It's About Seeing By inSpire with Grant Ordelheide

Photo: Grant Ordelheide
We asked Grant Ordelheide about his love for photography and the outdoors.

inSpire - Grant, you take some awesome photos. Tells us about your background, where you are from, and how you got into photography.

Ordelheide - The thing that drives me is not photography. It is nature. I grew up in the Colorado Rockies and I have developed a serious passion for the outdoors. It was a few years ago that I started carrying a camera on my back country adventures and I realized I had sort of a natural ability for it. From there it grew into a serious endeavor. I am now in my last year as a Photography major here at the school. I still maintain, however, that photography sort of fell into my lap as a way to keep me outside. If I knew of a better way to keep me in nature then I would pursue that.

That being said, I do enjoy photography a lot and I love to make images of the places I visit. On a selfish note, I do it because I not only want to make visual memories of my own adventures, but really because I want to be able to show people what is out there — what God has created. I am a firm believer that the closest one can get to God is in nature. I see nature as the sanctuary that God created for us. In my opinion, nothing on earth is more directly related to God than the natural world around us. Everything except nature has passed through human hands. I am not discounting anything else, of course. I try to spend as much time in nature as I can. I love the peace and serenity I feel out there. Last year I lost my younger brother to a seizure in his sleep, and have since found no place better than nature to spend time in reflecting on this life and the next.

I also LOVE to travel, especially to new and remote mountain ranges around the world — that is my favorite thing. I hope to be able to do it as much as I can.

inSpire - What equipment do you shoot with, and do you have any tricks that you are willing to share?

Ordelheide - I use a Canon 5dmarkII and some canon lenses, 17-40,70-200, and a 500 for wildlife. I have nice gear so this might sound hypocritical, but I am NOT someone that really cares about equipment. I am a firm believer that you can make a great image with bad gear and make bad images with good gear. It’s about getting out and seeing.
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As far as tricks, I am not sure what you mean. I don't really do anything that isn't common among landscape photographers. I guess my best trick would be to get off the beaten trail. Try and hike or climb to a new vantage point--to some place that others haven't shot over and over. It’s more work, but it will show in your images.

inSpire - Thanks, Grant. Your work is spectacular and we’re pleased to be able to feature you here.

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This interview was conducted by Rich DuBose, Director of Pacific Union Conference Church Support Services and the inSpire project. All rights reserved © 2012 Click here for content usage information.