We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul J. Marcotte and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul J., what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
One thing people outside of the industry are unaware of is that so many people and companies want to offer you “Exposure” for your work. Exposure is definitely a good thing but Photographic equipment is expensive and it is good to actually get paid whenever possible. Social media is where I get most of exposure.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been blessed with a “Good eye” and also Devine intervention. I truly believe God puts me in the right place at the right time. I have seen so many incredible scenes and so much amazing Wildlife and the timing plays a crucial part in both Landscape and Wildlife Photography. I definitely get most excited about my Wildlife photography. To see and get to photograph some amazing animals in their natural habitat really is exciting because you never know from day to day, hour to hour what kind of animal you are going to come across. All I can do is have my camera with me at all times and be ready for whatever crosses my path. It is definitely not an easy profession. You need to always be looking for your next shot. Sometimes I will go a couple of weeks without seeing any wildlife and other times I will get 3 or 4 really good shots of different animals in the same day. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to always be prepared and to anticipate the settings I made need depending on the lighting, weather and the type of wildlife I may come across. Sometimes I will need a fast shutter speed to capture an Eagle or some other fast moving animal and other times a slower shutter speed will work better for animals that move a bit slower like Elk. I would like to known as a Photographer that uses the medium for a wide variety of photos. I believe that shooting portrait, wildlife, landscape, astro, and Drone photography keeps me interested and challenged in my art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My week long Itinerary would look something like this. Starting at the Great Sandunes for an early morning shoot, followed by dusk and a late night of shooting the Milkyway. after shooting the sunrise the following morning we would head in to Alamosa for lunch at Calvillo’s Mexican restaurant. We would then head North to the Airforce Academy chapel. in Colorado springs and catch Sunset and the Garden of the Gods. The next day we would drive to Red rocks Amphitheatre to catch the Sunrise over Denver and get some shots of that great Colorado icon, unfortunately we would not have time to catch a concert because we are off to the Blue Bonnet restaurant for lunch then down to Union Station and RiNo for some great Urban shots and people watching, Next we are heading to Rocky Mountain Arsenal wildlife refuge to Photograph some Bison and hopefully a couple Burrowing Owls and maybe an Eagle or two. You guessed it, Up early again for Sunrise over Union reservoir in Longmont and hopefully a nicely lit shot of Longs peak and Mount Meeker. Lunch at Martinis Bistro and Happy hour at Dryland distillery in Longmont. Off to McIntosh lake for Sunset over Longs peak. Up before Dawn for a nicely illuminated shot of Saint Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock then off to Estes Park for our tour of the World famous Stanley Hotel. Wow! we are exhausted so we are stopping at Sweet Basilico Cafe for some nice Italian food before we drive up Old Fall river road stop by Chasm falls then continue up to Trailridge road for Sunset at Rock cut and after dark we are hanging out so we can shoot the Galactic Rainbow under some of the darkest skies in Colorado. After this whirlwind tour of our great state my companion is going to need another week off to recover and go through all the amazing photos we took.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to “Shoutout” The Estes Park news. Kris and Gary Hazelton own the Estes Park news. It is a once a week publication that is all good news that focuses on good things going on in the Estes valley. They just celebrated 25 years of sharing “Good news”. There are so many outlets that create a culture of fear and only focus on negative events that it is refreshing to hear the good positive news that they print. The Estes Park news gave me my 1st cover shot and it encouraged me more than they will ever know. There are so many great photographers in the area and that pushes us all to capture and submit photos showing the beauty and amazing wildlife in the area. In the past 5 years I have had over 30 more cover shots and it is always a thrill to see my work on their paper all over town.
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