If you are ever in the wilderness and you want someone to take a photograph of you, you could hand your smartphone to the nearest person and hope for the best. However, I have a few suggestions (slightly tongue-in-cheek) that might improve the odds:
- Arrange to be in the company of one of the best landscape photographers working today. (Yeah, that’s you, Charlie Cramer.)
- Make a photograph of him at work and hope that this inspires him to photograph you doing the same thing.
- Be sure to place yourself so that dramatic golden hour light hits you in partial profile.
- Be sure to position yourself against an appropriate background.
- Gaze attentively and thoughtfully into the distance. ;-)
Bonus hint: Be sure to level your tripod first, or your photographer friends may never let you live it down. ;-)
Here’s a photograph of Charlie at work, too
In all seriousness, when you are out shooting, do photograph your fellow photographers. Each of us needs photographs of ourselves, and a photograph by a friend (or of a friend) is a special thing.
Morning Musings are somewhat irregular posts in which I write about whatever is on my mind at the moment.
G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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