Jesse Thornton is creating Photography, Time-lapses, and Instruction
6

patrons

$45
per month

Welcome to my Patreon page!!  


Allow me to introduce myself - I'm Jesse Thornton, a landscape photographer with a particular interest in night photography, and proud native of West Virginia!  Examples of my work can be found on my website named after my business Reflection in a Pool.

I also write a blog where I talk about my process and anything related to my photography...

I discovered my passion for photographing the outdoors very recently.  I've seen quite a bit of the country but it's the diverse landscapes of West Virginia that keep me continually inspired to come back, explore and expand my photography while showing off my home state!  Unfortunately, the value of photography as a craft has diminished with the proliferation of cell phone cameras and social media.  However, the state of West Virginia has long been in a sharp economic decline, despite all of the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities that our state has to offer.  I believe that we need to be showing off the positive side of our great state, leaving WV should not be a goal to strive for; give our natives a reason to stay and others reason to visit. For these reasons, I feel that actually places a greater than ever value on photography!  Working primarily through social media, my images and videos are seen by thousands of people from all over the state and, indeed across the country.  The reactions that I receive consistently are positive proof of the value photography holds in the state of West Virginia!  Here are just a few examples, taken directly from the comments section of my photos posted on social media:

"When people ask me, "Why do you live so far back in the mountains" ...this is why.  One of the most beautiful photos I have seen in a long time.  It REALLY is soul-stirring"

"Sometimes I miss home so very much...the memories that those hills hold, of parents, and grandparents, and childhood..."

"Lots of places in the world I would love to visit, but the country shown here is the only place I want to live."

"Of the many, many things for which I am thankful for, one is living here in West Virginia.  If people knew how beautiful it is here, we would be overpopulated.  It is indeed America's best kept secret..."

"This is why I want to live in West Virginia."

"Sometimes I forget how beautiful West Virginia really is!"

"So wonderful.  I can't believe I have missed this in my statewide travels.  It's so sad that many don't know the beauty of WV."

"I'm not a native of WV, however, I LOVE WV!  It is a gorgeous state."

"I miss living here :-("

"Continue sharing.  We always said "WV is God's best kept secret!"

So, here is what I am proposing...


I created this Patreon page because I'm asking for your support to continue to expand my passion.  Patreon is a crowd funding platform that allows monthly donations to be made in support of projects that you care about. To be clear, I'll still be doing this whether I get $0 or $1 a month because it's something that I have to do!

However, whether you choose to donate $1 a month, $3, or $30 anything makes a difference!  This is also an opportunity for me to give back to other photographers and those who are learning!  In exchange for donations I am offering rewards at various levels that include access to images before they are released to social media, a peek at the unprocessed RAW files vs the processed version, insight into my processing and planning, photo critiques, discounts on everything I sell, signed prints, and more as I continue to expand!  Every month I'll release several before and after processing pictures available to my patrons only at all reward levels. However, the best reward for those interested in post-processing will be at the $10 level where you will get to see me process a photo from beginning to end.  You will always learn something new from these videos as I continually explore different techniques, and you can ask me questions!  I know of no classes or individual photographers online offering that kind of value and insight into their process with this kind of openness to questioning, and many landscape photographers typically charge $40, $65, and upwards of $100+ just to view one or two of their processing videos!

If you're not interested in any of those rewards and just want to donate to support me, that's awesome too!

Just know that these are recurring monthly donations, which you can cancel anytime, in support of an ongoing project that will continue to evolve as it grows.

And with your support, I can make more time-lapse videos like this one which has reached over a quarter million people on Facebook!
Rewards
"The Patron"
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
For the price of a pack of gum a month! Sweet, nourishing gum!
  • Access to Patron-only feed!
    • Sneak peak of my photos before they're posted anywhere else!
    • Exclusive look at my before and after editing including exif information!
    • Short write ups about the how's and why's behind a photo and directions on how to get to locations pictured
  • That warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting someone doing what they love!
"The Super Patron!"
$3 or more per month 0 patrons

  • Access to patron only feed
  • 5% off everything I sell on my website for as long as you're in this reward tier!
    • Prints! Canvas wraps! Metal! Calendars!
"The Photographer"
$10 or more per month 2 patrons

  • Processing videos!
    • About once a month I'll upload a new video covering my post processing using a recent photo or set of time-lapse images - star trails, to milky way photos, to daytime landscapes and waterfalls!  Software used may include Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro and LRTimelapse.  If you want to learn, this is the place!
    • Download the Photoshop actions that I have created and use in the videos!
  • 10% off everything I sell on my website!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"The Photographer Premium+!"
$13 or more per month 2 patrons

  • Photo critiques!
    • You can send me up to 5 photos a month (landscapes/nature related) and I will critique them to help you improve your photography!
  • Ask me questions!
    • In all honesty, I will answer your questions regardless but at this level I can devote special attention to you!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"The VIP!"
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
You must really like my work!
  • A signed 12x18" metallic print of your choosing!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"Deluxe VIP!"
$250 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons

  • Come shoot with me!
    • You and one other person can shoot with me for a day and/or night and learn from me directly.  Location and experience will be tailored to suit you!  Meals, transportation, and lodging are not provided.
    • Rewards will be provided monthly for a limited number of people for as long as you belong to this tier.  Remember - you can cancel any time!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$45 of $100 per month
This will cover my basic monthly photography expenses.
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Welcome to my Patreon page!!  


