BetterPhoto Member: Varina C. Patel

member since 9/15/2006


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I shoot a wide variety of subjects, but landscape photography has captured my heart. I am enthralled by the beauty of water, stone, and sky. There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature subtle and constant erosion caused by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Nature is incredibly diverse quiet streams and roaring waterfalls, burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks, silent snowfall and raging summer storms that variety insures that I can never capture the same scene twice in the same way. For me, capturing a unique moment in nature is absolutely satisfying.

Landscape photography is demanding. In order to get the perfect shot, it is necessary to put forth great effort. I love hiking long trails through wilderness, crossing rivers on slippery stones, and climbing sand dunes by the light of the moon. I thrive on rising before the sun in order to capture those first rays of light on the landscape. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding the right light, in the right place, at the right time. For me, photography is a passion that will last a lifetime.