About Me - davidleonardphoto

About Me

I've been taking photographs of the natural world since the late 1970s.  However, beginning in 2010, I began taking my photography more seriously investing the time and money necessary to obtain high quality images.  

I grew up in east-central Florida near Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and have been watching birds for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I spent my free time searching for bird nests, snakes, and turtles in the natural areas around my neighborhood.  My love of animals led me into a career as a wildlife biologist and I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on endangered birds  in Florida and Hawaii.  I now live in Portland, Oregon, with my wife Holly and three cats (all indoors all the time), where I continue to work in the field of wildlife conservation.  The diverse habitats of the Pacific Northwest provide ample opportunities for photography, and Holly and I love to travel, hike, and watch wildlife, especially birds.

I hope my photographs contribute to conservation by conveying the beauty of the non-human residents that we "share" our planet with and inspiring people to protect them.

Thank you for visiting my site!

David Leonard

My equipment and work flow: I use Canon digital SLR bodies and an assortment of Canon and Tamron lenses.  Most of my bird photographs were shot with a Canon 100-400mm f5.6 or a Canon 500mm f4 lens.  I prefer to use natural light when possible, but when light conditions are not optimal, I use a Canon 550EX flash with a Better Beamer flash extender and a Jobu Design flash bracket.  For stability, I use an Induro BHD3 carbon-fiber tripod and an Induro GBHA Gimbal head as well as bean bags depending on the subject and situation.  I adjust, crop, and sharpen each photograph I take using Adobe Photoshop's Lightroom.

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