About Bud Ralston - Bud Ralston

My undergraduate degree in Geography and world travels as a navigator and photographer created a curiosity and appreciation for our planet and its creatures. I began making pictures with SLR film cameras in 1966 while traveling in the Far East. I made the switch to digital photography in 2001. After retiring from the military and corporate worlds, photography became a passion.


I love wildlife photography and its challenges of availability, weather, lighting, and background. There is a thrill to finding a beautiful animal in the wild. Your hands tremble as you work frantically to set your exposure, shutter speed and aperture constantly cognizant you may lose the opportunity at any second. You seek the animal's eye in your viewfinder and trust your camera's autofocus. Pressing the shutter as gently as you can in the excitement, you pray you have everything right. In a day with a thousand shutter releases, you are thrilled to get 2 or 3 quality images.


Landscape photography is slower and allows one to setup properly while being aware of constantly changing light as clouds pass overhead or the sun rises and sets. Searching for those areas that are unique and photo worthy adds zest to my travels. Many visits to the same site requires patience and dedication. When weather and lighting combine to capture a vista that takes your breath away, you have had a good day.


Finally, photography keeps your mind sharp. Every day I learn something new and can’t wait to try it out. That is the excitement my friends that makes life worth living.


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