"Go, my sons, sell your lands, your houses, your garments and your jewelry; burn up your books. On the other hand, buy yourselves stout shoes, get away to the mountains, search the valleys, the deserts, the shores of the sea, and the deepest recesses of the earth; mark well the distinctions between animals, the differences among plants, the various kinds of minerals, the properties and mode origin of everything that exists. Be not ashamed to learn by heart the astronomy and terrestrial philosophy of the peasantry. Lastly, purchase coals, build furnaces, watch and experiment without wearying. In this way, and no other, will you arrive at a knowledge of things, and of their properties."
-- Petrus Severinus, Idea Medecinae Philosophicae, 1571
For many years, I've had those stout shoes and the good fortune to hike into wild places in the American West, to experience glorious displays of nature that most people never get a chance to see. There have been hundreds of times in the backcountry when I said "I wish I had a camera." With the advent of affordable digital photography, I'm finally able share some of those experiences.
Nearly all the photos on these pages were taken with Canon camera bodies and lenses. My principal camera these days is a Canon EOS 7D. When photographing birds, I generally use the Canon 500mm f/4L IS USM, with and without a 1.4x teleconverter. For closer subjects and in-flight shots, I usually use the Canon 300mm f/4L IS USM, with and without a 1.4x teleconverter.
Whenever possible, I mount the camera and lenses on a TVC 33 carbon fiber tripod from Really Right Stuff. While carbon fiber tripods are lighter than aluminum and magnesium alternatives, the primary advantage for me is greater stiffness and reduced vibration of carbon fiber, essential for obtaining the sharpest possible images. The TVC 33 is the stiffest tripod I've ever encountered. I use a B-55 ballhead from Really Right Stuff and cannot say enough about how well-designed, efficient, fast and comfortable it is.
For backpacking or on longer hikes and climbs when weight is an issue, I use a Gitzo 1541T carbon fiber tripod with a B-25 ballhead from Really Right Stuff. (For more information, see: www.reallyrightstuff.com)
For photos of flowers, fungi, mineral specimens and insects, I generally use the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM or the Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM. For photos of marine creatures or insects, I most often use the Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM because conditions so often require the longer focal length.
My primary all-purpose, mid-range lens is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, the Swiss Army Knife of lenses.
I also do a bit of high-magnification macro photography using the Canon MP-E 65mm lens with a B150-B focusing rail and B2-FAB clamp from Really Right Stuff. This lens can produce images at 1-5X life size.
All photographs that I post to these Flickr pages are the property of Ron Wolf. They are protected by U.S. and International copyright laws. They are not to be copied, duplicated, downloaded or displayed by any means without my written permission. I take the protection of copyright seriously. You should too.
Toward that end, I do not want my photos to be used by any of the web sites considered to be "content farms" or "mash-ups." Yes, the internet is for sharing. I have concluded that content creators should not share their work with the operators of these sites until the companies aggregating the work of others develop business models that share more in return with the original content creators. I urge other photographers to protect their work from such exploitation.
Photos of Ron Wolf (3)
- Great Basin National Park 131 photos, 15 members
- Rare Birds of California 372 photos, 36 members
- Lava Beds National Monument Photos 620 photos, 57 members
- Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum 474 photos, 6 members
- Monterey Bay Area Bird Photography 164 photos, 30 members
- Family Paridae, Chickadees and Tits of the World 225 photos, 28 members
- Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve 454 photos, 32 members
- Bishop Ca 989 photos, 85 members
- US395 4,903 photos, 455 members
- Death Valley National Park 13,193 photos, 1,170 members
- Death Valley 15,554 photos, 2,240 members
- Gems, Rocks, and Minerals 2,447 photos, 123 members
- The Art of Science 4,790 photos, 602 members
- Fluorescent Minerals 1,321 photos, 110 members
- Fossil Butte National Monument 94 photos, 8 members
- Audubon Kern River Preserve 62 photos, 13 members
- Rock Art Vandalism 183 photos, 40 members
- GEOPARKS & GEOTOURISM Worldwide 2,607 photos, 79 members
- Santa Clara County Parks 421 photos, 29 members
- Earth Science Teaching Resource 1,430 photos, 187 members
- Petroglyph's 3,669 photos, 280 members
- Rock Art 12,433 photos, 1,240 members
- Fremont Style Rock Art 382 photos, 40 members
- geological macros 1,437 photos, 72 members
- Geology 5,696 photos, 213 members
- Geomorphology 1,977 photos, 115 members
- Clarkia 264 photos, 20 members
- Tide Pool Life 821 photos, 86 members
- Herping Is easy 5,123 photos, 225 members
- Mimulus 1,005 photos, 81 members
- Pictures of MYXOMYCETES mushrooms, slime molds. 834 photos, 75 members
- Wild California 6,170 photos, 181 members
- Trilobites 2,750 photos, 446 members
- Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo 19,003 photos, 1,237 members
- Conks & Polypores 207 photos, 22 members
- California State Parks and Beaches 15,819 photos, 993 members
- Eastern Sierra (Wildflowers & Wildlife) 347 photos, 58 members
- Orobanchaceae 5,686 photos, 241 members
- Colorado Wildlife 9,838 photos, 295 members
- Colorado Wildflowers 3,034 photos, 217 members
- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve 725 photos, 49 members
- Mount Diablo, California 1,942 photos, 229 members
- Slime Molds 2,064 photos, 326 members
- Radio Road Birding 298 photos, 14 members
- simply Green 1,710 photos, 193 members
- Fossils 5,502 photos, 835 members
- Guttation 26 photos, 9 members
- Mono Lake 3,620 photos, 691 members
- openspace.org 1,803 photos, 233 members
- UCSC Arboretum 1,304 photos, 30 members
"All of Ron's photos are of outstanding quality, and all look completely natural without over-sharpening or over-processing. He also photographs a wide variety of species of all kinds, and identifies them all. His photos are one of the few streams I have looked through all the way to the end, and have even learned the names of some plants that I could not ID. Thanks very much for this resource."
27th June, 2007
- Ron Wolf
- November 2006
- Palo Alto, CA
- I am:
- Writer, Editor, Photographer
- rewolf [at] sbcglobal.net