All images copyright Nick Irwin. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
Of all the projects I've been involved in throughout my career, Tamron Recipes has become one of the most fun. What's made it so much fun has been meeting great photographers, seeing some spectacular work, and getting to know each artist.
The analogy of comparing them to fine chefs, each with a unique cuisine, redefines each artist's creativity. And just like your favorite restaurant, their entrees are exceptional.
Chef Nick Irwin joins us this month.
I met Nick for the first time on a phone call in 2021. I could feel his love for photography in everything we talked about. His passion for the craft is definitely in landscape and fine art.
On his website, he wrote:
As I embrace photography and choose to go to places that inspire me, I strive to take photos that make you part of my picture. I want the image to make you feel as if you are actually walking into that space with me. The goal of my art is to not only show my audience that I dream in reality but, more importantly, that they can too.
Camera: Sony a7R II
I featured three of Nick's images using two different Tamron lenses, the Tamron 28-200mm and the 28-75mm. Great chefs have their preferred cookware, knives, and seasonings. They are passionate about the dishes they serve; Nick's favorite "cuisine" is based on his love for sharing his landscape work, especially when it's from his native state of Michigan.
Nick needs to be on your radar. Click on any of his three images in this month's Tamron Recipes. Usually, I'd suggest looking at his portfolio and galleries first, but you should start with "My Story," which is his about page. His story will further define his love for the craft as he shares one of my favorite quotes from any artist to date:
I dream in reality!
There's less than a week left to take advantage of Tamron's Summer Savings program. Two of Nick's favorite lenses, the ones featured here, are currently part of this special program. Just click on either banner below for more information.
Tamron never slows down on manufacturing, and continuing to set the standard for some of the finest glass in imaging. But that's only part of their story. They go beyond great optics with non-stop support helping photographers raise the bar on the quality of their images. Check out their education schedule going on all year long around North America.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.