Photographing the Bradshaws
photography and even though it is a
business, I still enjoy the craft in my off
times. I began photographing as a child. My
first camera was a Kodak 110. I've been
photographing for so long that I naturally
see life in still images. My style of
photography is documentary, but I add
artistic beauty to tell the visual story.
Create your own style and work on developing
it. Start with a basic photography
class at your local college and while you're
learning join us on one of our tours into
North American Nature
photography locations in the Bradshaws.
The great thing
about photographing in the Bradshaws are the
varying habitats and the wildlife. Here is a
list of favorite spots. Give them a try and
travel with someone. See map on our
Bradshaw History / info page.
Click here for a
list of Marks favorite photography
We all have our
favorite photographers. They inspire and
help us see the world through their creative
styles. They encourage better vision..
Click here for a short article on my
I have been
documenting the Bradshaws for over 40 years.
Still the most common question I get is,
"What camera do you use?" When it comes down
to it what does the brand name on a camera
have to do with good photography. I suppose
it is like asking Rembrandt or Picasso what
kind of paint brush they used?
To prove my point I built a website that
only uses cell phone photos. It's called Droid
The site gives tips to become a better
photographer. Not only cell phone
photographers use it, but the weekly tips
encourage better photos. If a person can
learn to create great images on their cell
phones, they will defiantly become a
successful photographer. Over and over again
as I teach students this becomes apparent.
New images from our cell phones are posted
weekly from fellow photographer Donny and
myself . The site includes photographic
tips. Many of the images are from the
Bradshaws. Don't let the brand name on the
camera influence you. It's all about light
and composition. The paintbrush you happen
to use to make the image is only a tool.
Even practice photographing unusual
here to view an unusual article.
OK, most people
still want to know about our equipment.
Through the years we have used all kinds,
medium format (Hasselblad and Pentax) and 35
mm (Canon, Nikon and Pentax). When digital
came along I started experimenting with it
immediately. After trying Nikon and Canon, I
settled on Canons D30s. Most of our clients
still wanted transparencies, but I convinced
a few to try images from the D30. They loved
them. We even made the cover of several
magazines using D30 images. We are talking
about a 3 megapixel camera. With digital we
no longer sent film to a lab for prints or
developing. It eliminated the developer,
usually the person who could care less about
my clients and my personal images. Before we
were always resubmitting work back to be
redone to achieve a desired result. With
digital we now controlled the
quality, produced, and adjusted, and printed
the image in studio. I know this is
commonplace now but years ago it was not.
For most of our
clients we use Canon
Pro bodies with L series lens's.
To see a list
of our clients click
Photographing the Bradshaws
At times I will
not use our professional equipment when in
the Bradshaws because of weight and harsh
conditions. I leave the good stuff in
bodies, subject dictates choice·
Tamron lens, subject dictates choice
creates better images. Buy a good one and
force yourself to use it.
Slik Pro 713CF 11,
3221, windy days and close to vehicle
lightweight carbon, for hiking.
Ball heads - Linhofs
We use Lowpro
and Tamarac camera bags for professional
work and airplane travel, but I've have
never found a camera bag that works well for
day or backpacking. I prefer Badlands day
packs and modify them. For long hikes they
are more comfortable. For shorter hikes, I
prefer an upland bird hunting vest by Mother
I have been a
shooter most of my life, for work and
pleasure. I still participate in long range
shooting. So naturally using a shoulder
stock has worked well for long range
photography. Before Brushhawk came along, I
used my own custom shoulder stock from a
modified rifle stock. So if you are a
shooter and a photographer this combination
would work well.
Click here for my review on the Brushhawk
photography, you can purchase lens camo
wraps. We wrap ours.
here to read an article on how to do.
Mountains Photography Contest
In the future
we will sponsor a photography contest.
Images should be loaded to the Palomino
Bradshaw group for all to see.
Click here for Palomino website.
Our Photography Services
services are available as well as a massive
collection of imagery spanning 40 years in
the Bradshaws and Arizona. Contact us for
needs, such as portraits, equine and product
photography, contact us.
If you want to
join Mark and visit some of the unique
photography locations in and around the
Bradshaws please email.