My name is John Watkins. I'm a lawyer in Atlanta, GA, handling commercial litigation and corporate matters.
Photography is a relatively new passion for me that has already taken me on many memorable journeys. I am particularly interested in night landscapes involving the stars and Milky Way.
I started by taking a workshop with Brad Goldpaint in 2013, and was immediately hooked. I've now taken two workshops with Brad and another with David Kingham. Brad and David have been great teachers. I've also shot with Kirk Keeler from the Ansel Adams studio in Yosemite.
Along the way, I've met many great people with a passion for the outdoors and the night sky. There is something truly spiritual about gazing at the stars on a bright clear evening. It helps us reconnect with our creator. It is good for the soul.
The camera captures so much more of the night sky than the human eye can see. In addition to experiencing the stars first hand, there is the added excitement of later seeing what the camera created. There is a lot of satisfaction in creating a memorable image.
Another source of inspiration is Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia. Athens is a quintessential college town and UGA has one of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in North America. You will also find galleries featuring Athens and UGA.
I hope you enjoy my work.
For those interested, I shoot Canon bodies, a 5d Mark III and a 6d. My lenses include the Canon 16-35, and the Rokinon 14 and 24 lenses for the Canon mount.