There are certain people in the world who go to great lengths to see and experience things others cannot. Dan Elster is one of these individuals and he has forged his own way into the world of nature and wildlife photography. Over the past 12 years our community has watched him evolve. We have followed […]
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My wife, two dogs and I recently relocated to Ashland from Chicago. A short stay here last summer was all we needed to realize Ashland is where we belong.
My career actually has a chance here. I’m a wildlife photographer and between the abundant wildlife and this town’s supportive art community, I can’t imagine a better place to be. My artist statement below:
A career in wildlife photography never even dawned on me as a child. Growing up in Chicago, I was a complete animal freak and I sure did enjoy the work of other photographers, but I never made the connection between the photograph I was viewing and the person who took it. In my late twenty?s, I moved to Island Lake, a small town about an hour north of the big city. Although it was hardly a wildlife mecca, hikes through local forest preserves provided me glimpses of creatures I had never seen outside of a zoo. The more I looked, the more I saw. Finally, about six years ago my wife bought me a camera. We didn?t know it at the time, but that gift would change both of our lives forever.
Since those days, I have learned a lot. Through observation and research, I have learned a ton about North American wildlife. That being said, some days I feel like I hardly know a thing. I have learned a lot about cameras and technique, but sometimes still feel like a novice. Finally, I have learned too much about our relationship with the natural world. Wildlife habitat destruction is happening everywhere, and it?s happening incredibly fast. To me it?s not a problem, but a crisis!
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Barn Owls, I Mean Great Horned Owls in a Barn The plan for this newsletter was to tell the story of a family of great horned owls I’ve been “shooting” the last several weeks. For now, I’m going to let a few photographs tell the story. I’ve spent a lot of time with these birds and […]
Elster Photography…Upcoming Shows I’ve been busy. In the last few months, I’ve had some very memorable encounters with some amazing wildlife. While I blew a few shots, I “nailed” a few others. I’m really looking forward to sharing some new images with you and hopefully new audiences too. coming up: April 26th and 27th(this weekend!): To […]
When I’m out shooting pictures, I pay little or no attention to us humans. Most of the time I’m alone – and that’s the way I like it. When I find myself in the company of people, I tend to dwell on the negative impact we’re having on the natural world. I just can’t […]
Another Owl Story Patty, Coco and I were almost home from a canoe trip on Upper Klamath Lake when I spotted this bird. It didn't look real so I had to ask Patty if she was seeing what I saw. When she confirmed it was indeed a barn owl, it was time to get busy. Approaching raptors of any […]
Wildlife watching is one of the fastest growing forms of outdoor recreation in the United States. It’s not uncommon for nature buffs to shell out big money, traveling to exotic destinations like Alaska, Costa Rica, and Africa, in search of everything from butterflies to lions. While these trips are incredibly exciting and worthwhile, they are […]
When I first sat down to write this piece, I couldn’t get anywhere. Some places aren’t easy to describe. I wanted one word to sum up all I had seen on a canoe trip on Upper Klamath Lake. Words like: spectacular, awesome and incredible all fit, but describe the entire state of Oregon. I wanted […]