Look. If it’s all the same, I’d prefer to shoot landscpaes that are devoid of people. It’s not that I’m anti-social or don’t like shooting with other photographers. Not at all. Rather, I know what I like to shoot and people don’t really fit into the equation very often. I love landscapes – both urban and natural. I love soaking it all in and contending with what is in front of me rather than who is in front of me. There are certainly times and places where I enjoy having people in my scene, but those are far and few between.

So, in order for me to afford myself such opportunities to shoot with minimal human distractions, I have to shoot during the times of year when most people are probably indoors, keeping warm. It’s like a reverse commute for photographers. It was cold yesterday morning when I arrived at the boardwalk on Coney Island. It was one of those mornings when I wished that my Tilt Shift lens had auto focus just so I wouldn’t have to use my bare extremities to achieve proper focus.

But, as you could see, the efforts paid off. There were barely any pedestrians on the boardwalk which, in more comfortable temps, would normally be flooded with people.

And this is simply one example of having to suck it up. Last year, after the WPPI Expo in Las Vegas, a few of us traveled to Red Rocks Canyon to shoot some of the upper water pools in the park. It required some rock climbing and scaling of rock walls – two things which I really am not too comfortable with. But, hell, it was either suck it up or not get the shots. And really, that latter option really isn’t a viable one if you want to make it as a prolific photographer.

You simply need to do what you need to do to get the shot. No?

In album Pic Picks Over The Years (100 photos)

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