Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Jim Oltersdorf works on the edge to get wild and unique photographs of wildlife and nature as a whole
There are only a handful of people in the nation who fit into this category. Why? It takes a lifetime of training, experience and know-how to get to the point of receiving wildlife and nature assignments like these. The photographers have to be exceptional at handling their cameras and other related photographic gear. And it helps to have technical experience and training in many other areas, such as wildlife behavior, biology or geology, to complete the job safely. It’s not a case of, “Oh, he’s really good with a camera.”
One of those photographers who works in these extreme environments is a year-round, 10-year resident of Alaska, Jim Oltersdorf. Oltersdorf lives on the vast Kenai Peninsula on the edge of a private lake. Fronted by 2.1 million acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, it’s a “Walden’s Pond” of serenity and tranquility, and it’s from this base that he plans his adventures.
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