I have a simple philosophy pertaining to the creation and release of an image...a standard of excellence, really. The image must be perfect, never requiring my attention again. I watch and wait in order to absorb the full potential of varying landscapes. Days, months, often years will pass before my patience is rewarded with a single golden hour. In short, I follow the light… yet on this particular evening, it was a blanket of darkness which showcased a most extraordinary dance of light. Walk with me through the “Starry Night”. With nature itself dictating my travel plans, I spent many cold nights watching and waiting on the light, visualizing this image before it existed. A new moon was my choice for high contrast. Ambient hues seen from San Francisco created a Northern Lights effect. The shipwreck offered up her strong subject matter and an understanding of exposure lengths afforded me just the right color.
Jeff Mitchum is one of the great American and international landscape photographers who rose to success in the recent years. He is often described as the “Ansel Adams of color” in the fine art photography world. Self taught, Mitchum is known for his compositional mastery and the keynotes in his work are the use of natural light and subject matter. His aesthetic is simple – to capture the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape and bring it to people’s everyday lives.