Hi Richard! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
My name is Richard Bacon and I'm a photographer living in Bend, Oregon with my wife and our black lab Buddy. I mainly shoot landscapes, but enjoy all types of photography, especially action sports, when given the chance.
What's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
I love shooting star photos, but I'm also a big baby when it comes to being in the wilderness in the dark of night. Every rustle or noise in the bushes makes my mind immediately think a cougar's stalking me. One particular night - I was setting up some shots and heard some noises through the trees. I shined my flashlight over and caught a glowing pair of eyes staring at me, which then quickly dipped down behind a tree. My head immediately told me that it was a cougar and I went into a mini panic. After several minutes of trying to find the hiding animal with my light, I see it appear again and hop over a log towards me. Sure enough, it was just a harmless deer and my pounding heart starts to calm down.
A fun fact is that in the history of Oregon, there hasn't been a single report of a cougar death, and only a couple documented attacks. I try to recite that statistic when I'm freaking myself out during a dark night in the woods.
What do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
I currently shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III and the lenses I have are a 16-35mm f2.8 wide angle, 70-200mm f4 zoom lens, an 8-15mm f4 fisheye, and a 50mm f1.4. My go to lens is my 16-35mm because it's great for landscapes and also because the aperture goes to 2.8, it's a perfect lens for astrophotography.
What's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
What I'd recommend to photographers is simply shoot what you love. I think photography has become increasingly popular, especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live, which is great, but there's some pressure to shoot certain styles because that's what is popular. Rather than trying to build a following on social media, work on your craft and focus on what interests you, and that authenticity will shine through.
What's the one thing you love most about Picfair?
What I love about Picfair is the flexibility in pricing and the appreciation of the photographer, not just the client. Stock photo sites can often be a one-sided deal, and Picfair's fairness of cost to photographers is a refreshing change.