2021: A Year for the Birds

Here is my “Year List” of 2021 for birds.

They are listed out by the first sighting of each unique species. Naturally this means that more common (or wintering) avian friends were spotted in January compared to later months that may prove more difficult (barring migrations!)

Asterisks are used to mark any “lifers” (first-ever sighting) for my Life List. Fortunately there were several to come out of this year!

Interspersed are some various photos of birds I got to spend time with during the year.

January (34):
Red Bellied Woodpecker
House Finch
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch
European Starling
Tufted Titmouse
American Crow
Mallard
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Herring Gull*
Black Vulture
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
Downy Woodpecker
Red Tailed Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Dark Eyed Junco
Eastern Bluebird
House Sparrow
Rock Pigeon
Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Hooded Merganser
Ring Billed Gull
Pileated Woodpecker
Swamp Sparrow
White Breasted Nuthatch
Northern Flicker
Great Horned Owl

February (13):
Horned Lark*
Brown Thrasher
Northern Pintail*
Hermit Thrush
Coopers Hawk
Eastern Towhee
Redhead
Ring Necked Duck
Canvasback
Red Winged Blackbird
Rough Legged Hawk*
Common Grackle
Killdeer

March (6):
Lesser Scaup
Turkey Vulture
Gadwall
American Woodcock*
Brown Headed Cowbird
Rock Pigeon

April (19):
Field Sparrow
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Chipping Sparrow
House Wren
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Northern Parula
Eastern Screech Owl*
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush*
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush
Lincoln’s Sparrow*
Prairie Warbler
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Yellow Throated Warbler

May (28):
Chimney Swift
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Northern Rough Winged Swallow
Baltimore Oriole
Red Headed Woodpecker
Common Yellowthroat
Sora
Barn Swallow
Spotted Sandpiper
Wood Thrush
Green Heron
Indigo Bunting
Yellow Breasted Chat
Great Crested Flycatcher
Prothonotary Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs
Blue Winged Teal
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Orchard Oriole
Summer Tanager
Hairy Woodpecker
Purple Martin
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Wood Duck
Common Nighthawk
Cliff Swallow

June (5):
Great Egret
Veery*
Bald Eagle
Ring Necked Pheasant
Little Blue Heron*

July (5):
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Henslow’s Sparrow
Double Crested Cormorant
Willow Flycatcher

August (3):
Least Sandpiper
Cedar Waxwing
Black and White Warbler

September (0):

October (0):

November (6):
Brown Creeper
Blue Winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Bonaparte’s Gull*
Franklin’s Gull*

December (4):
American Tree Sparrow
Red Breasted Nuthatch*
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Owl*

Overall, this was a great year for my birding and wildlife photography, with 123 unique bird species identified/photographed. Hopefully yours was as well!

How did 2021 and the birds treat you? Did you get to experience some amazing sightings or capture some incredible photos? Let me know down below in the comments or with an email. Happy New Year!

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Discovering Hocking Hills (Day 3)

This is it! The third and final day from my first and definitely not last Hocking Hills photography trip.

By this point, my in-the-field workflow had been streamlined. Only carrying a tripod, the camera and 16-35mm, my bag was stowed away in the car most of the day. Boots were replaced with trail runners and the routes I took to get to specific spots became all too familiar.

This last day was the focus on some unplanned locations, such as my morning spent at Rockbridge State Nature Preserve. Later in the day is where I wandered (emphasis) through Hocking State Forest. This section of mature woodland was utterly quiet and awe-inspiring even in the spotty afternoon light.

The tail end of the day and entire trip was a hike towards Whispering Cave followed by Ash Cave, and some miles put in on the Buckeye Trail northwards towards the Cedar Falls trailhead. Read on to hear my thoughts down to the page and overall feelings on this entire experience…

“9/28/2021: I’ve never quite felt peace like this. Truly the closest I’ve been to freedom and everything along with it. The fresh pines and ferns were saturated from last night’s rain. The moisture and all that air conjured up a smell like none other. The quiet stillness in the air as a distant Blue Jay calls out and the trickle of water from Twin Falls off the cliff overhang.

The people here are very friendly and easygoing, whether running an all-terrain vehicle through the state forest or a boy giving me a fist bump when following me up on the shots. People are so accommodating to get out of my compositions even when they aren’t bothering it at all. “It’s hard not to get great images with a stunning backdrop as this one.” As I remarked to a passerby on the trail.

Departing one last time from the top of the state park area at Old Man’s Cave’s busy parking lot. Now I was going to the bottommost portion of Ash Cave. I arrived with just under two hours of daylight at the largest “cave” system in the region (actually just a cliff overhang, but it’s a trend to misname every popular landmark here.)

The trail is like a living, breathing animal and I worry about the future (unless it is here now) when nature is seen as one big amusement park. Everything may be overrun with footsteps and litter.

At first I was apprehensive on my way to Hocking Hills. I now see its’ popularity is well deserved, and the hype is mostly understood. You rocked, Hocking, and thanks for the memories (and photos of course too.)

With this trip now behind me, I am now most looking forward to taking a shower.”

Everything about this trip restored my creative juices and gave me a newfound motivation to travel outside my familiar and local patches.

In such a way, I wouldn’t change a thing with how the entire trip went. All of it needed to happen the way it did, and it left room for more exploration. Another trip is in order to explore more of Hocking State Forest and scenic spots such as Airplane Rock!

As always, I appreciate you reading this blog and sticking through the story and adventure with me. This concludes my 2021 photography trip to Hocking Hills, and I will see you next year.

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Discovering Hocking Hills (Day 2)

For my second day at Hocking Hills, I set out at sunrise to photograph the Rock House followed by a midday visit to Cantwell Cliffs and evening visit to Conkles Hollow.

Being more settled into the landscape and my overall trip allowed me to focus more on the photography and crafting more images.

“9/27/21: The second day started out with a hike around Rock House with a friend. This cave being the only true cave in the Hocking region. My initial impressions are that this particular spot might be my favorite so far. The photographic potential seems boundless here with late mornings still in shade, and perhaps late evenings totally glossed in “God Rays.” So much spectacle here even as countless Rock Pigeons were cooing from within.

The Cantwell Cliffs offered even more breathtaking views of “caves” within the region as well as some dizzying heights above the gorge rim trail. The 2pm sunlight was much too harsh and direct for any practical photography by my standards.

However I returned by late evening to settle the score with this particular location. The pre-scouting helped out immensely and allowed me to move quickly despite the waning daylight. In between these two visits was the longest hike of the day, several hours at Conkles Hollow.

The upper gorge rim trail proved to be rugged and expansive with views from the rock outcroppings to high above the treeline. The best part for me was unintentionally last as I hiked the much shorter and flatter lower gorge trail.

The photographic opportunities were endless down here as I traversed through the hollow and out back to the waterfall site, despite being just a trickle then. The looming and almost serene (ominous?) sandstone took me by surprise as if towering over me like skyscrapers. I found lots of success in this particular location along with many future compositions such as the rim gorge overlooks.

It seems as though the reliance on the “bigger” landmarks and wider focal lengths are a stylistic shift due to my environment. For the time being, I am seeking all of the main attractions of the state park and less of the “quieter” moments.

Everything has to be so big and grand on a massive and photographic scale as I run and gun from one big section to the next. Trying my best to beat the crowds of people despite being the same really; just a tourist hiding behind a camera instead.

Between the crowds and droves of people in some spots, the one-way trails to certain areas and the harsh lighting. Many factors were trying to pull me away from some proper camera time.

Here I was halfway through my trip and the environment surrounding me was influencing the photography I was doing. This awareness to the change actually allowed me to fully embrace it more than if in denial or ignorance of it.

Thanks for reading about this story thus far, and stay tuned for part three as the final conclusion to my trip to Hocking Hills.

Until then,

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Discovering Hocking Hills (Day 1)

For my very first day on the trails at Hocking Hills, I end up photographing Cedar Falls at morning.

Later in the morning and afternoon is where I pre-scouted the trails around the state park, made a stop in the wonderful Visitor Center, and photographed the Upper and Lower Falls, as well as Old Man’s Cave.

Here is the first journal excerpt from my first two nights and day out photographing under the stars and hiking around the state park.

*Page breaks and certain sentences edited for structure and clarity.*

“9/25/21 & 9/26/21: First trip to the Hocking Hills region and it seems to be everything I’d imagine. Both good and not as good. The sorta eh is just how much crowds this one place can draw in. Midday of the weekend is a spell for disaster when it comes to truly focusing and being with the flow state of mind.

Nonetheless, I was persistent in nailing down compositions for several (or all?) of the main state park waterfalls in the morning (Cedar Falls) and the evening (Upper and Lower Falls of Old Man’s Cave.) I then got a couple of compositions of the aforementioned cave itself.

The crowds thinned out almost completely by the time the Golden Hour moved in. This meant I had the entire one-way trail to myself!

