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Photographer John Tesh

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John is one of the best “seascape” photographers in Jacksonville. He’s up every morning walking (stalking) :) the beaches for his next shots. His images just make you feel like you are there! He’s also a contributing photographer for First Coast Life. Make sure that you check his portfolio of images for sale on his website too. Enjoy …

How long have you lived on the First Coast?
Moved from North Carolina to Jax Beach 4 1/2 years ago.

What part of First Coast do you reside in now?
S Jax Beach

What is your favorite part of the First Coast to photograph?
Love my morning walks on the beach. Somedays I go to the pier but most mornings are from 30th Ave S to Ponte Vedra

What type of equipment do you use?
Nikon d750 with Nikon lenses

How long have you been part of the hobby?
I was a commercial photographer in the 80s and 90s back in the film days. Sold my business in 2001 and retired. Moved here in 2017 and started my morning walks. Went to Costco and bought a Nikon “kit” camera and lenses and started shooting again. I started with a few “Favorites” stored in iPhoto and now I have over 10,000…

Do you do any type of planning before you head out to take photos or do you just wing it?
I just drive to my spot, find the walk over, and just see what the day holds. Sometimes I just look at the sky or on the sand for small inspiration

Are there any constants in your photography, if so what are they? (ie. subjects, editing, lens, etc.)
Use the same camera and take two lenses….a 28-300 and 10-20 zooms

How do you feel like social media has changed photography and do you think it’s a good or bad thing?
Everyone is a photographer now with their phone cameras so the work and composition have to stand out to be seen

How would you describe your style of photography?
Saturated colors and interesting perspectives

Do you edit your photos right after your shoot or do you let them sit for a while?
I go home and have my morning coffee and start editing. I leave the house at 5:45 and usually back by 8 unless I’m shooting surfers

Where is your favorite place (or type of place) to take photos?

If you could live in any decade (with your current photographic gear), which one would it be and why?
90’s. That was the golden age of advertising.

What photographer (current or historical) do you draw the most inspiration from?
Ansel Adams and his zone system of shooting b/w

What do you think is the most important component to producing great results? (camera, lens, light, editing, location, artistic vision, etc.)
The most important thing is composition and lighting.

Is there a ritual that you use to get into a creative zone?
I just love looking through the viewfinder and immersing myself in the world around you

What outside (non-photographic) influences (if any) shape your photography?
My surroundings typically

What advice would you give someone who just picked up their new camera on how to get started?
Shoot a lot and look at things from different angles, especially lighting and exposure

What is the goal of your photography? (A business, just to share on social media, gateway to adventure, etc.)
I want to share this beauty with others that can’t get here

What is the best way for photographers to network?
Social media

Do you shoot with your editing style in mind, or do you edit based on the shot that you got?
It depends on the mood I’m in… I usually use pretty much the same settings every time.

Do you enjoy books? If so, any specific genre?
Not a big reader

Do you prefer to photograph alone, or in a group?
Alone. If I’m with a group I can’t concentrate on my surroundings

What is your favorite photographic accomplishment?
My compilation of commercial work

If you had a question you would like to ask another photographer what would it be?
How do you get inspired every day?

Is there anything else that you want to tell everyone?
I just love what I do

How can we see your work?
John’s Listing

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