You Won’t Know if you Don’t Go



In this episode, Jack and John discuss a few of the themes they have shared with workshop clients over the past couple of workshops.  Themes such as slowing down, simplifying and you won’t know if you don’t go.  They transition this last theme in to a discussion about several images they captured on a stormy night on Steptoe Butte in the Palouse…a time when everyone was very tired and a few folks just couldn’t find the energy to make it up there this night.  Jack and John saw the potential building and urged those who could to make the trip up.  What they witnessed was a very unique light, cloud and rain show that is not often witnessed on Steptoe.

Below are the images that they discussed on the podcast.

Jacks Images

 

Johns Images


Bill Fortney and historically significant photographers



In this episode, Jack and John welcome back to the program Bill Fortney to discuss historically significant landscape and nature photographers that have helped shaped the photographic world that we inhabit today.  Starting with Ansel Adams, we progress through Elliot Portner, John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell and others.   We all feel its important to know the pioneers before us who shaped what we know and how we practice our craft. Give this highly informative episode a listen, you won’t be sorry.

Here are some useful links to a few of these amazing folks

Elliot PorterClick Here

Art WolfeClick Here

John ShawClick Here

Galen RowellClick Here

Jay MaiselClick Here

Jay Myself MovieClick Here

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Mike Moats



Jack & John welcome Mike Moats to the podcast as they engage in a casual, yet informative conversation.  Mike is an amazing close-up/macro photographer and he joins the podcast to talk about what he does, how he produces such amazing images and what inspires him.

Mikes Bio:

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. InMike Moats Bio Picture addition to creating his own images, Mike added “Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor PhotographerNature’s Best PhotographyShutterbugPC PhotoNature PhotographerPhoto LifeWhisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Mikes website: www.tinylandscapes.com

Mike’s Wind Box Video: HERE

Madeline School of the Arts

WEBSITE:  MISA – Madeline Island School of the Arts
978 Middle Road
PO Box 536
La Pointe, WI 54850
PHONE:  (715) 747-2054
EMAIL:  misa@madelineschool.com


Interview with Erwin Buske



Jack and John welcome the fantastic PNW photographer Erwin Buske to the show.  Listen in as we talk about landscape and nature photography with someone who has been passionately pursuing amazing images from around the world.

Artist Statement

As a photographer I am both a witness and interpreter of nature. My goal is to capture the essence of the landscape through the lens of my inner vision.  The canvas for my image is nature.  There is nothing that stands between me and Portrait of photographer Erwin Buskenature and the starting point for my images is the direct experience of nature.  Taking the path less traveled does help in the creation of unique images, but even more important is bringing who I am as a person to my images.  This includes my emotions and thoughts, both at  the time of capture and also while processing the image.  Success in photography, finding my own vision, is the integration of my direct experience with nature with who I am as a person, my authentic self.  If the resulting images also resonate with others who share in my vision, then I have created photographic art.

 

Erwins Website:  https://www.erwinbuske.com

 

Erwin Buske photograph

Erwin Buske photograph

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Matt Payne



Jack and John are very excited to welcome Matt Payne to our podcast.  Matt is an incredible photographer with a dynamic passion for landscape and nature imagery and experiences. Listen in as we discuss his journey as a Bio pic of Matt Payne photographerphotographer and then his determined passion to help co-found Nature First and the Natural Landscape Photography awards.

Matt is a mountaineer and fine art nature and landscape photographer living in Durango, Colorado and is the host of the popular landscape photography podcast, “F-Stop Collaborate and Matt Payne image of mountain sunsetListen.” He specializes in unique and hard to reach mountain locations. His goal is to transport his viewers to the world’s most spectacular locations through his landscape photography. Matt has climbed the highest 100 mountains and all of the Fourteeners in Colorado and many of his images are from those journeys. The galleries on this site are comprised only of his very best artwork. To view available works and to purchase fine art prints through this site, please visit the galleries. Each piece of art is hand-crafted to precise specifications using only the highest quality print mediums suitable for galleries, hospitals, medical offices, or your home! All of the fine art nature prints on this website can be customized to any medium or size. Matt takes great pride in the high quality of his landscape and nature prints and even offers personalized design services, ensuring you receive the right piece of artwork for your space.

