennifer was talking just before I captured this photo. I waited for her to finish while keeping my eye in the viewfinder and the lens pointed at her the whole time. Her gesture and gaze may have been the result of annoyance but the moment feels calm and reflective in the photo. There’s a stillness in her gesture that is intriguing and the seriousness in her eyes draws the viewers attention further into the image. The curl in her hair is a nice accent and give the image a little swagger.
When editing a group of images I’m always on the lookout for that diamond in the rough. I’m looking for that one image that didn’t jump out at me at first but is truly something special. I believe this is one of those diamonds. Although it was part of my final set of chosen images, I didn’t consider it to be among the best. But now that I’ve had some time since the original capture, I realize what a wonderful and unique image it is.
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- Opening Day of Hunting Season
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- Jennifer Perlmutter - Artist at Work
- Polina Smith
- The Tilt Shift Lens
- Paying Homage
- Bow Hunting in Colorado
- Elk Hunting with Curt Ladich