Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC: Blog http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC jim@jimcrotty.com (Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC) Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:13:00 GMT Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:13:00 GMT http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/img/s6/v143/u618578191-o729635401-50.jpg Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC: Blog http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 Seek Authenticity - Be Authentic http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/seek-authenticity-be-authentic Seek authenticity, marvel in its presence but resist the urge to simply imitate. What is truly authentic should only inspire you to find what is already authentic in you. Doing so has become increasingly challenging in the popular culture of today where the emphasis is on appearance and immediate visual stimulation.

Popular culture devours the authentic with an insatiable appetite and then sits in the corner, sad and empty-hearted. Just look what has happened to the most well known art and music "festivals." Burning Man being taken over by professional models and those obsessed with the "in-thing" comes to mind. There's the perfect example.

Imitation is a disguise for those who can't - or have failed to - locate their own voice and it doesn't help that we have entire industries that cater to imitation. Inspiration is the far better journey. Defy popularism. Be true, be inspired and become a source of inspiration versus imitation. That's where you will find the good and lasting and fulfilling stuff.

Sunset Sky Over Albuquerque by Jim Crotty 1Sunset Sky Over Albuquerque by Jim Crotty 1Sunset sky over Albuquerque New Mexico on August 7 2014 by Jim Crotty 1E2K4466_67_68_69_70_tonemapped1E2K4466_67_68_69_70_tonemapped The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 8The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 8Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty Lone Juniper near Sandia Mountains New Mexico by Jim CrottyLone Juniper near Sandia Mountains New Mexico by Jim Crotty The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 6The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 6Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty Under a Desert Sky by Jim CrottyUnder a Desert Sky by Jim CrottySunset sky near Los Alamos New Mexico on March 6 2012 by Jim Crotty Up on the Diamond Tail Ranch 14Up on the Diamond Tail Ranch 14An August day out on the Diamond Tail Ranch near Albuquerque New Mexico with Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours Weathered and Aged in New Mexico by Jim Crotty 4Weathered and Aged in New Mexico by Jim Crotty 4Weathered texture of abandoned homestead in the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Area of New Mexico by Jim Crotty

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jim@jimcrotty.com (Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC) albuquerque art artists authentic authenticity be beauty calm crotty culture defy fe fine form grace jim light mexico new ohio original photographer photography photos popular popularism santa shadow true http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/seek-authenticity-be-authentic Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:12:30 GMT
The Power and Energy of Change http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-power-and-energy-of-change Nature is a persistent and patient teacher with the life lesson of change. Having been involved with nature photography for over 40 years has allowed me to observe the power and importance of this lesson. The one thing that doesn’t change has been change itself. It is consistent.

People naturally fight change. They hate it. Honestly I do to. The very thought of ever moving again brings on a sense of dark doom. Change is so disruptive to what most perceive as safety and security. It goes against this inherent human fallacy known as control. But then nature comes along with her lessons, sometimes subtle; sometimes quite harsh. Late summer and into early autumn seems to be the time when mother nature too likes to put school back into session, with vigor and suddenness, particularly for those living in the coastal states.

Ohio’s lessons on change this time of year tend to be far more subtle but there they are, nonetheless. Summer ends, school begins, cool evenings give way to fields and meadows covered in webs and dew. The balance between day and night returns, and life goes on.

The opposite of fighting change within our own lives is to fully embrace it, with courage and faith. To emulate nature not in the struggle but in the quiet acceptance of what is meant to be will be. Ego insists on the struggle and attempts vainly at controlling the inevitable. Nature flows with it. She goes with the confidence of what changes never truly goes away but is returned again and again in new seasons and forms.

But with our modern lives embracing change is easier said than done. Ego and security are often buried generations deep with the help of inherited fears. This dire need for the “bricks and mortar” and monuments to persona do little to assuage wounds never properly healed. The falseness of our beliefs in ourselves and controlling everything prove to be powerful barriers for free spirits to overcome.

Nature continues to teach otherwise. I think it’s why I could never really leave her classroom. My camera has become my pencil and the photographs my growing stack of doodled and dogeared notebooks.

Change in the seasons and in life flow with an energy that when it comes down to it, I never see as negative. It’s continuous and so are the lessons. With energy so immense and eternal how could anything - or anyone - truly “end.”

In our lives we are given this gift of continuous love that we would rather shove into the corner in favor of what’s immediate and more serving of our needs for control and security. It isn’t until the hard lessons are put upon us whereby we return to the treasure behind our here and now. This gift of continuous love can be found and observed in both nature and in each of us. Change is the energy for it to fly in orbits that will never end but only become better and brighter through time and generations.

