Dan Wheeler, Photographer, Petaluma, California, USA

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EWW:  Dan, what photographer, past or present, has been an inspiration to you and your work and why?

Dan: I love this question, when I was about 12 years old I picked up a book o Ansel Adams at the Library and started flipping through the pages I was immediately drawn to his Photography. See when I was a kid I was always outside in the wilderness and seeing his images from Yosemite was a like a dream to me I grew up in the flatlands of Northwest Ohio those images were just so foreign to me and that was when I knew I wanted to be a Landscape Photographer.

EWW: Excluding subject matter, what are the themes, in terms of style, that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Dan: I really love drawing my viewer into the scene so I always try and find a leading line or an interesting foreground object to lead them to the subject of my image may be a Mountain, Bridge, Tree, etc. etc.

 

EWW: Your work features several topic areas.  Do you have one type of subject matter that inspires you more than others?  Why?

Dan: The one subject I love photographing is water I love how it is ever-changing there is no one set pattern typically when shooting water and I love playing with the shutter speed to make the viewer question maybe how did he do that, or what shutter speed did he use. I love to make the viewer question my images, that is what makes them look into it.

 

EWW: Your galleries show no Black and White.  Is there a reason why you choose not to do Black and White?

Dan:  I get asked this question all the time especially since my Mentor and the person that got me into this shot primarily B&W. I do shoot B&W but that is primarily if I am shooting in overcast or gloomy conditions, I personally love the look of a beautiful sunrise or sunset and the warm colors that come along with them. But I do have some B&W images in my Gallery just not a lot.

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EWW: I understand that you also offer workshops.  When someone completes a workshop with you, what are the three most important concepts you hope they have learned?

Dan: I started doing my workshops for 1 reason and that was to help people when I picked up the DSLR it was so out of my reach how to use it that I spent hours studying youtube and other sources and I really wanted to take a Workshop but the prices were outrageous! So I started doing them and even to this day my classes are very reasonably priced compared to most. But I want every student to understand that we all start somewhere and getting out there and shooting is where it starts, I hope they can learn the process of getting their camera out of auto and how to take control of the manual features ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed. I also really want them to understand the importance of using the Histogram and the role it leads to making a perfect image and the number 1 thing I want them to learn is enjoying being in nature and having fun making the images they do to me that is number one.  I shoot for me and me only if someone doesn’t like my image I personally don’t care.  I made that image for me and me alone granted if it strikes a chord to someone else and they want to purchase it then, by all means, I will sell it. LOL

 

EWW: Dan, what comments would others make about your work?  Is that consistent with what you would say about your work?

Dan:  This is a tough question.  “I always get the stunning, beautiful. “ You are an outstanding Photographer.”  But I am my own worst critic. I can pick apart some of my best pieces and what I would have done different but that is what makes Photography fun, it is ever changing the light is never the same that is what drives me to get out of the bed at 3 am to hike 10 miles to get a sunset that maybe never burned or drive 6 hours round trip for 1 image just to knock it off my list of “I finally got it.”

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EWW:  From what I can gather, you do use social media platforms.  Which social media platform do you find to be the most successful for you?

Dan: I primarily use Facebook I just started dabbling in Instagram but primarily all my business is through Facebook.

 

EWW:  Just to wrap up this interview.  Do you have any final thoughts about you and your work, which you think would be important for others to know about?

Dan:  I really just want to thanks all my loyal followers and the ones that really make all this happen, my beautiful Wife Loretta, my daughter Madison.  All of them knows that I wouldn’t be where I am without all of them. I also want to thanks the ones that signed up for my workshops, the ones that purchase my work, the ones that comment on my photos.  All of you are the ones that made all of this happen without all of you I wouldn’t be where I am.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to make my dream a reality!!  I can’t say it enough. THANK YOU!!

 

Website:  www.danwheelerphotography.com

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