SmugMug Corner #93: Randy Baumhover

Today happens to be 'Earth Day,' and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that than by browsing through over 20 beautiful landscape photographs by our featured 'SmugMug Corner' photographer interview with Randy Baumhover. Enjoy the interview, the photographs below, and have a great long weekend.

Name: Randy A. Baumhover

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Randy Baumhover, I was born in 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa. For years I worked at the local meat packing plant. I was always taking classes at the local colleges for one thing or another. In the 90's I decided to make an effort at nursing and have been an RN since 1996. That is also the year I took a trip west and fell in love with Yellowstone and the Tetons. I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho that same year and live there now. I did spend 3 great years in Florence, Oregon from 1999-2002. I do love the Oregon Coast and everything Oregon has to offer but in 2002 I returned to Idaho Falls to be closer to Yellowstone/Teton and the Utah parks although Oregon is always on my mind and I go back as often as I can.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Heceta Lighthouse, Oregon

What is your background/training in photography?

Very little formal training but I did take a college course in B&W in the 80's which taught me a lot about composition. I'd say that the majority of my training has come from reading, listening and trial and error.

Canary Spring, Yellowstone

Mormon Row, Tetons

White Cloud Mountains, Idaho

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

I've always had an interest (dad) but the passion clearly began the moment I saw the Teton Range in 1996. I'd seen photos, heard folks talk but that didn't prepare me for my first look at Oxbow Bend. That was the moment, no doubt and I can still clearly remember it. It was an... "OK, I'm moving here now" kinda thing.

Old Faithful

Teton Dawn

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

All cameras and lens are Nikon: My primary camera is a D-90, I also always have a D-80 with me. A D-40x is in my truck as backup. I use the 24-120 VR lens most. I also carry the 70-300VR, 18-35 and 105 macro. I use a Bogen tripod with the pistol grip head. I use polarizer, ND and GND filters, all Tiffen. I also use the Nikon IR remote when I need it. I like that much more than any cable-release.

4th of July Lake, Idaho

Colter Bay, Tetons

Schwabacher's Landing, Tetons

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Nature, both the grand view and the minute. Anyone looking at my images will know that I'm drawn to the landscape. I rarely go out with the thought of wildlife images as I don't have that kind of patience but I won't pass up a great animal image if it presents itself either. My favorite location is Yellowstone. It has everything I want in a location. Geysers, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, meadows, colors, wildlife and if you want to raise your adrenaline level you can take a back-country walk by yourself. I don't really have a favorite subject (maybe waterfalls). I'm drawn to light, color and texture. If I have those three elements I can usually find a composition. I still love the dramatic possibilities of B&W but I think in color first.

Ballerina Bean Goose

Antelope Canyon Light, Arizona

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

My dad, he's the one who got me started although he had no idea he was doing it (nor did I). I can remember him shooting at family gatherings. I remember him popping out the one-time flash bulb into his hand and juggling it so it wouldn't burn his hand. I remember the joy and wonder 2-3 WEEKS LATER when we got those images back from the lab. His influence on me is in his joy in doing it and that's what I feel every time I'm out in nature. My influence...?, not Ansel, not Galen not Thomas or anyone else, just my everyman dad.

Oxbow Bend, Tetons

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

St. Mary's Falls, Glacier National Park

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I've been with SmugMug since 2007 and I can't complain about anything. My images look the way I intend them to look. If I have a question about "anything" it is answered very quickly. Enough said!

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Oregon Dune

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

Oh... you're not going to like me for this. While I enjoy looking at many fine images on SmugMug I can honestly say that none have had an impact/influence outside of me thinking "damn, that's great" or "what the hell is that?" I guess the answer is none. It is what it is and that's OK.

Firehole Falls, Yellowstone

Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon

Tapestry Wall, Capitol Reef National Park

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

There are a lot of folks that think there are things that just HAVE to be done to render a fine image. Pay them no mind; the first and ONLY rule is that there are NO rules. If you like it, that will be enough.

Teton Griz

Moulton Barn, Tetons

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–04–22 14:27
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