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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Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso
  6. On the Wing with Tyler Ficker
  7. In Search of Nature with Joshua Wiley
  8. Biggest Week 2022 Retrospective: Part 2
  9. Biggest Week 2022 Retrospective: Part 1
  10. New Perspectives with Spencer Wood

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.

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso

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!

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso
  6. On the Wing with Tyler Ficker
  7. In Search of Nature with Joshua Wiley
  8. Biggest Week 2022 Retrospective: Part 2
  9. Biggest Week 2022 Retrospective: Part 1
  10. New Perspectives with Spencer Wood

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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  3. Master Your Composition With Mads Peter Iversen Part 2
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  5. How to Go From BEGINNER Landscape Photography to PRO With Mark Denney Part 2

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso

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!

Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle All Outdoors Photography Podcast

In today’s episode, we have Charles Needle on the show  Follow Charles: Website: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charles.needle.16/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/charlesneedlephotography Book: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush Flashlight: multi-color flashlight    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/3jKBTmUYouTube- https://bit.ly/32WB5FJ  Follow the Hosts:  Henry Doyle   Instagram- https://bit.ly/3jHhIX0YouTube- https://bit.ly/2X0XldT Ryan Taylor Website- http://www.ryanltaylor.com Blog- https://bit.ly/2Nd3r8LYouTube- https://bit.ly/3meslRj #AOPP #AllOutdoors #PhotographyPodcast
  1. Awaken Creative Seeing with Charles Needle
  2. Into the Tundra of Nome Alaska
  3. A Different View with Karl Yost
  4. The Great Plains with Tom Croce
  5. A Feathered Focus with Tony Gazso

A Collection of Nature Essays

Nature and writing go hand in hand for me, to wax poetically in my artform by branching out into another medium. Another form of expression.

On and off I will sit in or by my car after a great hike and satisfying photo trip to pull out the journal over a hot backpacking meal. To reflect on my day out with the camera helps notice the little details I may overlook if it wasn’t written down.

To witness the changing seasons unfold over time and all of the wonderful moments in quiet stillness out in nature.

Transcribed and for your enjoyment, here are a few excerpts from my journal. The words are basically untouched from how they were written in that moment whilst out in the field.

Hopefully I pictured the scene well enough for you to imagine how the day went! Enjoy the reads..

9/28/2020:
“Fields of goldenrod inundate the meadow grasslands. A gentle gail in the woodland air shakes the leaves around like waving. The overall tone is that of a quiet and peaceful disposition. The tornado damage to mature trees is evident by the lack of pileated woodpeckers. Bluebirds stay perched atop nest boxes while finch counterparts are in the trees. Foliage is beginning to change color too. Pokeweed, a midsummer plant, is still quite abundant. The landscape has been altered dramatically as a lowly canopy plants reign supreme where hardy oaks and poplars once stood.”

9/30/2020:
“A calm breeze shakes the leaves along the creekside. Dotting the far distant landscape is a riparian woodland hill. The foliage is rapidly changing as red shouldered hawks are perched high above. They signal their presence with many wailing calls. The creek water flows strong from the previous day’s rainstorm.”

10/2/2020:
“A nice and quiet morning overall. Hawks and warblers took precedence as I birded the whole park. Many various songbirds were flitting about but before all that I was photographing long exposures of Holes Creek under early morning overcast. The limestone (shale?) and glacial erratics provided a nice layered texture as an abstraction and a wider angle backdrop. Hiking this place a second visit proved to be endlessly valuable! I am not quite sure why I waited this long to come back! The immense scale of the close to 150 acres, variety of habitat and breathtaking foliage and beautiful wildlife was something to behold. Asters, canada goldenrod and white snakeroot were all abundant still, and a lot of foliage already transformed to a vibrant red and with many leaves fallen. A beautiful day.”

10/7/2020:
“A cheery and sunny blue sky day. Not a single cloud in sight and a hefty breeze to boot. The first half of the hike was quite a feat and I am already quite spent. Halfway to go and I should be done before dark. It has heated up quite a bit for early October! By high noon the birds have seemed to mostly settle in besides a few very vocal jays and a kettle of buzzards soaring overhead. I hope I can make it.”

Have you enjoyed these writing pieces? Let me know if you do any nature writing and perhaps even share them down below in the comments!

