amateur photography by  Wayne Owen

raising environmental awareness through photography


The Photographer:   My interest in photography began in elementary school and followed me through high school, where I was a school newspaper photographer and where I learned  darkroom techniques. Photography has always helped me see the beauty around me and to share that beauty with others. My dream was to be a National Geographic photographer, however, after graduating from Virginia Tech, I was a Naval officer for twenty years specializing in aviation and submarine logistics. I've always been a nature lover, and I developed a special interest in the environment after my retirement from the Navy. Now, I have time to photograph and enjoy the special wonders of the world and do what I can to protect them.

The Cameras:  The cameras that first piqued my interest in photography were a Kodak Starmite, a Petri 35 and a Yashica Lynx 5000. I then invested in a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SLR for my newspaper work in high school. I replaced it with a Minolta SRT 202 after a boating mishap. My last film camera before switching to digital in 2001 was a Nikon F3HP. Most of the photos in this site are digital images taken since 2001. The first six digits of the image file indicates the date (YYMMDD) the photo was taken. Those images dated prior to 2004 (040101) were taken with a hand held, Olympus C-3000 three mega-pixel digital camera. Most of the hummingbird photos were taken with this camera. Photos taken after January 1, 2004 were taken with a Fuji S7000 six mega-pixel digital camera, after October 2007 a Nikon D40x ten mega-pixel camera and after June 2009 a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 ten mega-pixel camera with a sharp 25-300mm Leica lens, which takes beautiful photos for its small size. I liked the ZS3 so much, in December 2012 I upgraded to the Panasonic DMC-LX7 with its fast 24mm-90mm f1.4 Leica lens. That is the camera I still use and enjoy today. The best camera, I have come to realize, is the camera you have with you. So, I have opted for the smaller, but most capable point and shoot digital camera that is convenient to carry everywhere.

Copyright:  I encourage people to use my photographs for educational purposes or to promote conservation and environmental programs. All I ask is that you inform me that you are using my photos and give appropriate credit. Of course you are welcome to use my photos for personal use and enjoyment. Commercial use of my photos is strictly prohibited. See how others have used my photographs by clicking here.

Contact:  Your comments and questions are always welcome!