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Photography by Gary Chandler

Gary ChandlerMy wife, Wanda and I have always enjoyed nature and we love taking pictures. However, with our little inexpensive cameras, we could only get good pictures if the conditions were ideal. I discovered that, with a 35mm camera, a photographer had more control over the exposure settings and could take good pictures in a wide variety of lighting conditions. I purchased a 35mm camera and a 50mm lens and that was ok for most subjects. I soon realized that to shoot birds and butterflies I would need longer focal length lenses. This was in the early eighties and since then I have purchased better equipment, including longer lenses and stable tripods. I have constructed a blind over my pond from which I can get shots of a great variety of water fowl. I also use portable blinds that I can move around to bird nests or wherever I need to set up undercover. The blinds have stationary camera mounts installed in them and I frequently use a mount I made for the window of my van or car.

Over the years I have won first place, second place, and third place a few times in a newspaper photo contest. As a result of these successes I have received two merit award in the KINSA (Kodak International Snapshot Awards). I won first (1997) and second place (1998) awards in the "Wildbird" magazines annual photo contest. These awards were in the "Backyard" category.

Places my pictures have been published:

  • Back cover of "Country Extra" magazine, Jan. 1996
  • Back cover of "Birds & Blooms" magazine, Feb/Mar 1996
  • Several small pictures in "Birds & Blooms" magazine over the past few years.
  • 1996 "Birds & Blooms" calender
  • 1999 "Flying Flowers" calendar
  • Front cover of "Duncraft" catalog, Holiday issue 1996
  • Front cover of "Tennessee Wildlife" magazine, Jan/Feb 1996
  • Guest Photographer" with several photos in the Nov/Dec issues of "Tennessee Wildlife" magazine 1992
  • At least one picture in 8 of the last 9 issues of "Tennessee Wildlife" magazine calendar issues.
  • Backyard Living Book Called "Designing & Planting Backyards" by Time Life.
  • I have just had 12 of my Eastern Bluebird pictures published in a booklet: Bird Watcher's Digest "Bluebird Basics" published by Rodale Books


Gary Chandler's Portfolio:
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Nature Through the Lens

Photography by Gary Chandler
Email Gary at: gc@naturetl.com
Visit Gary's web site at: http://www.naturetl.com/

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