Questions & Answers

This page is dedicated to information that I want to share with you or questions that have been asked of me. All organized into a (hopefully) easy to read format. If you have any more questions just let me know by visiting the "Contact Us" page and fill out the form. I'll be sure to respond to you promptly, unless of course I'm in the remote wilderness shooting images. Thanks!


Why do you like Nature Photography?

That's a good question... Honestly, I'm not even sure how to answer it. I want to say, more than anything, I just love being out in nature than I do even photographing it. But being that I do really enjoy being able to capture cool images I end up loving nature photography.

I like that I can take my time. (Unless I'm trying to shoot a sunset or in the early morning hours where the light changes remarkably fast.) I like that I can capture images not often seen by people such as the motion of the stars or a waterfall.

There really is something, if I dare say "magical" about being in nature for an extended period of time. To quote a few others concerning this subject:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

- John Muir


By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.

- The Apostle Paul, taken from The Message


Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God's blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted. If you are business-tangled and so burdened by duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, give a month at least. The time will not be taken from the sum of life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal.      

- John Muir


Do you photograph things other than Nature & Cityscapes? If so, what are they?

Yes I do! I shoot Events (i.e. Meetings, Parties, Christmas Parties etc.), family candid shots as well as portraits, product photography, engagement photos, etc. Below are a few samples:

Joe Boyle Photography Sample Work
More photo samples.

It's in the plans for me to make a seperate website that focuses on selling those services as well but that's going to take a bit of time to even start.


Are you "For Hire"?

Yes I am. As mentioned above I shoot products, portraits (formal & candid) and events of all sorts!

Along with photography I also shoot & edit video - Take a look at my video portfolio on Vimeo.

Joe Boyle Video Portfolio
Joe Boyle Video Portfolio.

Lastly, I'm also a web programmer and developer. I program all aspects of this site and have experience with HTML, Javascript, PHP & Flash just to name a few. If you want more information check out my profile on LinkedIn.


Do you teach photography?

I sure do! I will teach you all that you need to get started in understanding photography! I'll teach you how to control your camera to get those shots that you've been envisioning but might be having trouble with. Please take a look at the "Photography Lessons" section for more information!


Where are all the places that you have been?

I've been blessed to go to quite a few places. Here is a list of the significant places I've been to:

Glacier National Park

John Muir Trail

Grand Canyon

- Various trails in Pennsylvania

Sections of the Appalachian Trail

Flagstaff Arizona

San Francisco, California

- Taj Mahal, India

I currently have a trip planned to go to Hawaii as well! I'm excited to see what pictures I'll be able to take while I'm there!


Where do you hope to go next?

There are a couple places on my mind that I would like to go:

1) Yellowstone National Park

2) Wonderland Trail in Washington State

3) New Zealand (Mostly just because "Lord of The Rings" was filmed in that country. That's what I heard at least. I should do my research first!


What equipment do you use to shoot with?

I have two cameras that I use. A Canon 20D & 40D. If I'm going on a rugged backpacking trip I'll take the 20D since it's an older model and IF something were to happen to it I wouldn't be as heart broken. 

As far as lenses go I'll shoot with the "stock" 18-55mm that came with my 20D if there are rugged conditions and I don't want to risk breaking my equipment. I did break my Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens on a backpacking trip once. That hurts to remember... $900-plus smashed...

If conditions are not too rugged I'll shoot with my:

1) 24-70mm F/2.8L

2) 70-200mm F/2.8L IS

3) EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

I also like to carry an ND filter with me to knock down the light so I can really capture the motion of waterfalls and streams!

The next lenses I'm planning & hoping to purchase are:

1) A macro lens perhaps Canon's 180mm

2) Canon's 17mm Tilt-Shift

I really hope to get SCUBA certified and get an underwater housing for my camera! That would be awesome! One step at a time I guess...


What else do you do besides photography?

Besides Video Shooting & Editing and Web Programming that I described in more detail above, I've been dabbling in glass blowing. I like fire and it's fun to make things with fire.


What is your dream job?

This is like the "What do you want to do when you grow up?" question. Honestly... I like what I'm doing now. I hope the Nature Photography aspect of my photography becomes lucrative at some point but if it doesn't that's ok. I'll still do it regardless.

I think I would really like to work for National Geographic. From the research I've done I think I would be a good fit for it and enjoy it a lot! It seems like you need to know someone to "catch your big break". We'll see what happens. For now I'll just keep doing what my heart is drawn too... What more can I do?


What do you hope happens with "Joe Boyle Photography"?

Good question. Right now I think it would be great if hotels, interior designers or any businesses that want high quality prints for their interior decorations inquired about my photos and purchased some for display.

Other than that, I hope that people have access to beautiful images weather it's just digitally or if they want to purchase prints (which would  help greatly to support this endeavor.)

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, I hope it's an inspiration to others. If others are into photography I hope my site gives them encouragement to go after their goals & dreams. 

Waterfall on Appalachian Trail


Mountains in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail


Downtown Cleveland - Terminal Tower


Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco


Mountain Reflection - Near Mt. Whitney on the John Muir Trail


Plant Life in the Cleveland Metroparks


River and wood in Glacier National Park


Grand Canyon - Yaki Point


HalfDome in Yosemite National Park


Lake in Glacier National Park