Some 29 year ago I witnessed a life changing event.  The birth of my first child changed my view on life forever.  How was I to remember her red hair?  What about her little lip tucked in while learning the violin?  So much to record.  But how?  A friend at the local photography store suggested an SLR camera.   Done!  I was in hook, line and sinker.  Soon I had a dark room, a studio added to my home and piles of Kodachrome slides and Cibachrome prints.  Almost obsessed with the whole photographic thing.  My eyes have kissed Nikon – FE, FE2, FM, F3 (three f3’s), F4, D70, D70X, D200, and D3, Sinar 4×5, Hasselblad – 500CM and 500ELM.  The lenses would be too long to list.   I read everything I could get my hands on about photography.  I was an Ansel Adams groupie.  My interest varied from model portfolios to still life.  Brochures for interior decorating, corporate annual report photo’s, photo contests, and nationally published prints brought self esteem with my new craft.

Years passed and my infatuation with equipment and processes turned into a real passion for the art.  My output slowed and my desire to produce photographs that were accurate and acceptable to me became my charge.  Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to attend DLWS.   A chance to learn from the very best in the field.   The instructors at DLWS are ones who share their passion for photography.  None of which were or are self indulged with accolades and prominence.  It taught me one important thing.  The elements of a photography start with a personal vision.  Each individual will produce a variance of the same scene.  It’s most critical to create a photograph that is my vision, my niche, and a production of my interest.

I found a great passion and interest in wildlife photography.  There are not enough wildlife opportunities to shoot everyday.  So I shoot from assignments or self imposed subjects to help better my passion.    I shoot almost everyday.  But when ever possible I will be in a quiet field, mountain, or retreat waiting and watching some of God’s most interesting creations.

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  1. Well said. Thank you again for tonights seminar. Wonderful shots. I am the one that asked you as to the value of your 600 mm manuel focus lens. You said $600, thus I am interested in buying it from you, perhaps next month when you are ready to sell it. I believe it to be an F 4, yes?
    I live in Sandy, please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Brian 801 554 4187

  2. As I said in your “about” comment area, I wish to purchase said lens when you are ready to sell it.
    Please advise.
    Thank you, Brian
    801 554 4187

  3. I’m planning a trip to Yellowstone in the next week or two and had a question or two about places a bit off the beaten path that you might recommend. If you have a minute please send me an email at brisley@ffgcorporate.com or I can be reached at 801-358-5577. Thanks Brent

  4. What a lovely site, Jim, and I’ve just scratched he surface. (I’ll be checking back.) I was looking for birds, and certainly found a lot more. You do seem to get around, too. Like you, I’ve been into wildlife and clouds and barns and B&W lately … and pretty much anything that catches my eye in a camera-rectangular form of late. I hope your eye problems are on the mend. Best wishes. Ray, in SLC.

  5. Hello! I’ve stumbled across your website and just wanted to let you know I think your photography is fantastic! I am a graphic designer and you’ve inspired me to keep working hard! Thanks a lot,


  6. Jim, it was a pleasure to meet you in the field this afternoon. Thanks for taking time to share some of your knowledge and experience with me. You have produced some amazing images. I love photographing animals, especially birds, but now want to spend some more time with landscapes and other beautiful scenes of nature.

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