People tell me how lucky I am to live in California with all the beautiful scenery that draws people from around the world. And I have to agree, I am indeed lucky. But many say it in a way that implies "If only I didn't live where I live, I could have some really great pictures." With all due respect, I think that's a cop-out.
To be honest, I feel a little envy for people who live in places that get consistently dramatic skies and interesting weather. Because let's face it, weather in California is a little bland--great for tourists, not so much for photographers. Mind you I'm not complaining, I'm trying to point out that every region has its opportunities for the photographer who sees them.
For example, if somebody from Kansas were to lament the flat monotony of their terrain, I'd tell them if I lived there I'd be photographing the skies. I mean have you ever seen a midwestern thunderstorm? Seriously, just give me a simple tree, river, lake, or even a single rock to anchor my foreground beneath a midwest summer sky and I'd be one happy photographer.
When we get one of our rare interesting skies here in California, I don't really feel like I need to be in Yosemite, the Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur, or any of California's other world class locales. I just make for the foothills and one of my "go-to" trees or hillsides (which I'm constantly adding to). Finding a scene myself gives me a sense of discovery that in many ways makes the images more rewarding than my more iconic captures.
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