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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

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    If the question was posed more broadly: where is the best place to live for a photographer who takes landscapes in a large format, I would name only one place - the Republic of Tuva, located in Russia in southern Siberia near the border with Mongolia. My friend, an American photographer, visited there and said that Tuva is a mixture of Tibet and Wyoming, because Buddhist culture exists against the backdrop of untouched nature and a very small number of inhabitants ... For the past twenty years I have been there every year and take photographs. Some of my Tuvan pictures can be viewed here: http://rasfokus.ru/pechoretc/bestphoto.html
    They can easily be identified by the plot among my other pictures - these are natural landscapes or some household items of Tuvans
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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pechoretc View Post
    If the question was posed more broadly: where is the best place to live for a photographer who takes landscapes in a large format, I would name only one place - the Republic of Tuva, located in Russia in southern Siberia near the border with Mongolia. My friend, an American photographer, visited there and said that Tuva is a mixture of Tibet and Wyoming, because Buddhist culture exists against the backdrop of untouched nature and a very small number of inhabitants ... For the past twenty years I have been there every year and take photographs. Some of my Tuvan pictures can be viewed here: http://rasfokus.ru/pechoretc/bestphoto.html
    They can easily be identified by the plot among my other pictures - these are natural landscapes or some household items of Tuvans
    Incredible place!

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Viewing some of those shots does remind me both of Wyoming and our desert lake areas, like the Mono Lake area. But any place at least a thousand miles from the nearest McDonald's franchise would be photographic paradise.

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    My best LF landscapes are from 2 municipal parks within the boundaries of Montreal, 1 is about 500 yards from my house and the other is about 4 miles away. 3rd is the area west of Montreal where I lived for 25 years. The best state for LF landscape photography is the one you're in when you decide to make images. I haven't seen enough of the USA to answer the question and in any case my criteria would be quite different from the OP's. I don't like hiking for 3 days to get to where I want to take photos, nor do I care to drive for 5 hours hoping the light will be good when I get there. I won't comment on the other named factors.

    I will say I don't enjoy watching out for various animals that could kill me, though I have spent time in polar bear country without worrying too much and the cold is just as much a killer as rattlesnakes or scorpions. The devil you know, I suppose.

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    A highway junction pancake house or sub sandwich shop can darn near kill you too. There's a reason you never see polar bears or mtn lions eating there.

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Reno, CA?

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    Lots of people retire to the general Reno area, meaning not Reno itself, but more like the Carson City area slightly to the south, which has rapid access back into California via south Lk Tahoe and Hwy 50, usually even in winter. It's also right on Hwy 395 which runs the length of the east side of the Sierra, with rapid access to innumerable mountain trails and lakes. But poorer folk settle into scruffy mobile home communities further into bottomland sage areas, where it can get pretty hot and dusty. Nevada isn't for everyone, especially if you have allergies to rabbit brush etc. And most jobs there pay poorly, so most folks who do relocate there are retirees. But a bit up on the east side of the Sierras, around snowline and the aspens, it does offer certain scenic and outdoor amenities. But as far as the fact of Reno being in Nevada rather than CA, remember how Johnny Cash stated that if he had really shot a man in Reno, why would he have been in Folsom Prison in California - which he never was either, except for an entertainment event. My wife and I heard one of his last live events in Reno itself, which is only about 15 minutes from the CA state line.

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    The best state (or country) is one you are familiar with and have the ability to spend time both photographing and exploring what it has to offer. Any photographs made on a trip or brief visit, and ones shot at the "usual suspects" are probably going to be nothing more than retreads of other photographers. Really getting your camera out there and shooting/exploring constantly is how to make the best landscape photos.

    I once read a harsh criticism about something I said here, about "learning" the place I was living. For some reason this person I guess thinks a photographer should be able to make jaw-dropping, award-winning, top-notch photos of any place they go immediately upon first experience. I find that to be complete BS. After years of shooting I've found that on average, my best photographs of a place come the 2nd or 3rd time I visit. Sometimes it's the first, because I got lucky and bagged a great shot or two, or the light/weather was really good, and sometimes I go to a place I feel has promise 4, 5, or 6 times and never really get a shot I am happy with.

    I used to think GA was the most boring state in the world until I actually got off my ass and shot a few thousand photographs. Get out there and SHOOT wherever you are. Doesn't matter if it's Yosemite, the Everglades, or your neighborhood park.
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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

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    Reno, CA?
    As in...What's the difference except who owns the casinos?
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Sometimes the same folks, Vaughn. Once the gambling interests in Reno and Vegas realized that they were going to lose some serious money to tribal gaming in CA, they decided to invest in them instead of continuing to fight them. But of course, that still involves competition. Among the many Indians kids I grew up with there were two 100% brothers who lived in the same shack, but are now respective treasurers of two completely different competing "tribes", which not only belonged to totally different language families in aboriginal times, but one of which was exterminated by the other over 300 years ago, and now has been resurrected by legislative fiat just to justify another immense casino. There's another casino right in the next city, within walking distance of us, which was a bowling alley before its history was reinvented by an act of Congress. No known authentic Indian habitation, and just another historical anomaly concocted for sake of casino taxation, and equally infiltrated by organized crime. Closed now, of course, due to the virus. So I guess the pimps, hookers, and loan sharks have applied for unemployment benefits.

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