Most photographers work at creating a mood or atmosphere to their photos. Lighting, color, scenery, emotion and expression are all contributors.  Often the atmospheric mood becomes a style or trademark of the photographer and for us amateurs it is sometimes a pleasant surprise.

If you have never been to the Grand Canyon, you won’t know that every time you visit it is a different experience. Weather and sunlight are the greatest contributors to the dramatic photos. For me, living close by  takes the visits to another perspective. I have the privilege to bringing many people for their first time. What captures my spirit is the sentiment and the emotion it brings to them, and what the camera captures is another story...sometimes.   Regardless, no one forgets their first visit to the Grand Canyon.

On this particular day I hollered at my nieces and nephew to turn around.  We had just arrived and I loved that nearby tourists had moved along so I could get just the three of them in the photo.  The timing was perfect. The photo captured their initial expression, but the mood that sprung out of this shot changed the story.  While their expression was that initial wow moment I expect, a look at the photo later convinced us that  this  might just be a performance of and up-and-coming pop band.

Wind Kisses, Donna

Has this ever happen to you?  Did weather change the emotion of a photo or did the photo-bomb of someone make a photo that much better?  Did the outcome of the photo change from the expectation? Maybe for a moment you realized what you didn’t see the first time.    Love to hear your stories.  

As always, let me know if Arizona is on your itinerary.  As someone who doesn’t always like the beaten path, I will send you in the direction that suits just you.


The Daily Post:  Atmospheric