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Will Less Social Media Improve Your Photography?

Call this a bit of a News Year’s Resolution, but I want to try something a bit more adventurous for 2021.

I want to use social media less to share my images.

But first let’s flashback to New Years Eve of 2018, where I created various social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and this blog to promote and produce my work for all to see.

As of this writing, the only one so far to get axed has been Pinterest, due to lack of use.

While I’m not too sure about deleting/deactivating more of them (although Twitter as of late seems to be on the cutting block for me). I am beginning to question the legitimacy of the amount of effort and work I put into each of them.

Two years in and I guess the bigger-picture question to ask is “why do I put so much time into each of these platforms and why?”

Some have a more obvious reason such as this blog and YouTube: they are creatively rewarding in the form of writing and videomaking respectively.

Other social media platforms like Instagram seem to be more about…prestige? Influence? Trends? I am still not too sure, and these mediums seem to be always changing.

A new year can be a great time to do a head-check on where to allocate time and resources to a small and fledging photography business or where to share your images as a hobbyist.

As a positive, social media is of course a great way to promote your portfolio and work for little to no monetary costs. Yet the time you can sink into these platforms can raise concerns when you may instead grow your own service such as your website.

Allow us to consult the wonderful advice featured on Dave Morrow’s YouTube channel. His philosophies and ideals surrounding this subject I more often than not agree with..

Another issue is that of inspiration; I typically turn towards the internet and photo forums to see what other nature photographers around the world may be creating.

This is a double-edged sword as you may just end up copying your peers’ photographic style, whether consciously aware or not.

That should wrap the topic up for this blog post, but now it is time to think for yourself..

So what do you think…“Will Less Social Media Improve Your Photography?”

My careful wording of ‘less’ was intentional so that I can say that an online following is essential to grow an audience. In my opinion, choose 1 or 2 platforms you can live with using on a daily or weekly basis and keep it up with scheduling posts on them!

Just don’t put all of your eggs in those 1 or 2 baskets. Start your own website, or even a blog like I have here on WordPress. Write about, share and spread ideas and photographs that you care about and the ‘following will follow.’

What are your thoughts on social media? Does it improve your photography or hold back your creative process? Drop me a line or talk it out in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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A 2020 “Big Year” + 12 Bird Photos

Ever since I began birding seriously at the beginning of 2018, my wildlife photography of the same has improved in many ways too.

2020 was no exception, as I had taken further steps to produce better photographs and see more unique species.

I began “chasing” birds when they occurred in my area of Ohio, studying more birdsong and calls and perusing various field guides. Any and all resource, be it written or word-of-mouth of my fellow photographer friends was a boon to my birding success.

Another big thing I started in 2020 was keeping score with a “Year List” or participating in a “Big Year.” The goal is to simply record however many species you end up seeing in 12 months.

I kept a text file on my phones’ notes app and the information below is what I recorded as I saw or heard the species.

For anyone curious, all of these findings were in southwest Ohio and so were mainly North American avian species (perhaps with the exception of some of the more obvious invasive or non-native ones, and the East Asian-bred Mandarin Duck that was a late-year surprise near Cincinnati.)

Without further ado, here it is.. (an asterisk denotes not only a year bird but a life bird as well.)

My 2020 Year List! (About 124 species total)

January (45):
European Starling
*Hermit Thrush
Barred Owl
*Short Eared Owl
*Northern Harrier
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Rock Pigeon
American Crow
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
*Greater White Fronted Goose
Northern Flicker
Brown Headed Cowbird
Ring Billed Gull
Red Bellied Woodpecker
*Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Dark Eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
White Breasted Nuthatch
*Ring Necked Duck
*Bufflehead
White Throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Coopers Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Eastern Bluebird
Hooded Merganser
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
House Sparrow

February (3):
Red Winged Blackbird
Redhead
*White Crowned Sparrow

March (4):
Turkey Vulture
*American Tree Sparrow
Mute Swan
*Northern Shoveler

April (23):
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Winged Teal
*Wilson’s Snipe
*Pectoral Sandpiper
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Double Crested Cormorant
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
*Eastern Meadowlark
Tree Swallow
*Northern Rough Winged Swallow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
*Brown Thrasher
*Wild Turkey
*Rusty Blackbird
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Yellow Throated Warbler
*Louisiana Waterthrush
*Northern Parula
Scarlet Tanager
*Black Throated Green Warbler

