STEPS

December 06, 2012  •  1 Comment

We must have been on vacation!  How do I know?  It was raining.  Camped in the rain in Rocky Mountain National Park, drove in the rain all over Colorado that year, 1970.  We were so excited to pull into Great Sand Dunes National Monument and the rain had stopped.  The dunes were wet down to a depth of about 3 inches.  We had been on a hike, Cindy and me, walking the dunes.  On one of the dunes close to the parking area I found a fairly steep face and started traversing it stomping thru the wet sand as I went.   I turned and asked Cindy to step in my footprints.  We zigzagged all the way down the face of that dune.  At the bottom, I asked my new wife (we had been married a little over a year) to turn and face the hillside and the steps we made.  I walked gingerly away and took this image with my new Canon F-1 and 28mm lens on Tri-X film.  Back home a week later, I processed the film in our rudimentary dark room and made several prints of this scene.  One was entered in a contest at the Dallas Times Herald sponsored by Kodak.  It won first place and the image was printed in the paper.  I was extremely excited as well as hooked on photography.  That same year I had several images published by the regional Sierra Club.  I really thought I was on the way!  Rather exciting to see your first published image and do an encore with 4 more in a matter of two or three months.  It has been great all these years.  Still married to the same wonderful lady and still in love with her and photography.


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Connie Parker(non-registered)
great story, great photo!
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