White Sands, New Mexico
“A Simple, Slightly Curved Horizon Line” – White Sands, New Mexico – Eric Kotara – Featured Photographer
“K.I.S.S.”- Keep is Simple, Stupid! I try to remember this when I am out shooting. As Eric shows in this wonderful photograph less is definitely more. Sky, sand, shadow, beautiful woman and that is it. As Eric talks about below, the woman becomes part of the landscape. White on white. If you look back through our archieves you will notice some of our most compelling features are of subjects with very simple backgrounds. So today’s tip is to “Spring Clean” by removing all of the clutter from your image before you snap the shutter.
If you are lucky enough to live in Austin, TX and plan on getting married soon Eric could be your photographer. View his portfolio here http://www.erickotaraphotography.com
You can also view a portion of his portfolio here http://500px.com/EricKotara
My wife and I like to travel. We both got bit by the wanderlust bug whilst studying in Rome, Italy in College. This need to see new places continued once we got married and has carried us to many wonderful places, near and far.
One day my wife came home from work and announced she now had an unscheduled long weekend starting the following day. I thought for a second to myself and then said “let’s go somewhere”. Living in central Texas, our options were limited to places within a day’s drive and White Sands, NM seemed like a perfect place. So we got a short night of restless sleep, overfed the cats, overfilled the litter box, took out the garbage (learned that lesson before!), turned the thermostat up and took off. At the last minute before we left, Susie asked if she should take her wedding dress with her. I said “HELL YEAH!”
Back story, ever since we got married we have travelled with her dress on occasion to take more and more pictures with her in it. I was not a wedding photographer when we got married, not much of a photographer at all, really. So having the opportunity to make more bridal images of my wife is always something that interests the both of us.
So off to Alamorgordo, NM we went! It was late spring and everything was beautiful on our way out. We arrived to White Sands in a sandstorm kicked up by a thunderstorm and saw some of the best storm scenery we’d ever seen. We shot landscape that evening in the park to familiarize ourselves with the place before heading back into town to rest. We had no reservations anywhere, but ended up at the Best Western; which happens to sport some swank honeymoon suites with hot tubs in the bedrooms It was worth the extra $20 a night.
The next morning we set out to the park with her dress. This was one of the first images I captured. The sun was low, the dunes fresh and windswept, the sand…. was white, and the composition just came together with ease. I saw a dune not far from the shanty bathroom she used to change and asked her to walk out to a certain spot and pose. The sun cast a long shadow and controlling the highlights on her left side left the sky nice and dark. What is really amazing, and something that many people mention when viewing the photograph, is that shadows on the white sand are the same hue as the sky. I cloned out her footprints for this version to have her appear as if she belonged there, like a permanent fixture in a desolate land.
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