Getting the Shot

Death Valley Photographer Silhouette at Night

We take a lot of photographs. And by a lot, I mean somewhere around 10,000 each year. Of all those photos I’d say that Shannon and I appear in only a couple of dozen (a good portion of which happen to be of Shannon’s backside for some reason).

We’ve just never been huge fans of photographing ourselves standing in front of things. We almost always find the world around us to be far more interesting and beautiful without us blocking the view. So we tend to focus our attention and our cameras away from ourselves.

At the same time, we are present in each and every one of those situations; oftentimes lying in the dirt or scrambling on top of something to get a better angle. That’s not something you normally get to see. So we decided put together a compilation of before and after photos to help tell the story of what goes into the thousands of shots we take each year.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona


Salmon Creek Falls, California


Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Glacier National Park, Montana

Baby Mountain Goat Glacier National Park 1 Baby Mountain Goat Glacier National Park

Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres, Spain


Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Death Valley National Park, California


Paso Robles, California

Paso Robles 1

Paso Robles Vineyard


Carcassonne, France


Big Sur, California


And finally, a proper chair

A proper chair

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20 Comments on “Getting the Shot”

  1. mtbtokyogirl August 20, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Did you wait till noon to take the best shot @ Antelope? When I visit there it was already afternoon and we misseed the best chance 😦
    Anyway, love your blog and beautiful photograph always!


    • Brian August 20, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Yeah, we took the noon tour. It was late in the season, though, so we didn’t get as many light beams as some people do. But a pretty amazing place regardless.


  2. lorrainetyner August 20, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Love it!


  3. Touring NH August 20, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    I have found myself in many of those positions. One time I was laying on the side of the road trying to get a shot and several people stopped to check on me, thinking I was injured. I’ve also stood on top of my jeep. One time comes to mind, I was in Sanibel trying to catch the osprey chicks in the nest – came away with some amazing shots


    • Brian August 20, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Too funny about people thinking you were injured. Nice to know that some people still would stop to help. LOL


  4. Jason August 20, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Great look behind the curtain😊 Thanks guys.


  5. Passports and Postcards August 20, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Our photo peeve~ Go stand by that_________(fill in the blank) fountain, mountain, plantation. I friend recently posted a photo of her standing, facing the camera. In the background a beautiful Glacier Park with wildflowers in foreground. This friend was BLOCKING the spectacular landscape.


  6. Princess Chaos's Oma August 20, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Love it! Beautiful photos! Reminds me of a time when we were in Bar Harbor, Maine, and I scrabbled down some cliffs and wedged myself between a few boulders to get a shot of my son sitting on the rocks with huge ocean waves seeming to leap over his head. What we won’t go through for an awesome shot!


  7. highland hind August 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    What a great idea! These shots really add to the story.


  8. samantha.busa August 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    These are really awesome!


  9. missmanagingxo August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    These are awesome! Great to see all the unique angles and whatnot that go into creating a great shot.


  10. Steven August 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    A great idea for a unique post. Thanks for sharing.


  11. Wingclipped August 21, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    I imagine you must need to get the sensor cleaned every now and again – how easy is that to do when you are constantly moving?


    • Brian August 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      I was really careful with my DSLR and never needed to have the sensor cleaned. I drowned my compact system camera before it was an issue. Now I have a fixed lens camera. So I’ve managed to avoid needing to do that at all.


  12. SomeKernelsOfTruth August 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Wow, the photos you take are stunning, and the lengths you go to for them are impressive…thanks for doing this!


    • Brian August 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      All in a days “work.” 😀


  13. eric.rial August 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    You’re inspiring me to work harder for some good shots!


  14. The Earth Beneath My Feet August 25, 2014 at 4:27 am #

    Great post – I can so identify. One of my travel companions has a veritable collection of pictures of my backside. I pay her well to keep them out of circulation 🙂


  15. raulconde001 August 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Those are great shots. 🙂


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