Welcome to my virtual home of Stephen Bruno Photography. When I created this virtual home for Stephen Bruno Photography to exhibit my Fine Art Photography,
Website since May 23rd, 2006.
When you click on the Home page, you enter a slide how of my Portfolio. Use the slideshow for the home page and each gallery. I recommend that you view in full-screen. Just sit back and enjoy the images on my Home Page.
In the About Me page, I thought it would be of benefit to share more than the typical brief photographer's bio. I included my photography philosophy, my favorite photographers, my photography services, and several experiences with wildlife. To read answers to numerous questions that I receive about my photography visit the FAQ.
To begin your virtual journey through the looking glass of fine art photographs, click on the tabs at the top of the page. To search for images click on the Search tab at the top of the page. Click on the Home Page to return to the slideshow.
I believe that photographing captive animals and birds that are accessible to the public and well-cared for by professionals, are ambassadors of their species. People can visit places to observe animals and birds for education and greater support of all species. These locations offer significant opportunities to learn how to use your camera effectively and to take focused photographs. Practicing can make a difference when photographing in the wild. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers like https://www.paws.org/about-wildlife-center.html shelter injured and orphaned wild animals until they can be released back into the wild. Where allowed, people can take photographs while learning about each species. While minimizing noticeable evidence of captivity, on my Stephen Bruno Photography website, I state in the accompanying geographical location when I photographed the animals and birds in captivity. For example, the text will read, Captive, Washington.
PRINCIPLES OF ETHICAL FIELD PRACTICES
North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) believes that following these practices promotes the well being of the location, subject, and photographer. Every place, plant, and animal, whether above or below water, is unique, and cumulative impacts occur over time. Therefore, one must always exercise good individual judgment. It is NANPA's belief that these principles will encourage all who participate in the enjoyment of nature to do so in a way that best promotes good stewardship of the resource.
ENVIRONMENTAL: KNOWLEDGE OF SUBJECT AND PLACE Learn patterns of animal behavior So as not to interfere with animal life cycles. Do not distress wildlife or their habitat. Respect the routine needs of animals. Use appropriate lenses to photograph wild animals. If an animal shows stress, move back and use a longer lens. Acquaint yourself with the fragility of the ecosystem. Stay on trails that are intended to lessen the impact.
SOCIAL: KNOWLEDGE OF RULES AND LAWS When appropriate, inform managers or other authorities of your presence and purpose. Help minimize cumulative impacts and maintain safety. Learn the rules and laws of the location. If minimum distances exist for approaching wildlife, follow them. In the absence of management authority, use good judgment. Treat the wildlife, plants, and places as if you were their guest. Prepare yourself and your equipment for unexpected events. Avoid exposing yourself and others to preventable mishaps.
INDIVIDUAL: EXPERTISE AND RESPONSIBILITIES Treat others courteously. Ask before joining others already shooting in an area. Tactfully inform others if you observe them in engaging in the inappropriate or harmful behavior. Many people unknowingly endanger themselves and animals. Report inappropriate behavior to proper authorities. Don't argue with those who don't care; report them. Be a good role model, both as a photographer and a citizen. Educate others by your actions; enhance their understanding.