To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. -Elliott Erwitt

First off, thanks for stopping by my site - I really appreciate it!  I hope this commentary proves interesting to you folks out there!

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So, my name is Jim Nix, I live in Austin, TX and I run this photo blog (aka my hobby or  addiction).  It’s great fun, and I post 5-6 images per week, plus I throw in some iPhone shots from the road, just for fun.  Why not right?  Photography is great fun, regardless of your camera!  Plus, it isn’t about the gear, is it?

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.  – Ansel Adams

I thought I should share my contact details, so to make it easy, here are the major places you can find me online:

Website/Blog, including Tutorials and more: http://www.nomadicpursuits.com

Google+ Page: http://gplus.to/jimnix

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/NomadicPursuits

Twitter:  @jimnixaustin

500px:  http://500px.com/jimnix

Flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimnix/

As the name implies - or does it? - I love travel, so the site is mostly a travel photo blog, but it also incorporates my other interests - namely, travel itself and awesome, inspirational quotes, many of which center around travel!  I am a firm believer that getting out there in the world is the best education available!  When I started the site, I knew it would primarily be a photo blog, but oddly when I was considering names, the word “photo” never really came up.  I have a wide range of interests that I pursue, and though photography is the primary one, it isn’t the only one.  I wanted a site where I could bring all my interests together “under one roof”.  I also like the idea of a nomadic life, moving about without a real agenda or even a stable residence, so Nomadic Pursuits was born.

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.  ~Hilaire Belloc

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I travel a bit for work, sometimes around the US and sometimes halfway around the world, so I pack up the Nikon and the tripod, and whenever I have time after work, I hit the town and take lots of photos!  It’s great fun, and allows me a bit of work/life balance that I was never able to attain prior to finding photography.  In other words, it keeps me sane.  It also makes things much more interesting and gives me a sense of adventure!  

Lastly, it satisfies my desire to “collect evidence”.  I guess in some ways that is what photography is all about to me - collecting evidence. Evidence, in a good way, as in:  yes, I saw that sunset - I climbed that mountain - I went inside that famous church - I saw my child ride his/her bike for the first time - I stared into the depths of that river - I married that beautiful lady. Evidence, not for bragging rights or anything boastful, but for memories.  Memories are personal treasures that last forever and small mementos, like a photograph, can bring them flooding back.

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.   ~Miriam Beard

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I believe that photography - and I mean active photography: exploring, chasing light and choosing your composition - can fundamentally change you as a person.  It changes what you look at, how you look at it, and perhaps most importantly, what you see. 

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.  -Wayne Dyer

As far as my photographic style, that one is hard to define.  I love HDR - I’m using the word love here - and do take quite a bit of HDR shots when I am out shooting.  I guess my primary photographic subject is landscapes, but with HDR I also really enjoy cityscapes, architecture, seascapes, bridges - lots of stuff.  I also do a lot of one-off, quick snaps of pretty random subjects, like signs.  I love signs.  I take photos of signs everywhere.   They can be so interesting.  Honestly, I shoot just about everything except portraits.  In other words, if it cannot talk back, I’ll shoot it.  But I swear I am a people person - really!  Just ask anyone!  

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.  ~Ansel Adams

When it comes to developing your own style or vision, as well as expanding your skills, I guess I can offer a couple little snippets of advice, based solely on my own experience:

  • Make yourself happy first.  Isn’t that the most important thing?  Isn’t this about your personal creativity?
  • Take a lot of photos.  Ok, I know that one is obvious, but there’s that old quote about the first 10,000 photos being your worst - so why not get them done in a hurry?
  • Try different ideas.  If you always shoot landscapes, go for a walk in the city.  If you prefer portraits or candids, go shoot a waterfall.  If you like city shots, go for a drive in the country.  There is so much out there to shoot, and changing your subject matter is a fabulous way to discover new things.  Plus, it’s just fun to mix things up!  
  • Shoot from a different perspective.  Go under the bridge, inside the church, or lay down on the ground.  Changing your perspective can really help you develop some interesting and original shots!
  • Meet some locals.  Though I don’t have much time for it these days, some of my most productive and fun photography moments have been on a photowalk with the extremely kind and talented folks here in Austin.  We call ourselves the HDR Mafia.  It’s all fun, and I always learn something.

I try to keep the above techniques top of mind.  When I do, I find that I am rejuvenated, energized, and full of new ideas.  In other words, I grow as a photographer, and isn’t that what this is all about?

Well, I just wanted to introduce myself, share a few thoughts and a few photos.  Thanks for reading this far, and if you have any questions you know where to find me!  Now, get out there with your camera! Explore, shoot, and create!

find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life.  - lawrence k. fish

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