SF Bay Area writer + wildlife advocate - Dedicated to my Oly OMD

* I've made some of my images are available for editorial and educational use, but I ask that they not be used to promote violence toward animals, which includes practices like hunting, trapping, or pest control. Thank you for that consideration.

• Member NANPA Wildlife Photography Ethics Committee
• Member International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

A recent post by International Bird Rescue where I had the opportunity to discuss some of my thoughts about field ethics:

The well-being of animals I photograph takes precedence over the photo. As a general rule and to the best of my ability, I work to reduce how intrusive my presence is. To that end:

-- I use long lenses for wildlife, and my primary lens is the Oly 300mm f/4 (which has an effective 600mm reach)

-- I don't bait or lure wild animals like owls or foxes, a practice common in some areas

-- I don't use calls or decoys, electronic or other

-- I'm cautious about (and generally avoid) nesting/denning areas, so as not to disturb or draw attention to the location. Exceptions include situations like heron or egret rookeries not compromised by human presence.


I've had a camera in my hands since my first Kodak Instamatic, a gift I received in grade school to document our expat lives in Geneva and Amsterdam. I've also had an enduring love for animals and ecology. But, it wasn't until I began volunteering at wildlife hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area about ten years ago, that my nature and photography passions converged.

Working in wildlife rehabilitation gave me an intimate view into the lives and struggles of species so often inaccessible and removed from our own. I do my best to paint my experience and theirs in pixels, hoping to promote love and appreciation for our fellow travelers on this planet.


In naturalistic or documentary photography, I make standard edits on RAW files. For fine art images and prints, I do take artistic license with effect and outcome. I love the modern tools afforded us, and enjoy the creativity of the digital dark room process.

Some adjustments on my images include: sharpness, levels, contrast, noise reduction, wb/color adjustments where needed, vignettes, and in some cases, spot removal.

I'm currently (slowly) updating my catalog of images for caption consistency.


** Although some of my images are available for use under a Creative Commons license ...

... I ask they not be used to promote cruel or violent content. Thank you for being respectful of this request. **

PHOTO CREDIT: Ingrid Taylar. And, in electronic media, a link back to my photo website (www.ingridtaylar.com).

** Part of the reason I upload select images to Flickr is to participate in the Creative Commons community, providing images for the purpose of education, preservation, conservation and teaching. Some photos are fully-protected or licensed exclusively to Getty or elsewhere, and cannot be used. So, please check on an image-by-image basis.

I always appreciate knowing where my images were used, so feel free to drop me an email or post the usage under the photo. Many thanks!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. [[:-)

~ Ingrid Taylar

:: Photo website: www.ingridtaylar.com
:: Instagram: Ingrid Taylar Instagram

Gear: I used micro four thirds, mirrorless cameras from Olympus.

• Olympus E-M1
• Olympus E-M5II
• m.zuiko 300mm f/4.0
• m.zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8
• m.zuiko 14-54mm
• Sony RX100

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Ingrid Taylar
August 2004
San Francisco
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Writer + Photography
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