Image copyright Rhonda Coe. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
Chamira Young and I started this series because we wanted to introduce you to artists who were incredibly passionate about the craft. We wanted to share great images and, at the same time, the insights and backstories by the artists who created them. Working together with Tamron, we started the Tamron Kitchen. Like so many of our favorite reality food shows, we chose to play off the analogy of each artist being a fine chef.
If you think about a chef's skills to create something in the kitchen, the analogy to a photographer's creativity is almost identical. Years ago, the legendary portrait artist, Don Blair, used to refer to using a hair-light as the "garlic light." Like cooking with garlic, you want just the right amount, but use too much, and you'll ruin the dish.
This is a little different kind of Tamron Recipe this month. Rhonda Coe from Ohio joins us, and she has a full-time job outside imaging. But, one conversation with her and I'll match her passion for the craft with anybody.
Early in this series, I started adding a quote that seemed to fit each guest chef. I had never met Rhonda before our first phone conversation, but her enthusiasm is infectious, along with her quest for quality and sharing great images. With Rhonda, I found two that seem to describe her love for photography.
You don't need a reason for doing everything in your life.
Do it because you want to. Because it's fun.
Because it makes you happy.
You can't find your passion, thinking about it in your head!
About "Chef" Rhonda: "My goal in photography is to give people a glimpse of places they have never been, an appreciation of the nature that surrounds us, and a different view of the wildlife that lives amongst us."
The first line on her about page says it all. At the end of her about page she wrote, "And it's still the "hobby" that gets me up at 5am for sunrise, and keeps me up until 2am for Milky Way shots, and still makes me head into a patch of poison ivy (which I'm highly allergic to!) just to get a better shot of a bird."
Earlier I commented about Rhonda's love for the craft. Remember, like so many photographers in our industry, Rhonda's a serious hobbyist who never slows down, trying to learn as much as she can. With a full-time job working for the State of Ohio, she takes full advantage of her available time to go off in search of new subjects.
Take the time to visit Chef Rhonda's website. She's regularly proving a point about how much there is to photograph, no matter where you live!
About the Image: Rhonda used Tamron's SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD lens to capture both of the images shared in today's post.
Every now and there's a connection with a critter that almost seems like they know they're being photographed. Well, "George," the jumping spider hung out with her long enough to get a name! I hope you'll join us on August 25, when we'll air our podcast with Rhonda who shared backstories about both images.
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