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Nicolas Raymond
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland, USA (18 years)
Previous: Montréal, Québec, Canada (14 years) + Geneva, Switzerland (1 short year in 1989 where I sponged a whole lot from le très beautiful French language!) + Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (born and lived 2 years)

Inspiration: My Dearly Departed Father Gérard Raymond :icongerryray: Je me souviendrai toujours

Words to live by: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus

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Been a busy year with plenty of photo opportunities =D Starting with some reluctance as we didn't get much snow in the DC area this winter except one big blizzard, and I had to drive twice to Quebec & back to finish cleaning out my personal belongings from a house that sold in August. Leftovers of a previous life chapter where I spent 14 years in Montreal, and a definite sense of nostalgia creeping in after all was said & done. Nevertheless I am happy to move on, and was able to plan 2 wonderful sidetrips for some combined work & play :) In all I got to visit parts of Pennsylvania, New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. 

Now since September when I started chasing after early signs of autumn foliage, the roller coaster ride continues! Unlike previous years basically running around like a headless chicken, it's the first time I am treating the season like a serious study where I visited the same area in West Virginia 5 or 6 times, and appreciating the subtle-to-dramatic changes from one week to the next. Very rewarding experience, and I want to thank fellow artists here who shared insight on how the foliage is progressing further up North. Thank you also for continuing to appreciate my images from this fall and seasons past :) 

With this new life chapter in the US, I've also come to realize a change of perspective was needed if I can hope to make it in the creative arts. Giving up on stock never crossed my mind as I am always grateful for the generosity of other stock providers when starting out. We all need to make a living though, and the ultimate dream for me is making a living doing what I love most. So I felt compelled to put some distance away from my website of free stock photos at limited web resolutions in favour of selling higher res images. Here that means premium stock, and thank you so very much for all your purchases! The further you go back in my gallery you might notice premium isn't available and limited to smaller size photos, but let me know if you are interested in downloading any of them as higher res premiums. Just a question of time or lack thereof to reformat all of 1000+ images, but I still welcome individual requests.

Otherwise I'm still actively involved with the Smithsonian Institution, now lead volunteer for the mollusk imaging team at Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Super happy last year when I learned my Nautilus Spiral was accepted as part of a year long 2016 exhibition at their S. Dillon Ripley Center, now it appears lightning struck twice as my Broccosaurus has been accepted for display in 2017. Even a better feeling this time around with some reassurance it wasn't a stroke of dumb luck competing with so many other talented artists, and that I don't have to wait a few months in excited anticipation while my Nautilus Spiral remains on display until it gets replaced by Broccosaurus =D

For the ever increasing support and words of encouragement, I would like to share some insight on what motivates me in photography if you think it can help. Casting aside the extra work I put towards bracketing my exposures on tripod for HDR output because that would involve a whole lot more information other professionals devote entire books to.

1) Look out for the light. In one of my first courses, the teacher asked what the single most important element was in photography. At the time I confidently replied Composition, to which many other students agreed with. Wrong! In a dark void composition counts for nothing if there is no light to illuminate the scene. As it relates to my photos, I prefer early morning or late afternoon for softer light. Not necessarily pointed at the sun as it can create harsh flares and crazy contrasts, but with a setting sun at your back you might be surprised at how it can magically illuminate the scene in front of you. Also look out for days with partial cloud cover as clouds can work as great light diffusers to direct sunlight any time of the day.

Air Balloons XX - Exclusive Stock by somadjinn

2) Research. For the longest time I would drive & hike around aimlessly hoping to find the next gem. Something I don't discourage and still do to a certain extent with a wanderlust gene to explore places off the beaten track, but there are lots of resources available online which can help to point you in the right direction. Here in the USA, I happen to use AllTrails for general inspiration of local places to hike, and Atlas Obscura for a feel of more unusual places to photograph (although some may be off-limits to the general public and you might stay away from like I do).

Prison Corridor III by somadjinn

3) Leading Lines. Here's where composition counts, keep an eye out for lines & curves wherever you go, and how they might possibly fit into the Rule of Thirds. Many digital cameras offer the option of loading a Rule of Thirds grid overlay in Live Preview mode if you go into the menu settings, I often use that to my advantage to help with better composition.

Misty Autumn McDade Trail by somadjinn

4) Patience. A virtue I still have difficulty coping with, but it can pay off when waiting for the perfect light :)

Dolly Sods Twilight Trail by somadjinn

Hope that helps! Feel free otherwise to visit my new website at www.boldfrontiers.com and society6 page at society6.com/somadjinn for my images available as prints. 

Cheers,

Nick

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thank u for faving Nicolas, always appreciated wtf? i dont know...i mean love 
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