Off-topic but this three-day trip has already taught me how easy it is to be self-sustainable despite having to pack out all my trash. It really puts into perspective how we must carry the weight of all the waste and refuse when ‘out there.’ Not only that but just how much can one person conjure up too. Now think about that single person to the entire humanity on the planet.

Even after consolidating all my refuse, it still seems like so much food and other miscellaneous packaging from just three days total.”

As you can see, my initial frustrations became very apparent as the state park portion of the area was very crowded. However no one was to blame but myself for being there during the middle of a Sunday.

Some slight arrogance shone through (in a Chris McCandless way) where I seem to be able to take on this self-sustaining traveling thing a lot more. In hindsight this would be more true if I cooked or practiced bushcraft out in the field, etc.

The second half of this writing also served as an “aside” to where my journal entry was going, almost to show my excited but scatterbrained mindset from finally being at the location for over 24 hours.

Anyways, this wraps up the first journal entry from my in-the-moment reactions to this state park and region.

If you’ve ever been here before, let me know what your initial or even later impressions were of your experiences here!

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 and happy hiking!

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Discovering Hocking Hills (Day 0)

The trip began weeks before I ever set foot on the trails. It began with an idea to hike the entirety of Hocking Hills State Park and the surrounding areas of the region.

I had to pack and evaluate what was truly essential when living out of my car for three days straight, as I wanted to save money on lodging and be as self-sufficient as possible.

This was not my first camping trip and so I was no stranger to the setup, however this provided more layers for colder mornings and enough for several days.

Packing up all the clothes into compression stuff sacks, folding and rolling to save space where I can.

A 7-gallon water jug that stays in the vehicle as the reserve when smaller water bottles are empty.

I took a trip to Great Miami Outfitters in Centerville, Ohio to stock up on food. However my budget was thrown out the metaphorical window upon seeing new gear to add to the trip such as quick-dry pack towels.

All of this was to prepare for a journey that would really invigorate my photography and fancy my love for the outdoors. The particular location was one that many hikers and photographer adored as being picturesque and overall stunning.

With the fairy lights installed to the car interior, everything else was on track for hitting the open road!

Nothing was gonna stop me now.

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  9. Laowa Lenses with Stephen Neff
  10. Hyped About Spring!

Clairvoyance: Abstracts in Nature

There is a very niche alternative form of photography referred to as ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photography.

ICM has become one of my favorite creative expressions over the years as I do them more.

This blurring technique has even reached into my gallery exhibitions and festivals as I’ve ordered some wrapped canvas prints of the abstractions.

The technique is achieved by simply moving the camera around as the camera takes the exposure. A shutter speed of a second or two is just enough to satisfy the result.

A very very small aperture helps everything (nothing?) in focus, and the ISO is as easy as setting to ‘Auto.’

I would highly suggest that any outdoor photographer gives this technique a try, you may just become obsessed with them like I have!

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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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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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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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In today’s episode, we have Suzette Barstow on the show; a nature photographer from Alliance, Ohio. Follow Suzette: Instagram: @suzettebarstow 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 also features many guests who are professionals in their respective genres. 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 YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast Tags- bird photography,wildlife photography,bird photography tips,bird photography tips and tricks,nature photography,bird photography for beginners,bird photography camera settings,
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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.

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.

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Always Learning with Suzette Barstow All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Suzette Barstow on the show; a nature photographer from Alliance, Ohio. Follow Suzette: Instagram: @suzettebarstow 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 also features many guests who are professionals in their respective genres. 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 YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast Tags- bird photography,wildlife photography,bird photography tips,bird photography tips and tricks,nature photography,bird photography for beginners,bird photography camera settings,
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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!

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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!

Always Learning with Suzette Barstow All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Suzette Barstow on the show; a nature photographer from Alliance, Ohio. Follow Suzette: Instagram: @suzettebarstow 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 also features many guests who are professionals in their respective genres. 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 YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast Tags- bird photography,wildlife photography,bird photography tips,bird photography tips and tricks,nature photography,bird photography for beginners,bird photography camera settings,
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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.

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!

Always Learning with Suzette Barstow All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Suzette Barstow on the show; a nature photographer from Alliance, Ohio. Follow Suzette: Instagram: @suzettebarstow 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 also features many guests who are professionals in their respective genres. 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 YouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast Tags- bird photography,wildlife photography,bird photography tips,bird photography tips and tricks,nature photography,bird photography for beginners,bird photography camera settings,
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