The Idea of Genre is Dead

My evolution as a photographer has been that of a bell curve.

I liken it to this type of graph by how my approach has been loosely defined, to refined, to now broadly based.

Many years ago, I would’ve shirked the idea of including a “man-made object” into a composition.

I said to myself “I am strictly a nature photographer! I do not want to photograph people or buildings!”

Yet this limiting belief began to stifle my creativity. My sense of discovery within photography diminished.

There was an impending doom of “the creative rut” coming about me.

I felt there was more to the story I had to tell.

And so, I began diving deep into other forms of photography.

I started to research how to create ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) images, how to piece together a panorama of a city skyline, how to incorporate the “hand of man” into my compositions seamlessly.

Suddenly, the limiting beliefs and self-imposed labels I had been living just went away.

I wasn’t just a nature photographer anymore, I was now a photographer.

This may sound hokey, as nature is still first and foremost my primary discipline and source material behind the camera. Yet this could now free my mind to express itself in new and unusual ways.

The portfolio as a result began to evolve with the experimentation, and my overall happiness tended to flourish with the new work.

To top it all off, the public’s reception of the changes were quite welcome.

Fear and inexperience should never be a deterrent for producing new work. In fact, it should only fuel you to give it a shot!

A bit of a creative edit I did once, featuring spring blooms mashed up with a seed & grain mill.

Have you ever took a deep dive into a new form or genre of photography? How did it go? I would love to hear some stories or see some examples of your photographic experiments.

Leave a comment down below or email them, thanks for reading!

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In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

More Than Just Taking Pictures

Photography is about more than just a camera and photos.

The people you meet, the peers and colleagues to network with.

The chances to be outgoing and grow as a person. Coming out of your shell.

The unforgettable moments of laughter and experiences exhibiting the work to the public.

Those tough obstacles faced by doing long-distance hikes and all the stresses in every type of weather or drastic conditions.

These lessons teach more about who you are and who you wanna be.

Everyone is a Photographer.

With that being said, I am only in competition with myself.

We are all in this together.

In spirit of this blog entry, I want to share a little poem I wrote several years ago about one of my favorite birds…

“Great Bird, Big Blue, Mighty Heron

Common to the world’s eye yet so much more special.

Not a very social one, but a passionate creature.

You live life best on your own terms.

King of the marsh, the pond.

The world within you.

This universe all around us.

The fish in the lake.

Could be your catch of the day.

Simple sincerity in taking what can be yours.

Majestic wingspan, beating to the sound of your heart.

A simple day in solitude.

Free as can be.

Great Blue Heron will soon see.”

The words still ring true to this day, as it reminds me of why I do what I do. Whether great photos or not are captured.

An appreciation for the environment and wildlife living in it is what makes the photography all the more special.

When Success Comes in a Different Form

All of this. It’s hard to put into words. I can barely spell it out for you.

You have to define what exactly that that success looks like to you. Only you can answer this!

I would say that the world is meant to be explored, to be traveled, to be preserved.

If I adhere to these words as if repeating them like a mantra, then I am successful.

The camera or any gear at this point is just a tool to achieve something greater, perhaps commercial success (which is always secondary for me!)

So to follow-up, here’s the second half of my definition…

Success to me is making a living from the art and living to make the art.

Once again, define the S-word for your own purpose.

There is always a certain joy being behind the camera, yet still I feel..

..this is about more than just taking pictures.

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

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In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

Solo Camping as an Outdoor Photographer

Social distancing before it was cool.

I was about 4 miles away from my starting point at the trailhead and car.

Yet way out here is where I felt an odd sense of satisfaction and contentment.

The woodland surrounding me offered a contrasting mix of chaotic and soothing.

This is camping and backpacking after all, and comes with the territory when being a nature photographer.

Here are several things I have learned from the handful of camping trips I’ve embarked on over time…

I am self-reliant.

Camping solo has many benefits and drawbacks, however the former far outweighs the latter.

I learn how to carry the essentials and only the essentials. Fortunately you don’t need THAT much in terms of food, water, gear and entertainment to camp outdoors.

Another part to that is I’ve learned how to pack my gear intelligently and methodically, and how to carry all of that weight.

Sleeping outdoors isn’t so scary.

Ok, besides the occasional twig snapping or animal hissing, sleeping outside isn’t so awful.

