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Margaret Soraya - The Power of Solitude in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 169 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a landscape photographer living in the highlands of Scotland.

Margaret Soraya is immensely talented and focused on harnessing the power of solitude to produce stunning work in nature’s quiet places. She has a wonderful body of images showcasing these quiet places and her soothing photography of ocean waves evokes mystery and wonder.

Margaret spends a great deal of time photographing on the various islands of Scotland, often alone, and draws power from the solitude found there. 
Margaret and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • Her solo travels in her van.
  • Mindfulness in landscape photography.
  • Introversion in landscape photography.
  • The healing power of solitude and how it promotes creativity.
  • Losing your way in life and finding it again.
  • Her journey of re-creating herself.
  • The benefits of focusing on non-competitiveness and being non-judgmental in landscape photography.
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Margaret and I discuss a Japanese concept known as "ikigai" which literally means where aptitude and passion meet. Margaret has used this concept to help guide her through this new exciting time in her life as a full-time landscape photographer.

Here is the person that Margaret recommended for the podcast:

1. Paul Sanders.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Dani Lefrancois Newfoundland 2021 workshop.

2. My YouTube Channel.


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.

John Barclay - Discovering the Contemplative Style of Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 164 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer whom I have admired for a long time - John Barclay. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is a fantastic photographer, musician, and a great guy. John and I had a wonderful conversation this week and covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • His beginnings in photography.
  • John's Contemplative Photography Retreats.
  • The "why" of landscape photography.
  • Your connection to your subject and how to choose how to capture it.
  • How bringing ourselves to our photography has an impact on the final product.
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, John and I talk about how he leverages his communication skills to be a better photographer, business person, and how it has aided in his success.

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that John Barclay recommended for the podcast:

1. Cole Thompson.

2. Mitch DoBrowner.

3. Betty Wiley.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. NPN Free 60-Day Trial.

2. Photo Namer website.

3. ArcPanel Luminosity Masking Panel.

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

Brenda Petrella - Vermont and Outdoor Photography School

Welcome to Episode 131 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. For the full liner notes, visit my website.

This week's episode features a nature photographer and educator living in the State of Vermont - Brenda Petrella. Brenda is the owner of Outdoor Photography School and is a passionate advocate for the Nature First Photography movement. Equipped with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Brenda's goal is to get more women out doing nature and landscape photography. She runs a YouTube channel where she inspires others to love the natural world through photography.
Brenda and I explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • Her journey as a scientist and making the transition into full-time photography.
  • Why she thinks its important for photographers to unite to protect the subjects we photograph.
  • Her use of the Microsoft Educator Program to create the Human Geography Project.
  • What its like for her to be in Nature.
  • How we can shift our mindset in our culture of consumerism.
  • How to get the next generation excited about photography,
  • and I share a crazy camping story!

On Patreon this week:

  • Brenda and I talk about her approach of non-iconic nature photography - why she chooses, her process, Guy Tal's article on Mindfulness as a photographer, and "forest bathing."

Be sure to join in on the conversation about each podcast episode over on Nature Photographer's Network. Not only is NPN the best place to get critiques on your landscape and nature photography, it is also home to some of most informative, thought-provoking, and inspiring articles on landscape photography I've found. I highly recommend you become a member today. 

Also, I wanted to announce the winner of our recent photography contest over on Patreon. The theme was "changing seasons" - we had two submissions this time - from Jarrod Hills and Michael Ryno. In the end I had to pick Michael's photograph of changing fall color here in Colorado. The vibrant colors and excellent composition won me over. Thanks Michael and Jarrod for your submissions!

I also wanted to tell you about one of the podcast's patrons - Anton Averin. He created an amazing luminosity masking panel called Arc Panel. 

You can try it for free at https://arcpanel.averin.photo

I also have some free copies to give away to listeners! To get one, share a post about the podcast on your social media account and send me a note!

One last announcement - I really need your help picking the winner of our inaugural Landscape Conservation Award. We are still accepting nominations until December 31. If you're interested in helping, please send me a note!

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

Here are the photographers that Brenda recommended for the podcast:

1. Melissa Groo 

2. Ashleigh Scully

3. Cristina Mittermeier - Enoughness

4. Amy Gulick

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 $1,570. 

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

1. Shimoda Designs: Ian and his amazing team at Shimoda have sent me the next generation of their camera backpack, the Action X series. I took it on my recent 11-day fall color photography trip and used it on a 16-mile backpacking overnight and did a review which you can check out in the liner notes. Let's just say I was super impressed with it! Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a camera bag of their choice, a core unit, and a roller and accessory case - a $779 value!

2. Viewbug: 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.

3. Reed Art & Imaging: Reed is a fine art print lab located in Denver, Colorado. They are my print lab of choice for my high-end acrylic prints. Reed is donating to the winner a $500 credit towards the purchase of a Acrylic Print.

4. Tamron: Tamron is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a 45mm f/1.8 Di VC lens- a $599 value!

5. QT Luong: QT Luong is donating a limited edition copy of his award winning photo book, "Treasured Lands."  Treasured Lands is a book about all the 61 U.S. national parks with location/photography notes for each of photograph. This limited edition version is valued at $245.

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

Alister Benn - Expressive Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 126 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features one of my favorite photographers hailing from Scotland- Alister Benn

Alister has been teaching landscape photography since 2009. Alister has a refreshing approach and a questioning mind that has formed the foundation of his new photography company, Expressive Photography. Alister is pushing back against the same old teaching approaches used for decades.

Alister and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:

  • His journey as a landscape photographer.
  • His new company, Expressive Photography.
  • His upcoming partnerships with Alex Noriega, Hans Strand, Ryan Dyar, and Adam Gibbs (to name a few).
  • Established workshop teaching techniques and how they might inhibit creativity.
  • Homogenization in landscape photography.
  • Reconnecting with the landscape - Why are you there?
  • His YouTube Channel
  • ...lots more!

 

Please see the blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com for the full liner notes!

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

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