On the recent Pacific Horticulture Society tour of Alaska everybody was a photographer.
The Botanical Alaska tour was organized through PacHort, and unlike many of our tours, instead of gardens, this one concentrated on natural areas and wildflowers. But like all tours, everyone had a camera of some kind, and I was delighted to offer photography tips.
The first trick of getting a good photograph is to be in the right place at the right time and our naturalist guides provided plenty of opportunity.
Guides David Wimpfheimer and John Burns have both been to Alaska many times, knew where to take us, and were adept at handling a group that sometimes wanted to dawdle and take photos and others who wanted to get down the trail.
The wide open spaces and vast landscapes can make it hard to find great compositions but simply having a camera and using it to observe can make the whole experience more rewarding.
I will post my own pictures and tips on another blog post about Alaska but I do hope all of the photographers on this trip learned to be very aware of the landscape by using the camera.
Yes, it is too often true that many tourists use the camera to grab a memory rather than appreciate the scene, but I do find a camera can make you even more aware of the moment, allowing you to study and make careful compositions.
Sometime photographers photograph photographers photographing photographic scenes.
Gallery: Botanical Alaska in PhotoBotanic Archives