|HOWARD & LYNN JAMESON
Since the mid 80's, we have visited a variety of bird habitats in
the West to capture images of birds in their native environments. By the mid
1990's, we had moved steadily East, capturing images of birds native to each
area. We have become familiar with most of the well-known and many of the
little known birding spots around the U.S. By camping in the field, we were
able to extend our time in the birds' habitat and better understand their daily
routines. Our expertise and persistence has helped us capture images of many of
the very rare U.S. birds.
Photographing birds is one of the toughest of all photographic pursuits. Birds are small, forcing the photographer to get very close. The photographer must go into the habitat prepared fore all possibilities. This often means hauling 70 pounds of large lenses, cameras, extenders, plus a sturdy tripod, up steep canyons. It is not unusual to sit for hours waiting for a shy bird to land in a clear position. The resulting image may be the only way that many people wilt ever have to view these shy species.
Birds rarely pose. They just go about their normal lives, some more shy than others, challenging the photographer to quickly stop their actions with enough of their environment to add meaning and balance to the image. A good image is the result of specialized equipment, specific to the situation, used with knowledge of the desired result.
Today, we remain just as excited by the challenges of the next filming trip. Even after being frozen, rained on, fried, and eaten by the local insects, we can't wait to get out there again. We still are looking to share that "wow" image of the red-faced Warbler, the Bobolink, the Pinyon Jay, or the other little jewels we have yet to capture.
We hope you enjoy our photo captures and choose one that will bring the joy and beauty of the "Jewels of Nature" into your home or workplace.
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