Photographer’s blogs, just like this one almost always let others know what they are up to, what’s new etc. I thought I would take time to not talk about myself, but some of the folks who either are good friends, or serve as inspiration (and most of the time both!) to me in photography
People have really made photography more than a great experience. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have met, learned and just plain “hung out” with some really big name nature photographers as well as some folks that may not have the reputation, but take equally as good images. I have learned, and continue to learn and value everyone I am lucky to come in contact with. Here are just a few folks that come to mind recently that have had an impact on my photography as well as me personally.
I have chosen to list them alphabetically since there isn’t any order I view these folks. Please take a few minutes and look at their work.
Though these are but a few of note, I’d also like to acknowledge folks like Bill Fortney of Nikon, GAPW, pilot and author, Darrell Gulin, one of Cannons Messengers of Light and great photographer in his own right )and Bob Hitchman of www.photographamerica.com) for continued support and inspiration.
MARC ADAMUS www.wildphoto.smugmug.com
Marc’s work caught my eye even while still in Ohio. His images of Mt Hood grace my family room.
Like many of the folks I’ve listed here, I met marc via www.naturephotographers.net. When I arrived here in Oregon to stay last summer, Marc was the first photog to give me some places to shoot. We made a trek up to Mary’s Peak in the fog & light rain one afternoon to shoot an area he knows about. I’ll always remember that.
Rather than expand on Marc’s philosophy allow me to reprint something from his website:
“I used to have a short bio up here with lists of publications, awards and such but we can skip over that part if you really want to know who I am, and why I take photographs like these. It will suffice to say my work has been published in most major photo magazines, won many awards, and I’m involved with far too many other projects to mention am so passionate about wilderness adventure, that it’s really impossible for me to anything else with my life besides landscape photography. The art of photographing the landscape is the purest expression of my soul. You can’t capture images like this unless you let nature come to you, first. And in doing so I have devoted my life to the land, spending around 200 days each year out there with my camera, and often, with my loving partner Annie. I want to live a simple life. I have no kids, and the next check is probably going to be for travel first. I’ve seen some amazing things out there and have too many stories to mention, yet I am absolutely driven to capture the next rare, fleeting, magic moment I am fortunate enough witness. I never tire of it. I want people to see, to remember and to be moved to care for the natural world.” That sums up Marc. His work speaks for itself. Marc and I share the teachings and creativity of the late Galen Rowell (www.mountainlight.com ).
Though an Ohioan, Josh is one of those folks who attended a workshop of mine in Oregon a few years back, and became a good friend. Josh’s photography has leapfrogged into something special. He has a keen eye for photographing birds and other fauna. He and his wife love in Southern Ohio.
My favorite story about Josh is about the time after our Oregon workshop. He and Kristy disappeared for a day. I hadn’t heard from them. We were planning on doing some shooting so I was hoping that everything was OK. When I finally reached Josh, he let me know that he was so blown away with what was available to photograph here in the west, he went and bought a vehicle, drove Kristy to the airport to fly back to Ohio and then drove home to Ohio using the scenic route, all the while shooting some great images in the National Parks. In nature photography, it helps to have an understanding wife!
Josh was selected to participate in the 2008 ICF Pro-Photo Tour and sponsored by NPN (Nature Photographer’s Network). http://www.imagesforconservation.org/front
His personal website is; www.joshuaandersonphotography.com
I met Chuck one evening while walking my dogs on the towpath close to the Beaver pond in the Cuyahoga National Park while living in Ohio. He was carrying his Nikon (on a tripod—I always note that folks carrying a tripod are at least half serious) looking for something to shoot. I soon discovered Chuck was really serious about his passion. We chatted for a while and since then we have become good friends. Chuck and his wife (another understanding wife) live in Bath Ohio, not far from where used to reside
“I’ve been shooting seriously since 2004. My learning curve remains very steep and I’m fortunate to have a community of great photographers who offer assistance whenever it’s needed. After a busy fall shooting in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, I’ve spent much of the winter updating my website:www.reflectionsonnature.com.
Sylvan Pond, CVNP, Chuck Beatty
PRESTON BIRDWELLPreston is the moderator of the California Forum on NPN www.naturephotographers.net. We typically meet at Mono Lake every October for a dinner or some shooting while I’m over there doing my workshop. Preston is a great large format shooter. Check out his work at www.gildedmoon.com.
