Hello! I am a 17 year old photographer, well on my way to improving my work in the field and studio, and hopefully one day a professional. I have taken close to 70,000 photos since October 5th, 2011 (the day I bought my K-5) and this next photo is by far my most powerful. The reason why I chose this photograph is because I have actually come in contact with him and I am bringing him to my High School as a motivational speaker. I also believe that this photograph (these photographs) is just overflowing with emotion.
This is my favorite image of all the photos I took during a photo trip to Bryce Canyon with 15 other photographers. This was shot with a Pentax K10D during the last week in May after a freak winter storm blanketed the beautiful canyon with snow. It was freezing cold and at about 5:30 a.m. when I captured this scene. Our group leader decided to step out and get closer to Mother Nature. His bright red jacket was a perfect contrast to the grey morning.
There are two thing you need to know about me. First is that I love adventure. Being primarily a landscape/nature photographer and living in Kansas City leaves me itching to get away sometimes. So, with nowhere in mind I hopped on the highway for about an hour, took a random exit and kept driving until I was lucky enough to come across this field as the sun was setting.
Second is that I am a sucker for unique process techniques. I love pictures that are unique or different than what you would expect. This led me to the processing technique that I used.
I had been wanting to shoot something creative for some time. When I came home one day to find that my daughter had baked cinnamon rolls, I knew I had found my subject. I picked this image because it represents the fun you can have in your own house using just ordinary household objects and techniques of a relatively manageable complexity level. My aim was to use some compositing to make the rolls fly and get some feeling of action. I think the result turned out quite well. Why? Because everyone I've shown the image to has asked me questions like "How did you throw them?" or "How many rolls ended of on the floor?".