 

Matts Website:  https://www.mattpaynephotography.com

Nature First Website: https://www.naturefirstphotography.org

Natural Landscape Awards:  https://naturallandscapeawards.com

Matt Payne image of trees

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.

 


Interview with Scott Smorra



Jack and John welcome the fantastic PNW photographer Scott Smorra to the show.  Listen in as we talk about landscape and nature photography with someone who has been passionately pursuing amazing images from around the world. Scott is an Oregon based photographer who creates finely crafted landscape and nature images in wilderness areas throughout the world.

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An excerpt from Scotts Bio….”Each one of my images represents my own creative interpretation of a memorable experience in the wilderness.  The places and subjects in my images are all real, but I choose not to represent them in a documentary/photojournalistic stsyle.  I am drawn to the beauty, emotions and moods of nature and my goal is to expressively communicate my feelings about these experiences.  I seek to establish meaningful connections with the places and subjects I photograh and aspire to show the viewer why these places are important to me and why they are worth preserving for future generations.  I feel my most successful images are the ones that represent something behond the obvious and are able to communicate a message to the viewer without using any words or explanation.  I enjoy photography immensely and often find myself in a state of “flow” when creating in the field or developing images during post processing.  The flow state is a desirable position for creatives where they are fully engaged and immersed in their work and time often just seems to just melt away.

 

Scotts Websitehttps://www.scottsmorraphotography.com

sunset photograph by Scott Smorra

Canadian Rockies photograph by Scott Smorra

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Jerry Greer



Jack and John welcome a longtime friend to the show, Mr Jerry Greer.  In this episode we get an in-depth look in to the book publishing business as well as a lively discussion with Jerry about his photographic journey and his thoughts on creativity.

Jerry Greer is an award-winning photographer from Johnson City, Tennessee. His internationally-acclaimed images have been published world-wide in books, calendars, magazines, and conservation and advertising campaigns by Photograph from Jerry Greerclients such as Outdoor Photographer, View Camera, Backpacker, Mountain Bike Action, Recreational Equipment Inc., Royal Robbins, The Conservation Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, Earthjustice and The Southern Environmental Law Center; among many others.

His photography focuses on natural history, conservation and the environment of the Blue Ridge and southern Appalachian Mountains, the Piedmont and Atlantic Coast, and other natural areas of North America.

Jerry D. Greer was introduced to the wonders of the wilderness at an early age, and this eye-opening introduction guides his photography to this day. Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains bestowed in him a desire to protect and conserve their vanishing ecosystems. He uses his personal connections with wild places, together with a very contemplative eye, to create his beautiful and evocative imagery.  His internationally acclaimed and award-winning images have been published in numerous books, calendars, magazines, and conservation and advertising campaigns. Some of his clients include The Conservation Fund, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Outdoor Photographer, WNC Magazine, Mountain Bike Magazine, REI, Royal Robbins, LL Bean, The Lyndhurst Foundation, Wild South, Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition and The Southern Environmental Law Center; among others. Jerry is the author and photographer of eight books and a yearly wall calendar. Jerry is also the owner of Mountain Trail Press. He lives in Johnson City, TN with his wife, Abbey and their daughter, Serén.

Jerrys Website:  http://www.jerrygreerphotography.com

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Mountain Trail Press:  www.mountaintrailpress.com

Photograph from Jerry Greer

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear,


Interview with Sarah Marino



Jack and John welcome Sarah Marino to the podcast.  Sarah is an accomplished landscape and nature photographer and educator who shares her passion for the creative arts with us in her insightful and illuminating way.  Sarah and her partner Ron Coscorrosa have written many books related to photography and have travelled the world photographing the beauty all around us.  Listen in for an engaging conversation with Sarah on how she approaches her craft and her passions in life.

Sarah Marino photographing desert landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Photo Guides

Nature Photo Guides features the photography of Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa, high-quality educational photography ebooks and video tutorials, photography resources, and stories about our travels around the United States in an Airstream trailer.

We are nature photographers based in rural southwestern Colorado. Sarah is a full-time photographer, photography educator, and writer and Ron is a software engineer who spends all of his free time on photography and in nature. We travel extensively around the United States and beyond.  We used to camp and live out of our SUV for long stretches of time but upgraded to a silvery home-away-from-home, a 25-foot Airstream trailer, in 2014.  Our Airstream enables us to work remotely while traveling and experience new places for extended periods of time.

