Matt Payne Photography Blog: Interview With Mike Mezeul On F-Stop Collaborate And Listen

June 13, 2018

Welcome to episode 060 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Mike Mezuel!

If you're into storm chasing, storm photography, tornadoes, lightning, and road adventures, this episode is for you! I had a lot of fun chatting with Mike. 

Although Mike currently lives in north Texas, he was originally born in the small town of Rome, New York. He moved to Texas at a young age, but says he has never worn (and never will) a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, or said, “ya’ll.” He got his first camera at the age of 15. It was a 1975 Yashica MG-1. He graduated from The University of North Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and obtained his Master’s in Journalism back in December of 2012. When he's not out with his camera, he enjoys playing hockey. Mike is a well-traveled storm photographer and just picked up a gig to photograph the volcano eruption in Hawaii. 

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. How Mike got into landscape photography.

2. Photographing tornadoes and extreme weather.

3. The process of improvement as a photographer. 

Over on Patreon this week, Mike and I had a fabulous conversation about his recent trip to Hawaii to photograph and document the devastation caused by the volcano there. It was an emotional trip for Mike - we talked about what it was like photographing such destruction.

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To learn more about Mike, check out his online presence:



Here are the artists that Mike recommended for the podcast:

1. Aaron Rigsby.

2. Akash Thakkar.

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

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