It was a thrill collaborating with Russ on this feature. He has the eye of an artist and the technical skills to tune his camera to capture images that are awe-inspiring. Residing in Phoenix, Arizona Russ shared the following information which comprises the rest of this feature.
“The U.S. desert Southwest provides almost limitless opportunities for landscape and travel photography. I have been fortunate to photograph much of the Western United States, but there are still a number of locations on my bucket list.
I am primarily a landscape shooter, but I’ve always owned a boat of some type or another, and I’ve found that a boat is an excellent platform for landscape photography, with an often unique perspective. The two activities go very well together.
I don’t recall exactly how I discovered Nikonians, but I would imagine it was from a web search of some sort. I became a member in 2007, right about the time I start getting serious about landscape photography. I’d owned a D70. for a couple of years, and had recently upgraded to a D200 about that time.
Time constraints pretty much limits my participation at Nikonians to the Landscape Forum, but I enjoy participating in the monthly challenges, and always appreciate the kind comments other Nikonians offer when I post photographs. I continue to be inspired by the high level of work posted by other Nikonians that can always be seen in the Landscape Forum.
At Nikonians I have benefited from technical information and gear recommendations, but what really keeps me coming back is the warm recognition I get from posting my work, and the pleasure of offering the same to others regarding their work. It is this sharing of each other’s vision and execution that really keeps me coming back.
Number one on my list of tips would be to recommend keeping photography fun. Shoot what you love shooting, and get out and do it as often as possible. Shooting often and regularly will keep you familiar with the technical aspects of your gear, and dedicate only to exercise and improve the creative aspects of your photography.
In addition to that, continue to improve your digital darkroom skills. I am and always will be a student of photography. I’m taking an advanced Lightroom/Photoshop all-day workshop next month. I’ve never taken a photograph that couldn’t be improved to some degree in postproduction, and I’m always looking to improve my skill set in that area.
It would be impossible to single out a particular memorable experience as a photographer. I’ve been shooting landscapes to one degree or another since high school, and that was a long time ago. But being an enthusiast of landscape photography has put me in a position to witness larger-than-life spectacles of nature more times than I can count, and that I otherwise would never have experienced. Being able to capture those experiences in a photograph has provided me a lifetime of memories that I always enjoy sharing with others.”
This has been very enjoyable reviewing these lovely images and to see that they have been taken with a variety of cameras, lenses, and even from a boat is motivating. All shots with great quality and are delightful to review. Thanks so much Russ for sharing your talent and knowledge.
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