As much as I love taking photos, I also love looking at other people’s work. It amazes me sometimes at how some people go to great lengths to capture a shot they want. Talk about passion! One of my friends, Hao Chen, is such a person and I thought to share some of his photos (that I routinely stalk on Facebook). He has kindly given me permission to showcase his work and all the photos here are taken by him.
Now for the Photographer’s Snippet – comments from the photographer himself.
“I was inspired by the views seen in Google Earth. I wanted to capture something similar and planned the Glencoe hiking route for this purpose. People normally start their hike from the east for safety purposes, but I wanted to get a view of the lake which is located to the west of Glencoe. Hiking from the east would not give me the optimal conditions for taking photos because the sun would be in my camera and the weather may not be great by the time we arrive in the afternoon. So my friend, Cole, and I started our hike from the west. We were both shocked to discover such an amazing sight, which I don’t believe any photo can adequately capture. I certainly admire the wonders of God’s handiwork. As expected, I caught this great view with extremely bright sunshine and perfect blue sky which makes the lake look like a big blue gem. The weather did turn grey and cloudy in the afternoon and I was glad we took the abnormal hiking route. We did pay the price of course, as it was indeed a tougher and more dangerous path. We hiked from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fortunately, we got back safely.”
A twelve-hour hike. Up and down mountains for twelve hours. Just to get shots exactly the way you want them. I would probably last 10 minutes. But aren’t those great photos?
I guess if I want to take shots, I’m gonna need to work on my stamina. Time to clean the dust and cobwebs off the StairMaster.