At least in southwest Ohio, not that much is looking to harm you. In fact I’d be more concerned with humans rather than animals in this regard.

I’d recommend some rubber ear plugs and an eye mask to further lessen the nerves of every little sound.

Mealtime feels more rewarding/earned.

Car camping or “glomping” (glorified camping) is something I’m personally not too interested in. The hike for me is just as important as anything else, and so I choose to hike at least a couple of miles first before ever settling down.

Even then, my rule for these kind of trips is to always set up camp no matter how after dark it is, or tired and hungry you are.

Work before play is the goal, and setting up a tent or hammock doesn’t take nearly as long as eating a meal would be.

You become ‘one with the landscape.’

This sounds a little hippy-dippy but I truly feel like you familiarize yourself with the area surrounding you.

Knowledge is important when outdoors, and being on your own also means that you’re the only one relying on your successful trip.

This also means that things can go south very quickly.

You embrace the sweat pretty quickly.

You can sweat all year of course, however those midsummer camping excursions bring on the extra sweats.

I prefer to camp during the three warmer seasons of the year, and as a consequence I end up snuggling in my mummy sleeping bag while sometimes dripping wet.

However, you will get used to it. Being sweaty and smelly isn’t the most ideal, however body odor is the least of your worries when out in the woods!

My problems aren’t nearly as big as I make them out to be.

Camping solo can be terrifying! I’ve done it enough that my process has been streamlined however everything else in life doesn’t matter when ‘out there.’

All the daily stressors, and other nonsense or BS just melts away when you escape it for a time.

I’ve learned how to do impossible things.

You are truly living! Congratulations!

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

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Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  4. Developing a Portfolio
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Springfield Museum of Art’s 75th Member’s Exhibition

Once a year, the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Ohio hosts an exhibit of all their members’ artwork.

The 75h annual collection of art was in 2021, and so I set out to visit it on a beautiful afternoon.

Please take note that there is a small entry fee of $5 for non-members, however the amount of rotating exhibits all year is worth the price of admission, or even a membership to get into this exhibit.

While photography is my truest calling, all different art mediums are present here. The entire exhibit is well curated and arranged to suit the variety of works.

Many familiar names of those I’ve met are represented here, and I’ll give them some shoutouts; Jeff Smith, Doug Taylor, Julie Riley, Mikee Huber, Bill Franz, Linda Phillips, and Bonnie Kuntz.

All of these artists (not all photographers) are excellent at their craft and the many more not mentioned were of the highest quality with their art.

All in all, there were 122 unique pieces by 87 different artists, yet the entire gallery never felt crowded or visually busy. Everything was in its right place.

Have you ever visited SMOA? This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and worth a visit wherever you’re from.

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

Going Underground at Ohio Caverns

I took a solo trip out to West Liberty, Ohio to see this highly-anticipated attraction.

First hearing about these caverns from a brochure, the year was 2016 and I was cycling around Cedarville when I heard of this location.

The subject matter left me intrigued, as it wasn’t quite “outdoor” photography nor was it truly “travel” photography. It was just simply photography for its own sake.

The experience overall just enthralled me upon stepping down into the 54 degrees cavern. You don’t even need to be silly like me and have a headlamp on, they have each “room” meticulously lit.

For photographers, let it be known that your DSLR’s and flashes are welcome here, however every visitor is delegated to tours that start around the clock seven days a week.

The backside of the tour ticket I was given mentioned that “all photographs are commercial property of Ohio Caverns.”

This is such a letdown and debatable considering it was a public place and images I’ve taken. However this did not dampen my experience as that’s the focus for this blog entry.

Tours last about an hour as the very humorous and knowledgeable workers lead the way, telling of the extensive history here.

These caverns were discovered by accident several centuries ago and were opened to the public almost immediately. It’s amazing to think that these caverns have been largely untouched in their pristine beauty.

This is the largest cavern system in Ohio with several parts stretching out as long as football fields. Like many locations I travel to, the photos do not do it justice; one has to see these old stalactites and stalagmites for themselves.

Do you prefer color of black & white? Each one carries a different weight, however B+W carries a much more spooky or haunting in my opinion.

Have you been to Ohio Caverns? What did you think, or are you now thinking of going? Photographer or travelers alike will be all over this location!

Purchase “Natural Ohio – A Collection of Photographs”

The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

One Year at Front Street

It was July 2020 and I was eager to begin exhibiting someplace new.

