A few weeks ago I met up with Keith, my buddy from high school who now lives in Phoenix, and we took a week-long photography trip that included the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park. Last night, I did a short phone interview with Keith as I wanted his perspective of what the trip was like from someone with no photography experience. Note that the landscape photographs are his.
Tim: So how much, if any, experience with photography have you had before this trip.
Keith: That would be zero.
Tim: How about art in general? You did some wood-burning and woodworking, right?
Keith: Yeah, I did some wood-burning. That was self-taught. And I’ve been to a few painting classes. But that’s about the extent of it.
Tim: Knowing that this was going to be a photography trip, what were you expecting?
Keith: I was expecting to carry all of your stuff! Like I was going to be your bag-boy, you know?
Tim: How closely did your expectations match your experience?
Keith: Totally opposite. It was like, free reign. I thought I was going to be in prison and I was actually set free, you know?
Tim: Any particular memorable or exciting moment?
Keith: The thunderstorms. That was fun, yes. And probably, the four-wheel road in Arches, that was pretty memorable. And breaking down on the side of the highway in the middle of the desert on our way home. Very memorable.
Tim: Not in a great way though.
Keith: No, not really.
Tim: Maybe someday we’ll look back and laugh about it.
Keith: Some day, some day.
Tim: Not yet?
Keith: Not yet.
Tim: So what was your favorite location on this trip?
Keith: I’m gonna have to say the Grand Canyon. I’d never been there, it was quite amazing.
Tim: Several of the sunrises and sunsets had what I call “peak” color, that lasts less than a minute, sometimes only seconds. Did you have moments where you found yourself scrambling to get the shot?
Keith: Yeah, when we were at Monument Valley at sunset, and our last sunset at Arches National Park. That Arches sunset came quick. I didn’t even get a photo of the rainbow.
Tim: You actually did.
Keith: Yeah, it’s very small. You can barely see it. Ashley was like, “That’s not a rainbow!”. I was like, “See, it’s right there! It’s just small!” She was like, “That’s not a rainbow.”
Tim: So how does this trip change you look at a landscape photograph?
Keith: Totally different. I never really thought of a landscape photograph other than, you know, like if you take a picture of the sunset you take a picture of the sun going down; but if you turn around, you actually see all the colors that the sunset actually makes.
Tim: Were you surprised at the different colors and types of light?
Keith: Oh yeah. Yeah. I was very intrigued. It actually got me motivated to get my own camera and start taking my own pictures.
Tim: So are you ready for our next trip?
Keith: Yes! Are leaving next week or??
Keith: Oh, Ashley says no.