A little bit about me!
My name is Joshua Snow, Fine Art Landscape and Night Photographer Based in Moab, Utah. I spend my time traveling throughout the Southwest in search of compelling and intriguing images. In 2016 I traveled from my home in the Finger Lakes region of central/upstate New York to Utah and after a week immersed in the desert I had reformed my life's plan, to move to the Southwest and do whatever it took to leave the Mechanical Engineering career I had worked so hard for to pursue photography and education full time! I've had many serious hobbies in my life, usually consuming everything but the air I breather and photography was no different, only a much stronger appreciation and sense of belonging. Educating full time allows me to maintain a fresh perspective on photography and fine art, with working with so many creative people, and seeing how they see!
When I found photography in 2012 I was battling severe obesity, at over 400lbs I was on a mission to get healthy. Taking up photography and hiking the endless gorge trails and waterfalls of the finger lakes helped me accomplish that and in-turn I fell head over heels in love with photography, both artistically and technically.
If there is anything to know about me its that I never give anything less than 100% and I become consumed by my hobbies, they become passions, and then they become life! The only constant goal in life has been to inspire others to take risks, and fight for what they want for themselves. I spent countless hours teaching myself the ins and outs of post processing, and photography, and I tend not to live by the same hard and fast rules of photography. I draw much, if not all of my inspiration from late 19th and 20th century painters like Thomas Moran, and Albert Bierstadt for their whimsical style and incredible manipulation of light, and depth. Therefor in my work I take artistic liberty in creating images with drama, and whimsy. I typically arrive to a location, unknown or frequently visited without any preconceived ideas but try and let the landscape speak to me. Once I have honed in on a composition I almost immediately have created a vision in my mind which helps guide me through processing the final image.
I think its important to note that my personal work consists of many advanced to very advanced techniques. Those techniques consist of “Stacking” for noise reduction, Star Tracking, capturing parts of the photo during “blue hour”, and others. Therefor my images are not single exposures and by definition are considered composites, however I consider them blends because I do my best to maintain realism, and accurate images, I do not want to mislead anyone. Its important you know this to assess your morals, and whether or not you are ok with “excessive” processing when joining me on a workshop. The results I achieve are not possible with single exposures, or without advanced knowledge and understanding of post processing.
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Af-D
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Af-D
Nikon 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 Vr
Induro GIT304L Grand Stealh Carbon Fiber Tripod
Desmond D-Low55 Ballhead
Really Right Stuff TVC-24L
Really Right Stuff Bh-40 Ball head
F-Stop Tilopa BC with Large Pro shallow ICU
F-Stop Shinn with XL Pro ICU
Vello shutter releases
Macbook Pro 15 Retina
Adobe and Nik softwares