May (33):
*Philadelphia Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
*Orchard Oriole
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Summer Tanager
Red Headed Woodpecker
Yellow Warbler
Eastern Wood Pewee
*Sora
Great Egret
*American White Pelican
Prothonotary Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Spotted Sandpiper
Cliff Swallow
Common Nighthawk
American Redstart
Blue Winged Warbler
*Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Throated Warbler
Green Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
*Yellow Throated Vireo
*Henslow’s Sparrow
*Warbling Vireo
Willow Flycatcher
*Bobolink
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin

June (9):
*Northern Bobwhite
*Prairie Warbler
*Lark Sparrow
*Willow Flycatcher
*Bell’s Vireo
*Blue Grosbeak
*Dickcissel
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
*Yellow Breasted Chat

July (3):
*Hooded Warbler
*Sedge Wren
Solitary Sandpiper

August (0):

September (2):

*Greater Yellowlegs
Chimney Swift

October (0):

November (0):

December (2):

*Snow Goose
*Mandarin Duck

As you can see, a couple months were dulled a bit in terms on new bird activity, whether it was a lack of migratory patterns or even personal life getting in the way.

Regardless, A number of life birds were very cooperative in front of the camera, and so in no particular order, here is twelve photos taken from this year. Some of more common year-round residents as well as birds I was seeing for the very first time.

Some of the photos are my favorite 2020 bird shots taken and fortunately the majority of them are lifers as well!

The species as they appear in the slideshow: (an asterisk denotes it being both a year bird and life bird.)

Brown headed cowbird, White throated sparrow, *American tree sparrow, *Sedge Wren, *Henslow’s sparrow, *Sora, Canada geese, *Northern bobwhite, Barn swallow, House finch, Tufted titmouse, *Mandarin duck

To all birders and bird photographers, did you have a productive and exciting 2020? Tell me how your outdoor adventures went in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Two Thousand Twenty One: New Year, New Me?

At the beginning of this year, I posited the well-intentioned vibe of clarity and things making sense.

Plans set into motion a year or more in the past were starting to unfold and reveal where my career would go.

Coming out of 2019, I was leaving behind such an prolific and transformative year for my photography and art in general, and had high hopes of what was to come in 2020.

So then I cheesily wrote about having “20/20 Vision” and looked forward to how this year was going to be my best in photography yet.

While it certainly was one of the better years, if not the best, literally next to nothing went as originally planned..

..And that was totally OK!

Some of the better things to happen included winning a local artist mini grant. I was one of several to be given a stipend during the middle of the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses.

I also got a photo published into a local newspaper and another phone-transcribed interview in another.

I joined a new gallery over the summer, an artist cooperative in Dayton, Ohio.

Speaking of which, I took it upon myself to set up several Instagram pages for both Village Artisans and The ARTery. As if that wasn’t enough, I then began moderating and posting to a bigger artist collective and ecommerce website called Essential Artists Dayton.

I hiked the Twin Valley Trail..twice!

Speaking of YouTube, I also ended 2020 just like 2019 with my ‘Best Of’ video and a video in the field at Englewood Metropark being the last two videos uploaded. Not planned and very strange.

I also unfortunately had quite a few losses as well, some of the most costly being submerging not one but two cameras in water this year.

I also saw a dead dog on the side of the trail at a local state park while filming an ‘On Location’ episode. 😦

Speaking of ‘On Location’, I wrapped up Season 1 of that series this year! Quite easily one of the biggest creative projects I have embarked on both in photography and my whole life.

Yet at the end of the day the photography itself is what I am truly after, as the rest of this would not matter if I didn’t mention the photos themselves.

2020 was a year in experiments, and I was certainly not in lack! So many different genres and other ideas tested my creativity of what I thought was photographable.

And so I thought the best way to talk about this year is to share 2020 photographs I have taken in the past 12 months.

Just kidding, although I do have a couple of personal favorites you can view in this video below.

“As I sit and type this, the only thing to
think is that “2020 was a very interesting year by and
large.”

In terms of my photography, the closure of galleries
and absence of festivals meant I had to get creative
with promoting and sharing the work. However, the best
part is this meant I had a lot more available for time for
the art form itself..

