I am inspired by this guy EVERY. SINGLE. POST.
That’s not even an exaggeration. I have not had the pleasure of meeting or shooting with this gentleman, but the magical images he makes delight me daily. There is something magical in his interesting compositions, the dreamy light he captures, and the decadent colours that permeate his Instagram feed. He sets the bar high!
There is a dramatic feel to his images that really speaks to me. If you’ve noticed, I love contrasty images. The darker and more dramatic, the better. And Ash does contrast in landscapes really well!
This image just takes my breath away every time I see it. I love the center composition, the way the hollow under the bridge mirrors the peak. Of course, these shapes are triangles which are pleasing to us. There is a magical softness about the snow as if you are in a dreamland. The sun pops right in on the Rule of Thirds. And those clouds! Wowser!
He brings you right into the action with this one. Mist spray behind the car gives you a sense of movement. A sinuous s-shaped curving road creates a leading line to the majestic peaks in the background. And gosh, if this doesn’t have layers for days!
“Don’t leaf me,” was the caption on his Instagram story for this one! I got a good chuckle from that! This one has minimalism on its side. And a delicious contrast between the bright orange and the subdued leaf. I like that the water is so still that it looks like the leaf is floating in the air but the water drops give it some dimension.
I sure do love my dramatic sunsets and this one is made even more magical by the leading line of the water. There are also lovely triangles in the peaks of the background. In fact, the tree/mountain line gives a slight v-shape that is mimicked by the clouds and is pretty cool. But I think what makes it for me is the colour of the textured water. I could stare at that for days.
This one has a really unique composition. If you lop off the top, it’s still a strong composition. But, you have no sense of place. Is this a desert? Mars? But you add the juxtaposition of the mountain in the background and it tells a much more magical story. I think that’s pretty amazing.
If you don’t find this magical right off the bat, we can’t be friend. This image moved a super long lens up my wish list. That moon is incredible! But it wouldn’t be nearly as magical without the foreground layers. Of course, this is super contrasty which is amazing, but all that texture in the bright peak is acts like leading lines guiding you to the moon. Also, the layers are delightful triangles.
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I am so inspired by the work he creates, that his images are in my mind when I step outside to shoot. I don’t have the luxury of shooting in the mountains all year round (it’s a 9-hour trek for me minimum) but I would love to capture Saskatchewan the way he captures Alberta. In fact, it is one of my goals to find the most magical places around here to be beautiful backdrops for my portraits.
On my most recent trip to Waskesiu, I had Ash’s work in mind when I captured these images. However, now that I’ve broken down some of what I loved about his work, I think I can aim a little higher.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into fantastic photography. Were you as inspired as I am? Did you enjoy this little breakdown session? I meant to keep it short, but when inspiration takes you, the words flow like fine wine!