About ME – Cool Breezes, Sweet Waters, and Easy Trails

Becky In Her Studio

I started this blogsite to practice my writing skills, show off my photo skills, and market myself and my photography website.  Ultimately, I have discovered other photographers’ images and some wonderful writing by other bloggers.

I’m a Montana girl.  I was born about 24 miles outside the western entrance to Glacier National Park.  Over the years, I have migrated from Montana to Kentucky to Louisiana to Washington State to Idaho back to Montana and now down here to Texas … for now.  I’ll be heading back out West sooner rather than later.

My father was a photographer.  He used his Mamiya twin lens camera to take awesome black & whites of the Montana landscape.  I inherited my love of the medium from him, and began my photography career in earnest with a Pentax SLR purchased while still in high school.  I bought my first digital camera (a HP 2MP point-and-shoot) back in 1998.  After that, I never looked back to film.

Through the years since 1998, I’ve used both Nikon and Canon digital cameras, and I currently own a Canon 5DS R, a Canon 5DS,  Canon 1-DX and a Canon 5D Mk III along with a fair share of Canon glass (70-200mm f2.8L II, 24-105mmL, 85mm f1.2L, 50mm f1.2L, 40mm f2.8 STM pancake, 24mm f1.4L, 24-70mm f2.8L II, 100-400mm L II, 500mmL, 24-70mm f4L IS, 16-35mmL f4 IS, 16-35mm f2.8 III, 14mm f2.8, and 11-24mmL ).  I am also the proud owner of my first medium-format setup: a Pentax 645z with 55mm, 35mm, and 28-45mm lenses.

I have a “day job” and my photography is a “night job”, a sideline, a serious hobby, and a passion.  As I near retirement and an ultimate return to the West, I plan on making this passion into a business.  In my efforts to get the ball rolling, I’ve set up  a photo website , this photo-oriented blog, and a Facebook Page.

I’m a Getty Images Contributor and, since 2012, am a contributing writer and photographer to the National Parks Traveler website, where I write a monthly “Photography in the National Parks” column, as well as a series of “Armchair Photography Guides” and 3-day photographic itineraries to national parks I’ve visited.  Type Rebecca Latson Photography in the search field and that should pull many of the articles I’ve thus far written.   In my past life, I was also the staff photographer for The Merchant Prince, a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  I’ve photographed landscapes, portraits, weddings, families and other events, including  a couple of Colombian dance troupes and and portfolios for  an aspiring fashion model and a belly dancer.

I’ve done some traveling to such locations as London, Paris, Ireland, western Canada,  Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Montana, California, Kentucky and Texas.  2017 saw me snowshoeing through and photographing Glacier National Park in January, photographing all around the Big Island of Hawaii in February, photographing a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling release at Padre Island National Seashore in June, wandering and photographing around Mount Rainier National Park in July, and photographing moose and smokey sunsets in Glacier National Park in September, during the Sprague forest fire.

Provided nothing unforeseen occurs to change my plans, in 2018, I’m planning on visiting and photographing Zion and Bryce Canyon National Paraks in Utah, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, and the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

At heart, I’m a Mountain Girl and someday will retire to the West with  my cameras, my laptops, my internet, my burr grinder and coffee beans, and my NPR and BBC. If you like what you read here, then feel free to subscribe to this site and you’ll never miss a post.

See ya on down the road!


16 responses to “About ME – Cool Breezes, Sweet Waters, and Easy Trails

  1. I just wanted to say that I found your blog today, and LOVE your photographs! Each one is amazing! Thanks for the enjoyable reads.

  2. In fact your photos are BETTER than many pros out there!!! I’m impressed.

  3. Yes! A kindred spirit (and my age, too)! I found you through your beautiful photography of Ireland and on a whim read about you. I hate Texas (this is where my dad retired)!!! I live in the DFW area and it’s flat, drab and hot and the people are intolerably narrow-minded! I made a short visit to the Seattle area 5 years ago and even though I didn’t see much of it, I fell in love with the mountains and trees (especially driving through Snoqualmie Pass). I wish I could live there – and be around more liberal and open-minded people! P.S. Viggo is mine (LOL)!

  4. Wonderful photos, narratives & bio. It is refreshing to read about another seemingly like-minded spirit! I have in the past six months visited 28 different states and 10 National Parks, tent-camping for two weeks in the Tetons – and Montana (indeed the entire Northwest) is like heaven. Except in the winter 🙂 Right now I am just about to leave Florida again and meander throughout the Southwest, most likely with a stopover at the Grand Canyon. Thanks for your inspiring images. By the way, I’m on that “island of liberality” too!

  5. I nominated you for the “Liebster Blog” award! Please refer to my latest post on the subject 🙂

  6. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy following your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please don’t feel obligated to play along, but if you decide you’d like to, check out my post… http://nicoleftacnikphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/the-versatile-blogger-award-nomination/.

  7. OH! Maybe we were separated at birth?? Photography? The GIants Causeway and Dunluce Castle? Sticky toffee pudding??? iPads, Canon cameras, CSI and Blurb??? I spent 40 years in the Seattle area and 13 years commuting on a Washinton State Ferry. We should talk!
    Love your photographs!

  8. I sympathize – I’m a Seattle-ite living in Virginia! But we’ll be moving to Seattle next year (my husband is in the Navy). I love your photos. I just starting blogging a couple months ago, posting a daily picture, inspired by my dad. I’m at http://podnumber2.wordpress.com/. Keep up the beautiful work!

  9. I wanted to let you know that the Sunshine Award was passed along to me today and I wanted to send it your way as well. If you’re interested in playing along, please check out my link… http://nicoleftacnikphotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/sunshine-award/. Have a good one! 🙂

  10. Exceptional photography. I feel I missed the boat when I see the quality of your work. And a fine ‘about me’ page, full of interesting facts and opinions. Thanks for the look.

  11. Interesting site, and website, with great photos on both! I quite like your kit reviews as it’s good to have ‘real’ opinions – only problem is I’m a Nikon person! Thanks very much for visiting my site, your likes and comments are much appreciated.

  12. Hi Rebecca, thanks so much for following me. Hope you enjoy my work. Montana is high on my list for places to visit. Your landscapes are gorgeous! Happy shooting!

  13. Hello Rebecca! You have a lovely blog and beautiful images. I love your work! I’m so happy that you took time to visit my blog and like several posts. Your visit led me to your blog which is inspiring. So, thank you! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  14. Hi Rebecca – I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a little about you (even if you are a canon shooter :-)) We seem to share a passion for the bears in Alaska. We’ve had 3 trips up there to try to capture how amazing they are – we’ve been along the Alagnak river, at Hallo Bay, and this year took a detour to Silver Salmon Creek when our Moraine Creek camp was destroyed by high winds. I’m just starting to post some shots from this years trip on my blog. Keep up the great work!

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