Matt Payne Photography | Conversation with Rajesh Jyothiswaran on F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Conversation with Rajesh Jyothiswaran on F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

July 11, 2018  •  5 Comments

Episode 064 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Rajesh Jyothiswaran!

Rajesh Jyothiswaran is a self taught photographer born out of a chance realization of his own latent photography skills when a smartphone photo of his native plant garden in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas went viral led to the purchase of his first DSLR. His interests range from macro to astro though landscape and astrophotography in places rarely photographed excite him the most.  Photography has taken him on a path of self-discovery, learning, and meaningful friendships across the world. His images have been displayed at several exhibitions, He has also won several awards for his work including the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Top 101 award and a Top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian 15th Annual Photo Contest. Born and raised in India, Rajesh lives in North Texas with his wife and two daughters. He aspires to continue growing as an artist and be a source of inspiration to others.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. How Rajesh got into landscape photography.

2. Challenges as a landscape photographer in Texas.

3. Bias and discrimination in landscape photography.

4. Recognition and its importance for photographers.

Over on Patreon this week, Rajesh and I had a fabulous conversation about a recent controversy he was involved in when he posted a photo of Mobius Arch with people standing on it.

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Here are some artists that Rajesh recommended for the podcast:

1. Kathleen Croft.

2. Chris Moore.

3. Matt Meisenheimer.

Some examples of Rajesh's photography can be seen below. 

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Needles and the HaystackNeedles and the HaystackAn affluent tourist resort destination and landscape photographer bucket list item is the Cannon Beach in Oregon. Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock. This igneous rock has an elevation of 235 feet (72 m) and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary. There are at least six other geographic features in Oregon named Haystack Rock, including two others along the Oregon Coast — and others throughout the U.S. Haystack Rock here is accompanied by several smaller rocks known as The Needles. (Now you figured the caption!)
This view however is of the Cannon Beach as seen from Ecola State Park from a distance of about 2.5 miles (4km).
Captain William Clark of ‘Lewis and Clark’ fame and 12 members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through what is now the Ecola State Park in 1806 in search of a beached whale near present-day Cannon Beach.  After scaling the north slope of Tillamook Head and reaching one of its viewpoints, Clarke described the vista as “… the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed…”

It was a few minutes after sundown and the glowing embers were on their last breaths. This is a fairly easy place to access and has been photographed innumerable times before. But I suspect, this might have been one of those near ideal conditions a landscape photographer could hope for.

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AlonenessAlonenessThe hike to Taft Point in Yosemite is mildly strenuous for people like me and for the more athletic types, it is a fairly easy walk in the woods. It is literally a beautiful walk in the woods. About 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round trip. Feels a bit worse coming back because you have just witnessed a great sunset and hair raising heights. There are no guard rails except at one place, Taft Point behind which I had my tripod set up. On the way in, I showed my group several plants that we find in nurseries and we pay a fortune for them. Out here they just grew wild and were a lot prettier.

On the way here, Wisanu asked me if I would like to be the human element in the scene and before I could reply, Nayana said “Dad! I forbid you from doing risky stuff and mommy will be mad”. There ended my hopes of emulating the Boonrawds. Seriously, walking around here requires you to be careful since there fissures in the rock. Fissures are basically enormous cracks in the rock that is about a kilometer high.

Hazards: The dropoff at Taft Point is steep, and a fall would be not just fatal, but squish-you-like-a-bug fatal. The fall is so far that your friends, waving their teary goodbyes and hoping you didn't have the only set of car keys, would lose sight of you before you reached the ground. So be careful. (

The granite monolith on the right is El Capitan. El Capitan is the world's largest granite monolith, rising 3,000 feet (900 meters) above the valley floor. A Taft Point, though, you're looking down on El Cap, so you can imagine what it's like looking straight down at the same valley floor while you're leaning over the railings here. Definitely not a place for people with fear of heights.

There were some people that crawled on their belly up to the edge of the rock and threw small stones to see if they can follow them to the ground. I am sure they lost track of them after a second or two. While I was setting up my camera here, Nayana threw some pieces of wo


Senaritra Dutta(non-registered)
Rajesh is very knowledgable and ace astro photographer with immense knowledge of the subject .Awesome to listen him in the podcast .
Rajesh is my cousin. We thought he is into technology. But it’s intersting to see him as a recognised photographer. We are proud of him.
Ann Nguyen(non-registered)
Met him once in the Astrophotography, this is very nice guy I never met before, he show everybody know how to setting, don't mind to come one by one camera to check make sure anyone get right and bring home the best pictures
Dinesh Bhatia(non-registered)
Rajesh is a creative photographer and each of his photographs comes out to be better than previous one!! His work is inspirational.
Wonderful imagery, Rajesh and enjoying the podcast interview.
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