 Nature Photo Guides Website:  https://www.naturephotoguides.com

Desert salt flats at sunset

Iceland landscape

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Dimitri Vasileiou from Landscape Photography Magazine



Jack and John talk with our good friend Dimitri Vasileiou, the founder and publisher of Landscape Photography Magazine.   Listen in as we talk about the photo magazine business as well as many photo related topics.  A lively discussion amidst the pandemic and how that has impact photography in general as well as the popularity of Landscape Photography Magazine as people are home much more than usual.

 

Dimitris Bio

I was born in Greece but moved to Scotland in 1997. Coming from a warm climate, my first impressions were how wet this country was! Needless to say that my first impression of Scotland simply being one big puddle of dampness Portrait of Dimitri Vasileiouevaporated like dew drops in the morning sun, as soon as I started visiting the highlands. I was totally overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of Northern Scotland and this, in return, led me to rediscover my fascination with photography.

Like many other photographers I realised that, after starting a family I no longer had the time needed to devote to photography, but this eventually began to change as my children grew up. After falling in love with the Scottish countryside, I bought myself my first SLR film camera and this is where it all began.

What is it that I like so much about taking pictures of natural landscapes? I like the feeling of being humbled by the beauty and majesty of locations. I also love the quality of natural light as it touches every part of a scene, especially during the so called ‘Golden hours’ and the challenge Scotland’s weather can throw by my feet. Do I have a favourite location? Not really; I am happy to be wherever there is beauty and beauty can be found all around me.

In 2011 I founded Landscape Photography Magazine. I am the editor and currently writing articles every month for the publication.

Website: https://landscapephotographymagazine.com

Landscape Photography magazine cover

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Justin Black



Jack and John welcome Justin Black to the program.  Listen in as they discuss photography, conservation and a few funny stories along the way.

Justin Black is a photographer, writer, and explorer from Washington, DC. A leader in his field, his photographs of the world’s high and wild places have been published widely and featured in numerous exhibitions around the U.S. and abroad, from the UK and Germany to Los Angeles and the United States Capitol. Several exhibitions of his work have been hosted at Mountain Light Gallery in California, founded by world-renowned adventure photographer Galen Rowell. A Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW), and formerly executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Black has contributed photography and writing in support of conservation campaigns to protect threatened landscapes and ecosystems from British Columbia to Brazil, and from California’s Sierra Nevada to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, in collaboration with leading conservation organizations.

Artist Statement

My photography is all about looking into the world, honoring, and sharing; recognizing the importance of or assigning importance to the content that I choose to place within the frame, and sharing my personal experience, vision, and perspective with other humans. I am interested in the interconnectedness, and ultimately the inseparability, of wild nature and that minuscule, almost insignificant portion of the universe that has experienced the presence of humanity, and is therefore variously considered altered, civilized, degraded, developed, exploited, monetized, and transformed. Its profound importance stems from the fact that it is likely to be the only home that we as a species, and all the rest of life on Earth, will ever have.

The human factor is critically important to me. In this age of drones, camera traps, and other remote imaging devices, my job as a photographer behind the camera is, in part, to give a picture soul. That is to say, “I’m like you, I was there, and this is my personal experience.” As today’s ubiquitous digital media feeds us images at a breakneck pace, with the expectation that we will ingest innumerable small, low-quality images and quickly move on, I have intentionally made pictures that invite the viewer to slow down and spend time with them, discovering unexpected elements that reveal themselves only in due course. As such, I have used large format film and high resolution digital cameras to produce finely detailed photographs, printed at a large scale using museum-grade techniques and materials. This approach leverages photography’s greatest strengths: to permit over time the inspection and interrogation of frozen fleeting moments in our world, and to enable us to explore the passage of time within a static image.

I invite the viewer to join me on a journey of exploration at scales large and small, in an effort to share unique ways of looking at landscapes, ecosystems, animals, natural phenomena, human activity, and aesthetic relationships in the world, whether or not the viewer has the opportunity, or indeed the inclination, to experience them on their own. If my work opens anyone’s eyes, then I consider it to have succeeded.

Justins Websitehttps://justinblackphoto.com/

Visionary Wild Websitehttps://visionarywild.com

 

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.