The number one thing I usually hear from people when referring to my work is how much they love my landscape photos. It always catches me off guard (and unintentionally annoys me), because I feel like those are the photos that I put the least amount of effort into. In fact, they account for such a small portion of my actual photography that I barely have more than a handful of shots in that genre. It's not that I don't enjoy landscape or nature photography, it's just that I rarely ever do it. My passion lies more in abstract and conceptual portraiture. With all of that being said, I've recently gone on a camping trip with a buddy of mine with the intention of boosting my portfolio with more current landscape photos. Well, of course it was also to have a good time, but he hooked me in with the thought of getting away to a secluded area and shooting.
I was a little hesitant at first to go since I've never gone camping in the 25 years of my life (sad?), but I'm always up for a new adventure, even if it takes me out of my comfort zone a bit. I'm glad I went though. The solitude of just me (and my friend) with my camera and seemingly unending natural surroundings can put any photographer in a state of awe. It was a beautiful place in the Pennsylvania mountains called World's End state park, right next to Loyalsock (HA). My biggest regret though was not just taking everything in and appreciating the moment. I felt almost compelled to focus solely on what my next shot was going to be and I think that mentality might do a disservice to how fondly I reminisce on those moments. Of course, only time will tell. If you're interested in the photos I took, which I'm assuming you are since you're reading this, I put the rest of the photos into a gallery below for you to peruse at your leisure. Let me know what you think about them below in the comments. Or, if you have any awesome landscape or nature photos you'd like to share, I'd love to see them as well.