Action In The Landscape
Whether he's close to home in Olympic National Park or far away in Patagonia, Marc Adamus always strives for action in his images. "Action and landscape aren't two things that are very often combined," Adamus notes, "but it's something that I really look for in my work. It might be water drops flying through the air or wind motion or water motion or cloud motion, or whatever is going on.
"I think one of the most exciting experiences I had in the last year," he says, "was being down in Patagonia at a time when there were some big storms coming through. Winter was moving in—the winds, obviously, are legendary down there—and I was able to go out into a couple of gusts that I would estimate at close to 100 mph. We're talking winds that you couldn't stand up in. They would absolutely knock you down. Water was just ripping out of the lakes, flying half a mile away. You could see just white walls of water getting carried by the wind over the landscape. When I'm in conditions like that, I really feel the power that nature has over me. It just fills me with joy to be able to go out and shoot in those conditions, as best I can. No matter how much damage the camera suffers, or I suffer, I just really enjoy the opportunity to at least try to capture something of those moments, to capture the action in the landscape.
"I went down to the shoreline of some of the larger lakes there in Torres del Paine," he continues, "and I stood right out on the headlands getting absolutely soaked, getting pummeled by wave after wave, just trying to shield the camera with my body as best I possibly could, to take hundreds of shots, using my tripod as a brace to even stand up in the wind. You know, I must have had 10 or 12 different dry cloths on me, and I was just cycling them through my GORE-TEX® pockets. Even still, about five out of every six shots were lost to water spots and moisture or camera motion. But I was able to get just enough, just a couple of shots that I felt were sharp enough, and I was able to postprocess to the point where I captured something that I felt was representative of that experience. Those are definitely some of my absolute favorites, and ones that were really groundbreaking for me over the last year."
Adds Adamus, "It's just one step further to bring the experience to the viewer. If there's something going on—wind, water, whatever kind of motion—if you can find a way to capture that, it just heightens the experience that much more."