Sunday, April 1, 2007
Elizabeth Carmel's expressive landscapes are a combination of subtle details and majestic scenesThose wonderful areas in the Sierra foothills also meant a new love affair for Carmel—the Sierra Mountains. A long way from the flat, piney woodlands of her southern upbringing, the high Sierras became her source of inspiration, further serving as a spark igniting her passion for photography. "Once I saw the majestic peaks of the Sierras, I became smitten," she explains. "The mountains, with their varied and dramatic landscapes, became my favorite photographic subject."
Home these days for Carmel, her husband, Olof, and their seven-year-old daughter, Abbey, is the mountain community of Truckee near Lake Tahoe. The jagged peaks surrounding her home beckon her to step outside the ordinary comfort of shooting from the highways winding through the area.
Carmel relishes the challenge of the mountains, much preferring to photograph far from the road system. "For me, roadside photography is very limiting, since it’s difficult to find an image that hasn’t already been taken," she explains.
For equipment preparation, Carmel has a tip: "The main issue for mountain photography is the weather, particularly with cold temperatures. I’ve discovered that non-rechargeable lithium batteries work best in cold temperatures."
Carmel prefers the image size coming out of medium-format digital cameras compared to 35mm size (full frame or small format), but she still has her ties to the 35mm format. "I prefer a rectangular format," she explains, "probably since I developed my eye looking through a 35mm viewfinder. However, I was looking for a mobile camera system that could produce big, clear prints. Medium format does just that."
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