Interview with Bryan Swan

February 14, 2018

Welcome to episode 043 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Seattle-based landscape photographer Bryan Swan! I have been following Bryan's work for several years, ever since I moved to (and left) Portland, Oregon. Bryan is the creator of the incredibly comprehensive waterfall databases, Water Falls Northwest, and the World Waterfall database. He's also an incredibly good landscape photographer! Bryan and I got a chance to meet-up this past fall in Ridgway, Colorado and camped together for a couple of nights along with Trevor Anderson, another great landscape photographer out of Seattle. When I posed the idea of having Bryan on the podcast, he was totally excited, so we finally made it happen a few months later. 

We covered some great topics this week, including:

  • Bryan's journey into landscape photography
  • Bryan's decision to not become a full-time professional photographer
  • The Northwest Waterfall survey and the delicate relationship between the internet and photography locations
  • Tips for photographing waterfalls
  • Stamp collecting vs. exploration & wilderness exploration
  • Scouting tools in the age of the internet, including Gaia GPS (this link gives you a discount) and Google Earth

Special announcements: Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going! I recently set a goal of $1,000 in monthly contributions which I will use to seed a $1,000 landscape conversation award

Lastly, I am happy to announce that I'm now a Formatt-Hitech filter ambassador. Listeners to the podcast get 10% off their order if they use the code "PAYNE10" - thanks for supporting the podcast!

To learn more about Bryan:



Here is the artist that they would like to hear on the podcast:

Brian Kibbons

Miles Morgan

Artur Stanisz

Jason Hummel

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

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group.

Bryan Swan - Waterfall Landscape Photography
Bryan Swan - Waterfall Landscape Photography
Bryan Swan - Waterfall Landscape Photography
Bryan Swan - Waterfall Landscape Photography
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