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 “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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In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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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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In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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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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In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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  10. Zooming into Focal Length

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!)

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In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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  7. Teaching & Exploring with Chris Corradino
  8. Creative Projects & Photo Series
  9. The Early Days
  10. Zooming into Focal Length

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!

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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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Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing
  6. Backyards: Right Outside Your Door!
  7. Teaching & Exploring with Chris Corradino
  8. Creative Projects & Photo Series
  9. The Early Days
  10. Zooming into Focal Length

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.

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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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Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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The Photographic Print

A photography print is forever.

Encapsulated in its mat and frame, sealed shut and built to last.

The heart and soul of the photographer poured into crafting the image and what it may mean to them too.

Purchasing a specific piece from someone is like an invitation into their world.

The ephemeral nature of social media may bog down the budding creator, but it is never indicative of one’s own profession or skill.

Never should you judge your own artistic worth based on what faceless followers and hidden critics may say.

Those that you meet face-to-face, the ones that will lay down some money for your work to be placed on their walls.

These are the people that should matter, whether it’s one or one hundred.

They are buying into your vision, your artistry, your experience.

So why not deliver them an unforgettable experience?

Photographers or art buyers, what makes you want to create or buy a certain framed photographic print? Is it something you’d like to share or what you want to enliven your office space?

Leave a comment or email me your response, I look forward to reading and sharing them!

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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!

Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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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  2. Traveling East Asia with Eleanor Moseman
  3. The Excitement & Passion for Wildlife with Kyle Owen
  4. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing
  6. Backyards: Right Outside Your Door!
  7. Teaching & Exploring with Chris Corradino
  8. Creative Projects & Photo Series
  9. The Early Days
  10. Zooming into Focal Length

So, Is Photography “Cool?”

A while back when, I was featured on another photography podcast.

My co-host Henry from the All Outdoors Photography Podcast reached out to David Johnston, a full-time landscape photographer from Tennessee to have him on our show.

To both of our surprises, he said yes!

And to be completely transparent, I had never head of David and wasn’t familiar with his work either.

Now I am quite the fan as his approach to photography is something short of refreshing as he practices what he preaches.

That photography is meant to be creative, nature to be preserved, and that likes and followers don’t make the photographer automatically better.

After recording back-to-back episodes for both of our shows, two hours had gone by and I had gotten to know the man very well.

Our conversation left me wondering, as David steered the talk towards photography trends. Particularly those with us younger folk.

Is photography ‘cool’ now?

Photography may be ‘cool’ in some ways given how much more affordable (but still quite costly!) the gear has become, and how nearly every person has a phone in their pocket.

The tools are democratized, and now anyone can pick up a camera and take a photograph.

Younger creatives may see photography in a whole new lens that the veteran status members may overlook.

The myriad ways to share our work in the Information Age allow us to grow an audience fairly quickly.

There’s many pros and cons either way, but let me highlight the “glorification of photography” that so much happens in the mainstream.

So many people want to become the next latest and greatest photographer that travels the world, or to photograph weddings for many clients.

To think that this life is glamorous on paper is not always the case when put into action.

It takes a whole lot of work and perseverance to elevate your craft and improve.

I’ve always said it and I’ll say it again, but if I never made a single penny again from a photo print or freelance video project, I would still ‘get out there‘ with the camera.

I would still film that video, or hike that state park, or press that shutter.

At risk of some pushback, this may be a nice mantra to take with you..

Focus on content, the money will follow.

Yet that money isn’t everything towards better photography.

A hashtag is ephemeral while a beautiful photo stays with you.

The process is what I crave, and you should too.

Enjoy photography for what it is; an art form forever, not a trend to ride.

That’s what makes photography ‘cool.’

Listen to more of David’s incredible show below..

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  4. Minimal Lifestyle Down Under With Jeff Freestone
  5. Internal and External With Michael Frye

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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!

Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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. Journey into New Platforms and Media
  2. Traveling East Asia with Eleanor Moseman
  3. The Excitement & Passion for Wildlife with Kyle Owen
  4. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing

Feeding Your Muse

The muse is a common concept among bloggers and writers alike.

Writers block can become quite common when a blank page or screen is before your eyes.

As I write this, this very topic had been a work in progress for months which is very typical for this blog.

Writing is hard! Yet pushing through this Resistance makes the reward so much more worth it.

Thus, the topic of this entry…the Muse!

Speak even if your voice shakes. Take that image even if everything tells you not to.

What’s the Muse and why do I ‘Have it’?

The Muse is like your creative conscience in a sense. This special term is a fancy way of saying creativity is that of a muscle that needs to be trained.

Usually the Muse is referenced for writing, however I believe any creative pursuit can produce this quality, photographers included!

To feed your muse is to nourish the ideas that may be marinating in your head. To feed it means to allow time to rest or be inspired in the interim.

Relax (Not Lower) Your Expectations

Notice the careful wording, I am in no way saying to be lazy with your photography or other creative work.

However striking a balance I’ve found to be the best way to approach creating something. Always try your best to produce quality imagery, but know when to fold or back off.

Learn how to get out of your own way.

Attitude can help, and yes it’s nice to walk around with the gusto and mojo that it will be a good day out photographing.

However I don’t set myself up for failure by having way too high of expectations. You simply cannot demand a perfect photograph taken on every trip.

No photographer has ever created AAA+ quality portfolio-worthy shots every single time. Those that say that are lying or their quality and self-worth must be flawed.

If you expect this out of yourself too, then you will be disappointed.

Every single time.

The best you can is good enough, sometimes seeing and admiring your subject from afar is what lesson is learned on that day.

Realize when it’s time for a break.

The creator realizes that they cannot realistically create indefinitely.

