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All Cracked Up About Mud!

All Cracked Up About Mud!
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Episode 36:In this special Tidbit Tuesday episode, I’m joined by previous guests, Sarah Marino and Jennifer Renwick, to chat about:

  • What makes photographing mud cracks so appealing
  • How local knowledge of the landscape can help you find mud formations
  • How geology and weather affect the formation of mud cracks, peels, swirls, and curls
  • The power of patience and curiosity
  • Expert tips and techniques on how to photograph different of compositions of mud
  • How to respect the mud crack
  • And much more!


Sarah Marino’s Website:

Jennifer Renwick’s Website:

Episode 13:Creative Self-Expression, Composition, and Letting Go of Expectations With Sarah Marino

Episode 23:Creating Natural Abstracts, Slow Photography, and Photography Projects With Jennifer Renwick

Helicon Focus (focus stacking software)

Mud Articles from Sarah and Jennifer:

Behind the Shot: Mojave Desert Mud Cracks

A Tale of a Flood and Mud

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Jennifer Renwick


After receiving her education in geology and then being trained in and serving in veterinary medicine for 14 years, Jennifer Renwick transitioned to being a full-time nature photographer in 2016 to travel and photograph the American West with her partner, David Kingham. She teaches numerous photography workshops where she includes lessons on visual storytelling, slowing down and connecting with the subject, and expressive photography.

Her incredible images have been featured in National Geographic's online story called "Underwater Beauty", and in Outdoor Photographer, Landscape Photography Magazine, Lenswork Magazine, as well as Lenswork’s "Seeing in Sixes" books, and Lenswork's "Our Magnificent Planet" book. She is also a contributor to National Geographic's "Your Shot" Instagram account.

Jennifer is also a staff contributor for the Slow Photography Movement and a founding member of the Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography. And finally, she is the co-owner of the Nature Photographer's Network along with her partner, David.

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Sarah Marino

Nature Photographer

Trained in both business administration and public administration, Sarah Marino worked for many years in Colorado’s vibrant nonprofit sector as a leadership and strategy consultant. As a very accomplished nature photographer, photography educator, and writer, Sarah was fortunate enough to recently transition to a full-time career focused on photography and her passion for the natural world. She splits her time between her home in Southwestern CO and nomadic traveling, often in an Airstream RV trailer.

Sarah is an exceptional photography teacher and provides education through speaking engagements, photography workshops, coaching, ebooks, and video tutorials. Her approach to teaching emphasizes personal expression, seeing opportunities in any landscape, finding joy in photographing nature’s small scenes, and a slow style of photography focused on exploration and deeply connecting with nature.

Her writing and photography have been published in numerous outlets, including On Landscape, Digital Photo Magazine, Landscape Photography Magazine, Luminous Landscape, Nature Photographer’s Network, Outdoor Photography Guide, and many others.

Lastly, Sarah is a co-founder of the Nature First Photography Alliance, and promotes the conservation and stewardship of wild places through her photography and teaching.