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Ryan L. Smith
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I guess you would say I'm a landscape photographer
I guess you would say I'm a landscape photographer

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This was my first trip to Zion National and was completely blown away at first sight while driving through the mountains. I looked up some trails with our short time being there and found a relative quick one to get to in time for sunset. This hike was well worth the view, as the sun was setting I sat there and just couldn't believe what I was watching come to life. Mother nature is absolutely beautiful.
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Been a year and half since I last posted to G+. Crazy how much my life has changed in just that short amount of time. But incase anyone is wondering I'm still alive. I've put photography on the back burner for a little bit and have focused on my music production a little more heavily now. I still have my full time daily job of being a photographer, but not much personal work anymore. Creating music is what I love and love sharing it with the world. Photography and music have always been my outlets of expressing myself and just like my photography, I put 110% into all my music. Since I've last posted, I created a new side company, started DJing with my brother, and picked up music production. Everything from making my own remixes or mashing up some vocals with some cool tracks. I LOVE it!
If anyone on here wants to stay in touch with my music, feel free to check out my soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/stereo-smiths

#musicislife  

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So its been quite some time since my last post on google +

To say the least 2013 was all around a crazy, busy, sad, and a fun year for myself. I am looking forward to 2014 and all of the amazing things that are awaiting opportunity for me. 
Since work has kept me busy pretty much all year. I finally started finding some time to do some photography for myself. I can't tell you the last time that I actually took a photo that I wanted to create. Sometimes you get lost or sucked in to whatever is happening around you. Even though work has kept me busy, I have learned a lot this year with our studio growing from 10 people last year to over 50+ this year. So many creative minds day in and day out that I get the opportunity to learn from as well as share some of my knowledge with. It's unlike anything I have ever experienced.
Over the next year I am going to be challenging myself to push my creative limits to really see what am I capable of. I feel that I reached the point in my photography where I kept asking myself "whats next, whats next". I felt that I couldn't learn anymore. I absolutely hate that feeling because there is always something to learn, its all in just how you look at it. I am so excited to really step outside of my normal boundaries whether its things pertaining to my personal life, new experiences that I come across or just things that I encounter at work.
So I will share with you a shot I created yesterday after shooting some watches all day long, I decided hey lets see what I can do with one of these. Below is the end result. 

Push yourself to do things out of the ordinary in 2014.
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Need your help....
looking for vacation ideas. anyone have any suggestions on places you have visited? leave a comment below :)

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Wisdom
I will probably say this til the day I die, you will never stop learning. Once you think you have mastered something, something new and better usually comes out and its time to take that on. Or there just might be things that you are unaware of.
Last night I spent 3 hours watching videos or toning process techniques and all sorts of other things. Needless to say my brain was overloaded with info and I was eager to try it out on some of my old photos. 
This was back in the fall when +Lauren Hurst  and I went to Red River Gorge here in Kentucky. This place is beautiful and we can't wait to go back. This was our view from where we had our tent setup. 
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In the hunt for a new tripod!!
Curious to know what everyone else is out there using.
I've been looking at Gitzo tripods recently.
Any other brand recommendations out there?

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Winston Churchill

for #minimalmonday  curated by +Olivier Du Tré 
#bwfineartle  curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar  

#monochromemonday    #architecture   
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Looking Back
I love looking back on my old photos and finding photos that I overlooked or may have thought didnt look right when I was editing them. Found this one from when Lauren and I went to Red River Gorge last year. Here is the view from Chimney Top Rock.

#mountains   #redrivergorge   #kentucky   #blackandwhitephotography   #minimal   #trees   #clouds  
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