While an avid outdoorsman since childhood, for years I had no interest whatsoever in photography. In 1970 I embarked on a thirty plus career as an outdoor writer without photographic support - I didn't even own a camera. In 1980 while attending an outdoor writers' workshop several editors I was working for suggested I at least try my hand at photography. I had no idea what I was getting into! Within months I'd purchased some rudimentary equipment and began shooting everything imaginable. For a couple of years, shoot after shoot, I lived the same disappointments. I'd rush my film off for processing, just knowing I'd captured some breathtaking images only to be crushed when the film came back. Photography - the art of capturing truly riveting images - was proving much more elusive than I would have ever imagined. I read everything I could get my hands on. I bought more equipment. I spent an immense amount of time outdoors photographing. Not only was I hooked, but gradually I began to accumulate some pretty good images. For years thereafter when I published a magazine article, or one of my own books, I was able to supply the photographic support needed. Slowly I came to realize photography had become my obsession. Still I yearned for more than just magazine art, I wanted art I could proudly display in my home. I wanted art I could hang in a gallery. For years now whenever I sort photographs I keep nothing less than publication quality and have in excess of 90,000 such images, yet my "fine art" images compromise only a minute fraction of that. I will not sell an image as "fine art" I wouldn't hang on my own wall.
After years of vacillation, in 2010, I finally made the switch to shooting digital. This has helped tremendously in keeping costs down, and I'm pleased to say I don't see any decline in quality, in fact, I believe the opposite to be true. Except for minor, but sometimes necessary, color/lighting adjustments and the cropping of an image to a buyer's specification, none of my images are manipulated in any way. I work tirelessly to obtain proper exposures and composition in the field through my cameras and lens. I use "Photoshop" only to "tweak" my images and for final cropping purposes.
My focus is, and always has been, on nature, especially wildlife. My academic training as a biologist has been extremely helpful in allowing me insight into the behaviors of the animals I pursue. However, in the process of photographing wildlife, I invariably encounter a wealth of other photographic opportunities as well: wildflowers, fungi, fall colors, and a wide array of scenics. In vigorously selecting the few photos I keep I'm able to blow up my images to at least 20" X 24" without any noticeable degradation.
In addition to being a biologist, author, and photographer I have, for many years, done speaking engagements as well. When I do so I work hard to tailor my talk specifically to the audience in question and combine my presentation with a slide show whenever possible. I find quality photos truly are "worth a thousand words". If interested simply email me for more information.