Searching for Shadows

October 1, 2016

     I have always been interested in shadows, especially watching how they move and envelop light.  The ever-changing lines, angles, and shapes they form and how they penetrate into natural textures like rocks, mountains, and forests are surreal to explore.  I also like to search for wildlife in shadows and make photographs of their shadows in motion.  Here is an image I made as shadows quickly raced across the valley beneath Longs Peak, CO., a great climbing face. 

Shadow Kiss, Longs Peak, CO  ©Brian Rivera Uncapher

Shadow Kiss, Longs Peak, CO

©Brian Rivera Uncapher

The Melody of Motion in Photography

August 15, 2016

     Showing motion and speed in images is a great way to enhance the art of photography.  Ernst Haas, one of the first highly acclaimed photographers to utilize this technique, expressed his thoughts on this art form in the following passage.

The basic idea was to liberate myself from this old concept and arrive at an image in which the spectator could view the beauty of the fourth dimension, which lies much more between moments than within a moment.
— Ernst Haas

     Haas not only changed color photography forever but also introduced the art world to the melody of motion in still photography.  Today, this form of photography is often referred to as panning, and, as a nature and wildlife photographer, I use it not only to express the mood, motion, and mindfulness of landscapes but also to reveal the emotional and exhilarating action of wildlife. 

Antelope Pronghorn by Brian Rivera Uncapher