April Program – Composition: Art in the Landscape
by Dusty Doddridge
Dusty grew up in West Tennessee where he fell in love with the great outdoors while fishing with his Dad and Grandfather. In about the year 2000, work and other commitments were keeping Dusty indoors too much so he began hiking and backpacking to get back to his great outdoors. He began intently photographing his world around 2003. Although digital was really taking hold at this point, Dusty was still intent on learning film. He shot a lot of Fuji Velvia and continued learning everything he could about nature and landscape photography. By 2007, he had finally made the switch to digital and has been loving it ever since. He especially enjoys the freedom and possibilities that the digital world open up.
His primary end goad is fine prints and he has worked hard to learn the three phases that lead to a successful print: craft in the field, digital darkroom strategies and the craft of printing. Dusty explained, “I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work and it’s really exciting to connect with other photographers and share what we’ve learned.”
He has photographed all over the world including Iceland, Sweden and America’s wonderful nation parks. His publications include an e-book about Iceland, an e-book about the Great Smoky Mountains and work with the Tennessee Conservationist.
Dusty’s home base is in middle Tennessee but he conducts tours and workshops throughout the United States and some foreign locations. You can learn more about his workshops and tours through his Focal Point Academy website at http://www.focalpointacademy.com You can see more of Dusty’s work at http://www.dustydoddridge.com
Dusty’s presentation to HPS will focus on the art of composition, using the elements of 2-D design to construct successful images in the landscape. If time permits, he will talk about locations, craft in the field and touch on the digital darkroom. Start making plans to attend Dusty’s presentation to the Huntsville Photographic Society on April 14th at 7:00 pm.