I had already been a member of another gallery cooperative for less than a year now and now my sights were set on Front Street.

Melanie Morrett, who I’ll give credit to for my entrance into these respective art galleries, was the one I was meeting for the day.

I began my drive over on an early summer morning, the deep blue sky and bright sun over me. My destination was downtown Dayton, Ohio to this grouping of brick red warehouse buildings.

They’re unmistakable at first sight and instantly memorable thereafter. Upon entering the designated “C-D” doorway as I was directed to, there was a creaky old elevator up to the third floor.

Just me and my work housed in between bubble wrap on a wheeled plastic storage tote.

I agreed to be visiting artist for the months of July and August. Before even the two months were up, an opening in the gallery became available. A definite ‘yes’ was all I could say with no second thoughts.

Ever since then I have been finding my place into this artist-driven community. Getting to meet the different photographers and other artists at their studios and attending yearly and one-off events has allowed more exposure for the work.

It’s safe to say, I’m very fortunate and thankful at the opportunities I’ve had so far at this arts community. The gallery patrons and visitors, the friends and artists I’ve met, and the events I’ve connected with all mean a lot. And this community has been growing since 1965 too!

Artists and photographers alike need to find a following or collective to be a part of. This can help fuel your creativity and allow you to hone your craft.

Plus it’s just straight up fun to increase your passion(s) with other like-minded individuals, so go find a group to settle in and network or sell your creations.

Please check out my work at The Artery at Front Street, open to the public on First Fridays (5pm-9pm) and Third Sundays (11am-4pm) as well as other special events or by appointment.

I hope to see you there so we can talk about light and life.

Photographers: do you exhibit your work in a gallery or public space? How has it advanced your photographic work for the better? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

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Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

The “Seeing” of Photography

Recently I was sitting the shop at Village Artisans, one of my art galleries that is in the well-known Yellow Springs, Ohio.

It was a typical Saturday with a middle few hours of a frenzied buying that eventually levels out for the evening.

The day was nearing its’ end and I hadn’t seen anyone stop in for about half an hour until one gentlemen walked in announcing “Well Ryan Taylor, where is your work at?” Presumably reciting from a visible name tag on my shirt.

His tone sounding almost disarming as if we had been friends for years, which was not quite the case. Seeming familiar, I simply answered followed up with a response.

“Yes my work is in the back room or annex, on the wall you face as you walk in the right.”

Typically I use these moments to follow them back there to talk more about my display, prints and framed pieces there. So I leapt from my chair long after he was at his destination, as if I had anything else important to do.

“I absolutely love that this one! It just speaks to me” as he points out an 8.5×11″ canvas print of a yellow autumn leaf. This particular piece was front and center along my display wall.

I began explaining how most of my work is by that of “found objects” or items found untouched and photographed accordingly. However this particular piece was staged and artificially constructed purely for artistic sake.

He follows up on his last statement by assuring “no what I like about it is that you saw something different here that anyone else would pass on by and ignore. I can definitely tell from this one, it’s an intuitive sense.”

It’s very interesting hearing this out of your own head, it made perfect sense!

Photography as an art form and a creative muscle is one in which we train our eyes to view the world through a whole new lens.

This reflex to create a photograph, one that others may pass by or lose sight of.

And so now I challenge you, the reader, to “see” differently.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a casual hobbyist a smartphone or a seasoned professional. The gift of vision comes in many forms, and so take this gift and put it to good use.

I’d love to see what you see differently, and only what you may see.

How much of photography is truly about the “seeing?” Do you believe this is a skill that one can learn over time? Type up your answers in the comments down below. Thanks!

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
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  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take

In the wonderful words of Wayne Gretzky.

He said this famous quote above and it has become a commonplace theme as of late for my photography.

What you walk away from, what is left on the cutting room floor is what can become all you remember from the trip.

Sometimes that can overrun one’s mind as to the shots we skip out on. For whatever reason be it the weather or factors out of our control.

So it was early May and I was searching for a “secret” roadside waterfall called Sunderland Falls in Vandalia, Ohio.

An over forty foot drop off from a cliff happens less than 10 feet beside the road in a residential neighborhood as it outflows south toward the Great Miami River along a nearby metropark.

My concern after hearing and seeing the water flowing was that this was somehow private property. Many two-story houses were around with their decks pointed in the same direction as the ‘falls.

