Episode 060 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Mike Mezuel!
If you're into storm chasing, storm photography, tornadoes, lightning, and road adventures, this episode is for you! I had a lot of fun chatting with Mike.
Although Mike currently lives in north Texas, he was originally born in the small town of Rome, New York. He moved to Texas at a young age, but says he has never worn (and never will) a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, or said, “ya’ll.” He got his first camera at the age of 15. It was a 1975 Yashica MG-1. He graduated from The University of North Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and obtained his Master’s in Journalism back in December of 2012. When he's not out with his camera, he enjoys playing hockey. Mike is a well-traveled storm photographer and just picked up a gig to photograph the volcano eruption in Hawaii.
We covered some great topics this week, including:
1. How Mike got into landscape photography.
2. Photographing tornadoes and extreme weather.
3. The process of improvement as a photographer.
Over on Patreon this week, Mike and I had a fabulous conversation about his recent trip to Hawaii to photograph and document the devastation caused by the volcano there. It was an emotional trip for Mike - we talked about what it was like photographing such destruction.
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To learn more about Mike, check out his online presence:
Here are the artists that Mike recommended for the podcast:
1. Aaron Rigsby.
2. Akash Thakkar.
Some examples of Mike's photography can be seen below.
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