Category Archives: Nature Photography

Nature photography by Jim Crotty Picture Ohio including landscapes, flora, wildlife, waterfalls, woodlands, streams, parks for fine art prints and stock licensing sales

Ohio Photography Workshops Scheduled for August and October

I have two upcoming workshops, here in Dayton and in Hocking Hills State Park. The first will be a three hour program on digital editing and image file organization using Adobe Lightroom and various plug-ins. It will be held in the Mead Theater Room at Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, August 18th from 9AM to noon. The cost is $60 per person, payable the day of the workshop.

The second workshop I have scheduled is a one-and-a-half day program on fall nature and landscape photography in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. This program will be based at The Inn at Cedar Falls and will be a nice balance of both classroom instruction and field instruction. The cost per person is $150, also payable the day of the workshop.

Already both workshops are half-full. I limit my class sizes to 20 participants, so hurry and register soon if you are interested in attending either one of these great learning opportunities. My workshops are open to all levels of photographic experience and ability. To register, email me or call 937-896-6311.

Addition information regarding both workshops available at https://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops.

Flyer promoting October 11 – 12 Photography Workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio by Jim Crotty
Photography workshop on digital editing and workflow by Ohio Pro Photographer Jim Crotty presented on August 18 2018 at Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton Ohio

Ohio Prints as Canvas Gallery Wraps

I’m always happy to share the print results of my work with fine art nature and landscape photography in Ohio. Here I unpack a recent customer order of two 30″x40″ canvas gallery wrap prints, both of recent imagery capture in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. I love the canvas gallery wrap option because it is an affordable way to display beautiful art in both home and offices that also happens to look very impressive. In this video I compare the two new prints to one from 10 years ago, just to show how durable the archival quality printing process is for this type of print medium. All of my nature, landscape and cityscape images can be ordered as canvas gallery wrap prints. For a look at just a few of the options, here are my best-sellers – http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/p528407615

 

May in Ohio and Three Great Opportunities for Learning and Improving Your Photography

It’s been a long winter. It’s always a long winter in Ohio. I make no effort anymore at trying to hide my displeasure of Ohio winters. There are a combination of factors, both external and internal history. But I endure and hope for spring, which never disappoints. The light returns, life returns and positive energy flows again.

Of all my years photographing the nature and landscape of Ohio I’ve come to find that period of mid-April through early June to be the most beautiful. This is why I’ve scheduled not one, not two but THREE photographic workshop presentations for the month of May 2018.

The first will be held on Saturday May 12th at Cox Arboretum MetroPark in Dayton. This is a full-day workshop on basic lighting and composition for both nature and outdoor portrait photography. It’s also one of the Super 1Day of Learning organized by the Professional Photographers of America. Open to both members and non-members, you can register via https://www.ppa.com/events/super-one-day. You do need to register to use the PPA web site, but there’s no cost to do so.

The second workshop will be a two-day program on Thursday and Friday May 17 – 18 at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. A segment on night sky photography (weather permitting) will be included. The emphasis will be on spring nature and landscape photography in what I consider to be the most beautiful month for photography in Hocking Hills. Group size is limited to the first 20 people who register. The fee is $150 per person which doesn’t include transportation and lodging. To register email jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311.

Promo flyer for May 17 – 18 2018 spring photography workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio by Jim Crotty

The third program will on the evening of May 24th at Great Miami Outfitters in the Cross Pointe Center in Centerville, Ohio. This will be an hour and half presentation titled Outdoor Photography Basics for Hikers and Kayakers. Free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please register via the program page on their web site @ https://www.greatmiamioutfitters.com/outdoor-photography-basics-for-hikers-and-kayakers-may-24-2018.html

Screen shot of nature photography presentation program at Great Miami Outfitters on May 24 2018 by Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty

Now how is that for super-charging spring in Ohio? Winter has nothing on it 🙂 All good stuff.

2018 | Renew the Authentic and the Compassionate Heart

We have the capacity to choose what echoes through the coming years of our lives, whether it be the pain of hurt and regret or the memory of those times when we pushed through with faith to carry-on to new growth and possibilities.

The temptation to remain in the comfort of hurt and regret is always there, particularly when we find ourselves in environments where we are surrounded by reminders of our past and there’s a constant, dark shadow energy of playing it safe and serving something that will never serve what’s best for our hearts.

It’s all meaningless when we commit ourselves to the discipline of growth and change and shake loose the tentacles of our past who are dependent on maintaining their cold, hard grips. It’s all noise when we choose to listen to the soul-destiny of what should – and still can – be in the full fruition of our talents. It’s nothing compared to the light of our courage to go on and prove to the dark shadow energy just how dark and sad it really is.

The excuses we convince ourselves of are just that, excuses. Instead just imagine the wonderful power of change and example being set for the generations to follow, to not succumb, to challenge, to grow, to stay fully in awareness of heart, mind and soul. To be beyond our present circumstances in fully in the light of possibility.

May 2018 be the year all of us break free from all that is toxic for the soul and return to the essence of what is good and lasting and hopeful.

Modernity and its money-induced machines have placed in us this tendency toward unhealthy addictions that do nothing but serve our fears and egos while starving the heart, of true connection, of authenticity, of compassion beyond mere appearances. There is so much more to life than all of that. I know!

May 2018 be the year we regain the high ground not of pride and self-appointed authority of some pain we refuse to release but of reawakened wonder and pursuit of what it is that makes the heart sing in pure, honest joy. Hold there – the real high ground – and let love hold what is beautiful in you and let the light fill fully where it has longed to be.

The Great Expanse

The great expanse. Perhaps we are naturally drawn to scenes of great distances not just for the beauty of the vista but also because of what such scenes have come to represent within ourselves. The opening, a journey, an adventure. More than anything else the overcoming of the fears that keep us stranded within our starting points and our visions limited and small. Out upon that great expense is our faith. Beyond ourselves a love far greater and more powerful than what we assume keeps us safe and comfortable. The ships of our souls weren’t built to be tied and anchored. They were built for full sails toward the light.

Early March at sunset over meadow at Sugarcreek MetroPark near Dayton Ohio by Jim Crotty
September in the meadow at Sugarcreek MetroPark near Dayton Ohio by Jim Crotty
Farm fields in late March near Laurelville Ohio by Jim Crotty

Seek the Authentic – Be Authentic

Seek authenticity, marvel in its presence but resist the urge to simply imitate. What is truly authentic should only inspire you to find what is already authentic in you. Doing so has become increasingly challenging in the popular culture of today where the emphasis is on appearance and immediate visual stimulation. Popular culture devours the authentic with an insatiable appetite and then sits in the corner, sad and empty-hearted. Just look what has happened to the most well known art and music “festivals.” There’s the perfect example. Imitation is a disguise for those who can’t – or have failed to – locate their own voice and it doesn’t help that we have entire industries that cater to imitation. Inspiration is the far better journey. Defy popularism. Be true, be inspired and become a source of inspiration versus imitation. That’s where you will find the good and lasting stuff.

Sunset sky over Albuquerque New Mexico on August 7 2014 by Jim Crotty
Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty
Sunset sky near Los Alamos New Mexico on March 6 2012 by Jim Crotty
Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty
Weathered texture of abandoned homestead in the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Area of New Mexico by Jim Crotty
An August day out on the Diamond Tail Ranch near Albuquerque New Mexico with Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours