I'm a Nature Photographer

Updates from Colorado with Wildflowers and Yellowstone under the stars! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒƒ

Published 11 months agoย โ€ขย 7 min read

Hello Reader,

We hope your summer is in full swing with adventures and photography, and we hope those of you experiencing sweltering heat are finding ways to stay cool. We just returned from an extended trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone for a night photography workshop followed by a workshop in Crested Butte, Colorado. We decided to stay local this summer and explore our home state and all the beauty it encompasses. I've been exploring Crested Butte since 2002, and David has also been photographing it for many years. It's one of our favorite places to visit, hike, and photograph, and we always feel at home when visiting.

The lupine was fantastic this season and lasted longer into July than usual, and our Crested Butte workshop was a fun and exciting experience. We took our group into fields of flowers and up on the alpine roads to the high country in jeeps. The snowpack was still hanging in some areas, so parts of the high country were closed. We still found plenty to explore, with waterfalls, wildflowers, and mountain scenery. After the workshop, we camped at a remote campground outside of Crested Butte and enjoyed paddleboarding and spent time hiking. We summited Mt. Emmons at 12,401 feet, completing my "triple crown" of the three major peaks around Crested Butte. Previously, I summited Mt. Crested Butte, and together we summited Gothic Mountain a few years ago.

We are now back in Denver, busy putting the final touches on our workshop schedule for next year, which we will release soon! We're also excited to announce we're teaching at Out of Chicago Big Sur next year. We can't wait to return to the California coast, an area steeped in landscape photography history.

You can view some of the photos our attendees photographed during the workshops and read about our new magazine release with NPN. Until next time, happy photographing!

Best Wishes,
David and Jennifer



Nature Vision Magazine is Here

We're thrilled to announce the arrival of the first issue of Nature Vision Magazine! Launched just last month, this quarterly publication encapsulates the captivating works of globally renowned nature photographers, each page radiating with unparalleled inspiration.

We're offering a 10% discount on your first-year subscription to celebrate this launch. Use the code 'EE10' at checkout. As an added perk, you can couple this with your NPN subscription for even more savings. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of nature photography and be a part of the Nature Vision Magazine journey!

Free Webinar

From Lens to Print: Insights and Lessons Learned from 11 Landscape Photographers

I (David) am thrilled to present alongside nine acclaimed landscape photographers at the free webinar hosted by Out of Chicago. In this session, we'll divulge valuable tips on honing your photographic craft, from capturing that perfect shot in the field to creating a high-quality print.

Block your calendar for Thursday, Jul 27, 2023, at noon Central Time (US and Canada).

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Event Description: Delve into the art and craft of photography with "From Lens to Print Webinar." Chris Smith will join us along with ten other skilled Out of Big Sur photography instructors, where we'll share practical insights on the complete process of creating an image, from the initial capture to the tactile satisfaction of a print. Emphasizing the importance of printing, we aim to help you enhance the quality of your prints and, consequently, the impact of your images. Seize this opportunity to refine your photography skills from lens to print.

Join us at Out of Big Sur

We're thrilled to announce our role as instructors at Out of Big Sur, an immersive five-day coastal landscape photography event from March 24-28, 2024. This conference takes you through some of the globe's most majestic photographic coastlines, once traversed by legends like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

In a pre-release to past participants, an astonishing 75% of seats have been filled. With this in mind, act quickly when registration opens on at 2 PM CT on Thursday, July 27, 2023.

To celebrate this announcement, we're offering a $250 discount on registration using the codes JENNIFER250BIGSUR or KINGHAM250BIGSUR. This offer expires on Friday, August 4th, 2023, at midnight CT. Secure your place on this incredible journey and enjoy the savings. We can't wait to explore Big Sur with you!

Items of Interest

We're always on the lookout for new and exciting things to share with you; here's what we found this month:

โ€‹Seeing for Yourself by Cole Thompsonโ€‹

Cole learned to create for himself in his journey, eschewing the lure of external approval and its accompanying dissatisfaction. Realizing the importance of personal satisfaction in his work, he's been inspired by photographers like Edward Weston and Howard Roark, known for their unique vision and independence. To foster his independent creativity, Cole focuses on understanding his motivations, defining his success, avoiding comparisons, and honing his unique vision.

