If you enjoy photos of majestic vistas then look no further than Rachel Morrison’s work. Awe inspiring images of American scenery, Stockholm, beautiful shots of American churches, towns, animals, people, fauna and more. In particular, photographs within ‘Colonial Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle region of Virginia’, offer a glimpse into these splendid places. Her work capturing the beauty of Montana, Golden Gate Canyon and various Mountain landscape scenes, are grand, full of depth, colour and detail.
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Please talk a bit about where you grew up and where you live now....
I was born in Cameron Park, California and lived there for a couple of years until we moved to the Los Angeles area, from where my father was hired by the United States Foreign Service. We then moved from California to Northern Virginia. When I was in third grade we moved to Mexico City for our first foreign tour followed by San Salvador, El Salvador and Caracas, Venezuela. After a year in Northern Virginia for my senior year of high school, we moved to The Hague, The Netherlands where I studied at Webster University in Leiden. I eventually transferred to Catholic University in Washington, DC where I received a BA in History. I now live in Williamsburg, Virginia within walking distance from Colonial Williamsburg.
What photographic education have you had?
I was exposed to photography at a young age by my father who taught me some of the principles. My mother shared her love of art with us. Most of my education is drawn from experience.
Where does your passion for photography come from?
Photography is universal with a story, memory, relationships, art, love, beauty and visual enjoyment.
What in your opinion makes a great photograph?
Do you love it? Is it inspiring? Does it make a difference? Does it tell a story?
What items are essential to have with you when outdoors, looking for the next great shot?
Three lenses: Super zoom, super wide, and a telephoto. Spare batteries. Backup memory. Lately, I carry two camera bodies, a full-frame, an Aps-c and sometimes a third, a micro four thirds.
What camera do you use and what are your go to lenses?
A Mark III, Mark II, and a Lumix GX85.
Sigma 150-600 5-6.3
Canon 16-35 4.0
Canon 70-200 2.8
Tamron 90 2.8 Macro
What planning goes into your location shoots?
I always look up sunrise and sunset times as well as weather. A lot of attention needs to be made to proper clothing and shoes for the conditions. I look for atmosphere, quality of the light, rain and take special time of the year. Sometimes I'm out for extended periods and need to manage funds and travel expenses. I need casual flexibility so many of the times when I can I don't book ahead.
Of all the different genres that you shoot, (people, landscapes, animals, etc...) what is your most favourite and why?
I appreciate harmony and life and these are my favorite aspects throughout the genres. I have a particular fondness for wildlife.
As a photographer, what are your future goals?
I want to keep going further out and closer in, finding unique or unusual perspectives and growing as a photographer.