Introduction

After I retired, I devoted my time to integrating the three personal interests I have had throughout my adult life: computer technology, photography and creative writing. I take pictures, process them on my computer and write about them. I see photography as a journey without a destination—an unending search for that unatainable goal: the perfect image. This Website is a record of my journey thus far. 

I love everything about birds and have taken several hundreds of photos of them. I especially like water birds and raptors, many varieties of which can be found year-round within a 30-minute drive of my home. More recently, I've taken an interest in landscape photography.

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Photo Gear

A question I get asked often is what gear do I use. I have tried putting together a kit that is a good compromise between wildlife and landscape photography, which is an emerging interest of mine.

I use a Nikon digital SLR and Nikkor (Nikon) lenses. For birds I use a Nikon D800 DSLR and either a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom or a Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 prime. For distant birds, I sometimes use a teleconverter: Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 1.4x, Nikon 1.7x TC-17E II or Nikon 2x TC-20E III. For landscape I use a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 wide angle zoom or a AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. And for more distant places, I use my Nikkor 70-200mm VR f/2.8 zoom.

I take all images in RAW format and develop/process/catalog them using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on a dual-display Windows PC. For creative work I use Adobe Photoshop.

Photo Galleries

For some years now, I have had my images spread across various Websites. I did, of course, once have a master plan: best shots go here, family pics go there, … you get the point. As good as that plan was, though, I was never truly faithful to it. So it was time for a new system, one I hope to stick with. My new system is to use Flickr.com to showcase my everyday photography, Facebook and Twitter for news and conversation, 500px.com for galleries of my better shots, and this Website to communicate and share various acpects my hobby and, eventually, to showcase my best images.

Special Features & Resources

Essays & Images featuring some of my favourate photographs & techniques. (Note that not all are currently available.)

  • The Art & Craft of Photography (TBA)
  • Waterfowl (TBA)
  • Canada Geese (TBA)
  • Birds & Other Feathers (TBA)
  • Burlington's Swans (TBA)
  • Places I Have Photographed (TBA)
  • Links to Outside Resources

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About My Photos

The three sections below contain copyright information and my approach to the ethics of photography regarding wildlife and alterations to photographs.

Copyright

Except as otherwise noted contents of this website, including photographs and other images, © 2006–2018 Russell G. Campbell, all rights reserved.

All materials are protected under Canadian and international copyright laws and treaties which provide penalties for infringement. No images from this Website may be reproduced or manipulated digitally or otherwise in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from Russell Campbell the copyright holder.

Wildlife

I am not a wildlife photographer as such, but rather, I'm an outdoor photographer. Consequently, some images shown on my websites have been taken under controlled circumstances, and this fact may not always be disclosed in individual articles and essays. 

The captive animals and birds used, however, are usually rescued and cannot be returned to the wild because of permanent, disabling injuries or the fact that a bird may have imprinted—usually while being rehabilitated—on humans and can no longer survive in the wild. Some animals have been born in captivity and been “rescued” by authorities so they can receive professional care. 

In such cases, I use zoos, aquaria, animal sanctuaries, research centers, rehabilitation and rescue centers that do not exist primarily for photography. They all employ a professional staff of caretakers, with access to veterinarians and nutritionists, and keep their animals in reasonable enclosures with adequate space. Photography is merely a way of helping to defray some of the facilities’ operating costs.

Alterations

Do not rely on images on my websites as documents of record for editorial use. 

I am not a photojournalist. My photographs—for the most part—are not documents of record or intended strictly for editorial use, but rather, they are works of art that portray reality as I wish to protray it. Accordingly, I sometimes remove unwanted elements from my images, e.g., people, birds, animals, branches, utility poles, wires, trash and such. I also use techniques which involve combining images to make panoramas and achieve extreme depth of field. Infrequently, I will make composites for aesthetic purposes. In other words, I will take any post-processing action I believe is necessary to make a more appealing image. 

For those interested in images for editorial use, please contact me at cycroft [at] gmail [dot] com.