About Me

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I started this blog a few years ago (8!!) as a way to record where I explored around my former home in Washington. I was just becoming interested in photography at that time and began to teach myself how to use an SLR. My love of photography grew from there as my technical skills with the camera grew. It was a long and slow process and one that I’m continuing to work on every day.

I spend countless hours admiring and studying other artist’s work with the hopes of developing my own style. I shoot, edit, delete and shoot more. Slowly, I’ve begun to discover my style and can feel the influence of many amazing artists in my images.  I’ve recently transitioned back to shooting slide film with a fully manual camera, as I believe it is the best tool for me to express my vision.

Eric Erlenbusch

Join me on Instagram for daily insight to my photography: @sageroamer

 

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75 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Eric, thanks for your blog regarding the Enchated Valley. Im thinking of heading in there in a couple of weeks. Can you let me know where you parked and a bit more detail about the camp sites…is everything clearly marked there?
    A little more insite would be much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Dave

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    • Thank you, glad you enjoy the images. I aim to find the right conditions to tell the story and other times the story determines the images. I love colors and began by shooting Velvia slide film, thus my mainly bold and strong color presentation. I also like simplicity and its always challenging to simplify an image. Thank you again, Eric

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    • Jean, I appreciate the offer but the disclaimer that they can use your blog entries whether you win or not is the tipping point. At no time would I want my images being used on a scale like that without compensation. True, there is a chance at the prize but I’d rather not join this one. Thank you though and I appreciate all your comments and interaction on my blog. Happy Shooting, EE

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    • Thank you so much! I’m trying to post images here more frequently now with much to come before 2014! Thanks for following along and feel free to ask questions or comment anytime! Thanks again, Eric

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    • Thanks Mark, I do like Smugmug and they just upgraded their site to a much easier to use layout. There are a ton of options for customization and the support they give is great. I’ve used them for a few years and have nothing but positive things to say about them. Eric

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  2. “I’ve always loved being outside. No people, no distractions, no rules, pure independence.”

    This line on your main website clearly demonstrates that we were separated at birth. I spent 12 years climbing, exploring, and going on regular weekend walkabouts up and down the Rockies from a home base in Denver. It didn’t count unless it was just me and a pack. There’s an internal shift that happens out there, a switch gets flipped on in the part of the psyche that loves both details and space. It doesn’t happen when there are people around. It’s almost like a massive reversion back to something primal; the thinking brain shuts off and you move forward on instinct and feeling.

    Which explains why photography is the natural language of the solo wanderer.

    You say you’re still looking for your style, but man, it’s there. And it’s pretty obvious. Most landscape photographers seem to want to lasso a scene, put borders around it, and hold it stationary. They spoon-feed a view to their clients, making it easy for people to take it all in in one look: instant gratification, sound bites of nature. Wall calendar shots–you know the ones–are like boring portrait photography for the earth. Yawn.

    You are the opposite. You take action shots. There are swift lines of motion running across and through the grand majority of your photos. The eye starts with something it thinks is the focal point and then realizes, No, that’s just the beginning. The story starts there but then it moves over here which is supported by this detail there which opens up possibilities in the corner. You take people on a wild ride. They realize they must let their gaze explore the scene dynamically in order to take it all in. You may hike solo, but you take us all with you. Understand, I don’t mean captured motion, but the motion of a story. I hope I’m not the only one who sees this; it might be a built-in skill of the explorer.

    Eric Erlenbusch, Action Landscaper. Damnit, I miss the aspens. (sigh)

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      • The photo that impacts me deepest is EE2 1607e at the bottom right of your West gallery. It brings back that scared-excited-eager feeling I got before scaling each mountain in Colorado. The access road is so tiny and the sheer mass that rises up next to it is powerful, magnetic, and comforting all at once. I always feel topography and the space around it viscerally, in many places in my body: I psychically size-up the terrain. It’s how I navigate absolutely everything.

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  3. Thank you for sharing that. That image is an incredibly well traveled highway in Yosemite National Park. The road was closed up higher so the traffic was scarce that day B&W to me. I literally pulled off the highway and shot this. Looking back at it now, I see more in it than I remember seeing at the time. I guess life’s experiences speak through images and vice versa. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, very much appreciated. Eric

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  4. Hi Eric,
    I just found your blog through ‘recommended blogs’ and I’m very inspired by your eye for photography!
    Thanks for sharing!
    -hannahmariephoto.wordpress.com

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  5. Wow, you take stunning nature photos! I checked out your gallery site and was blown away by the excellent quality and compositions. Very inspiring! I love the colors and they look like they could be paintings! Keep the photos comin!

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  6. Eric I continue to love your work so much, I am a writer –photography is a hobby although I had an SLR for 25 years and won some contests with my work way back. At any event, I wanted to share that I too li ed in Park City–1996–98 and worked for the Sundance Film Festival for many years and also had a radio show on KPCW at the top of the Main Street! In addition I acted in plays at the Egyptian Theatre. I totally loved Park City and I miss it so much–I am financially a bit strapped these days but who knows? I plan to make a visit back there one day soon. In the meantime, keep up the good work. My writing is on my website: http://www.allisonvfine.com
    Best Regards,
    Allison Fine

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    • Thank you so much for leaving a note here:) I’ll have a look at your site, thanks for the link. Park City is a great place to call home and I hear from many others who’ve moved away how much they miss it. This often motivates me to go shoot around here on the days I may not otherwise. Thanks again for the note and take care!
      Eric

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  7. I’m new to photography myself and definitely learning each day. Just reading this gives me some hope for how much I can accomplish in the future.Seeing that a few years ago you had to work at it and still continue to learn makes you more human(not just some big photographer that seems to be born with the talent).It’s great to know I’m not alone and that the future can only get better with more experience. I’m enjoying your photographs and can’t wait to see many more. Wonderful work my friend.

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  8. Hi Eric your photos are amazing! I am an Artist Designer and I love photography! It is another way of expression for me I design unique jewelry inspired by nature and I take all the photos for them…I also love sunsets, seascapes and landscapes and Snow!!! 🙂 If you have time and would like to visit my Blog leave me a line 🙂 I follow your Blog now so I wont miss when you post new photos. Compliments for your great work!

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  9. Absolutely inspired by your images and can sense that as a photographer you move beyond the technical aspects of photography by tuning into your environment.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Kim

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    • Thank you so much Kim! The technical aspect is important to know so that it becomes second nature when making images. Plus, there’s enough info out there about camera/software. I firmly believe that cameras are just cameras:) Eric

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  10. I just love love your photography. I wanted to recommend it to more people via the Blogger Recognition Award. I know not everyone participates in the awards system, and if you don’t, I completely understand. But you can find the details at http://wp.me/p6s2CE-8i if you’re interested. Either way, please take it as a sign of my regard for your site!

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