You might be thinking to yourself, “Self… This is a wedding photographer’s site! What’s with the Landscape and Nature stuff?” Well, I’ll tell you. One of the main reasons I taught myself photography is that I wanted to do justice to some of the beautiful places that I’ve visited. There’s nothing I love more than wandering around a beautiful location with a camera in my hand and a bag of gear on my back – and maybe some music. Weddings are a close second, of course!
I did the Art Show circuit for a few years – Allentown, Elmwood, Clothesline (Rochester) – And I won first place at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Art center show as well. this was before Weddings took over my photographic career. Below you can browse through some of my favorites. Enjoy!!!
This photo is from my trip to the Grand Tetons in 2007. This is up near the top of my list of all-time favorites – it was the perfect morning. This was not long after sunrise, and I had spent the morning at Schwabacher’s landing photographing the Tetons. I was on the way back to our vehicle when I turned around for one last look – and something about the scene grabbed me. I love it.
The Buffalo Botanical Gardens are wonderful. If you go at the right time, it’s an amazing place to wander and spend some time admiring the plants and flowers – very relaxing. If you go at the right time, they will have just finished watering everything – that’s what happened here, and it’s another of my favorites. If you come to meet with me in my studio, you’ll see a 24×36 canvas of this photo hanging on the wall. It’s stunning.
I was in Arizona on a photo vacation, and one of the spots I’d planned on visiting turned out to be 10 minutes from Horseshoe Bend, which is a fairly famous photographic spot on the Colorado river. Of course, I had to make a pilgrimage there – it was amazing. It’s so much larger than this photo gives you any idea of – it’s enormous. I was laying on my stomach, hanging my camera out over the edge, keeping the tightest grip ever on it – Totally worth it.
Sue and I went to Glacier Point in Yosemite National park for sunset. After sunset we decided to break park rules, crack a bottle of wine, and stick around. We were rewarded with some amazing starfields – my tripod, timer, and insane low-light capabilities came in very handy here.
Back to Arizona – this is Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ. This is something of a Mecca for landscape photographers – very famous, photographed a billion times – and I can see why. It was an amazing Navajo-led tour through the canyon, which was formed by flash floods over the years cutting through the soft stone.
I know, I know – there’s not much travel involved here. This is a panoramic photo I created one day near sunset along Fuhrmann boulevard in South Buffalo. This is 8 shots stitched together, so it’s actually a humongous hi-res photo – it makes a fantastic panoramic canvas.
While we’re on Panoramics, and in Buffalo – Here’s a panoramic photo of the Peace Bridge I took, using 7 photographs stitched together. It’s another huge photo that translates very well to multi-foot canvas prints.
Back out in California, here is Half Dome at sunset from Glacier point. You know, all of the US National Parks are absolutely amazing – they’ve been a staple of my travel and vacation plans for years. Highly recommended.