Matt Payne Photography Blog: Photographing Yosemite In A Unique Way

October 2, 2019

Welcome to Episode 128 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer known for her exceptional work in the Yosemite Valley of California, Franka Gabler.

Born and raised in Croatia, Franka developed a strong fascination and admiration for nature early in life. Moving to California in 1997, and soon after experiencing her first wilderness backpacking trip in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Franka fell in love with the amazing landscapes before her. Now spending as much time as possible hiking and exploring wilderness areas, Franka always carries her camera and tripod, capturing her unique impressions.She lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, not far from Yosemite National Park.

Franka and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:

  • Her journey as a landscape photographer.
  • Her creative process for finding intimate landscape scenes.
  • Her philosophy of looking for light before the subject.
  • The role of mood in her photography.
  • ...lots more!

On Patreon this week:

  • Franka tells us all about her journey printing her photography and being represented by several galleries in California.

Well, speaking of Yosemite, I have officially joined as an instructor at the esteemed Landscape Photography Conference, Out of Yosemite - February 5-9, 2020. I will be teaching, recording podcasts, and hosting panel discussions with some of our favorite photographers and past guests, including Alex Noriega, Coleen Miniuk, Charlotte Gibb, Jack Curran, Michael Frye, and more. I hope to see you there! If you're interested in attending, register to attend and use the code "fstop250" for $250 off your registration.

      Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers!

      Here are the photographers that Franka recommended for the podcast:

      1. Dan Mitchell.

      2. David Hoffman.

      3. Jonathan Bock.

      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. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

      I'm really excited to announce that we have finally reached our $1,000 / mo goal on Patreon and we have officially launched our Landscape Conservation Award.

      The “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast Landscape Conservation Award will recognize an individual photographer who is highly involved in conservation issues within their local communities or within the landscape and nature photography community. This can be through their writing, speaking, photography projects, or community organizing efforts. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize an individual that is actively practicing the Nature First Principles. In partnership with our Patreon supporters, the “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast presents the prestigious honor, which currently consists of at least $1,570.

      We aim to grow the total award amount through donations and sponsorships. We are looking for nominations for the award. You can nominate yourself or someone else through the google form linked in the liner notes. Since our launch we have raised $550 towards the award and have garnered some great sponsorships from some great photography brands.

      So far we have been able to get support from the following awesome companies:

      Current Sponsors:

      Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company that produces some of the most amazing bags and equipment for landscape and adventure photographers! Shimoda founder Ian Millar is a lifelong explorer, snowboarder and product designer known for developing some of the most innovative camera bags in the world. Shimoda is his new venture which represents the culmination of all his experiences and utilizes the most advanced materials and technologies available to minimize the pain, fatigue and suffering that comes with foul mountain conditions. Shimoda products are a direct reflection and reaction to the outdoor lifestyle that Ian and his adventure photographer friends love so much. Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a bag of their choice, core unit, roller and accessory case - a $779 value!

      Viewbug is a popular photo sharing and contest website. Members of Viewbug can submit their photographs to specialized contests and win amazing prizes. There are a lot more benefits of membership as well, so check it out. Viewbug is donating a viewbug PRO+ membership to the winner of the award. This is a $179 value.

      Reed Art & Imaging is a fine art print lab located in Denver, Colorado. They are my print lab of choice for my high-end acrylic prints. Reed employs a unique technology for their acrylic prints that no other print lab in the United States uses called Diasec. The results are stunning. I also believe that Reed has some of the best customer service in the business and I recommend them to everyone I talk to! Reed is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conversation Award a $500 credit towards the purchase of a Diasec Acrylic Print.

      Tamron is a camera lens manufacturer and makes some of the world's best lenses for landscape and nature photography. Tamron is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a 45mm f/1.8 Di VC lens- a $599 value!

      QT Luong is donating a limited edition copy of his award winning photo book, "Treasured Lands." Treasured Lands is a book about all the 61 U.S. National Parks with location/photography notes for each photograph. This limited edition version is valued at $245.

      We are working on getting more in-kind donations and financial donations to sweeten the pot for the deserving award winner. If you are interested in either, please check out the award page on our website.

      Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

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      Please find a transcript of today's podcast below: