Fine Art Landscape and Nature Photography Blog

Articles about the places I photograph, new releases, adventures in the art show world and my ramblings from 30+ years of photographing people and the natural world. I hope you enjoy reading these posts and watching the attached videos that accompany many. If you would like to contact me regarding prints or just to ask questions about my work please feel free to reach out I would love to hear from you!

Fine Art Nature Photography For Homes and Offices
March 28, 2024

What is fine art photography? Since the development of photography in the early 1800's it has been considered a science or craft more than an art. When photography principles were established into a commercially viable process by Louis Daguerre, photography became commonly used as a documentary medium for historical events as well as as a form for advertising...

Photographing the night sky
February 28, 2024

For thousands of years we have looked up at the night sky and wondered about the vastness of space. We have imagined the patterns of the stars as constellations and named the wandering planets after the gods...

Photographing Big Sur California
February 21, 2024

Big Sur California is a place of magic where dreams come true, artists are inspired, and photography opportunities abound. If you have never been to Big Sur you should take the time to escape to this surreal world of fog shrouded redwood forests, rugged coastline of crashing waves, towering mountains, and steep cliffs falling off into the ocean...

Photographing Cedar Breaks National Monument Utah
February 13, 2024

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a small national monument that sits around 10,000 feet above sea level in the mountains east of Cedar City, Utah. This monument consists of the high plateau that falls off into a natural amphitheater of eroded shale, sandstone, and limestone...

Exploring Zion National Park in Autumn
January 31, 2024

Zion National Park is one of the premier National Parks in the USA. You would think that only living 4 hours north of the park I would visit more often but I just do not seem to get there except for every few years...

Photographing Wild Horses: an Icon of the West
January 15, 2024

Wild horses or Mustangs as they are commonly called are an icon of the west. These horse herds bring back the nostalgia of better days when cowboys road the range, natives still lived wild and free and there were no barbwire fences...

Photographing the Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

If you have ever visited the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon you probably walked by a famous tree and did not even realize it. This little tree has been photographed by more people than any other tree...

Photographing the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth with isolated beaches, forests reaching right to the shoreline, and rugged rocky outcroppings. It is the perfect place to photograph amazing ocean scenery...

I was interviewed by Voyage Utah Magazine!

I was contacted by Voyage Utah Magazine a month or so ago and asked if I would do an interview, of course I said yes! Check out the interview and tell me what you think!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tomas Mitchell...

Choosing a frame for your fine art photography print

Choosing to frame your fine art print or not is a very personal choice. Do you have rustic or modern décor in your home or office? Do you like the look of the float mount or the accent a proper frame can offer? At Tomas W...

How to hang your Aluminum Mounted Print
A step-by-step guide on how to hang your aluminum mounted print Finding the Center Point
Measure the area where the print will hang and find the desired height and the center point. For instance if your print is 36x54 inches and it will hang in a space that is 45 inches wide and 72 inches high the center point of 45 inches is 22...
How to Light Your Fine Art Prints
Making Your Art Pop with the Proper Lighting

You have ordered a fine art photographic print and are excited to have it hanging in your home. Now what? You have about a month before your print arrives and you know exactly where it will hang. Have you considered how the ambient light in the room will affect the print? Have you thought about adding lights in the room to make sure the photograph really glows to its full potential?

Why Artists Light Their Work

Many times when you see a fine art photograph it is hanging in a gallery or an art show...

The Healing Power of Nature Photographs
Why Photographs Make Your Home or Office More Pleasant

Do you ever just long to be outside? You sit at a desk all day, day after day and dream of your last vacation when you enjoyed the beach for a week.

Maybe you dream of standing in a high alpine meadow as the sun sets on the snow-capped peaks to the songs of meadowlarks singing? Your heart aches to get out and feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face...

Keeping Warm in the Utah Winter
Photographing a Wonderland of Ice and Snow

Utah is an amazing place to photograph in the winter, with frozen rivers and snow covered forests wintertime in Utah truly can be a winter wonderland.

I love how a blanket of snow can change a scene so completely...

Abstract Fine Art Photography Does It Make Your Eyes Hurt?

Abstract art is not for everyone. I have had people tell me some of my abstract photography 'hurts their eyes'. I understand this idea, you either love or hate abstract art, especially photography. Abstract photography is often referred to as experimental, non-objective or conceptual...

Backpacking the Clyde Lake Loop Trail
Uinta Mountains, Utah

Backpacking is one of the most fulfilling adventures for me. Carrying all my gear on my back and hiking into the wilderness to spend one night or multiple nights to obtain solitude, and get in tune with nature is what life is all about in my mind...

