Story and Photography by Robert Postma
The shoreline of Kathleen Lake is ice-lined, the wind so still I can almost hear the snow hitting the ground. The mountains of Kluane National Park serve as my backdrop as I slowly start to unpack my gear and begin the set up, waiting for the sun to disappear beneath the western horizon. I have at least an hour before that happens, so I find a place to sit and wait in the hopes it gives me clarity. Photography, to me, is about being present in the moment, living and sharing life through the lens. The process of this brings me calmness in our otherwise turbulent world. Sometimes I leave without so much as a single image being taken if the conditions are not to my liking, but that is OK for me. I usually leave feeling alive and full of energy regardless of the outcome of my photos.
After living in the Yukon for the better part of 15 years, I’ve come to know my territory very intimately and have a good idea of where and when to shoot at any time of the year. The same can be said for anyone who has lived anywhere for a length of time. As a photographer, I decided to get out and explore my environment, finding the best locations to go for the dramatic landscapes I like to photograph. Then I watch the weather forecasts and if the conditions look promising, I’ll head out a few hours before sunrise or sunset, find my preferred shooting place, set up and then wait for what I hope is amazing light to happen. Religiously following this pattern, I’ve found that my images have improved dramatically over the years. If you travel a lot, you can also follow this mantra by researching prior to leaving, finding out where the most scenic spots are and heading there before sunrise or sunset. Check the weather forecasts prior, dress according and you may be rewarded with some stunning light and the image you’ve always dreamed about.
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