Many miles hiked through torrential downpours,
sweltering heat days, and days spent overnight
camping or viewing the night sky. This year taught me
the importance of limitations and to not be bound by
them. Why put myself in a box creatively speaking? I
pushed the envelope for what to include in my portfolio,
including older styled architecture like covered bridges
and stone bridges, or even artificial light or an
“unnatural” bird perch.

As random as this year was, I felt it was best to roll
with the punches and produce work that didn’t initially
feel like a photograph that Ryan Taylor may take, let
alone share.

As always, I am ever more thankful for all the wonderful
photographers and people I have met and continue to
see. I am very much thankful for the Universe and all
the opportunities it has presented me towards my
success. My gratitude is unwavering. 🙏

See you next year.”

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From Pornography to Photography

So…where do I start..

This is perhaps a much more personal blog entry for me to include and it has sat as a blank page, a draft with only the mere title attached to it for at least four months now.

The idea of meddling in a seemingly-forbidden topic when all I am here to do is share photography stories and advice. Something about it seems like career suicide yet it feels quite right to touch upon this subject.

It is something only my closest friends would know about, and something I definitely have not discussed in a public forum such as on this blog or elsewhere.

Society has normalized the idea of consuming high speed, online pornography to the fact where many people who defy this notion are seen as “weird or unnatural.”

Both pornography and photography happen to be visual mediums, and for the longest time I have accepted the tradeoff of risqué novelty over beautiful nature.

Yet this is a dangerous way to live when you have an addictive personality. Soon it begins to consume you whole over the years, yes years, since early adolescence. Many young millennial men and women in their 20’s and 30’s can relate, as we were exposed to this new form of entertainment and recreation.

On and off, it has robbed me of my creativity, energy and motivation countless times. Walking through daily life being constantly preoccupied by these intrusive thoughts. Seeing people around me as objects and body parts, I have hurt those who I brought in close to me for my own selfish gain.

To some extent, the problem isn’t what I consume, it is what I am substituting it for.

The lack of love and purpose in many relationships and my career were apparent over time. I found a quick fix for this, a seemingly easy and effective cure. This cure may have only lasted a really short time before turning me over, and then it took me a long time to realize this is not a healthy alternative. You simply cannot replace one for the other.

I started to realize that viewing pornography for me is akin to a slow death, where my memory, speech and social skills deteriorate till I am this numb and emotionally flat human. For example, stumbling over saying the simplest of sentences with friends and strangers alike, something that anyone can end up doing, is an insurmountable task of anxiety and fear.

My focus is fixated basically at all times whether alone or not on how to get that quick relief I seek. Soon it becomes a chase, where you’re chasing a bigger “high” until you crave more and more extreme forms.

Eventually this bubble bursts metaphorically speaking and nothing quite pleasures as much as the start. The compulsions start to lead your everyday choices; nothing else quite matters as much as “the next time you get off.”

So, what does any of this have to do with photography?

Photography and art has taught me over the years that I don’t need this garbage in my life. A cheap way to get off and see some novelty has tried to replace the long term work ethic and passion of taking photographs out in nature, starting up a small business and getting my work out into the general public.

When I am free of it, my focus and time management skills improve tenfold. Anxiety and worry about speaking in front of the camera or simply saying hello to a passerby whilst hiking seems to melt away. Learning about the different flora and fauna I see out when hiking and photographing becomes a better use of my time.

I’m not fixed nor am I broken, still I fall however each time I get back up with a newfound clarity as to how to tackle this issue. I owe photography and art for being the catalyst to my personal freedom and creative expression.

Every day brings me closer to being on the right track. Due to a lot of proper changes and personal habits changed over time, I am finding my way. The camera has always been there by my side to see this through, and this is a much healthier pursuit for me.

In a weird way, photography has been like therapy over the years to help pick me up like it always has during times of stress. A healthier “distraction” and to engage in something more productive whenever alone.

I am finding my way towards a greater life purpose and way to express myself in a healthier and constructive manner, and I am doing that from pornography to photography.

And plus, a nasty habit cannot stop me from creating beautiful imagery to share with the world.

For more information, please feel free to check out these online resources and communities.

Fight the New Drug

Your Brain on Porn

NoFap

Love People Use Things Podcast

PornFree Radio

Do you have a similar story or struggle of yours you’d like to share? Send me an email or leave a comment down below. Thank you for your continued readership and support.

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