As our urban cities begin to sprawl and wilderness pockets are ever decreasing, landscape photography has never been more important. It’s an opportunity for city dwellers to see what lies beyond the “concrete jungle” and plays an important role in the conservation of our natural world.

Based in the hustle and bustle of Baltimore are several highly skilled landscape photographers who find their inspiration within the city and beyond. In this list, we’ll introduce six of the best and what it is about their portfolios that make them stand out.

Sororal Twin Studios

Sororal Twin Studios is owned and operated by Jay Moore, who was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Now based in Baltimore, his work is inspired by the natural splendor of the United States, from the red hues of Antelope Canyon to the coastal landscapes of the Pacific Ocean.

He describes photography as a creative outlet to document what he feels while exploring these places and regularly journeys across the country and into Canada for work. Aside from selling his landscape prints, Jay also offers workshops to help other photographers capture captivating natural shots.

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Lee Goodwin Photography

Lee Goodwin is a Maryland-based fine art photographer who specializes in landscape work. Much of his portfolio is focused on the Middle Atlantic area, with stunning shots of the Chesapeake Bay and the glorious countryside of Maryland and Virginia.

Lee’s images have been featured in more than a dozen solo exhibits and are on permanent display at the Maryland State House of Delegates Offices and the National Institute of Health. Through the sale of his photographs, he has raised thousands of dollars for charities that are close to his heart, including Rachel’s House and Critical Exposure.

When he’s not pursuing his passion for landscape photography, Lee is a lawyer who specializes in renewable energy, assisting those who are developing solar and wind projects.

Karen Klinedinst Landscapes

Karen Klinedinst is a Baltimore-based photographer whose work is inspired by the 19th-century landscape paintings of the Hudson River School. Her work has been exhibited at the University of Maryland Global College, Center for Photographic Arts, and The Center for Fine Art Photography, as well as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Biggs Museum of American Art.

Karen graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art before being awarded an artist residency at the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development in New York. Aside from working as a freelance photographer, she also teaches at John Hopkins University’s Odyssey Program.

Jimi Jones Visuals

Jimi Jones says that his photography journey began as a teenager when he became fascinated by the ability to “freeze time” and “look back upon that moment in the future”. He is always on a mission to create something expressive that is beyond what the camera could capture alone.

He specializes in landscapes, seascapes, and architectural photos, with his work taking him to Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and beyond. Jimi particularly loves photographing along the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries.

Kathleen Hertel Photography

Kathleen Hertel describes herself as an “adventurer” who lives to travel and see the world. As a documentary photographer, she specializes in wildlife photography in Eastern Africa and the Arctic, with her portfolio filled with shots of penguins, elephants, and birds of prey.

She loves that her job allows her to interact with different cultures and learn about conservation projects around the globe. As such, she also volunteers with Photographers Without Borders to document the work being done by NGOs. When she’s not capturing award-winning images of wildlife and natural places, Kathleen is a full-time wedding photographer in Maryland.

Spoticus Photography

Dave Friskey is the man behind the camera at Spoticus Photography and has garnered a reputation for the colorful landscape images he takes in and around Baltimore. His inspiration to become a photographer began with his love of hiking and backpacking, a hobby that has taken him through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Alaska. It was while solo hiking part of the Colorado Trail that he captured some of the first images that would result in him pursuing photography more seriously.

Dave says that his landscape images of Baltimore “aren't about streets and buildings... they're about bringing the magic of the mountains to the city.” Aside from landscape photography, he also regularly collaborates with local musicians, models, and businesses as a portrait and commercial photographer.

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