F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Michael Remke - The Intersection of Landscape Photography & Ecological Science

Welcome to episode 182 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week on the podcast I recorded a socially-distanced, in-person podcast episode with my friend, fellow Durango resident, and fellow photographer, Michael Remke. Michael is a professor at Fort Lewis College and has a Ph.D. in Forest Science. Michael pairs his passion for the outdoors and photography with his passion for ecological systems to create a symbiotic marriage of ideas that informs how he sees the world as both a photographer and as a scientist. 

Michael's scientific research is currently focused on active forest management to promote the ecological, social, and economic well being of communities. His past research was focused on plant - soil interactions in the context of changing climates, restoration, and conservation. I personally really love how he uses his science knowledge to show us hidden parts of the world through the lens.

Michael and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • Using photography as a conservation and communication tool.
  • How science influences his photographic compositions.
  • How photography influences his scientific research.
  • How we can empower photographers to work with others to see intentional photography as a tool to protect special places.
  • The impact of climate science and the changing climate on landscape photography.
  • Why we think some prominent landscape photographers who rely on nature for their income have a negative view of climate science.
  • ... and more!

This week I decided to keep the episode in it's entirety for free here because it felt like it would break up the conversation too much, so there is no bonus episode on Patreon, but your support is still appreciated!

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Nature Photographer's Network.

2. Atlantic article on Galen Rowell.

3. Rob Blair's Eastern San Juans Mountain book.

4. Rob Blair's Western San Juan Mountains book.

5. Roadside Geology books.

These are affiliate links and using them does financially support the podcast.

Nick Carver - Soul-Searching for Personally Meaningful Photographs

Welcome to episode 163 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape and architecture photographer living in Orange County, California. Nick Carver has been entrenched in photography since 2006 when he dove head first into business side of photography where he was met with many challenges. Nick almost gave up after several years of teaching for people on Craigslist until he made some difficult realizations about his work... Nick and I had a wonderful conversation this week and covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • His beginnings in photography.
  • How he transitioned into architecture photography to make money.
  • How he looked at his work and made some painful realizations that almost caused him to quit.
  • His path of soul-searching and why he actually makes photographs.
  • The resurgence in film photography.
  • His YouTube channel (which is highly entertaining).
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, Nick and I talk about the nuances of website portfolio design and his approach to showcasing his work.

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Here is who Nick recommended for the podcast:

1. Carlos Beltran.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Chicago LIVE!

2. NPN Free 60-Day Trial.


I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.


As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link

Wayne Suggs - Photographing the Desert Mountains of New Mexico

Welcome to Episode 122 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Wayne Suggs

Wayne was introduced to the wonders of nature at an early age by parents who knew the importance of having a relationship with the Great Outdoors. Wayne captures the beauty of the Southwest and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help increase awareness of the necessity to preserve our precious surroundings. 

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Wayne is a workshop leader for Muench Workshops and an all-around great guy. Wayne and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:

  • His journey as a landscape photographer.
  • The role we photographers can play in teaching how to respect and protect the natural world.
  • The push to privatize our public lands.
  • The role that workshop leaders should play in teaching protection and minimizing overuse.
  • Talking about one's heroes and how their style influences the way you shoot.
  • How different styles and techniques change in popularity, from processing to intimate landscapes or grand scenes. 
  • Having a private facebook page with good photographers to critique ones work.

Over on Patreon, Wayne and I talked about his passion for photographing rock art (petroglyphs).


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! 

If you're a listener and have not yet made a pledge, there's more reasons to pledge now than ever. We have over 80 bonus episodes over on Patreon for anyone supporting the show at the $5/mo level. 

Additionally, Patrons of the podcast are encouraged to participate in our themed photo contests by submitting them to the "community board" on our Patreon Page. The current theme, which ends on August 30th, is "Nemesis." I know we all have our own photo nemesis, whether it be a scene we have shot a thousand times that never had good light, or something else. Let's see those awesome shots over on our community board!

Here are the photographers that Wayne recommended for the podcast:

1. Marc Muench.

2. Dewitt Jones.

3. David Muench.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

Let's talk about who is coming up on the podcast! I am really excited to announce some of our upcoming guests and episodes. It should be a really good fall!

