Favorite Tips for Photographing at Burning Man

Awakening by Ryan Elmendorf, Nick Geurts

August is when I prepare for another trip back to Burning Man. Despite the complicated logistics, endless details and physical challenges of photographing in the intense heat and alkaline dust, I am drawn to return again.  When I post my Burning Man photo galleries after each event, many people ask me for details on how I photograph there, and how I protect my gear (and myself) in such conditions. They also ask what gear I use, so I … more >>

Photographing Rural Industrial Abstracts in B&W

Abandoned Granary

I recently co-led a full workshop in Washington’s Palouse region, where landscapes are most people’s major focus. But when traveling in the countryside, I love the meditation of photographing graphic abstracts in abandoned and industrial spaces. Such details provide an opportunity for me to get close, and provide a mental balance to photographing grand landscapes, local people and rural life.    I try to seek out graphic compositions where various materials overlap with textural shadows, and where fasteners, cracks and holes … more >>

Capturing Historic Palouse in B&W

Sheep farm, Palouse

There is deep American history imbued within every stalk of wheat and worn wooden plank in eastern Washington’s Palouse region. I sensed it when I slowed down and quieted my anticipation. I paused intentionally and inhaled the sweet air to further inform my senses. The region is a must-shoot destination for thousands of photographers each year, and every one of them prizes the rolling fields and aging barns. But from my experience, few take the … more >>