Local Artist Captures Peace with his Camera
Patrick Di Fruscia lives the romantic life of an artist that most of us dream of. He is a nature and landscape photographer that travels the world capturing the world’s beauty. He often leads photography tours to show others how to do the same. While on the road, his days are long and nights short. Sunsets, sunrise, and finding the “perfect light” is his specialty, so natural surroundings decide when he sleeps.
“On the road, I wake up before sunrise,” he said. “Sometimes two hours before, depending on where I sleep in proximity to the shoot. I scout the day before to know exactly what type of shot I want to take for the best composition.” He begins his sunrise shots about 30 minutes before the moment, lasting for about an hour afterwards. These times change based on where he is in the world. The farther from the equator, the wider his window.
When the sun is in the sky, Di Fruscia scouts out his sunset location. He spends his days preparing, relaxing, and waiting for the golden moment. Sometimes after shooting the sunset he captures images of the milky way and Northern Lights—again, depending on the location. He returns to his accommodations to clean his equipment, sleep for a few hours, and repeats the process the next day.
Life at home is a little quieter, and the nights a little longer. “At home, I’m an artist, so I don’t have a schedule.” He uses his time at home to process images, meet with new sponsors and clients, and work on his marketing strategies.
Patrick Di Fruscia’s photography career began in a non-traditional way. He worked for a supplement company. His boss, frustrated with the price of photographers, asked Di Fruscia to learn how to take photos.
He decided to try. “I started reading books,” he said. “I cancelled cable at home so that I was sure I focus on it entirely. The internet wasn’t that big then, so there weren’t many tutorial videos. You had to be in the field, shooting slide film, pay for your film, and pay to get it developed.” Di Fruscia completed a couple of photography classes, but much of his skills are self-taught over years of study and practice.
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