By Ted Grussing
… this year’s color up north has been a bust for me with high winds aloft keeping me from my favorite places and high winds on the surface stripping many trees of their leaves before I could get up there to shoot them. For those on the ground the photo opportunities have been very good as they do not necessarily shoot the expansive images I get from the air. I was in Flagstaff today and a lot of the stands looked pretty barren, good up close, but from the air they would be a bust for sure. So here is a shot from last year of Kendrick Peak which I shot as I was leaving the San Francisco Peaks and heading over to Kendrick. On the far left side of the image you can see a bit of color which is on the NW slopes of the SF Peaks. The color last year was without question the best I have ever seen up here and a bit of a downer to not have it again this year … so I will live a little in the past and reflect on the beauty that was. I was at 11,221 feet when I took the shot, Kendrick is 10,418 feet. It was a beautiful day and the cloud tops for the most part were around 10,000 feet. Hope you enjoy the photo.
It was a very good day, a pleasant day in Flagstaff, taking care of some business and enjoying an incredible couple of lattes with a friend. If you have not been to Brandy’s in the Safeway center off of Forest Ave you are missing great food and incredible lattes. My first latte was a caramel, vanilla latte, topped with an awesome amount of whipped cream and caramel syrup drizzled on top of it along with sprinkled crystalized sugar; my second one I dropped the caramel and vanilla but not the whipped cream. Today was fueled by no less than ten shots of espresso and four cups of coffee :+)
A great evening with the ISO 100 group over for dinner and viewing some of the most amazing photos I have seen in a long time. Great photographers in the group!
A need to be in Cottonwood in the morning so will do a wrap on the day and the week … back Monday morning … have a beautiful end of the week and weekend.
I bring but this one common thought, my life has wrought;
That from the dregs of drear despair, still everywhere
There is a joy I yet may sip – Tis comradeship
With all mankind, the high and low
— Max Ehrmann
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In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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