Camping and hiking with my family since I was very young, I have enjoyed taking photographs at any opportunity. As I matured, my interest in this hobby grew into a passion. Since my interest in photography began, my works have primarily involved landscapes.  Coming from a military family we moved often and I was exposed to varied National Parks.   My admiration of famous landscape artists such as Ansel Adams made me want to capture the interesting places I had seen and make them as stunning as I could. I am continually awed by the vastness of our country and the varied landscape that I find on my hikes.  I enjoy searching out the hidden locations to achieve the composition I desire.  I try to capture my photos as representational utilizing sunlight, water, and reflections as the key elements.   I feel the lighting gives the photo energy, drawing the viewer to the photo, while the water and the use of refection give life to the photo.

 I like the challenge of working the scene from different angles and settings to get the best composition I can.  One of my latest pieces of photography focuses on landscapes from the local region.   It is titled “Dark Hollow Falls” and was shot in the evening as the light reflected on the flowing water. When taking my photographs I tend to take them in the early morning or evening to give the photos a richer texture.   My idea was to capture the moment where the viewer can envision themselves watching the water actually flowing down the rocks.  In this photo I focused on movement to bring out the best composition while at other times I accentuate absolute stillness using reflection or lighting to bring out the effect I desire to show the experience of the place.

 My goal is always the same though and that is to present the viewer a photo that will draw them into the image as if they were there.     

kjhuhhhhhhhhhhhh-Katie Reeg