Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Gomez.
Hi Daniel, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all began with a move to Oregon. I’d lived in Kansas most of my life and was never really inspired by the landscape but when I moved to Oregon I realized just how much beauty it had to offer. I quickly took to hiking in my new home state and soon received a Nikon camera and lenses from my father-in-law that sent me down a wonderful rabbit hole. I enjoyed bringing the camera along while hiking which quickly morphed into planning the hikes around the pictures I was taking. Now, I shoot the night skies across Oregon, Washington, Utah, and California.
After several years of working and honing my skills, I began shooting weddings, family portraits, and senior photos to branch out with my photography. While I enjoyed taking portraits I always found myself drawn back to nature and wanted to be able to share that passion with others. I began taking on students in Oregon for private photography lessons and now I am a workshop leader teaching large groups of students with Capture the Atlas all over the country including Arches and Canyonlands National Park.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely been challenging at times. There are periods when I feel uninspired with my photography, especially during the grey winter months in Oregon. When I was shooting portraits I found myself so busy that nature photography took a back seat which I quickly realized was something I needed to have as a priority for my own well-being.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I shoot landscapes as a whole but I mainly specialize in two subcategories: astrophotography and creating timelapse films. With astrophotography, I shoot primarily wide-field views of landscapes while the milky way aligns over them and other celestial objects in the night sky. I enjoy watching the passing of time and by creating timelapse films I’m able to play beautiful moments over and over again. My favorite time to timelapse is at night when the milky way rises and sets over incredible locations.
I think what sets me apart is my persistence. I visit locations time after time to get the “perfect” shot that I envision until I get it just right. Sometimes that persistence has led to years of returning to locations and it drives me to keep going out.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I always have met photographers through Instagram and Facebook. I have reached out to and met/shot with many different photographers in my locale. I actually got into astrophotography by reaching out and messaging someone in my locale that took amazing night sky images. I asked if he would ever be willing to help me learn and he said yes! Had he not been so kind I don’t know if I ever would have taken the leap to become a night owl. We ended up becoming good friends that shot together often and I always appreciated his patience with me.
- Utah Astrophotography Workshop Fall 2022 – $3,590
- Death Valley & Alabama Hills Workshop Spring 2023 – $3,590
- Website: www.dreamcapturedimages.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dreamcapturedimages/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamcapturedimages
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTl3kpn4lQRwp_B9ZIVbDOQ
Dream Captured Images by Daniel Gomez