โ€‹Capturing the Magic: How to Photograph Fireflies and Lightning Bugs by Chrissy Donadiโ€‹

In this article, Chrissy offers a delightful journey into the world of photographing fireflies and lightning bugs. She advises waiting until complete darkness sets in, refraining from using artificial light and deploying photography gear like tripods and wide-angle lenses. With her expert guidance on optimal shutter speed, aperture settings, and post-processing tips, Chrissy provides a comprehensive guide to capturing the ethereal beauty of these luminescent creatures.

โ€‹Zen and the Art of Photography by Krister Bergโ€‹

Photography can be a frustrating experience when the perfect shot eludes us despite our efforts. The story of a bird photographer illustrates the conflict between capturing a photo and embracing the experience. In nature photography, many factors can hinder our ability to take a photo, leading to feelings of disappointment and questioning the purpose of our work. Role models can influence the craving for recognition and validation, and it is important to consider whether they inspire or limit us. Ultimately, we must decide what defines success in our photography practice.

Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone

We're delighted to highlight an exceptional new coffee table book by esteemed photographer William Neill, titled "Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone." Now available for pre-order, this volume celebrates Neill's unparalleled ability to capture Yosemite's grandeur through his lens.

We've had the privilege of an early review, which left us in awe. If your heart has a soft spot for Yosemite or you appreciate the finesse of landscape photography, this book is a must-have. "Yosemite: Sanctuary in Stone" transcends being just a book; it's an intimate visual journey into the sublime beauty of Yosemite. Take advantage of this chance to explore the park, as seen through Neill's eyes.

Out of Moab Night Conference

Have you ever dreamt of capturing the magical star-studded skies of Moab, Utah? I'm excited to announce that I (David) will be presenting at the exclusive Out of Moab Night Conference this September, and only a few spots are left.

This immersive experience brings together just 36 attendees and six world-class instructors, including myself, to explore the craft of night-time photography and advanced post-processing techniques.

David Interviewed on F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

In the latest F-Stop Collaborate and Listen episode, I enjoyed discussing the powerful impact of niche communities in nature photography. As the owner of the Nature Photographers Network (NPN) and alongside Cody Schultz, the editor for NPN, we discussed the ins and outs of photographic communities, constructive critique, and our exciting new venture - Nature Vision Magazine.

Our conversation explores the essence of community in nature photography, the rewarding experience of being part of one, and the latest enhancements to NPN. We delve into the art of critique and discuss the importance of connecting with our audience.

Be sure to tune in for this and much more as we delve deep into the fascinating world of nature photography!

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Captivating Images from Our Yellowstone & Colorado Workshops!

We've had an extraordinary summer hosting two incredible photography workshops. The journey began with a night-time excursion spanning from Grand Teton National Park to the enchanting expanses of Yellowstone National Park. We then traveled back to Colorado, capturing a fantastic wildflower bloom with hillsides blanketed in lupines.

We're thrilled to share a selection of stunning images crafted by our workshop attendees. Their talent and passion truly shone through.

Anticipation is building for our late 2023 and 2024 workshops. Eager to be part of the experience? Register your interest by clicking the button below, and we'll ensure you're among the first to receive our announcement!

Workshop Testimonial

The Crested Butte Wildflowers workshop was the third workshop I have attended with David and Jennifer. All three provided a professional learning experience, not only from a photography perspective, but also from being taken to locations that are off the beaten path that I would never have found on my own. This has real value for me. David and Jennifer complement each other perfectly with their own sets of specialized knowledge. If you have an interest in abstracts, Jennifer is your go-to person. If night landscapes are your thing, David is the expert. Between the two of them, all the bases are covered, including post-processing. I especially enjoy the critique sessions during the workshops, which offer valuable advice and direction to composition skills and post processing. I hope to be able to attend more workshops with David and Jennifer in the future.
- Keith Lisk

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