PIQUA — Local professional photographer Mike Underwood could best be described as a man who lets his work speak for him.
For the past 37 years, Underwood has been quietly producing “picture perfect” portraits of area seniors and families. The quality of his work has been recognized by his peers among the finest images produced among a number colleagues and competitors.
Underwood came home from this spring’s Professional Photographers of Ohio Convention with three Blue Ribbon awards, all three for travel photographs. He was named, for the second consecutive year, as one of the Top Ten photographers in Ohio.
Many true professional photographers will tell you that when they get home from work, get away for a weekend, or go on vacation, their hobby is — photography.
Underwood is the same. He combines his passion for travel and photography to produce visually stunning images of architecture and landscape from his travels across Europe.
Underwood, and his wife Dianne, who have been married since 1989, have made several trips to Europe, for vacation, and for photo opportunities that are not available in the United States.
Perhaps the most startling thing about Underwood’s travel photography is that, like most tourists, you have to shoot when you are at a particular location, without the option to come back, or wait, for better lighting conditions.
Likewise, he is seldom able to use a tripod. “I take a tripod,” said Underwood, ” but in most cases, you don’t have time, or they won’t let you use it.”
Underwoods images, are for the most part, all hand-held, using a digital single lens reflex camera. Like most experienced photographers, Underwood has learned to travel light. He carries two cameras. “I put a wide lens on one and a telephoto on the other, ” said Underwood.
He describes his photo opportunities in Europe as “a way to get the juices flowing.” A source of inspiration.
Underwood is planning to do some workshops on travel photography. Plans for the workshops are being finalized and will be made available soon.
Prints of some of Europe’s most stunning cathedrals and landscapes, taken by Underwood, are available for sale. They can be viewed and purchased by contacting his studio at (937) 773-5583.
In these days of “everyone thinks they are a photographer”, true professionals like Mike Underwood are a vanishing breed. One has only to take a look at his work to see why his quality and work will always be in demand.