Last April’s Texas Landscape Safari was a wonderful trip and we all owe a debt of gratitude to Leslie Barlow, our unofficial “Scout”. Glenn and Leslie drove down to the Hill Country from Plano to attend the workshop and from the get go I knew we were going to have a lot of fun. Glenn Barlow is an accomplished landscape and portrait photographer with a keen eye for detail that just happens to shoot Nikon. Now, I don’t really have anything against folks shooting with “that other camera company” and in fact, my friend and co-instructor Josh Bradley had just recently been seduced by the dark side. So the trash talk began in earnest within the first fifteen minutes. But I digress . . .
Most of the places we shoot at require a fair hike to reach and I’m always careful about folks bringing water and not pushing themselves too hard. I usually lead each hike and help blaze the trail to the most interesting spots. Not this time however. My normally brisk pace was no match for Leslie’s stride and she took the lead as chief scout and guide. Within the first hour at each location, Leslie had scouted several spots to shoot from that I hadn’t even seen in years past. Her ability to find a trail while I was checking my GPS and scratching my head, left me a little amazed and bewildered. By the end of the workshop I was dutifully impressed!
So here’s to Leslie Barlow; artist, scout and semi-reluctant model. Now I get to embarrass her in front of thousands of readers. 🙂