  • Christian Heeb, a Swiss photographing living in the United States.
  • Alister Benn, a photographer from Scotland.
  • Tim Parkin from ON Landscape magazine.
  • Franka Gabler - a photographer from Croatia living in California.
  • Ian Plant...
  • Dylan Fox...
  • And lots more!

I'm really excited to announce that we have finally reached our $1,000 / mo goal on Patreon and we have officially launched our Landscape Conservation Award

The “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast Landscape Conservation Award will recognize an individual photographer who is highly involved in conservation issues within their local communities or within the landscape and nature photography community. This can be through their writing, speaking, photography projects, or community organizing efforts. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize an individual that is actively practicing the Nature First Principles. In partnership with our Patreon supporters, the “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast presents the prestigious honor, which currently consists of at least $1,550. 

We aim to grow the total award amount through donations and sponsorships. We are looking for nominations for the award. You can nominate yourself or someone else through the google form found here. Since our launch we have raised $550 towards the award and have garnered some great sponsorships from some great photography brands. 

So far we have been able to get support from the following awesome companies:

Shimoda Designs 

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Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company designed as a reaction to real world adventures rather than those imagined from a comfortable office environment. Shimoda founder Ian Millar is a lifelong explorer, snowboarder and product designer known for developing some of the most innovative camera bags in the world. Shimoda is his new venture which represents the culmination of all his experiences and utilizes the most advanced materials and technologies available to minimize the pain, fatigue and suffering that comes with foul mountain conditions. Shimoda products are a direct reflection and reaction to the outdoor lifestyle that Ian and his adventure photographer friends love so much. Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a bag of their choice, core unit, roller and accessory case.

Viewbug 

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Viewbug is a popular photo sharing and contest website. Members of Viewbug can submit their photographs to specialized contests and win amazing prizes. There are a lot more benefits of membership as well, so check it out. Viewbug is donating a viewbug PRO+ membership to the winner of the award. This is a $179 value.

We are working on getting more in-kind donations and financial donations to sweeten the pot for the deserving award winner. If you are interested in either, please check out the award page on our website. 

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.


As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link

Shane McDermott on Constant Creative Flow and Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 108 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. I'm really excited to present this episode to you - I feel like it is so different than previous episodes of the podcast thank to our amazing guest, Shane McDermott

Shane and I have known each other for a couple of years and I have always found him to be a wonderful breath of fresh air. His perspective on life and photography is so refreshing and thought-provoking. He also happens to have some absolutely incredible work, which you need to check out as soon as possible. 

In this episode of the podcast, Shane talks about his beginnings as an Integrative Health provider and how that informed his approach to photography. We define and discuss contemplative nature photography and how Shane's approach to landscape photography is similar but different from that approach. Shane shares his thoughts on "visual centricity" "awareness," and "constant creative flow" and how this approach to photography can change how you interact with the natural world through your photographs. We also talk about Guy Tal's article on Nature Photographer's Network about "The Mindful Photographer," and how that approach is similar but different than Shane's. Lastly, we talked about his unique approach to workshops, which he calls "VisionQuest Photography."

This week on Patreon, I ask Shane about his experiences of travelling through Navajo and Hopi land in pursuit of landscape photography and he shares his experiences and thoughtful insights from his interactions with their culture as a photographer and traveler. 


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

Here are the photographers that Shane recommended for the podcast:

1. Kathleen Reeder.

2. Florian Schulz.

3. Doug Koepsel.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link

Charles A. Zimmerman (CAZ) - Landscape Photography in the American Southwest

Welcome to Episode 104 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Charles Zimmerman!
Charles A. Zimmerman (CAZ) is a landscape photographer living in Denver, Colorado - he has been a landscape photographer for many years - he owned his own gallery for 5 years and is an avid visitor of the American Southwest. He is a former lawyer and often finds himself playing devil's advocate on issues relating to landscape photography - something we took full advantage of on the podcast!

