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Craig Strand

Craig Strand Photography

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Biography, or "The long road to Wildlife Photographer"

I was born and raised in a rural area of northern New Jersey. In growing up I was always more interested in art and hands on projects that required some degree of artistic creativity. My High School curriculum consisted of almost every art class offered. I was determined that any higher education would be something in the arts field and resulting in a career that I loved. It was while applying to an art school when I discovered that I am Color Blind. Realizing how limiting color blindness could be to an artist, I decided to put my art school plans on hold and rethink my future career choices.
With the country at war with Vietnam I joined the US Navy and fulfilled my duty to country. Following my service I was hired by United Airlines, customer service and retired after 32 years.
The very BEST part of my military service and working different airports at United is that I got to see and live on the West Coast and fall in love with it's gorgeous waters, land and mountains.
Throughout my life I experienced a need to get involved in something artistic. In the early 1970s I took lessons from a master woodcarver and practiced working with that wonderful medium. I had always had an interest in birds and I began carving birds in wood. This marriage of birds and wood carving proved to be challenging and rewarding. After moving to Oregon, I became aware of the art of wild bird or decoy carving and embraced the art of creating wildbirds in wood with great detail and realism. It helped when learning of the interest by the public is this art form. Bird Carving was alive and thriving throughout the country, with contest, recognition and marketing as some of it's benefits.
I was a serious bird carver for 25 years when I decided to learn how to take top quality photographs of birds that I and other carvers could use. My original photographs were very disappointing and lacked the knowledge, skill and photo equipment to accomplish getting the quality images I was after.
Now, 15 years later having spent many hours viewing my subjects through a viewfinder I think my work has attained a level of quality that most would be proud to hang on the walls of their home or office. You will find in viewing my photo's that while I enjoy shooting several topics, my main interest are in capturing floral subjects and wildlife (wild birds.)
Thank you for visiting my website. I invite you to leave comments and also to pass along my sites address to your family and friends to visit.

Regards, Craig

Photography Equipment Used -

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 35mm DLSR
Canon EOS 7D 35mm DSLR
Canon Lens EF600mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon Teleconverter Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
Tripods by Manfrotto
Wimberley Gimbal Tripod Head II
Stackshot Macro Rail Photo Stacking