The Journey/Blog

Welcome to the official Ryan Smith Fine Art photography blog! Below you will find a collection of stories, inspiration, workshop trip reports and other exciting news from Ryan Smith and Capture Icons! If you have any questions about the opinions shared below please reach out to Ryan directly at any time. Thank you for your interest in Ryan Smith Photography!

7 Things You Must Do At The Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auto Auction
Must-Do's at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction
1) Attend the Opening Night Barrett Jackson Gala

Opening night at the world-renowned Barrett Jackson Auto Auction kicks off a whirlwind 10 days of vintage automobiles and limited edition collector cars with a gala for VIPs, consignors, bidders, and guests of honor...

Tips for Buying Fine Art Online
Five Tips For Buying Fine Art Online

Buying fine art in person oftentimes involves visiting art galleries, Art Festivals, or other venues. After perhaps an internet search for "art galleries near me," choosing the pieces that speak to you, and bringing the fine wall art back to your home it can be a positive experience...

The Top Five Most Beautiful Beaches In Kauai


Kauai is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. From Hideaways Beach to Anini, the “Garden Island” of Hawaii is a popular destination for vacationers looking to soak up the sun and sea, and for creatives in search of the perfect ocean photography locations...

Peter Lik Style Fine Art Prints

Continually encouraging and inspiring artists to improve their skills is one of my main goals, and Peter Lik's work is an inspiration to all. Affectionately known as the self-taught pioneer of Nature Photography Peter Lik is famous for images of towering mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, and pristine desert landscapes. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1959, Peter received a Camera for his eighth birthday, which he used to his very first photo; a spider web in the family garden.

Teton Photo Gallery - Prints For Sale

Grand Teton National Park: The Best Landscape in Wyoming

The Grand Tetons are revered as "Heaven" by both photographers and sightseers alike! Spanning over 310,000 acres, Grand Teton National Park is comprised of mountain meadows, alpine lakes and majestic peaks of the Grand Teton Range...

Backlit Style Fine Art Prints
Is It Backlit?

HD acrylic prints have a three dimensional or "backlit" appearance resulting from special printing and mounting techniques and when paired with controlled lighting the effect can become even more dramatic...

Ready To Hang Prints - Float Mounts and Triptychs

For centuries, artists have used traditional mediums such as a canvas print framed in metal or wood to display their work...

Glacier National Park - Crown Of The Continent

Glacier National Park - The Best Landscapes In Montana


Brimming with sprawling landscapes and abundant wildlife, Glacier National Park is a favorite amongst fine art photographers and landscape lovers alike...

The Fine Art of Bringing Outside In - The Hands-On Meticulous Printing Process

Not All Prints are Created Equal

The Fine Art Printing Process is all about bringing to life a moment in time that was witnessed and captured....a memory, a visual meaningful experience that will stay on the wall forever...

Kauai Gallery — Fine Art Prints for Sale
KAUAI FINE ART PRINTS


Kauai, Hawaii is one of the most majestic sites in the American landscape. The island is popular with nature enthusiasts, photographers, artists of all specialties, and it’s easy to see why...

Acrylic vs. Metal Prints - Which is Best?

Purchasing fine art is an investment, and the right materials are necessary to make a high quality image stand out, and become the focal point of your space. Many factors come into consideration when choosing a piece of fine art especially Landscape Photography ...

Nature's Fine Art Masterpiece, Antelope Canyon
SACRED COLORS Antelope Canyon

Fine Art Limited Edition of 200

It's no secret that the Southwestern United States is home to some of the world's most spectacular slot canyons...

5 Reasons Why Bigger is Better When it Comes to Large Photography Prints for Homes

Wall Décor and Fine Art is a key visual feature of any room, and therefore needs to make a statement, create an impact, and most importantly, tell a story. When adorning your home with luxury fine wall art or fine art nature photography, bigger is better...

Fine Art Consultation and Mockup Design
Wall Art Mock-Ups Can Assist With Choosing the Perfect Fine Art Piece For Your Home

Purchasing fine art is so much more than a simple transaction, it's an investment. Even after you've chosen an image you love, visualizing how it will look on the wall, if it blends with your style and decor, or fits in an allotted space can be challenging...

Why Aspen Trees and Birch Trees Make Beautiful Wall Art

Autumn has arrived! The aromas of pumpkin spice, hot cider and apples being harvested are in the air, and stores are stocking up in preparation for upcoming festivities of the holiday season...

Fall Color Fine Art Photography prints for Sale | New Release - Dreams Adrift

Award Winning Photographer Ryan Smith shares a New Release titled "Dreams Adrift" which is his latest addition to his Panoramic Nature Photography Gallery.

World Class Park City Art Galleries & Fine Dining
A Personal Tour of Park City's Best Art Galleries & Fine Dining Establishments


Nestled in the stunning Wasatch Mountain Range, Park City is world-class mountain resort featuring some of the best art galleries and fine dining in the West...

Best Locations in Colorado for Fine Art Nature Photography
Colorado offers some of the best backdrops for photographing fall color in the entire country!


In late September, early October, the areas around Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray come alive with shimmering golden aspens that sparkle against the jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains...

Corvette,  America's Sports Car

Known around the world as "America's Sports Car," the Corvette exemplifies the definition of innovation, and is the longest running continuously produced passenger car...

Jackson Hole - Great Art, Fine Wine & Delectable Dining!
The Best Jackson Hole Art Galleries and Fine Dining Establishments

Revered by both skiers and photographers alike, the landscape around Jackson Hole, Wyoming is truly an American treasure! The breathtaking beauty of this unique area has inspired many artists throughout the years including Ansel Adams...

Kimball Arts Festival Park City Utah
A Record Breaking Weekend of Art & Festivities in Park City

What a weekend at the Kimball Arts Festival!! Who could argue against filling Park City Main Street with live music, tasty food, and of course, great art! Such a special experience for the memory books...

The Outsiders Photography Conference Featuring Paul Nicklen

2022 Outsiders Photography Conference With Paul Nicklen

A Resounding Success

The 2022 Outsiders Photography Conference featuring Paul Nicklen, was touted by attendees as one of the best photography conferences ever...

Wine, Dine And Unwind In Telluride's Top Galleries and Restaurants

Wine, Dine And Unwind In Telluride's Top Galleries and Restaurants

Top Telluride Art Galleries, Wine Bars & Fine Dining

Telluride is a place where great art, fine dining, and wine come together...

Fine Art Meets Nature Photography
A New Approach for Infusing Fine Art Into Nature Photography

Brand New Official Ryan Smith Website!

Ryan Smith’s artwork has moved from Fine Art America Pixels to its new official website home at www...