In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Charles to talk about some of the most important topics of our time as photographers, and Charles offers some different perspectives than what you are used to hearing here on the podcast, so I highly recommend you listen! We talked about:

  • Location overcrowding (and how it may be a positive thing)
  • How to find "secret" places
  • Photographing icons and comp stomping
  • Workshops - how to find a good one and what to expect
  • Advice for photographers

To celebrate the launch of episode 100, we have collaborated with some of our guests to offer discounts of their tutorials and products to new and existing Patrons of the podcast over on Patreon. From March 20 through April 30, 2019, new and existing patrons will receive the following discounts:

1. 20% off Alex Noriega processing tutorial videos (only good for videos released prior to March, 2019)

2. 20% off Michael Shainblum processing tutorial videos

3. 20% off Eric Bennett instructional videos

4. 20% off Joshua Cripps Photography tutorials

5. 20% off Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa Nature Photo Guides e-books

6. 20% off Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s books and eBooks

To get these discounts, simply sign up as a Patron of the podcast at the $5/mo or higher level before April 30, 2019. Your discount codes will revealed after you sign up. 


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

This week on Patreon, Charles and I talk about his experience setting up a small business, mistakes he made in running his own gallery (and how you can learn from them), and a lot more.

Last week I announced that we are doing a weekly photo theme for patrons of the podcast. The idea is simple - patrons submit their photographs based on the theme of the week and I pick my favorite submission and talk about it on the podcast and on Patreon. We'll try this out and see if people like it! Last week's theme was "Trees in Spring" - there were several really great submissions from Mark Clafshenkel, James Bokovoy, William Nurse, Ryan Shanahan, Joseph Doherty, Jackson Frishman, and Bruce Couch. This week, my favorite submission was from Joseph Doherty. Here is what he said: "I shot it this morning at Malibu Creek State Park in California. My previous, nearly identical, image of this was shot in 2016. This tree was in the path of the Woolsey Fire last year, and three weeks ago, when I last visited, I was unsure whether it survived. But today I saw new growth all over the tree, and so I thought that was worth revisiting the photo I shot a few years ago." Thanks Joe! I really loved that this was taken during the week of the theme and there's just something about the photo that evokes a lot of power that I really appreciate. Let's keep the submissions coming! This week's theme is "Mystery." So get out there and create some art and share it with the group on Patreon!

Here are the photographers that Charles recommended for the podcast:

1. Robert Hitchman.

2. Laurent Martres.

3. Tony Sweet.

4. Adam Schallau.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!


As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link

Visit my website for the full liner notes and to see some amazing photographs from CAZ!

Michael Bollino & Paul Bowman - Group Photo Road Trips

Welcome to Episode 102 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Michael Bollino & Paul Bowman!

I just returned from a 8-day photography trip with some of my favorite landscape photography friends, including this week's guests, Michael Bollino and Paul Bowman, both incredible photographers in their own right. Michael is a returning guest from episode 6 and Paul is a new comer to the podcast. Both of these fine gentlemen hail from Portland, Oregon, where we all used to drink many a beers together at Horse Brass on Belmont Street. If you get a chance, check out their photography, it will knock you off your feet! 

This week, we revisit some of our adventures from our trip and talk all about the advantages and disadvantages of doing group photography trips and how to maximize your success on one. Warning, some mild profanity is present on this week's episode.


To celebrate the launch of episode 100, we have collaborated with some of our guests to offer discounts of their tutorials and products to new and existing Patrons of the podcast over on Patreon. From March 20 through April 30, 2019, new and existing patrons will receive the following discounts:

1. 20% off Alex Noriega processing tutorial videos (only good for videos released prior to March, 2019)

2. 20% off Michael Shainblum processing tutorial videos

3. 20% off Eric Bennett instructional videos

4. 20% off Joshua Cripps Photography tutorials

5. 20% off Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa Nature Photo Guides e-books

6. 20% off Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s books and eBooks

To get these discounts, simply sign up as a Patron of the podcast at the $5/mo or higher level before April 30, 2019. Your discount codes will revealed after you sign up. 


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

This week on Patreon, we talked about some of our favorite stories from our group photography trips. 

To learn more about Michael, check him out:

Website.

Instagram.

To learn more about Paul, check him out:

Website.

Instagram.

Here are the photographers that Michael and Paul recommended for the podcast:

1. Art Wolfe

2. David Cobb

3. Scott Krantz

4. Jason Hummel

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!


As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link

Sean Parker - Arizona’s Dark Skies

Welcome to Episode 096 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Sean Parker!

