Beyond The Campfire was created to encourage readers to explore the great outdoors and to look more closely at it. Get out and take a hike, go fishing or canoeing, or simply stretch out on a blanket under a summer sky...and take your camera along. We'll talk about combining outdoor activities with photography. We'll look at everything from improving your understanding of the basics of photography to more advanced techniques including things like how to see photographically and capturing the light. We'll explore the night sky, location shoots, using off camera speedlights along with nature and landscape. Grab your camera...strap on your hiking boots...and join me. I think you will enjoy the adventure.

Shanty Hollow Creek

Shanty Hollow Creek
Shanty Hollow Creek

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shanty Hollow Adventure Photography Video - Part 1

Well, I just could not stand to stay inside in spite of the frigid temperatures, bad road conditions, and snow on the ground. Quite frankly, it was perfect for an adventure photography outing and Shanty Hollow was the perfect location to get started.

I had a great time stomping around the hills and bluffs, slipping like a toboggan on the slick trail. For the first time I took some video footage to support the Adventure Photography concept. It was a learning experience with more to come.

Check out the video posted on the page...I think you'll like it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A New Endeavor for Beyond The Campfire: Video

It's a new year and Beyond the Campfire is moving forward to something new. We're going to create and post a series of Adventure Photography videos and I'm excited about the prospects. We'll keep it simple and stay close to home. Some of the topics we will attempt include a multi part series on Shanty Hollow, one of my favorite Kentucky places. We'll do some Hiking, some Fishing, Canoeing, and even try to capture on video one of the most intriguing phenomena I've ever encountered, The Summer Bats of Shanty Hollow. Along the way, we will include some photography how to video clips along with some of the still photos we take, and we will still make a regular blog post from time to time.

We also plan on taking some hikes and/or backpacking trips across Mammoth Cave National Park, just up the road. It's a great place to get away from the grind and enjoy a near wilderness adventure. There will be other adventures that come along, but for now we'll just throw out a few teasers to spike your interest.

This is a new endeavor for Beyond the Campfire, but we will make every effort to make it a high quality attempt. Check out the Intro Video now available on the main page.