IMG_1856_HDR-Edit-EditIMG_1856_HDR-Edit-EditThe rising of the full Corn Moon on evening of September 5 2017 from Bill Yeck Park in Centerville Ohio by Jim Crotty

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jim@jimcrotty.com (Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC) beauty calm photos change faith jim crotty life nature ohio nature photography ohio photographer peace transition http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-power-and-energy-of-change Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:48:51 GMT
Knowing the Client's Customer | Photography for Web Sites and Marketing http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/knowing-the-clients-customer-photography-for-web-sites-and-marketing When completing photographic assignments for a client's marketing and web site, I strive to capture the light and setting that is best suited for the particular product or service being advertised. To do so requires more than just technical skill. It requires an understanding and appreciation of the client's clientele and their customer service goals. This was my goal while photographing the newest additions to the accommodations at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio last week, the "yurts." These structures are a beautiful and unique combination of both framed tent with all the comforts of a completely furnished cabin.

With this particular assignment I wanted to convey the atmosphere of the "glamping" experience - glamorous camping - but including in the imagery both the comforts of the yurts and the intimate connection to the natural surroundings. With The Inn being a client of my photography services since 2003, as well as the location for both my autumn and spring nature photography workshops, I was very familiar with the "guest experience" goals of such a special retreat location in this beautiful area of Ohio. Another goal of the assignment was to capture the natural light of the setting of the yurts throughout the progression of the day, from morning to afternoon to dusk to evening.

In today's world of so much of a company's products and services being visually communicated via the web and social media it's vital to invest in photography that will do just that - convey the essence of the experience through professional imagery that both reflects the uniqueness of what is offered and a commitment to the customer who will likely return. again and again.

YurtInnatCedarFallsTravelPhotographybyJimCrottyFWYurtInnatCedarFallsTravelPhotographybyJimCrottyFWNewly constructed yurt accommodations photographed at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio. Photography for marketing and web site.

 

 

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jim@jimcrotty.com (Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC) commercial photography jim crotty ohio photographer ohio photography the inn and spa at cedar falls travel photography web site photography http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/knowing-the-clients-customer-photography-for-web-sites-and-marketing Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:35:40 GMT
Autumn Photography in Ohio | October Workshop in Hocking Hills http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/autumn-photography-in-ohio-october-workshop-in-hocking-hills HockingHillsAutumnWorkshopFWHockingHillsAutumnWorkshopFWFall nature photography workshop by Jim Crotty at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio on Saturday October 21 2017 October in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio can be spectacular. Join Pro Photographer and Photography Instructor Jim Crotty as he leads this group workshop along his favorite trails and to the best locations for fall landscape photography in Hocking Hills State Park, including the new trail to Whispering Cave. For eight years Jim has been leading and teaching photography workshops in this, the home of his love for nature and landscape photography. Jim's workshops are a good balance of both classroom and field instruction (with a bit more emphasis put on field instruction).

From the technical to the artistic vision, Jim helps photographers of all levels of skill and experience explore their creative vision and learn to master the camera and lenses for results that stand-out from the mere snapshop. Jim brings out the artist in all of his workshop students in a way that is fun and rewarding. This particular workshop Jim will be demonstrating and teaching best techniques for fall landscape imagery as well as macro/close-up subjects found along the breathtaking trails and woods of Ohio's legendary Hocking Hills.

The base location is the beautiful and historic Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, centrally located within Hocking Hills State Park. The classroom portions of the program will be held in the Gathering Space conference facility at The Inn. Fee includes a gourmet lunch prepared exclusively for the group by the outstanding dining staff as well as all handout materials. Lodging and transportation is not included although once the workshop begins car pooling is organized for transportation to and from the field locations.

Come join this exciting opportunity to become fully immersed in the beauty of autumn in Ohio's most scenic location and share in the passion and fun of nature and landscape photography with Jim Crotty.

Open to all levels of skill and experience with the DSLR camera. Minimal equipment
required. Fee includes lunch, guided instruction and workshop handouts. This workshop will be limited to first 20 people who register.

Cost is $100 for full day workshop from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Email jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311.

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The Powerful Peace of Calming Imagery http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-powerful-peace-of-calming-imagery Where print installations of my work can be seen . . . Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN - Andrews Air Force Base Ambulatory Care Center MD - The Zangmeister Cancer Center OH - Miami Valley Hospital OH - Wooster Community Hospital OH - Soin Medical Center OH -Englewood Health Center OH - Springboro Health Center OH - Buckeye Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery Office OH - St. Rita’s Hospital OH - Wood County Hospital OH

PrintsforHospitalsFlyerbyJimCrotty011617FWPrintsforHospitalsFlyerbyJimCrotty011617FWFlyer promoting fine art nature and landscape photography by Dayton Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty

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jim@jimcrotty.com (Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC) Jim Crotty Ohio Photographer calm calming jim crotty landscape nature peaceful photography http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-powerful-peace-of-calming-imagery Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:28:50 GMT