|There are so many forms of participating in the "Definition of Art". Art would not have
its impact and importance in our society without its network of people who;
practice it, contribute to it, inspire it, appreciate it, sell it, produce it, and display it.
Clicking on the following links will take you to those
who have a place in the PhotoStrokes Art network.
In today's world, digital SLR's have become so affordable anyone can pick one up and carry it around snapping the
everyday shot. Additionally, software makes it easy to make a poor or average photographer good. But to pick up a
camera and capture images with true settings and a keen "photographer's eye" shows a true talent. Tom started his
digital photography in 2003 and has shown an amazing ability to "know the camera and subject" in an extremely
short time. His shots just a year or two after picking up his first digital SLR were performed at miraculous settings
that you'd see with 10 years of experience. Tom's photography inspired Chris to research more about photography
and have a desire to master the settings of a camera.
Jeff is another local birder/photographer. He photographs birds and nature as well as marine mammals but has a
focus on more of the pelagic birds and mammals. Jeff is another "master of settings". His shots often show crisp and
clear results with incredible settings. He is quick on the draw and always prepared and is one of the best action bird
photographers we have met.
Clay is an avid local birder and another great action photographer. He captures wildlife in action with ease and is
another quick on the draw and well prepared photographer like Jeff. He is often going on Pelagic Boat trips where
we look forward to his postings. His most notable shots are three images that are the only photographed moments of
an Orca attacking a Dolphin
Erin is the wife of Elliot, who attended high school with Chris and is now assigned at the same Fire Station. Erin's
artwork is crisp and clear and portrays detail like few other artists. Scanning through her images requires a
constant reminder that all of them are by the same person. Her ability to transpose images in different mediums
and with different styles demonstrates her great artistic ability.
The VWS is a key player both locally and nationally. Their organization is responsible for the return to the wild of
the California Condor. They are a non-profit based organization for which the survival of the Condors depends
heavily on donations and volunteer hours. Their tasks are tremendous and their efforts have resulted in the
ongoing success of bringing back a species that was destined for extinction. To drive down Highway 1 and see these
huge majestic birds fly over head, sometimes by only a couple feet, is solely possible due to this organization.
Additionally, their banding projects help with research as well as educational opportunities.
Don is the resident "bird expert". For being an attorney, he somehow has way too much spare time it seems. He
must spend many hours on his website as it is extremely extensive and constantly updated. It is good for travelers
and locals as his website is a major resource for the area. Additionally, he is a good resource for bird records and has
several books published that are used extensively by the locals.
Bob and Lisa run WBA out of Alaska. Their company is committed to quality birding trips in the back country.
Their guides are extremely knowledgeable and their trips are as small and specific or as broad and expansive as you
need. It is a family run business and you can be assured to come away with top of the line customer care and a great
list and good adventure.
Tropical Birding was an incredible company to go with in Ecuador. They worked hard to plan our itinerary to suit
our needs and budget. Their guides were the best at knowing where to look, where to go, and how to call in all the
This wildlife center in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador was one of the highlights of our adventures. The local tribal
run eco-tourist lodging and guiding location is not only owned and operated by the local tribe, but 100% of all funds
go back into supporting the local community. Their location provided for truly experiencing the wild of the Amazon.
If you are looking for a Bald Eagle adventure in Haines, Alaska, then Alaska Nature Tours will meet your needs.
Taking you away from the commercially hyped up locations, you will get close looks at Eagles in the true wild.
Their staff are friendly and helpful and extremely knowledgeable in the flora and fauna and best places to go.
This is one of our favorite places to go. A non-profit donation based organization located near Grants Pass, Oregon,
they specialize in the treatment of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife as well as offer educational programs on
wildlife, conservation, and the environment. Most rescued animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. They
offer tours to the public as well as private photographic opportunities.