Robert Garrigus* Photography

Bob Garrigus in the field by Dave SandersonThe Guy behind the camera

Folks I'm not a professional photographer nor am I going to try to convince you that I'm some artistic prodigy who is here to reveal the mysteries of the universe to you through my photographs. What I am is a person who enjoys exploration of the world and who tends to look for, and attempts to isolate using a camera, the aesthetic visual form, patterns and color that appeal to me. Sometimes I achieve my intent and other times I'm sure that I fail but for me the true joy is in the journey. Here's wishing you great light!

Photographer's Statement

When I go out into the world with a camera I am most interested in finding and isolating beauty in two-dimensional form. This beauty may be in-your-face color as seen in a glorious sunrise or sunset or it may be in softer, more subtle details such as lichen patterns on a rock or the rugged poetry of a fisherman's hands as he mends his nets. My primary subject is landscape and nature but I am starting to branch out and explore the possibilities of portraiture - insofar as my innate shyness will permit. I have no time for, or interest in, arguments on the aesthetic or artistic value of landscape photography versus portraiture or "street" photography. In my opinion they all require different approaches and expertise and they can all produce expressive imagery that is of value to those who will open themselves to it. I think Robert Adam's said it best "...no subject matter is unimportant and no human response to it is unworthy of our attention."

My approach involves a combination of pre-visualization and adaptation to developing light conditions. I spend a lot of time exploring locations and developing ideas about the images that I might make and the types of light required. I may intuit that the scene might look best as a backlit scene at sunrise or sunset or that it would render best with light coming from the side with interesting clouds. Other times the scene and subject might look better in soft, overcast light. However, very often conditions just don't turn out the way I plan so I need to be able to identify and treat subjects to fit the ambient light and weather conditions. This is especially true when traveling to a location with which I may not be very familiar. I may head to the coast in the hopes of making a wonderful and dramatic sunrise vista but end up making a series of close ups of flaking paint and rust on a dilapidated fishing boat. In my opinion that is part of the secret of making compelling photographic images. Stubbornly hanging onto a pre-visualized image in the wrong conditions is the road to mediocrity and disappointment and no amount of post-processing on the computer later will save things.

Equipment

I'd have to estimate that the most important equipment that I own is the pair of spherical optical organs and retinas that I carry around in my otherwise rather unimpressive head. The real work comes when you start to look through a viewfinder and determine what to include in, or exclude from, a photograph. For those who want to know more about the technical side of my exploits then here you go. I currently use (depending on the situation):

Cameras: Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lenses: Canon TS-E 17mm, Canon TS-E 24mm, Canon TS-E 90mm, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L,Canon EF 24-105mm, Canon EF 100mm f/1.8 Macro, Canon EF 1.4X & 2X II Extenders, Canon EF 25 II extension tube
Filters: Lee filter holder, Lee & Singh Ray graduated ND filters, B&W and Heliopan circular polarizers, Canon 500D close-up
Accessories: Bogen-Manfrotto BN3021 tripod, Gitzo Series 3 6X, RRS BH-55 ballhead, Canon remote shutter release and hot-shoe bubble level, Kata R-102 camera backpack, Cabela's hip waders (who'd have thought?)
Software: Canon DPP, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Photomatix Pro, PTGui Pro, Helicon Focus


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