National Geographic Traveler magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall. To commemorate this milestone, we asked 12 of our longtime photographers to select their favorite images shot on assignment for Traveler throughout the past three decades. We will be publishing these images, along with stories behind the photographs, throughout the month of November.
Today, we hear from photographer Michael Yamashita about the image above, which he shot for Traveler in 2014.
This is a favorite picture of mine for its graphic composition, soft light, and pastel colors, with the extra element of snow adding texture to the frame.
This Tibetan woman was doing a kora, a pilgrimage involving a clockwise circumnavigation of this monastery, spinning prayer wheels as she goes. I chose the location and framed the shot, then waited till she entered the picture, capturing her profile as she took a step forward, slightly off center, for the perfect moment.
Photo Tip: Take advantage of unusual climactic conditions. When the weather turns bad, it’s a cue to keep your camera ready.
See more of Michael Yamashita’s work at MichaelYamashita.com.