Friday, March 28, 2014

Prints Recognized with Awards at PPO Conference

I'm honored and thankful to have all six of my print entries juried and scored high enough to be shown in the print display at last weekend's annual conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio, held in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus. Five of the entries were additionally recognized with awards including Award of Achievement and Honorable Mentions.

Four of the images were captured in and around my home and farm in Beavercreek Township, Ohio. Another was a favorite from my time living on Hilton Head Island, SC and one image was captured this past February in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

The juried competition at the PPO conference is particularly strict in scoring methods. All judges are accomplished professional photographers. There is an emphasis on attention to detail as well as artistic merit.

Showing an impressive image on a mobile device or other screen is one thing but producing a true, fine art print is another. I am thankful to the help and support of one of the best pro print labs in the Dayton area, TI Graphics.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring Camera Photo Workshop | Dayton Ohio

Celebrate spring with Professional Photographer Jim Crotty as he leads a small group workshop on the art of nature and landscape photography amongst the gardens, fields and woodlands of Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton.

Learn the tips and techniques behind Jim’s award-winning images. This workshop will be a balance of classroom and field instruction with the group exploring subjects such as spring flowers as well as a portion of the workshop devoted to outdoor portraits. The classroom portion of the workshop - presented in the beautiful and comfortable Meadwestvaco Theater Room - will emphasize digital file management and editing tools as well instructor reviews of student images.

Open to all levels of skill and experience with the DSLR camera. Minimum equipment required. Fee includes box lunch from Panera Bread, guided instruction and workshop handouts. Limited to first 20 people who register.

$89 per person. $20 deposit to register. Payable via PayPal to or check to Picture Ohio, LLC  2581 Trebein Rd  Xenia OH  45385  

Email or call 937-896-6311.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Winterlight Workshop in Hocking Hills Rescheduled for March 1 2014

The new date for the Winterlight Workshop is Saturday, March 1 2014 at The Inn at Cedar Falls. Same price, same schedule. The only difference is that we are more likely to have strong, flowing water to work with when photographing the streams and waterfalls, due to late winter thaw following a very snowy winter. Some of My best images of the falls in Hocking were captured in early March. I've included one of those images with this post.

The other added benefit is that The Inn at Cedar Falls has graciously extended a 20% discount off of accommodations for those workshop attendees wishing to stay at The Inn on the weekend of the March 1 workshop. Please mention that you are attending the program when making reservations.

The fee to attend this workshop is $89 which provides professional, guided instruction, hand-outs and lunch at The Inn. To register please email or call 937-896-6311. There is a $20 deposit requirement to register which can be paid via PayPal to "" or check to Picture Ohio, LLC  2581 Trebein Rd., Xenia OH  45385.

To make reservations for accommodations at The Inn at Cedar Falls please call 1-800-653-2557 or go online at Please mention the Winterlight Workshop with Jim Crotty when making reservations.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Original and True | Coen Brother Films as Inspiration

"Like something out of a Coen Brothers movie." There's a fine line between inspiration and imitation and I suppose that's why I find my best sources of inspiration in other mediums than still photography. I admire the work of the masters such as Adams and Weston, but I never want to imitate it. And that can be a challenge sometimes. But to be inspired by prose and poetry, music, film, design, sculpture . . . that's where energy in the art of expression is renewed, again and again.

For example, the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. They don't bend to popular whims nor do they film to please this particular group or that particular audience. They hold true to their own creative vision and all else falls into place. They also stay true to those components or pieces that best serve their vision, whether it be the musical genius of T. Bone Burnett or the understated performances of John Goodman.

The Coen's nail it every time because they have the courage to be who they are and not mold themselves to the expectations of a fickle audience, and the studios come to them. Sure their best work often gets snubbed but there's no mistaking one of their films from those of a sea of other filmmakers.

The universal connection found in the art of creative expression that is unique to each soul is life and light set to a harmonious interludes of wonder and joy. To be true, even it means long stretches of hanging out there by your lonesome, that's the place to be. Life was never meant to be a popularity contest. The posturing and posing and pandering leaves everyone wanting. I've seen a lot of that in my life. There have been many times I've been guilty of falling into that trap as well. The two years I was living and working on Hilton Head Island immediately come to mind due to the country club nature of resort town life and the rampant narcissism that results from it. Calculating and manipulating. Always misleading. Ultimately it was just plain sad. It served as a painful reminder of the importance of being true to self, always humble and thankful to a higher power and love without conditions or false intentions.

Life is meant to be lived in the courage of your own convictions and expressed through the work of your own hands. Talent fully utilized may on the surface be seen as selfish but when serving the higher purpose of inspiring others (and always in gratefulness) it is actually quite the opposite, and beautiful to behold.