A temporary respite helps nourish and feeds the muse, much like recharging the batteries in your tired camera.

Creating is an exercise and a meditation. It is a physical and mental task from which the mind is stimulated.

From my experience, burnout occurs when I am outdoors for a full day. You may be productive with that time however the entire process still takes a lot of energy to produce.

Not to mention the many miles you may be hiking or other conditions present such as weather, etc.

So, take some time for yourself. Don’t touch the camera for a day, a week, a month, a year. However long is needed to be your best self.

Fear not, your audience will understand and be patiently waiting.

The Inner Self-Talk of a Creator.

Watch the words you say!

We are our own worse critics and every artist is inherently insecure to varying degrees.

However we must be careful with negativity.

I’ve found there to be times whilst out in the field where I will put myself down.

Have you ever said the following things?..

“Eh, it’s not worth taking photo anyways.”

“No one is gonna care about this image.”

“This isn’t worth creating.”

Learn to tame your brain.

A blurry mess of a photo of a bird flyover, however there will be another chance to photograph this one up close someday.

Be Yourself, Seek Simplicity

Sometimes the workflow (planning, shooting, editing, repeat) can become a chore.

Try out a personal project, one that’s made just for you and no one else!

Go out with the camera to a completely new or very familiar location. Get lost in your surroundings, the sights and sounds around.

Allocate some downtime at the end of every week to make this special occasion happen!

A spell of boredom can harness beautiful moments for your career, aspiration or hobby.

Get messy with it, have fun!

You may be very surprised with the outcome.

Never. Stop. Creating.

For me, a photograph needs a reason to exist, an inspiration, a motivation.

And to use whatever means possible to achieve that end result; the photograph.

We must make the most of what we have here in front of and around us.

After all, half of life is just showing up.

If you just show up, then the photos will happen. They may not be the best or worst however they need to be made anyways to improve your craft.

How do you feed your muse? Leave a comment down below and let’s get a conversation started about this topic!

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!

Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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. Journey into New Platforms and Media
  2. Traveling East Asia with Eleanor Moseman
  3. The Excitement & Passion for Wildlife with Kyle Owen
  4. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing

Invoking Emotion Through Color

A recent lobby show exhibit at one of my galleries was that of the differences in colors.

The warm colors faced off against the cool colors in a variety of artworks and mediums. Each side being segregated to their own respective sides of the wall.

For disclosure, but this particular theme was my idea I pitched to the other 19 members, and it led me down a rabbit-hole inspired train of thought.

One musing I had was that color or the lack thereof means everything to art and photography.

A striking black-and-white landscape of a mountain range or the vibrant hues of a blooming spring flower. Color’s inclusion or exclusion tends to enliven all that it reaches.

The beauty of this visual aspect is that the final outcome is purely subjective.

What color do you want to invoke in your imagery?

Simply put, but it’s all relative.

As the creator of your work, the choices can be up to you!

Take into consideration the vibrancy of the colors chosen, as those can invoke certain moods as well.

A richly-saturated image can catch eyes rather quickly, while a more muted and moody color palette can allow space for the viewer to think about the image more.

Digital photographers may adjust the tint or temperature to a RAW file on their computer or the darkroom whiz will apply certain chemicals to alter their paper print in the developing tray.

One other incredible aspect is to meld the two warm & cool tones together in a single frame.

This split-personality of a photographic idea can take a while to find. Be vigilant! Whether it be the right lighting or seasonal opportunities, these colorful scenes will make themselves known if you search for them.

Better yet is this duality or dichotomy can excite prospective viewers and enrich a living wall space where color is one thing you can’t decide!

With all this being said, I would love to hear from you and what you think!

Does color play a big role in your photography and artwork? Do you tend to fall back on a certain set of colors or prefer to mix things up?

Let me know down in the comments below, I look forward to reading and sharing them!

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!

Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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. Journey into New Platforms and Media
  2. Traveling East Asia with Eleanor Moseman
  3. The Excitement & Passion for Wildlife with Kyle Owen
  4. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing

Returning to the Familiar

Two years apart can feel like a lifetime.

It was January 2019 and I set out to start a YouTube channel.

Why start one this late in the video content-creation game?

Well, I had some ideas that were marinating in my head for a while now, and I started the channel simply because I felt there was something missing.

I had a voice and here was this platform to raise awareness or to bring forth new perspectives.

I felt like I had something to say.

And now almost two years later, I returned to this same spot.

The spot where I awkwardly gave my first brief talk in front of the camera.

The one where my video channel got its shaky start.

The day where the lens was pointed at me.

It was time to come back to this location and do it more justice than I did on that cold January evening.

And so in 2021, I set out to that same old place once again.

Just the video thumbnail alone is meant to pay homage to the past. See the similarities? (Including the same tree.)

All of this work was towards something, all the while honoring the past.

Know your roots, know why you started in the first place.

Don’t look back but for one moment, acknowledge it, then take a step forward.

At the risk of sounding pretentious, I was put on this planet to see beautiful things.

Returning to the familiar showed me this, and gave me a way towards the next big thing.

The next photo trip I take, will be the best one yet.

Simply because it is the next big thing to work towards.

Are you a reflective person by nature? What helps keep you centered and helps with creating more? Let me know in the comments down below.

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!

Journey into New Platforms and Media All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, Henry and Ryan discuss their new business initiatives for the podcast with both the patreon and new clip media to help grow the podcast. You can find the link to the patreon and all the advantages below this message: 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 1pm 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. Journey into New Platforms and Media
  2. Traveling East Asia with Eleanor Moseman
  3. The Excitement & Passion for Wildlife with Kyle Owen
  4. Advanced Post Processing
  5. Post Processing & Editing