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Making the extraordinary look... more extraordinary?

Updated: Nov 22, 2021




Months after visiting the Meteor Crater, I go back to the usual of posting photos of things people don't typically take photos of at famous locations such as Disneyland. Whenever you think of photos of Disneyland, you typically think of Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the train station, the statue of Walt and Mickey. For me though, every time I went to Disneyland, I found myself taking pictures of the overlooked objects. Things like, the tribal masks in front of the Tiki Room, the Jeep in front of Indiana Jones, the parrot and map inside Pirates of the Caribbean. This style of photography got my noticed by none other than the Meteor Crater in AZ.



I saw them 'liking' my photos of both the crater and Disney on Instagram, and they soon started following me. I was so excited to see that my photos were being noticed! One day at work, I got a message from the Meteor Crater complimenting my "eye" for photography and they wanted to know if I'd be interested in doing a shoot for them. Of course, I immediately jumped up and couldn't believe this was happening. After some conversations with Gary, their media manager, who also owns Free Range Productions (a full service brand development firm) located in Arizona. It was official and we were hired!



The Meteor Crater invited us a month before the official shoot to do a tour of the site; it was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only did we get to go into the museum, talk to the employees, and see the crater - they actually took us on a 4 mile hike around the crater itself! Seeing the crater from the museum, you wouldn't expect nearly half the things that are on the other side of it.



Because the crater was created by such a large explosive impact, it caused different elements all around itself to become exposed - including what they call the "beach", which is literally the softest sand you could ever walk on - that directly faces the museum from the other side.



There was also the house of the original owners of the crater site, old mine entrances, old shacks, and even an original water pump for fire fighters. Behind the crater is also a lot of farm land. On our walk we noticed hundreds, if not at least a thousand, cows just walking around the crater.



Again, because of the explosive impact the crater had, there was also large rock formations that were about 30ft high, glistening geodes all around them, and unbelievable views of the outskirts around the crater.



During this 4 mile hike, I was taking as many photos as I could, from any angle that I could, all while being blown around by 50 mile an hour winds! There were moments where our guides were giving us the history of the site and we were in awe by everything that its been through.



As I was taking the photos though, I stopped to think, how could I bring this crater to life? How could I make this extraordinary site of such scientific significance, shine more than it already does on its own? The answer was simple - do what I do best - which is take photos of the overlooked things and remind people why it's special. I also decided to enhance the colors that already exist; no crazy filters, no wild contrasts, just the crater showing every angle, every shadow, every pop of red in the rocks.




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