Preston at Mono Lake:
DAN BORZYNSKI (www.danborzynskiimages.com
Like many of the folks that I’ve included here I met Dan shortly after I moved to Ohio in 2004. At the time Dan was involved with the Midwest forum on www.naturephotographers.net. On www.naturephotographers.net. We became good friends and had some good days shooting in the Cuyahoga National Park.
Dan spends a lot of time last year shooting around Columbus, Ohio. Mostly bugs, and the stray larger objects (barns, bikes, babes (the two month old kind)). Dan spent this winter devoting most of his time to understanding studio photography. “There is a lot to learn there, although I’d like to think I have acquired at least a minimal competence, especially with strobe and 4×5 macro”.
MARC COHOAT Marc and I go away back to the Great American Photography days in the early to mid 90’s. Mark lives in Sacramento and is a good friend. Mark has a great eye for photography. I keep encouraging him to get out doing some shooting more. I know he wants to as well, and will. Marc has done workshops with me in Oregon, California and Wyoming.
RYAN DES JARDINS www.ryandesjardins.com
Michael Gordon is an award-winning self-taught photographer who devotes nearly all his photographic energy to his native state of California and to the places and objects found within. As an active hiker, climber, and explorer, Michael’s intimate connection with the landscape yields photographs of great depth and clarity. He is best known for his black and white ‘Desert’ series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” Michael, Like Preston is a large format shooter. His images really inspire me as much as anyone. What’s really interesting is how many times we run into each other in the field. I can think of at least 3, most recently in Joshua Tree NP.
I would encourage all of you to visit www.michael-gordon.com . Michael is one of my favorite nature photographers.
Also Michael’s blog is www.michaelgordon.wordpress.com
Mark is another in the long list of wonderful photographers here in Oregon. Mark and his family live in Hood River, about 50 miles east of Portland on the Columbia River. Mark is another climber who gets himself to some remote places that some of us just front get into. I really enjoy marks southwest images and his images of Oregon’s Painted Hills. Mark has also been really helpful in pointing out some prime locations to me as I continue to discover some of the hidden gems here in Oregon. Check out all his work at www.markhudonphotography.com
I actually don’t remember how I met Mike but I think it was also with NPN, www.naturephotographers.net. Mike is perhaps the premier macro photographer around. It’s not the technique that makes his images; it’s his unique ability to see pictures within pictures. Mike devotes his full energy to macro photography and is part of the Fuji Talent Team. He has been published in many magazines and has received numerous awards. Mike and I are teaming up for our “MACRO and MORE in the GORGE’ workshop here in May. We are planning 2 such events in other locations next year. You can view his work at www.mikemoatsblog.com or at www.tinylandscapes.com
I think Al has the record as having done more of my workshops than anyone. Again, like some of the other folks here that’s how we met and continue to be good friends. The only thing Al needs to really perfect his craft is time. But now that he’s semi retired I think he’ll fins it. Al‘s planning trips to the California Win Country as well as Alaska year. He has already committed to get out here to Oregon in the fall.
BOB KULON www.bobkulonphoto.com
Bob and I met in Ohio a few years ago. While I was doing field workshops, Bob was developing a classroom workshop devoted to learning everything one needs to know in order to be a competent photographer in the ever changing digital works. He asked me to be part of this and lend a hand to bring his classroom concept into the field as well. This concept has evolved into what bob has called DSLR BOOTCAMP (www.dslrbootcamp.com); Bob continues to expand this information and conduct these workshops as well as other workshops in Ohio. This year bob is not only doing his DSLR BOOTCAMP but will be featured in many fine art fairs around the Midwest. If you want to get them most out of your equipment and software don miss attending at least one of the BOOTCAMP.I’ve turned over my Fall Workshops in Ohio to Bob who has done a great job with them. Once again this year, I’ll be there to lend a hand when needed. Bob and I have a good synergy for working together. I really enjoy that time. Check out my website or Bob’s for details.
Last Year’s Southwest Workshop Group(Left to Right)
Jack Graham, Fred Cly (my old friend and Navajo photo guide), and Tim Monk
Andre Chouinard (Ottawa Ca), Al Kressler, Randy Zack, John Holiday (one of Fred’s guides)
And Greg Duncan