Almost there

The above picture is how I will remember Baja this year. It seems like there was more times than I can think of where I looked around and this was the picture I saw. Not a bad way to remember the place.

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow we will be in Seattle and that will signify the official start of Alaska for me. Though I won’t officially start in the great white north for another month, I am ready for it. Four years now, it’s hard to believe.

Here’s to another good summer!

Making our way up the coast

We’ve made it up about one third of the baja coast now. The Sea Bird is currently off the coast of Magdelena Bay, headed up to Sitka, AK. I’ll be riding it up to Seattle, WA where I’ll be done working for a few weeks.

The water has been pretty smooth so far, but it’s supposed to be getting rougher tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be able to update in a couple of days.

For now…… all is well.

Isla San Marcos

It’s funny, when you talk to people about the art form that they have chosen to use to vent their creativity they usually get pretty serious about it. With all of these respected and coveted photographers aboard, there is definitely a bit of seriousness in the air. If you sit and talk to each one of them about how to take a good picture, they will each tell you a different thing. I find it interesting that most of the photo geeks I’ve come across the last couple of years will step right up and tell you that their way is the best way.

As time goes on I’ve realized that there is no right and wrong when it comes to doing things. It’s really more about consistency. If you do things consistently you will get better and better. That is why anyone that is new to anything isn’t as good as the person that has been doing things forever. The apprentice is trying to learn his way, making mistakes and learning the lessons it takes to become more efficient at what they do. Slow and steady wins the race. In this case, the race isn’t really a race at all. It’s about learning to put something down on a piece of paper the same way that you see it in your mind. That’s what makes a good photo. When I can look at something, snap pictures of it, then later that day see the picture and it is exactly as I remembered it. That is a good photo.

We’ve had a good couple of presentations from Cotton Coulsen and Sissie Brimberg, both of which have worked for National Geographic Magazine for thirty plus years. They also have photos published in just about every travel magazine known to man. The style they have is very distinct, and attractive to my eye. They shoot everything at an aperture of F/5.6 or larger. Everything. In a lot of ways this makes sense to me, but not always. Really, I’m still learning and very much the apprentice. I’ll give this a try for a bit and see how it works for me. It should be a good experience, none the less.

The weather has been insanely good lately, little wind and calm seas the whole time. The last couple of days we’ve been making our way up the sea on our way to the midriff islands. Currently, we are off the coast of Santa Rosalia exploring the island of San Carlos. We only come here a couple of times a year, so this is a treat. We will be in Santa Rosalia for about 24 hours, and then the real treat begins. We head north to the midriffs, where we only venture once or twice a year. Islas Rasa and Estaban will hopefully be a big treat for us, if the wind and seas will allow.