Photographing Desert Scenery at its Best
Kodachrome State Park, Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah is a smorgasbord for photographers seeking desert scenery or for the vacationer just looking to get away and enjoy the red rock glory of the American Southwest. With towering spires of sandstone, spectacular vistas of red and white, and the blue skies that will make a cowboy sing, Kodachrome State Park is the perfect area to get lost in nature and soak in the desert sun...

Photographing at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Fine Art Photography for Sale

The Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada is an amazing place of red rock sandstone, sweeping vistas, vast desert, and wildlife. If you are interested in photographing spectacular desert scenery or just spending time getting back to nature the Valley of Fire is the perfect place to go...

Winter Photography in the Uinta Mountains, Utah
Winter Photography Art for Sale

Winter in the Uinta Mountains is a magical time of year. The weather conditions can be extreme and dangerous, the people few and far between, and the snow deep and beautiful. Photographing the wintertime in the Uinta Mountains can be challenging and rewarding...

Photographing a Frozen Waterfall
Bridal Veil Falls, Utah

Photographing Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, Utah can be harder than it looks. You might think I just pulled into the parking lot, grabbed my camera and got some photographs. The truth is a little more complicated...

A Winter Sunset
Mount Timpanogos, Utah

Introducing my newest photograph A Silence of Three Parts.

Yellowstone a Sacred Wilderness
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a place of extremes.

Antelope Island Utah| Hiking and Photography
Antelope Island, Utah

Antelope Island State Park in Utah is an amazing place within a quick drive of Salt Lake and Davis Counties.

Art Shows 2021?
02/02/2021  |  How to see Tom's work in person
How can you see my work?

With the advent of Covid most art shows and festivals have been canceled. I am applying for shows that may take place later this year but who knows what the future holds...

Mt Timpanogos Utah
Mount Timpanogos, Utah
A Utah Favorite

Mount Timpanogos, or just "Timp" as locals call her, is a mountain that towers over Utah Valley and the cities of Orem, Pleasant Grove and Lindon.

Monterey California | Ocean Photography
Monterey County, California

Monterey County, California is a dreamland of photography opportunities. I moved to the City of Monterey in 1987 as a 21-year-old man. I had lived there for four months in 1986 and fell in love with the area and photography...

Uinta Mountains Photography
Uinta Mountains, Utah

The Uinta Mountains of Utah are a magical wilderness of beauty and extremes. Situated on the Utah, Wyoming border they are the only range of the Rocky Mountains that run east to west. The 'Uintas' have many peaks ranging from 11,000-13,528 feet with King's Peak being the highest...

New Release of Home on the Range
12/6/2020  |  ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK, UTAH, USA

Announcing my newest photograph "Home on the Range"! Taken while hiking with my wife on Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake, Utah on Saturday afternoon, November 28,2020.

New Release of Morning Meditation
11/20/2020  |  Nevada

Announcing my new release of "Morning Meditation"! Taken at an undisclosed location, one of my favorite remote areas, for a client who commissioned me to capture this photograph.

Samhain Dreams Abstract Photography
10/31/2020  |  Willow Heights Conservation Area

My wife and I took a quick hike on on Saturday October 31, 2020 to Willow Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. I was hoping to get a photograph of the late fall aspen trees reflecting in the water and I was able to pull off a great shot! Check out the video of our little adventure!

New Release of October Sky
10/17/2020  |  Uinta Mountains, Utah

My wife and I hiked the Clyde Lake loop trail on Saturday October 17, 2020. This trail starts at the Crystal Lake trailhead, is approximately 5.3 miles round trip and has an elevation gain of about 500 feet...

New Release of Bons-Eye View
10/12/2020  |  Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Announcing my newest release 'Bons-Eye View'! I spent two evenings October 7-8, 2020 photographing on the shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. There is one specific rock that has been named Bonsai Rock because of the bent and weathered trees on it...

Gallery Ultra Lumachrome
10/5/2020  |  Yellowstone National Park

Introducing my new product the Gallery Ultra Lumachrome Acrylic Mounted Print!

The Lumachrome process is engineered to surpass the limitations of pigment paper print...

Hike to Cuberant Lake | Uinta Mountains
10/3/2020  |  Uinta Mountains, Utah

My son and I hiked to Cuberant Lake in the Uinta Mountains of Utah on Saturday, October 3, 2020. We did this hike to see how hard it is, if we could handle it and if it had possibilities for great photography...

On Location at Yellowstone
09/13/2020  |  Yellowstone National Park

On a return visit to Yellowstone I decided to show the location at Mammoth Hot Springs and perspective of my photograph 'Spirit Dance.' This video shows how small the two trees are and how I was standing just above them on the board walk...

New Release of Night Fire
09/12/2020  |  Yellowstone National Park

Introducing my new release Night Fire! I spent three nights in Yellowstone National Park September 4,5 and 6 2020 and had an amazing time! This night I befriended another photographer named Joe and we shot this scene and others...