Nathan Robbins is fairly new to photography and has a background in web applications, but that hasn’t stopped him from picking up a camera and creating images for the world to see!

1.) What can you tell us about this photo—The Boathouse?

I had traveled to the Little River Canyon/DeSoto State Park area near Fort Payne, AL to get in some shutter time shooting waterfalls, as both parks have impressive, easy to reach falls. However, it was late summer and even though the area had received recent rainfall, the flow over the falls was somewhat less than inspiring. But, since I was in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, I was not going to waste the opportunity to take some great shots.

I did not have to look very hard or far to find this shot. The little red boat house is only a hundred yards or so from DeSoto Falls. What struck me about the scene was the simple yet striking color with the little red boathouse against the rich green foliage of the trees. When composing the image, I really wanted to use a lot of negative space and allow the boathouse and its reflection to stand out.

As much as I enjoy this image for its visual impact, for me it also stands as a testament that even though your original plans may not work out, if you are willing to slow down and see the beauty around you everything tends to work out just fine.

2.) What gear/software did you use to create this image?

This image was taken with the Nikon D7000, with an 18-200mm lens. Camera setting were ISO 100 @ F/20, Exposure time of 4 seconds. Image was processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.

3.) What do you like to photograph?

I find shooting portraits is my first love. I really enjoy showing someone a beautiful image of themselves, and seeing the expression on their face when they realize that yes they can make a gorgeous photo. I also like to do landscapes when I find myself needing to just get away for a while.

4.) What made you decide to become a member?

I have been a KelbyOne member for at least 3 or 4 years. The biggest reason for signing up was just the amount and quality of knowledge that is contained in one place. If I want to learn some new aspect of photography, I just go to the site and find the course and within a couple of hours I will solid grasp on the topic.

To see more work by Nathan, swing by his website!