Hello! My name is Brent, and as you may have guessed, I like to go outside (so you don't have to). Here's my life story - you asked for it.
I'm a nerd from Wisconsin. As a young boy, a love for the outdoors was instilled in me when my Dad gently pushed me into the Boy Scouts. From Tiger to Eagle, I spent a good chunk of my time outdoors. I don't think I knew how much I loved being outside at the time.
On the other hand, I also loved computers and technology. When not outside, I stayed inside and tinkered with computers and played video games. I eventually went to the University of Wisconsin and got a degree in computer science. While I was in school, I didn't go outside a whole lot.
When I got out of school, I got a job doing advanced tech support and I met a girl. After scraping together some gumption and some dough, we decided to take a vacation to Yosemite National Park. Beforehand, I bought an old Nikon D40 from a friend so I could have some reasonably good vacation photos to remember the first trip I took as an adult.
Whooo, as you may have guessed, I got completely hooked. One night in our hotel, I googled "Yosemite sunrise locations." "Hey, it turns out there's a spot called "Tunnel View", and it's not that hard to get to!" I discovered the power of a DSLR in front of a breathtaking landscape with golden morning light moving over it:
At this point, it's a little more than taking vacation photos for me. I seek inspiration in crafting art. I want to show people the way I see the beautiful out-of-doors. I want to show people how fulfilling it is to do something creative. I want to visit as many National Parks and treasured natural places as I can, and get the best photos out of them with the resources I have.
What this means is spending all of my resources flying across the country, driving for hours, waking up before dawn every day, getting rained on, getting hailed on, getting snowed on, and eating crappy protein bars day after day. It's all totally. worth. it.
It makes me feel alive!
Back to my nerdy side - when I get home, I love to play around in photoshop. I've spent countless hours moving around sliders, watching guide videos, reading articles, removing twigs from things, and just trying to make things look cool. Most of the time I like to aim for a natural look. Sometimes I get a little crazy. I'm not always perfect, and I'm hard on myself. It's a great challenge.
Like any artist, I'm nowhere near where I want to be, so I'm dedicated to continually honing my craft. I enjoy the process.
Outside of photography and technology, I am a bassist in a power metal band (http://lordsofthetrident.com/), and a fitness and music enthusiast. If you wanna talk about stuff, send me an email at brent[at]brentgoesoutside.com or through one of my social media channels linked at the top of the page. Thanks for reading!