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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown


"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear


"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams


"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell


"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso


"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken


"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling


SKB cases to the rescue!!!

Just in time for our Arches Workshop - another new workshop sponsor - SKB cases. 

We just received these roadcases and they are about to be put to the tes! Waterproof, light weight and virtually indestructible -we can't wait to beat them up some!  88 lbs of workshop stuff on its way to Moab, Utah for our Arches National Park workshop.  One large case for all our random stuff and one smaller one with foam for our audio/visual equipment.  Check our cases out below:



New Infrared Camera!!!

INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY is so AWESOME! We received our new toy back from Spencer's Camera & Photo - a color infrared converted Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II - and have started playing. We haven't had much chance to go anywhere really great to shoot yet, but I think we've discovered that infrared can turn even somewhat blah surroundings into some exciting images.

The other really cool thing about infrared is that you get your best images when the foliage is lit by the bright sun.....such a COMPLETELY different idea than the lighting needed for traditional landscape photography.

So, shoot your regular landscape shots during the 'golden hours' and then whip out the infrared converted camera as the sun gets higher, and keep on shootin'!

Check out the below images. The first image is exactly what we see in camera as we shoot after a color infrared conversion. The second image is after some channel mixing in Photoshop. It retains some color and looks surreal. The third image is after desaturating the image to create a more traditional black and white infrared look. There are so many choices!! We love it and will definitely be taking this bad boy to Arches with us in a couple a weeks.

So check out Spencer's Camera & Photo ( and all the different kinds of conversions they do. And if you decide you would like to try something fun, tell them we sent you and use this code for $25 off any order over $100: NATURALCONNECTIONS25




Olympus OMD System vs. DSLR

Ok, so here is a fun photo proving our point about why we love our Olympus cameras and our lightweight Lowepro bags. The contents of the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L on the right is:

EM1 Camera Body+ battery grip

EM5 II Camera Body + battery grip
EM10 Camera Body + grip
7-14mm PRO 2.8
12-40mm PRO 2.8
40-150mm PRO 2.8
75mm 1.8
1.4x teleconverter
FL600 flash

On the left is the equivalent Canon gear in the smallest bag we had at the store that could contain it all. 31 lbs on the left, 14 lbs on the right......which would you rather hike with or even simply carry around ?!



We are getting ready for our Arches trip in September and just received our NEW bags from Lowepro! The Flipside Sport 20L. This is a lightweight bag that will carry A LOT of our mirrorless gear. In the below photo the gear this bag holds:

3 camera bodies and grips for each, 7-14 2.8, 12-40 2.8, 40-150 2.8, 75 1.8, 14-150 walk-around lens, FL600 flash and a 1.4 teleconverter.

The ENTIRE thing only weighs 14 lbs. This is the perfect bag for hiking in Arches National Park because we can strap our tripods to it and it holds a water bladder as well.

Can't wait to head out now that we have our perfect bag!




And ANOTHER New Product Partner - BlackRapid Camera Straps!!

We're on a roll these days and are happy to welcome another product partner - BlackRapid Camera Straps. For the ultimate in comfort and accessibility there is a wide variety of BlackRapid straps to choose from. Single camera staps, double camera straps, camera straps specifically styled for women and sport camera straps....there is a BlackRapid strap for every shooting need.  We will be featuring these in our workshops and will have demo straps available for student use during workshops as well. 

Thanks BlackRapid, and welcome aboard!