11-07-2014 09:07 AM
12-02-2014 09:35 PM
"Galen Rowell had . . . had another key advantage . . . : He lived in the San Francisco Bay area. This meant he could go out shooting often."
That's a good point. I often lament living in Washington DC. If monuments are your thing, great. If wide open spaces are more to your liking, it's not so good. Galen Rowell did much of his early work in his own back yard, and places like Yosemite being a 3-hour drive from home were highly instrumental to his early success. I grant that getting to New York City or Europe is easier from the East Coast than from the West Coast, but the American West and the Pacific Rim are another matter. The lesson of course is to play to the strengths of your location, or else move (not so easy). The other option is to have a little get up and go (and a day job that pays). I'm making my second trip to Yellowstone in the span of three months because I did not complete the collection of shots I wanted on the first trip.
BTW, I'm a longstanding Pentaxian, having owned many Pentax cameras bodies and lenses. Currently shooting a K-3 with a K-30 as backup. Latest lens acquisition is the DA*300mm (and a HD TC1.4 to go with it).