To Grow, Adapt and Adjust

I think it is important that we all grow, adapt and adjust to changes in the world and in our lives. My work is now making it difficult for me to have the time and the mental space to do this blog. So I am not going to continue it. 

There really are three reasons for this:

  1. As I mentioned, my present work is making it hard to do. I am excited that part of this work takes me back to earlier times where nature, science, writing and photography all came together for me. This includes starting up a YouTube channel on helping folks better understand the wonder and the science of nature and biology. I will let people know more about this on Facebook as I launch this later this fall. 
  2. My work has long been about using visuals and words to communicate about our world, including photography, especially nature, but also about many other cool things I have been awed by. There is a lot today about photography on the Internet and in classes all over the place, everything from great to mediocre. However, much of it has lost the “communicate about the world” idea and simply is about impressing or trying to impress other photographers than seeing and connecting with the real world. It is photography about photography, making it a little too  “inbred” for my interests.  I know that is fun for a lot of people, and I wish them all the best, but it is not for me. 
  3. Frankly, I have worked over the years doing so much how-to stuff that I have neglected at times who I really am and my deeper interests, so I need to honor those things.

Thanks to everyone who has read and followed my blog! I will still post to Facebook, including some behind the photography thoughts, and I will send occasional photo how-to ideas to my email list. My on-line course, The Art of Choice, will be available a little longer, but I will be closing that, too, in the not too distant future. 

About Rob Sheppard

I'm Rob Sheppard and my mission is to connect people and nature through photography with celebration and joy. Nature photography, for me, is about finding ways to create meaning and joy in your photography and connecting people with the natural world. I consider myself a naturalist, nature photographer and videographer. I have been busy over the years creating many books related to photography, including Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, and the National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography. A Nature Photography Manifesto and Reports from the Wild are available from Apple’s iBookstore. I get around as a speaker and workshop leader, and I am a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association. I was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine and presently am a contributing editor. My education was both as a photographer and a naturalist specializing in ecology and botany.
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19 Responses to To Grow, Adapt and Adjust

  1. Cynthia D Hollingsworth says:

    Wishing you the best as your directions shift. Will still look forward and greatly enjoy your FB posts, thoughts, and photos!

  2. Lori A Landsman Myers says:

    In the short time I have been following your work, I have greatly appreciated the thoughts and direction you have provided. Always mixed emotions in decisions such as these, however they always carry a purpose. Thanks for what you’ve given us and I look forward to following you on FB!!

  3. Roy Conger says:

    All the best Rob. There are so few columns/blogs/whatever you want to call them, like yours, that I will miss your thoughtful insights. Since I am nearly 90, much of what is termed social media has no charms to entice me so this is likely a farewell note.

    By all means follow your heart. There is joy and fulfillment in doing so. May the wind be always at your back and the sunshine warm upon your face.

  4. Michael O'Brien says:

    My thanks and best wishes to you Rob for all your photographic and Natural World wisdom offered to us in your blogs. I wish you success and understand your situation. By choice I do not do any social media like FB as I prefer to be out in Nature and not on a computer. That said, I hope that you would email those of us on your blog list that do not do FB when your YouTube channel airs in the Fall.
    Cheers,
    Michael

  5. I’ll miss your words of wisdom, Rob, but I certainly sympathize with your reasons, especially no. 3. I look forward to your occasional emails and to your FB posts. God bless you. You’re a wonderful person and photographer.

  6. Kim Davis says:

    I always get excited when I see your blog in my email. I’m sorry to have that ending but congratulate you on choosing life for yourself. I’ll look for you on FB! Best of luck and life to you.

  7. Todd Henson says:

    I haven’t been reading your blog all that long, but have really enjoyed it in that time. I look forward to seeing you on YouTube and wish you all the best!

  8. Mark Larson says:

    Enjoy this day and future activities, now that you can let this go – and every day in the future, Rob!

  9. JoanCorrie says:

    Best of wishes for your change of focus (sorry for the photography pun). I’ve benefitted from all you have done, and appreciate your willingness to share.

  10. Hi Rob,

    Lovely post – but I get how life changes, even if we (“I”) don’t want change. LOOOOONG time follower, really got a lot out of “The Art of Choice”, though that one certainly carried over into other areas of my life – more so than the photography focus. I look forward to whatever you produce next, and thank you for modeling how to grow, adapt, and adjust.

    All Good Things,

    Greg

    PS: Hope you’ll keep the nature-focus – lordy, we need sensible discussion right now more than ever. I’m a docent with a local open space district and I find there is still quite an appetite for understanding our natural world…

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