About - Michael Ryan Photography

From my favorite tree in Petaluma, California

Hello and welcome!

I am a landscape photographer based in Sonoma County, California. Throughout my life spending time in nature has always brought me peace. Some of my earliest memories were born in the big skies of Montana, in the rivers and creeks of the Sierras, and the beaches of the California coast. Exploring these ever changing and almost never ending landscapes has evolved into a lifelong pursuit.

The goal of my images is to not only evoke a sense of wonder, but also a sense of urgency. I want to inspire the viewer to connect or even re-connect with the natural world around them. Nature misses us, nature need us, and we need nature now more than ever. Wild lands are falling prey to development and the public lands meant to preserve our amazing natural treasures are grossly underfunded and in need of our help. My imagery is an attempt to spotlight these amazing places not only for their unsurpassed beauty, but also advocate for their preservation so that we may all enjoy their gifts for many years to come.

When viewing my image galleries you will quickly learn that my quest to uncover nature's beauty has taken me to some fascinating places.  However, I find my most personally satisfying work originates from my own "backyard" of Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties here in California. Many of my local images feature lesser photographed areas as I believe they have a unique beauty that is all their own.  I hope these scenes bring you, the viewer, as much joy and comfort as they have for me.  Thank you!


What I Use
Nikon D810
Nikkor Lenses
Hoya Circular Filters
Lee Graduated Filters
Induro CLT203 Stealth Tripod
Really Right Stuff Ball Head and L-Plate

Notable
I am a Brand Ambassador for Hoya Filter USA.  Interested in learning more about the Hoya filters I use?  Don't hesitate to ask.

My work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Landscape Photography Magazine, Marin magazine, as well as Napa Sonoma magazine.  In addition, my work has been featured by the U.S. Department of the Interior, California State Parks Foundation, San Francisco Chronicle, Sonoma Valley Sun, and many other digital outlets.

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Special Note: I am not, nor have I ever been a wedding photographer in Illinois.  If you are looking for a photographer that fits that description I am not that person.

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