With Tom J. Ulrich a Wildlife Photographer

with Tom J UlrichToday I have a chance to attend Tom’s presentation about his work on photographing wildlife in Falkland Island in 2006. For this event, though, I have to sacrifice my badminton session at the gym.

The presentation was held at Campus Center Ballrom of UH Manoa. Tom delivered his talk by showing us his amazing photos and told us the story behind them. I giant screen was set up to capture images from a compact projector. Although Tom’s photos little bit burned caused by lack of projector’s resolution adjustment, the presentation went great. Tom was invited by Zoological Department of UH Manoa. His works have been published in numerous magazines including National Wildlife, Audubon, Outdoor Oklahoma, Sierra, American Hunter, Ranger Rick, Alaska, National Geographic, Montana Outdoors, Life and many others. He also published seven nature books, Mammals of the Canadian Rockies, Birds of the Canadian Rockies, Mammals of the Northern Rockies, Birds of the Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame, Photo Pantanal, and Mt. Reynolds: The Story.

I bought one of his book, Once Upon a Frame and got Tom’s sign on it. It consists of amazing photos of his works accompanied by a story behind each of the photo.

When I asked him about tips for beginner, he said that you have to find your own style and make the most of it. Make it unique, different and the best. He photographs everything but at his first career he begun to capture spider and produced plenty of spider amazing photos.

Here is more information about him taken from http://www.tomulrichphotos.com/Bio.htm:

Tom has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Mammal Behaviour category in the 1987 International Wildlife Photographer of the Year, winner of the 1979 and 1981 National Wildlife Photo Contest (finalist in 1978 and 1980), Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 National Wildbird Photo Contest, and the 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1994 Outdoor Writers Scavenger Hunt Photo Contest. In 2005, Tom received the North American Nature Photography Association’s Fellow Award.
For many years Tom has been leading tours to remote parts of the world, such as Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, and East Africa as well as to the greatest aviary spectacle known to man – Pantanal, Brazil. Additionally, Tom is busy conducting photography seminars and workshops around the country and lecturing at numerous institutions including The Johns Hopkins University, Oklahoma State University, Southern Illinois University, New Mexico State University, University of Illinois, Florida State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Indiana University, and Texas Tech University.
Tom taught biological sciences at Fairfield Community High School from 1971-1975 and also taught Photography, Local Flora, Botany, Zoology, General Biology, Biochemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology at Frontier Community College.
He is a charter member and Fellow of North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), an active member and past board member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), an active member and photo workshop leader of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers (RMOWP), and a life member of the SIU Alumni Association.

Click here to see his photos.

Photograph by Bambang Hariyadi 

~ by giantrangkong on October 29, 2007.

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