Read on as Stan Masters explains his Turning Point in photography:
In June of 2012, I was a “newbie” to photography and had registered for a workshop with Sam & Darwin in hopes of them being able to help me understand all those mystical buttons on my new Canon Rebel T3i. My brain was a sponge, sucking up all the info they taught us to the point that it seemed a bit overwhelming – but delightful! But it was at this point, when I was focusing on capturing movement in a stream, when Darwin approached me and asked me if I wanted to try his warming polarizer to see what the difference would be in my photo. I was blown away by not only the optical difference, but also by the mood it created! This for me was truly a defining moment for me in my new found world of photography.
From that weekend on my thirst and knowledge for photography has become unquenchable, and my wife believes Sam & Darwin have created a monster. Shortly after this weekend, I gave my wife my Rebel and purchased my Canon 5D Mark III. During the Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings workshop with Sam and Darwin, I took this HDR photo of “Yesteryear.” HDR was, and still is, new for me, but I loved the nostalgic feeling it created in this photo, not to mention the “flashback” those red dice give me! My passion for photography continues to grow, as does my desire to retire sooner and be able to spend more time photographing the beauty of nature we are so fortunate to have around us.