Can the prairie be extreme?
When starting something new like a blog, something involving content that will accumulate over time in the public eye, it’s impossible to avoid that opening challenge — what to say first? I’m starting this blog to talk mainly about photography. While I will probably touch on other subjects that interest me, as well, I guess I should stay on topic at the beginning. Start as you mean to go on, and all that.
So here’s a question. Can the prairie be extreme? Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou and Branimir Gjetvaj certainly think so. They have teamed up to run a photo tour next month called Extreme Saskatchewan. The tour is described by both Darwin and Sam, and it struck me right away as “I gotta go!”
This trio of instructors will introduce a small group to early summer (or is it late spring?) in southwest Saskatchewan. While much of my landscape portfolio is currently comprised of mountain scenes and other traditional “grand vistas”, I have lived in prairie places far too long to be unaware of the majesty of big sky, sweeping fields and grasslands, and the overwhelming sense of space. I’m fortunate to be one of the attendees on this tour, and I’m very much looking forward to tackling the prairie.
The sun rises early across the flatlands, and that’s the other reason this tour came by its moniker. On the full photography days, we’re going to be up at oh-dark-thirty so we can get out on location for sunrise. And then of course shoot until some time after sundown. Yep, that’s a wee bit extreme!
What’s your extreme photo pursuit? What inspires you to run around on half a night’s sleep, camera in hand?