Sean Parker is a professional photographer / time-lapse cinematographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Sean is passionate for capturing the beauty in the universe and specializes in all types of photography. Sean is most passionate about landscape & astro-photography work. Sean has been featured in many publications, commercials, and projects with companies such as: Smithsonian, Discovery, LG, Samsung, Annapurna Films, New York Times, Arizona Highways, and more! 

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As discussed in the introduction, I'm partnering with podcast patron Jason Matias on the launch of his Art of Selling Art service. If you want to sign up and help out the podcast in return, head on over to the launch page.

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We covered some fun topics this week, including:

1. How Sean got his start as a photographer.

2. His favorite aspects of the types of photography he is into.

3. How competition drives us as artists & the pros and cons of it.

4. Working with brands.

5. The realities of being a full-time professional landscape photographer.

6. Location sharing.

7. Time-lapse photography.

8. Night photography composites.

9. His work with LG on their new TV Product launch. Another teaser.

10. Gear! We discussed our kits, and I shared info about a crazy spreadsheet I created.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

This week on Patreon, Sean and I talked about star trails and time-lapse photography.

Head on over to the liner notes for a lot more! 

Greg Russell - Landscape Photography in Wilderness Areas

Welcome to Episode 089 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Greg Russell!

Greg is a photographer and science teacher living in Southern California. Greg has been devoting a lot of time photographing wilderness areas in California and has been documenting that on his website, alpenglowimagesphotography.com. Greg and I sat down to discuss his project and to hear from Greg on the importance of deserts, conservation issues, and lots more. Greg’s work focuses primarily on the landscapes of the American West, with special emphasis on the Southwest and high deserts of the Colorado Plateau. 

We covered some fun topics this week, including:

1. The history and relationship between public lands and landscape photography.

2. The role of photographers as public lands advocates.

3. Greg's Wilderness Project.

4. Resources for photographers interested in staying involved and becoming educated on public lands issues.


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

This week on Patreon, Greg and discuss the challenges and processes for finding interesting subjects to photograph close to home.

To learn more about Greg, check out his online presence:

Website.

Instagram.

Here are the photographers that Greg recommended for the podcast:

1. Allister Benn

2. Royce Howland.

Some examples of Greg's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go! 

Ben Horne - Storytelling in Landscape Photography

Episode 058 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Ben Horne!

I had an absolute blast talking to Ben this week. Ben is a tremendously gifted large format film photographer with a huge YouTube following. 

Ben's goal is to create simple, structured, and calm images of nature. Ben shoots exclusively with large format film because of the inherent limitation, and the strong sense of discipline that is required. These limitations help to shape the final image by giving Ben a sense of direction.

In late 2009, Ben began documenting his adventures with video journals. As viewership has increased, Ben has taken steps to increase the quality and content of these videos. Ben's goal is to bring you along for the ride. Be sure to check out his YouTube Channel!

I know you'll like this week's podcast! I found it to be quite inspiring myself.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. How Ben got into landscape photography.

2. Storytelling in landscape photography.

3. The limitations and advantages of shooting film. 

4. The conundrum of sharing photo locations.

5. Ben's yearly photo box sets - the process.

Over on Patreon this week, Ben and I had a fabulous conversation about composition which I think everyone will find useful.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks!

To learn more about Ben, check out his online presence:

Website.

Instagram.

Here are the artists that Ben recommended for the podcast:

1. Thomas Heaton.

2. Simon Baxter.

3. Alex Burke.

4. Michael Strickland.

Some examples of Ben's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go! 

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry - Creativity as a Visual Artist

Episode 056 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry!

I had an absolute blast talking to Colleen this week. She is incredibly well-spoken, thoughtful, and just an all-around pleasure to listen to. At times our discussion felt like two friends sitting around a camp-fire chatting about our inner struggles. That's what the podcast is all about!

Colleen is a corporate-America-escapee-turned-full-time-freelance-outdoor-photographer-and-writer, supporting a wide range of assignments for editorial and commercial clients. Specializing in nature and outdoor recreation, her purpose as an outdoor communicator is to inspire and help others enjoy the Great Outdoors. Her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor PhotographerAAA Highroads, AAA VIA, Extraordinary Vision, National Parks Traveler, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.In November 2011, she co-authored and published the award-winning book, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How with her good friend and fellow photographer, Paul Gill. After selling out the 1st edition, they published the 2nd edition of this title in March 2015. In addition, she's been selected three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park in Maine (November 2010, October 2011, and January 2013) which enabled her to author and publish her second award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How in February 2014. In July 2015, she published her first instructional photography eBook titled, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography. Her next book (due out in 2018), Going with the Flow, will share the inspirational true story and life lessons learned from her experience attempting to paddle the 141-mile length of Lake Powell in November 2015 with her mom.

