Intrinsic Motivation: Photography by Kevin Travis - kevintravisphotography

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Envy is Ignorance and imitation is suicide. . .

Ralph Waldo Emerson


 I’m a self-taught photographer. I read all the time and shoot even more. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting alongside other professionals and was fortunate enough to learn from them as well. A lot of time, effort and scouting go into each shot prior to actually making the camera click. From watching weather reports, scouting the net for sunrise/sunset to moonrise and moonset. I feel the more effort I put into each shot the more satisfaction I get with the final image. It’s not too often that you just happen upon a scene and snap a world class image. I’m not saying it can’t happen or hasn’t happened, I know it just doesn’t happen too often, at least not for me anyway. What do I like? Simply put, “Grand vistas and soaring landscapes”.

Photography, why do I do it? Well, it’s become a sickness, but not a habit. I do it because it helps me see the world in a way I never looked at it before. It helps me create and it motivates me to be a better person. I want to see the world as God wanted me to see it. Through my lens I see the light. Sometimes, I see Gods light, sometimes I see the light of man and sometimes I have to search for the light. While the world spins, the wind blows and as the sun rises and sets nothing is better than to be on location when the day breaks and the light of a new day shines on the land to produce colors and imagery that man can only dream of. Being there to capture that moment . . . that fleeting moment, is like no other. It’s like stopping to smell the roses, so to speak.

In my world of technology, numbers and procedures, photography is the creative outlet that lets me be. . . what I should have been.

Photo journal

The Chair

I just returned from our yearly family vacation. This year we stayed in Ocean Isle, NC. It’s a beautiful place. The beaches are almost deserted. We had a few storms, which is my kind of weather for shooting. I long for these kind of days. The clouds are moving constantly, which is perfect for long exposure photography. I left the beach house daily around 05:30  am and drove about a half mile to the public beach access point and then hiked to the spot I picked out shortly after our arrival on Saturday. I was fortunate enough to hit the receding low tide each morning, give or take a half hour. The first day I made the trip, I had an image in my mind of what I wanted to create. The beach is pretty typical for the southern east coast, no dead trees or rocky shoreline. Mostly just sand and surf. You really have to improvise and open your mind to create in places like this. I hiked in with an old conch shell the first day and made a few images of that. But, after getting back to the house and looking through the images, I noticed that they were very typical and “lifeless”. My mind starting wondering what else I could shoot on that beach. Everyone sleeps late so portraits were out of the question. During lunch on Sunday afternoon, while sitting at the table I noticed an old ladder back chair in the corner and my mind started rolling. I couldn’t turn it off. All of these images just started pouring out of my head. I couldn’t wait for Monday morning to arrive. Back out there Monday morning and at low tide, with my 30 lb camera bag, 5 lb Enduro tripod and head, plus the old ladder back chair I made the hike and started taking time to create the composition (s) I had in my head. The weather and water were so dynamic that I was able to shot multiple images Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I couldn’t get enough of this place with the chair and the storms. Three of the five days I shot on that beach I was soaked to the skin. It rained so hard one time that I couldn’t see 30 feet in front of me. This is serious dedication. But, the images I walked away with left me breathless. There is absolutely nothing so satisfying in this world than to stand in the presence of a storm and watch it unfold right before your eyes, knowing that you’re the only one to witness this and feel the power of the Lord.   I was in my element. I invite you to look at the new images.

Light Painting

It's been a few days since my last post. Have been way too busy to keep it current. But, on the flip side I've been reading a good bit to improve my light painting techniques. Improvement is what's it's all about. If you don't improve your techniques then you're stuck in a rut and you'll never grow as a photographer or as an artist. Anyone can take a photo. But, you really have to work on your skill set or you'll become like everyone else. Where is the challenge in that?

I've added a new folder called "Light Painting" and I included a couple of images I've done recently. First is the old Spencer Microscope. This object is a real beauty. The final image came out soft with warm tones.

The second image "Tea Time", is a collection of items I've picked up in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Afghanistan. If you're from the region, by region I mean the middle east as a whole, then it's easy to tell that it's a mixture of items from different countries. I used the Quran, which was given to me by a local in Saudi Arabia, to help tie all of the pieces in this image together. It has an English translation. Both images are a "composite" of roughly 10 images each. Using a light to illuminate certain areas of each item and then overlaying each image to create a final well lit, almost three dimensional photograph.

The third image is an old F-104 starfighter. This is light painting on a larger scale. This is only one long exposure using the available ambient light for the clouds and a higher intensity light on the aircraft.

Words of thought -


Every artist was once an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Red Barn Equestrian Riding Club Jan.26, 2013

The Sumter digital camera club came together after a long break (about a year), yesterday and met up at the Red Barn Equestrian Riding Club here is Sumter. It was nice seeing some old faces and meeting a few new ones. It's good to know there is still some interest in photography in the local area. Thanks to Pete and Dennis for getting the ball rolling again. Well done gents.

We met at noon, the sun was at it's peak and way too bright for me. So, while everyone else was out getting some shots of the horses, barns and other animals, I had to duck into the tack room where it was almost pitch black, except for a little ambient light. I shot a series of images using the flashlight with the intent to pano them together. Two of the 50 shots I took came out to my satisfaction, in order to create the two panos'. I dumped the rest.

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11/17/2013 3:45:44 PM - 006046813190
Kevin.  Superb work.  Really enjoy viewing your posts!
11/12/2013 12:14:59 AM - 006046813190
Kevin, Interesting to read your comments on what drives you as a photographer. Not everybody knows what drives them. For me it's mostly the people in the frame or maybe a different way of seeing something.

Featured pictures


Nikon D600

Induro Alloy AT313 Tri-Pod

Induro PHQ1 5-Way Pan Head

Nikon 75-300mm

Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8

Nikon 35mm F/1.8 prime Lens

Remote Trigger

Tenba back pack


Nikon SB 700

Lumo Pro LP160

Lumo Pro Tripod

Wescot shoot through umbrella


Hoya 77mm Circular polarizers

Hoya 77mm UV filter

Hoya 77mm 9 stop 400ND filter


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