“Richardphotos“, is the Renderosity community’s choice for the August, 2015, Artist of the Month.
Nominated from the Renderosity Photography Gallery, Richardphotos won the honor by a wide margin. AFter looking through his Renderosity Gallery, you can understand why he was such a popular choice. His work is detailed, well-crafted and striking.
A poet of outdoor spaces, Richardphotos loves to take pictures of the sky. And while many photographers attempt to capture the poetry of our skies, Richardphotos has the gift of seeing the shot: he invariably captures the shifting moods and looks of the heavens above us in photographs that could easily grace the cover of National Geographic. Just look at the image that heads this interview, “Oklahoma Sunset”, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Richardsphotos joined Renderosity in 2003 and since then he has uploaded over 7200 photographs and images for an average of nearly 2 uploads a day.
“I went to college to train as a draftsman and worked awhile in that profession then decided I wanted to be on the move and been doing that since.retired from carpentry and painting now except for photography
I was on a Nascar/ Busch series race team based out of Austin,Tx as a photographer, many years ago and done photography for a company in Houston.I quit for many years but got interested in digital.I started with a Kodak 3.0 pixel and learned quickly it would not work for quality work. I now use Canon 7D and a 5D Mark III”
Interview with Richardphotos
Renderosity: I notice that many of your photos are taken in that place where the city meets the country/wilderness. Is this because you live in Texas and that’s what you see? Or is this a subject that simply interests you?
prefer insects/cityscapes,landscapes more than people
You have a real eye for animal and insect photography. I particularly love the butterfly photos you’ve done? How do you create these photos? What are the technical challenges? How do you find a shot like to?
I found the butterfly on a live oak tree that needed some triming along with several ladybugs. I find that I miss some things, but find them in my photos on the computer. one needs to have patience with insects as often the reflection of the lens scares them. Many times they will return to the same place, if one can be still. Dragonflies and Damselflies have the habit of returning to their same perch
You mention in your bio that you were on the NASCAR/BUSCH racing circuit as a photographer; is that were you developed your professional skills? It must have been exciting to catch all of that passion and speed at racing events?
My former employer”s Vice President wanted me to take pictures when his half ownership of a Busch type series car was racing. I took pictures at the former Texas World Speedway at College Station, Austin,San Antonio,TX and Shreveport,Louisiana.
I got in free and was able to go
any where in the pits to get first hand captures. the crew would
purchase pictures from the races I took paying for processing and
Tell me a little about your process after you take a series of photographs; how do you select the good ones? Do you do much post-production on the images? If so, what is that process?
My priority are for pictures with good focus and composition. I am still surprised about what gets more attention than what I prefer out of the pictures I post including Poser. I do minimal post work with Paint Shop Pro and also I use Fast Stone Viewer also. a great little picture viewer that is free.
Who are some of the photographers or artist that inspire or interest you? Over the years, I’ve been so impressed with Renderosity photographers, especially jeroni. Do you have a favorite artist at Renderosity?
is definitely one and CavalierLady,
there are many that I follow
Speaking of Renderosity, you’ve been a member since 2003; that’s over 10 years! What is it about Renderosity and the community that keeps you coming back?
Actually 12 years. I like the
friendships I have had over the years and miss those that have
passed on. after forming a partnership with mapps, I
became a vendor
supplying textures for the products he designs
What are you working on right now? Do you have plans for the future with photography?
I am still going through pictures I took last June driving 5200 miles/ 9 states. as soon as the heat is not a problem I will be back out taking pictures
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it is a huge honor for to be voted AOM. there are so many fine photographers that call renderosity home. I appreciate each and every member that I am familiar with and look forward to new members. this is a community of sharing artists and the quality of work posted is staggering
Congratulations Richard. You're one of the outstanding artists here, including your drawings, fractals, your 3D work and (of course) your wonderful photography. You work is filled with finesse, nuance, sweep, wonderful sensitivity, drama, and a lot more, and I'm grateful to have learned from it all these years. Congratulations---it's a very well-deserved honor!!! (And thanks to Ricky Grove for yet another fine intro, interview and beautiful video. You do us all proud.)
Richard ,Congrats to you as member of the month although I do not come in as often as I use to I peak in and I still get the emails and I love that your nominated because all your work is always perfection to my eyes and many others again. congrats!!!!
I am very pleased that the community Renderosity make you homage. Since I arrived in 2006, I have always admired you as pous your creations, your scenes, but also for your skies! Given your intense activity all these years, it seems to me that only your desire to show was your guide ... I'm not as free as it some years ago, but for me you are a magnificent representative with works from the artistic world of this site !!! artistically your Claude
Congratulations on Artist of the Month Richard, I have been here since 2002 but never active until a few months ago. Your wonderful art jumped out at me immediately and while I don’t comment on everything I really enjoy all your work, especially the sky shots for which your talent shines. Now that I have the time to enjoy the Renderosity I am discovering many new (to me) people that make me smile and you are one of the first, thank you! Tom