Here are a few photographers that I enjoy, that inspire me, or otherwise whom I find interesting.

 

Eddie Soloway

Eddie Soloway Photography

Eddie is an amazing person whose photography inspires me, has great teaching skills, and is a real fun guy to boot.

Much of Eddie’s work is nature photography, but of a very intimate kind.  His vision can be simple yet powerful.  Whether a given photograph of his is literal or abstract, you feel like the essence of the place has been captured in a way often lost in more dramatic imagery.

I have taken two workshops with Eddie, and my Wife and Father-in-law have taken at least one more.  He is a great teacher with excellent communication skills, a clear agenda and purpose to the lesson at hand, and believes in hands on practice.  I would recommend his basic/weekend workshops to someone ready to move beyond basic technical skills and start to develop their own vision.

His latest Big Sur instructional video is fascinating.  The main content is a good rehash of his workshop material, but the true gems are the “extras” where he is videoed and narrates live during his own photo shoot in the wild.  His creative thought process as well application of technique is something to behold, especially at the rapid pace it occurs at during the dynamic Big Sur seashore shoot.

 

Galen Rowell

Mountain Light Photography

Galen was a bay area native (born in Oakland, CA) and learned to enjoy wilderness adventures as a young child.  He was a renowned mountain climber before entering the world of photography, and his emphasis on “mountain light” stemmed from that.

He was an early adopter of the 35mm format for landscape photography as it allowed him to bring a simple system (one camera and a few lenses) along on his climbing adventures.  (There was no way he was going to bring a 4″x5″ view camera along.)  This allowed him to get amazing photos of hard-to-reach places from the Sierra to the Himalayas.

I need to re-read some of his photography books soon, but I recall a simple approach that eschewed complex systems and techniques.  He was an advocate for chasing great light first and then finding the subject matter to show off the characteristics of that light.

Linde Waidhofer

Western Eye Photography

I do not know much about Linde, but have seen her work on a couple of occasions online as well as excerpts from her latest book about Patagonia.  I love her eye and her emphasis on intimate nature photography.  (Do you see a trend here in my interests?)

If there was one photographer I want to learn more about it would be her, and I think I would even consider taking a workshop with her based on what little I know so far.

 

Ernest Braun

The Natural World of Ernest Braun

Ernie’s photography spanned several major areas during his life.  He started out as a combat photographer in the Army during World War II.  He later had a successful career as an architectural photographer, and was the chief photographer for Joseph Eichler.

His last work focused on nature and he was an early expert in macro photography.  My wife and I took a macro field class with him years ago photographing wild bog lupines in the Point Reyes National Seashore which was a delight photographically and personally.

Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton

The Edgerton Digital Collections Project

“Doc” Edgerton was a pioneer in high-speed photography.  You may not know him, but you will probably recognize many of his photographs.  From milk dropping into water, through golf club swings, to nuclear explosions, he captured images with exposures (or flashes) as brief as 1/15,000 of a second.