On The Road With Monte
When I think back at my favorite travel photographs they almost invariably turn out to be of the people I ran into along the way. There are exceptions, of course. For the most part, however, as much as I look for "picture post card" opportunities it's usually the people pictures that I treasure the most. As I'm writing this I'm flying over the country again...thinking back at some of the pictures I made during the past few weeks.
One of the first of them
that comes to mind is a portrait I made of my good friend and Photoshop
guru, Eddie Tapp. He just happened to be walking by the Canon booth
in Las Vegas at the WPPI convention while I was demonstrating the new
Canon 1Ds digital camera. I was working with three lights: a main, a
fill, and a hairlight. My exposure was for the main light. The fill
and the hairlights were 11/2 stops less.
Other classes this past year led me to photographing one of the most memorable people I've ever met. While teaching my annual class in Asheville, North Carolina, I attended a lecture by Bob Morgan, pilot of the Memphis Belle aircraft that made history in World War II. I knew immediately that I wanted to photograph this man. He agreed to come to our class that week, where I created this image of him in his bomber jacket.
While in Vegas on another occasion a personal friend of mine invited me to attend the opening day celebration for the first day of school where he was principal. From the school's rooftop I photographed everyone outside as they prepared to start their next school term. It was a moment in time that brought back so many memories of my children's first day of school each year, as well as my own school days. It was a different kind of travel picture than I usually think of.
Since most of my traveling
is for teaching photographic classes, I often photograph some interesting
faces along the way. In particular, I remember getting up on a cold winter
morning just a few days ago in Korea to photograph in a small village
that had been historically preserved and restored. Although it was fun
photographing the unusual buildings, the pictures that I got the most
kick out of were these two pictures of my host and one of my co-instructors.
A couple of the models in Korea
will be a part of my lifelong memories. In particular this little boy
who called me "Grandpa!"--he was one of my favorites.
The photograph was made on stage during a class demonstration. With almost
100 professional photographers looking on I created this snapshot that
was cropped down from the original. His dark hat seemed to dominate the
photograph too much, so I cropped into it and zeroed in on just his beautiful
The Caribbean has sort of become
my second home, since I've been consulting for the photographic
division of Carnival Cruise Lines and another group that's doing
the photography for Sandals Resorts. Here's an image that I created
this past year on Turks and Caicos. I made a family portrait of this couple
with their five children. The overcast day created a totally different