I am not one to enjoy being in trouble, in fact it terrifies me, so I drove away the first time out of fear. A cop even drove by me as I made my exit onto the main road, which further scared me.

It sounds so lame now in hindsight, but maybe it was the “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AREA — ENFORCED BY POLICE” sign I saw on a post just before entering the wooded trail that deterred me.

With all that being said, I returned less than a week later. The gear was resting in the passenger seat and unfortunately the light was cooperating. Now my head was in the right place to try the prospective image, yet Mother Nature was not working with me.

Third time’s charm as I waited about another week and returned on a moody sky evening. The previous day’s rainfall made the water sound even more powerful as I left the car and boots hit the ground.

This was it, nothing stopped me. Not my inhibitions, not the weather, nothing.

A half an hour later, I remerged to society to see a hazy sunset break through the colors.

So with that being said, the quote above rings true.

You will never know what happens unless you stop and press that shutter.

Sunderland Falls

Disclaimer: I later found out that this property is owned and maintained by the county metroparks. Do your own research about your local jurisdiction and follow/obey property and trespassing laws in your area before setting out. I am not liable for your tom-foolery!

Have you ever walked away from a potential photograph? Did you ever return to finally take the image? Let me know your story in the comments below or via email. I look forward to reading them!

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Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer
  2. Galleries: Exhibiting Your Photos
  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina

Highlights from the Backyard Trail Camera

Owning a trail camera for the past year has been quite an enjoyment for backyard wildlife observation.

To observe various mammals and avian life both night and day captivates me and allows one to study their various behaviors.

Below is a selection of 1-minute video files straight out of my Bushnell trail cam, all recorded at 1080p for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy the video content and consider getting your own device for your backyard!

American Crow
Eastern Tree Squirrel
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Cottontail
White Tailed Deer
Common Opossum
Common Raccoon
Common Raccoon

Do you own a trail camera? What kind of videos and photos have you captured? Please share your stories down below in the comments or email me. Enjoy!

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The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer
  2. Galleries: Exhibiting Your Photos
  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina
  6. Autumn & Fall Photography
  7. Shining Light in the Woodland with Korey Hart
  8. Recent Photography & Nature News
  9. Natural Ohio & Henry’s Webinar
  10. Mental Health, The Outdoors and You

Photo Contests / Camera Clubs

Calling all younger photographers! (Well, younger than me at 25)

Do you seek prestige and accolades?

Do you wish to connect with other likeminded photographers?

Do you wish to compete for the best image against a set of photo jurors?

Do you want to help and mentor others starting out?

All of these are valid reasons and can breathe new life into photography.

Some may enter the field to produce the most stunning images to share with the world.

Others may lead or host workshops to teach newcomers about their craft.

Where do you fall in this line? A bit of rhetorical question.. give it some time mull over.

The exchange of techniques can be invaluable and a great way to network and meet other shutterbugs in your area.

There are several local clubs and organizations including, Greater Dayton Photography Group, Tripod Camera Club and Focus Photo Club.

Each one of these groups brings a different bit of flair and zest to phototaking overall. Some groups focus more on the gear or print competitions, while others direct their attention towards helping educate their audience and community.

I was invited on a livestream with the very talented Jacob Delong and his community of followers.

Jacob’s Twitch Livestream Channel for those interested.

At the end of the day, go where your community lives, online and in-person and however you please.

Go where your photography takes you, and let it make the path clear!

Do younger photographers bother anymore about local camera clubs in the advent of social media? How important is a sense of belonging to you or is it not? Please chime in down below in the comments (or send me an Instagram message!)

Purchase my 2021 Calendar

The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast” is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer
  2. Galleries: Exhibiting Your Photos
  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina
  6. Autumn & Fall Photography
  7. Shining Light in the Woodland with Korey Hart
  8. Recent Photography & Nature News
  9. Natural Ohio & Henry’s Webinar
  10. Mental Health, The Outdoors and You

A Tale of Too Many Tripods

If there’s one piece of gear that photographers will shirk at early on..

It is a nice set of carbon fiber legs.

Tripods seem to be the last thing on a photographers’ mind, why is that?

One could argue that after dropping some serious money on their DSLR and a lens or two, what is there left to purchase?

Let’s appreciate tripods for a moment as they help keep everything balanced and stable during an exposure.

