I hope my work encourages others to look at nature more closely, become aware of its beauty, and act to protect it.
I have had a respect for nature and the creatures around us since my childhood in rural upstate New York. I observed salamanders in the streams in our woods, deer in the forest, frogs and fish in our pond, and birds overhead. I watched butterflies in open fields, collected rocks and fossils abundant in the local shale and sandstone. My Dad, who used a 4x5 camera and processed his own B&W prints, encouraged my interest in photography. During my teens, we set up a B&W darkroom; my earliest surviving prints are of winter frost on my bedroom window. Today, I continue to document the fascinating details in nature. I hope you enjoy my work.
Being successful at nature photography involves patience, determination, an artistic sense, and the ability to notice things around you. I find that there are a tremendous variety of subjects on my windows, in my yard, down the street, and on nearby rivers and lakes - right here, west of Boston and throughout New England. You just have to open your eyes and look closely, wherever you are.
My current camera gear consists of the Nikon D7200 DSLR with pro-quality Nikkor telephoto and macro lenses, and a Tamron 150-600mm telephoto. It's quite a difference from 2001 and my first digital camera, the Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom with 2.1MP, 10X optical zoom, and image stabilization. After I wore out its shutter, I moved on to the Olympus C-750, then into Nikons: D70, D80, D90, and D7000. Each new camera offered better resolution, better light sensitivity, faster and more accurate focusing, longer shutter life, lower image noise. Capturing fast moving animals is getting a bit easier.
Technique: All my images are taken with a digital camera, handheld, under natural light, in the natural setting. Most images are taken with a 70-200 f2.8 telephoto lens combined with a 2X telextender.