I know you'll like this week's podcast! I found it to be quite inspiring myself.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. How Colleen got into landscape photography.

2. Her transition from shooting icons to being a creative visual artist.

3. The creative process in landscape photography.

4. Her artist-in-residencies at Acadia National Park.

5. Her women-only workshops called "Sheography."

6. Staying competitive as a business in photography.

7. Active non-judgment as a skill to observe and grow as a photographer.

Over on Patreon this week, Colleen and I had a fabulous conversation about "Shosin" and the beginner's mind and how that relates to landscape photography.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks!

To learn more about Colleen, check out her online presence:

Website.

Instagram.

Facebook.

Here are the artists that Colleen recommended for the podcast:

1. Michael Gordon.

2. Chuck Kimmerle.

3. Paul Gill.

4. Floris Van Breugel.

5. Kathleen Clemons.

Some examples of Colleen's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go! 

Eric Bennett - Using Landscape Photography for Good

Episode 041 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Utah-based landscape photographer Eric Bennett! I've been a huge fan of Eric's photography for quite a long time! Eric also might be one of the funniest guys I've ever chatted with online - his sense of humor is incredible, and I think it translated nicely onto the podcast format. Eric has been recommended to be on the podcast by many photographers and I think if you've never seen his work before, you should go take a look immediately - it is world class! 

Eric and I covered some great topics this week, including:

  • How Eric got into Landscape Photography
  • How photography can help preserve our wilderness
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
  • Becoming a full-time professional photographer and the concept that money is the result of the cause and not the cause of the result
  • Backpacking
  • The pros and cons of travelling for long amounts of time as a photographer
  • Collaboration vs. competition

Special announcements: Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going! I recently set a goal of $1,000 in monthly contributions which I will use to seed a $1,000 landscape conversation award. This will only be possible if people contribute on Patreon!

Additionally, we have collaborated with The League Magazine. 

$50 supporters of the podcast on Patreon will get you a free subscription to The League if you sign up on Patreon between now and the end of February, 2018. The League subscription would normally cost you $50, so basically you are getting it for free while supporting the podcast!

Supporters already at the $50 level will get the subscription too!

League is an annual collectors’ compendium of unique, thoughtful photographic art comprised primarily of work from the League of Landscape Photographers. Two key principles underpin the publication: contributors espouse a mindful, ethical code of behavior in creating photographic work; and contributors wrestle with or promote dialogue about contemporary issues facing humans and the landscape.

Lastly, I am happy to announce that I'm now a Formatt-Hitech filter ambassador. Listeners to the podcast get 10% off their order if they use the code "PAYNE10" - thanks for supporting the podcast!

To learn more about Eric:

His Website

Facebook

Instagram

Here are the artists that Eric would like to hear on the podcast:

Mark Handy

Dag Ole Nordhaug

Mason Cummings

Scott McCook

Patrick McDonald

Some examples of Eric's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group or on Reddit!

David Swindler - Using Failure in Landscape Photography

Episode 031 with Utah-based landscape photographer, David Swindler. I have been following David's work on Flickr for many years and have found his work to be quite inspiring. He often shoots locations that are not well-known, which I greatly appreciate! David was a real treat to have on the podcast and I think you will really enjoy this one. 

We covered some really great topics this week, including David's journey into landscape photography as an chemical engineer, the Art Storefronts website platform, using failure as a teacher, finding a good composition, and impactful moments in landscape photography.

Important! Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going!

Patreon subscribers have access to bonus interview content and much, much more!