Over 75% of my photography is taken from a tripod, while the other quarter is strictly wildlife/birds and some abstract shots.

A tripod helps free up the mind from worrying about so much camera shake in your hands and allows you to experiment with composition and working the angles.

There isn’t always going to be a rock or fence rail to stabilize your camera on!

And so as I write this, I’ve used about three or four different tripods before settling on a Gitzo Systematic (costing about a thousand dollars!) and a much cheaper Benro Travel Slim carbon fiber set of legs.

This took many hard times of watching gear fail and break before my eyes until realizing this..

It pays to pay for quality gear.

One of my earliest sets of images of this wooden park bench…taken from a tripod.

Maybe this is a lesson learned in time, and not one to learn early on?

Regardless, a high quality set of legs and head won’t let you down, and is just as important as the other equipment used to take the images.

In your experience, does a tripod make a difference for the type of photography you do? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts down below, thanks for reading!

Purchase my 2021 Calendar

The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer
  2. Galleries: Exhibiting Your Photos
  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina
  6. Autumn & Fall Photography
  7. Shining Light in the Woodland with Korey Hart
  8. Recent Photography & Nature News
  9. Natural Ohio & Henry’s Webinar
  10. Mental Health, The Outdoors and You

Open the Light: Painting Influencing Photography

Old style landscape paintings have always informed my work over the years.

To call back to these classic artworks within a photographic piece is a fun challenge that harkens back to my years in art classes.

Many years before photography or any cameras entered the picture, I was emanating paintings and drawings in front of me.

Particularly the realistic landscape paintings of the American West and impressionistic art by the likes of Monet and Van Gogh were what I gravitated towards.

Now as an artist with a camera, and with nature as my canvas. The photography I’ve created pays tribute to these wonderful artworks of those artists many many years ago.

As I’ve said before, photography is an art form and should be treated as such.

To study other artistic mediums beyond your own is where you’ll find some overlap in which to grow.

If you’re an outdoor photographer with a rich local history, some artwork is no doubt made of local landscapes and other scenes where you live.

Perhaps one of my favorite paintings depicts a common early settler activity; fishing in wild places.

Better yet is that this very view (pictured below) is still preserved to this day and one I’ve hiked through along the Little Miami River.

“Blue Hole, Little Miami” by Robert S. Duncanson

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

Try to produce some similar imagery of your own.

This isn’t about copying their work outright, but to take several aspects and run with them!

Look at the right genre or medium and it’ll get those creative juices flowing.

Here are some experiments, some meditations if you will, on opening the light. These two images were taken April 2019.

You can see how the subtle sunny colors of late morning create a pastel-or painterly effect to this common Spring scene.

While this is just one example I’ve pulled from the archives, I would love to see some pieces from your portfolio too!

How has painting influenced your photography overall? Does art inspire other art for you too? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts.

Purchase my 2021 Calendar

The ‘All Outdoors Photography Podcast‘ is a show where we discuss stories from out in the field, techniques and gear with two outdoor photographers and various guests.

Available in video form on YouTube and audio on Spotify, Google Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast apps. Follow us on Instagram as well for more interaction and updates!

Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we talk to Shawn Hoffer; a landscape and travel photographer living full time on the road. Follow Shawn: https://www.shawnhofferphotography.com/ https://www.instagram.com/shoffer_photography/ https://www.facebook.com/Shawn-Hoffer-Photography-2212585732385072/ Patreon Link https://www.patreon.com/alloutdoorsphotographypodcast?fan_landing=true About the Show: Welcome to the All-Outdoors Photography Podcast! This podcast is about all things nature photography, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and more. The show features two talented photographers Henry Doyle and Ryan Taylor who both bring their different and unique photography experiences to the podcast. Episodes are released weekly every Tuesday at 1 pm EST. Follow the Show: Email Us: alloutdoorsphotographypodcast@gmail.com Linktree (Links to all Podcast Platforms) – http://www.linktr.ee/AllOutdoorsPodcast Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jKBTmU YouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ Follow the Hosts: Henry Doyle Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0 YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8L Instagram- https://bit.ly/32VgPUP YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Into the Landscape with Shawn Hoffer
  2. Galleries: Exhibiting Your Photos
  3. Color in Photography
  4. Developing a Portfolio
  5. Hocking Hills & North Carolina