I am happy to announce that I will be leading and presenting a one-day nature photography workshop at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. This program will be limited to the first 20 people who register (by emailing me @ firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be a nice balance between classroom instruction on digital editing and field shooting locations to include the beautiful waterfalls and woodlands of what I consider the most scenic location in Ohio. The cost is $89 per person which includes lunch at The Inn. Transportation and accommodations are not included but I am happy to provide some excellent suggestions as to where to stay in the area. Of course The Inn at Cedar Falls is always my first recommendation.
May in Hocking Hills is spectacular and I look forward to leading the group to my favorite locations and providing instruction on composition, lighting, equipment, settings for best results using the DSLR camera and even offering my best tips for nature photography with the iPhone and other camera phones. My workshops are open to all levels of experience. One thing I don’t do is my own shooting while teaching my workshops. I am there for my students! For more details please see http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops
The reason we seek so much solace in nature is due to our desire for the purity of free will, balance and harmony. True, we can’t live without each other and there is no life without love, but we become easily overburdened in our mess and mix of expectations and emotions, especially when the darkness of manipulation sets in. There is no manipulation in nature. It just is. Nature always renews what is right so that we can go on with our best despite constantly tripping over the mess we make of ourselves. It’s in the mountains, on the ocean, in the woods, where, when we are quiet enough the healing begins in repairing all the wear and tear of want and ego. Church? Nature is where you will find the most reverent of chapels and the most magnificent of cathedrals. It’s not un-holy. It’s exactly the opposite.
The bare rawness of winter has a way of revealing character, a stripping away to what is perhaps hidden in the grandeur of the other seasons. There is a quiet beauty to it too, like the hush between falling snow and nothing but the whisper of cold night air under winter stars. We need winter where the heart speaks loudest. Not in want of the other seasons but in the truth made known in fortitude, patient endurance and the revealing of what resides on the base layer of our being.
The harmony of heart, spirit and soul. There are moments and places where all is joined in the seamless, singular expression of being fully present, aware and receiving. Perhaps not in perfection but yet in the pureness of beauty joined with peace and longing. I marvel in wonder of what is arrayed before my eyes and suddenly all is meant to be.
I am thankful for the opportunity to appear on the September 29 2015 episode of “Living Dayton,” which airs at noon on WDTN Channel 2 here in the Dayton area. I had fun showing a few sample images and talking photography with host Sallie Taylor.
Presenting my “Best of 2014” slideshow/video, highlighting what I think are my personal favorite nature and landscape images taken throughout the previous year. The images are presented in order, from January through the end of December, showing the progression of the seasons and the change in light.
This particular slideshow carries even more personal meaning due to the fact that soon I will be leaving my home on “Raptor Ridge” in Greene County, Ohio. I’ve sold the eight acre farmhouse and property recently and will be exploring other opportunities for my photography and photography instruction by staying somewhat flexible and free from the responsibilities of caring for a property of that size, for the time being.
For a few weeks beginning in mid-March I will be offering field photography instruction in New Mexico, working in conjunction with New Mexico Jeep Tours. I will still maintain Picture Ohio LLC in Dayton. This endeavor is exploratory in nature. I do plan to present spring workshops in Ohio, in possibly April and May.
I will always be thankful for my home and photographic experiences on Raptor Ridge. Part of me will always linger on those sunsets and with those sunrises overlooking the Beavercreek Wetlands as well as some wonderful memories shared with my kids.
Life and photography are ever-changing and I know with me there have been more than the usual amount of changes and moves over the last few years! However one thing will always be constant and that is my passion for photography and my love of sharing my photographic discoveries with others. I am blessed and thankful to have the art of photography to serve as my main channel for expression and connection.