Allow me to introduce myself - I'm Jesse Thornton, a landscape photographer with a particular interest in night photography, and proud native of West Virginia!  Examples of my work can be found on my website named after my business Reflection in a Pool.

I also write a blog where I talk about my process and anything related to my photography...

I discovered my passion for photographing the outdoors very recently.  I've seen quite a bit of the country but it's the diverse landscapes of West Virginia that keep me continually inspired to come back, explore and expand my photography while showing off my home state!  Unfortunately, the value of photography as a craft has diminished with the proliferation of cell phone cameras and social media.  However, the state of West Virginia has long been in a sharp economic decline, despite all of the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities that our state has to offer.  I believe that we need to be showing off the positive side of our great state, leaving WV should not be a goal to strive for; give our natives a reason to stay and others reason to visit. For these reasons, I feel that actually places a greater than ever value on photography!  Working primarily through social media, my images and videos are seen by thousands of people from all over the state and, indeed across the country.  The reactions that I receive consistently are positive proof of the value photography holds in the state of West Virginia!  Here are just a few examples, taken directly from the comments section of my photos posted on social media:

"When people ask me, "Why do you live so far back in the mountains" ...this is why.  One of the most beautiful photos I have seen in a long time.  It REALLY is soul-stirring"

"Sometimes I miss home so very much...the memories that those hills hold, of parents, and grandparents, and childhood..."

"Lots of places in the world I would love to visit, but the country shown here is the only place I want to live."

"Of the many, many things for which I am thankful for, one is living here in West Virginia.  If people knew how beautiful it is here, we would be overpopulated.  It is indeed America's best kept secret..."

"This is why I want to live in West Virginia."

"Sometimes I forget how beautiful West Virginia really is!"

"So wonderful.  I can't believe I have missed this in my statewide travels.  It's so sad that many don't know the beauty of WV."

"I'm not a native of WV, however, I LOVE WV!  It is a gorgeous state."

"I miss living here :-("

"Continue sharing.  We always said "WV is God's best kept secret!"

So, here is what I am proposing...


I created this Patreon page because I'm asking for your support to continue to expand my passion.  Patreon is a crowd funding platform that allows monthly donations to be made in support of projects that you care about. To be clear, I'll still be doing this whether I get $0 or $1 a month because it's something that I have to do!

However, whether you choose to donate $1 a month, $3, or $30 anything makes a difference!  This is also an opportunity for me to give back to other photographers and those who are learning!  In exchange for donations I am offering rewards at various levels that include access to images before they are released to social media, a peek at the unprocessed RAW files vs the processed version, insight into my processing and planning, photo critiques, discounts on everything I sell, signed prints, and more as I continue to expand!  Every month I'll release several before and after processing pictures available to my patrons only at all reward levels. However, the best reward for those interested in post-processing will be at the $10 level where you will get to see me process a photo from beginning to end.  You will always learn something new from these videos as I continually explore different techniques, and you can ask me questions!  I know of no classes or individual photographers online offering that kind of value and insight into their process with this kind of openness to questioning, and many landscape photographers typically charge $40, $65, and upwards of $100+ just to view one or two of their processing videos!

If you're not interested in any of those rewards and just want to donate to support me, that's awesome too!

Just know that these are recurring monthly donations, which you can cancel anytime, in support of an ongoing project that will continue to evolve as it grows.

And with your support, I can make more time-lapse videos like this one which has reached over a quarter million people on Facebook!

Recent posts by Jesse Thornton

Rewards
"The Patron"
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
For the price of a pack of gum a month! Sweet, nourishing gum!
  • Access to Patron-only feed!
    • Sneak peak of my photos before they're posted anywhere else!
    • Exclusive look at my before and after editing including exif information!
    • Short write ups about the how's and why's behind a photo and directions on how to get to locations pictured
  • That warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting someone doing what they love!
"The Super Patron!"
$3 or more per month 0 patrons

  • Access to patron only feed
  • 5% off everything I sell on my website for as long as you're in this reward tier!
    • Prints! Canvas wraps! Metal! Calendars!
"The Photographer"
$10 or more per month 2 patrons

  • Processing videos!
    • About once a month I'll upload a new video covering my post processing using a recent photo or set of time-lapse images - star trails, to milky way photos, to daytime landscapes and waterfalls!  Software used may include Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects, Premier Pro and LRTimelapse.  If you want to learn, this is the place!
    • Download the Photoshop actions that I have created and use in the videos!
  • 10% off everything I sell on my website!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"The Photographer Premium+!"
$13 or more per month 2 patrons

  • Photo critiques!
    • You can send me up to 5 photos a month (landscapes/nature related) and I will critique them to help you improve your photography!
  • Ask me questions!
    • In all honesty, I will answer your questions regardless but at this level I can devote special attention to you!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"The VIP!"
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
You must really like my work!
  • A signed 12x18" metallic print of your choosing!
  • Plus all previous rewards
"Deluxe VIP!"
$250 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons

  • Come shoot with me!
    • You and one other person can shoot with me for a day and/or night and learn from me directly.  Location and experience will be tailored to suit you!  Meals, transportation, and lodging are not provided.
    • Rewards will be provided monthly for a limited number of people for as long as you belong to this tier.  Remember - you can cancel any time!
  • Plus all previous rewards