Almost 20 years of professional photography might be enough to bore almost anybody but having cut my teeth in other fields, nature photography has provided an exciting and challenging avenue that keeps me forever on my toes.
In most recent years this has also been a huge source of connection to my hospitalized father and I have been fortunate enough to be able to channel thousands of images from the wonderful natural world that is Florida, into his hospital room. In recent weeks, he has passed away but has left me with the legacy of an unquenchable interest in cataloging this wondrous world we live in!
A native of Limerick, Ireland, I have lived in the greater Tampa Bay Area for about 14 years. Perhaps because I was not brought up in such a tropical natural environment, I am generally wide-eyed in my travels around the area. I have the enviable pleasure of discovering plants or wildlife that I have hitherto had no exposure to. It is a huge infusion of excitement to what has now become my greatest passion.
The images throughout this site are all unedited and it is an essential part of my credo that there is no need to improve on what mother nature has created. So the moments captured here are exactly as my camera saw them. I leave photoshop and other image manipulation software for other applications. .
I don't normally set up in position like many avid nature photographers.
I prefer to wander slowly down a trail or a boardwalk, camera in hand like an infantryman on patrol. I am routinely passed by, even by little old ladies in zimmer frames. But I am not in a race and so I don't mind.
I study reflections. And I examine shadows, and strange lights.
It isn't all about creatures and scenery ... sometimes it can be the way you look at something, rather than the thing itself. That is one of what I would consider my strengths. It's my eye. Less skill and more eye, could possibly be my motto!
Since I picked up my first digital camera, I have always been a huge fan of Sony.
And in particular, their Alpha range of cameras. The current models that I use are a pair of Sony Alpha 65, with an assortment of lenses. They shoot in 24 Megapixel and deliver quite decent shots considering the shaky hands and blurry vision of the operator.
I almost never use a tripod. I prefer the challenge of a hand-held shot. And yes, I understand that there are moments when I don't get the shot or at least don't get it crisply. Which is one of the reasons that the largest lens I have is a 300mm zoom. Anything beyond that, would definitely need a tripod.