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Profiles in Photography: Jim Richardson

This week our profiles in photography is focusing on well-known landscape photographer Jim Richardson. Jim Richardson has been a photographer with National Geographic and TRAVELER magazines for many years and has traveled far and wide to capture the story of the changes humanity brings to the land it lives upon -- some good, some bad. However, when he is at home, he is still working, producing black-and-white photos of daily life in rural Kansas. The strict rules that National Geographic places on its photographer regarding editing images have given Richardson's photographs a solid realism that is often lacking in more modern landscape photography which relies heavily on HDR, panoramic images, and other digital techniques that cannot be replicated in a darkroom environment. His portfolio shows that he is an extremely talented photographer who is able to capture the majesty of nature without having to embellish anything. I particularly love the image of the Storr on the Isle of Skye. Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and Richardson captures it well. Landscape photography is not something that is easy to do. It takes patience, attention to detail, and great knowledge of your gear in order to photograph Mother Nature in her wild glory. Jim Richardson is one of the best landscape photographers of our era and we hope to see him continue to pursue his passion for many years yet to come. -- da Bird
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