To learn more about David:

His Website; his workshop Website

Facebook

Instagram

The photography of Dustin LeFevre

The photography of Greg McGowan

The photography of Ryan Smith

The photography of Royce Bair

The photography of Phil Monson

The photography of Bill Church

Some examples of his amazing photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via emailInstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Paul Rojas - Allowing the Landscape to Dictate Lens Selection

Episode 026 with Ventura, California-based landscape photographer, Paul Rojas. Paul and I met on a photography trip to Hunts Mesa - Monument Valley, AZ back in May, 2017. Paul immediately impressed me as a very well-balanced, intelligent, and thoughtful dude. Then, Paul showed me his photos and I was completely blown away by his talent. I had been following Paul's work for a couple of years, but I apparently had not seen his best work yet because I remember being quite enamored with his work when he showed me it in person. Our interview had some technical challenges (my internet dropped three times), but we made the most of it and hopefully it was not noticeable in the podcast! I really enjoyed my conversation with Paul and I think you will too. 

We covered some really great topics this week, including conservation, allowing the landscape to dictate lens selection, Paul's journey into photography, backpacking, and much more!

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I know you'll enjoy this one. As usual, please find some links to various topics we covered below:

  1. Various backpacking gear, which I have documented about extensively on my mountaineering website's trip reports
  2. Ultralight backpacking book
  3. Paul's favorite lens - the Nikon 24-70 (mid-range zoom)
  4. The photography of Emmanuel Coupe
  5. The writing of Platon Revellis
  6. The photography of Steffen and Isabel Synnatchke
  7. The photography of John Mumaw

To learn more about Paul:

Facebook

Instagram

Some examples of his amazing photography can be seen below. Enjoy! Please do rate the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher!

You can also reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Wayne Pinkston - A Love Affair with Night Photography

Episode 021 with Virginia based astro-landscape photographer, Wayne Pinkston. I have been appreciating Wayne's excellent night photography for quite awhile now and thought he would be an excellent guest on the podcast! His images speak for themselves, and Wayne was a great guest. Wayne might be one of the most humble guys I've spoken to. Wayne picked up night photography after seeing the Milky Way on the back of his LCD for the first time on a National Geographic workshop with Stephen Alvarez. His images are absolutely inspiring.

We covered some really great topics!

I know you'll enjoy this one. As usual, please find some links to various topics we covered below:

  1. The photography of Galen Rowell
  2. Low Level Lighting
  3. WorldPix
  4. The photography of Royce Bair
  5. The photography of David Kingham (a former guest on the podcast)
  6. The photography of Brad Goldpaint
  7. The phoography of Michael Goh
  8. The photography of Mark Gee

To learn more about Wayne:

Facebook

His website

Instagram

Here's some examples of his amazing photography. Enjoy! Please do rate the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher!

You can also reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Lastly, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going!

Mike Sanchez - Leave No Trace in Landscape Photography

Episode 019 with Scottsdale, Arizona based landscape photographer, Mike Sanchez. I have been appreciating Mike's excellent night photography for awhile now and thought he would be an excellent guest on the podcast! His images speak for themselves, and Mike was a thought-provoking guest. Mike picked up photography as a hobby in 2008, but it really became a passion only a few short years ago in 2014, when he received his first Nikon and started shooting night photography. Since then, it has transformed his life and given him a deeper sense of purpose.

We covered some really great topics, including social media's positive influence on his photography journey, how he got into night photography, conservation of the environment and the interplay with landscape photography, and much more!

I know you'll enjoy this one. As usual, please find some links to various topics we covered below:

  1. Leave No Trace Ethics
  2. Arizona Highways Feature Article
  3. The photography of Joel Hazleton
  4. The photography of Jack Dykinga
  5. The photography of Michael Fatali

Mike's work can be found on:

Facebook

His website

Instagram

Here's some examples of his amazing photography. Enjoy! Please do rate the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher!

You can also reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Lastly, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going!

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Cecil Whitt - An Artist’s Journey into the Badlands of New Mexico

Episode 018 with Santa Fe, New Mexico-based landscape photographer, Cecil Whitt. I was introduced to Cecil's work by several photographers and could not be more happy to have found him. His work of the American Southwest is quite extensive and very good. 

We covered some really great topics, including his journey as an artist, what it is like being a full-time photographer, and where he finds inspiration. 

I know you'll enjoy this one. As usual, please find some links to various topics we covered below:

  1. The photography of David Chauvin
  2. The photography of Hans Strand

Cecil's work can be found on:

Facebook

His website

Instagram

Here's some examples of his amazing photography. Enjoy! Please do rate the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher!

You can also reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Lastly, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going!

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