5 of my Favorite Nature Photographers

For many years I’ve marveled at—and learned from—the work of many talented photographers. I’d love for my readers to learn more about the work of these pros, so I’m starting a new blog series featuring my favorite photographers.

In each installment in the series, I’ll feature several photogs whose work I admire and enjoy. They all deserve recognition for their fine work and dedication to the craft, and I’ve had the honor of becoming good friends with some.

I’ll start by introducing five of my favorite American nature photographers. Check out the web site links for each; I hope you’ll like their photography as much as I do!

Monte Trumbull

Monte lives in the mountains of central Colorado, from where he frequently explores the country (especially around the Rockies and the American West) driving one of his tricked-out Jeeps. He’s a specialist in waterfall photography—I’ve never seen another photographer with so much outdoor gear designed for shooting waist deep in water! www.MonteTrumbull.com

Erik Stensland

With Rocky Mountain National Park out his back door, over the past 10 years Erik has become the pre-eminent photographer focusing on the area. He’s got a beautiful gallery in the town of Estes Park, Colorado, where he exhibits his fantastic imagery. www.ImagesOfRMNP.com

G. Brad Lewis

Aka ‘Volcanoman’, Brad divides his time between homes on the island of Hawai’i, Homer, Alaska and Park City, Utah. For the past thirty years or so, Brad has been known worldwide for his spectacular imagery of the volcanoes on the Big Island. His work has been featured in major publications including Time, Life and National Geographic, and his vast portfolio also includes beautiful nature images from around North America. www.volcanoman.com

Bret Edge

Bret’s home is in Moab, Utah, where he also has a fine art gallery featuring his work. He’s been a professional photographer for many years and has boundless energy for the job; these days he leads lots of workshops and private tours in the area around Arches and Canyonlands… Bret knows the canyons and cliffs of the Utah backcountry as well as anyone! www.BretEdge.com

Tony Sweet

One of the best-known photography instructors in the U.S. with many published books to his credit, Tony has a fantastic sense of design and his work has been an inspiration to me for a long time. He lives in Maryland, so most of his work is work is from around New England, but he also frequently traverses the country shooting and leading workshops in places like the Badlands, South Dakota and the Palouse in Washington State and even Cuba. www.TonySweet.com

Of course, this list is just the beginning. There are many other photographers, working in nature and other disciplines, whose work I will bring to you in future articles.

As many of you know, I’ve always been passionate about nature photography; I got my start in photography working in the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve written a book, Nature Photography Photo Workshop, published by Wiley. If you enjoy photographing nature and want to improve your skills, check it out.

And as always, your comments and questions are welcome! Thanks for reading.

Introducing the work of Andrew Steele

Photographers and artists, if you’re working to develop your own unique style and genre (and you should be!) you can learn an important lesson from UK artist Andrew Steele. Whether you like his specific style or subject matter is beside the point, here’s a guy who has a very clear vision for his work and it’s communicated brilliantly. http://www.DarkArt.co/

Chase Jarvis speaking in Denver

Renowned master photographer Chase Jarvis will be presenting at the Denver Newspaper Agency Friday, June 12. This event is presented by ASMP Colorado.

Click here for details

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