It seems that the photo bug got started in my family with my great-grandfather, Charles Rudolph Luder. He opened a photography studio in Washington Indiana in 1907, when photography was still a fairly new technology, and he passed his love of capturing images down to his son, Carl, and so to my mother and to me. My first camera was a hand-me-down Nikon N8008 that originally belonged to my Grandpa Carl. Ever since I got that camera I’ve been playing with photography and trying to capture unique and engaging images. I don’t take a highly technical approach to shooting. The most important part of taking pictures for me is to plan a remarkable experience and then to take a photographic approach that does not get in the way. I love to capture people in their element, when they’re not distracted by a lens or posing for posterity. And so a lot of my images feature people walking away from me. I guess I’m just shy when it comes down to it.
This past year I’ve taken a lot of pictures and I’ve been on a lot of good adventures. Here is a selection of my favorite images from the year. Please take a look, and let me know what you think!
(all photos by Chris Gallaway, except where noted)
At the peak of fall color I went into Pisgah National Forest with the Outdoor Sports Marketing crew to document their dealer invitational. If you work in outdoor retail and you don’t know these guys, something is amiss.
As the weather cooled, I found more time to get out on the river than I had in previous months. This shot is from my best day out all year: running Linville at high water with Kirk Eddlemon. (photo: Larissa Gore)