As a nature and wildflower photographer, I seek out and photograph commonplace as well as unusual flowers and plants, with or without their insect partners. My focus is in and around southeastern Wisconsin, although I've been known to find my way into northern Illinois on occasion. Over the years I've photographed most of southeastern Wisconsin's indigenous wildflowers as well as those of several surrounding states.
We are blessed with diverse ecologies which include dunes, marsh, prairie and woods, as well as creeks, rivers and the ever-changing face of Lake Michigan ... all in close proximity, each of which provides its own challenges for a nature photographer. And, sure enough, my daylight hours, summer and winter, find me wading a marsh in the morning and wandering a dusty, muddy or snow-covered prairie trail in the afternoon.
After many years in a wet darkroom working with 35 mm and medium format film photography, I found my way into digital photography where it appears that I'll remain. As with film, I work with light, color and shades of gray; and process my own digital images as I once did with film. I rarely use a professional lab as no one else knows the mood of my original image as well as I, so no one else is qualified to reproduce that mood in a print.
Since I seldom use editing software to enhance my photographs (except for fine tuning brightness and contrast) I suppose that I could be called a photographic purist. When I edit, I edit gently. For example, if there's a slight blemish or an insect on a flower, it's likely that Mom Nature intended it that way. So who am I to edit Mom Nature's work? Nor do I stage my insect pictures. Bees, Butterflies, Dragonflies and the like respond kindly to kind treatment, allowing themselves to be photographed from only inches away. I just don't feel that it's my place to mess with that kind of trust.
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