chedbradley

Charles Bradley (chedbradley)

I began taking photographs in high school in 1964, prodded by a neighbor who was an art director at National Geographic. Subsequently, I began serious outdoor photography in 1970 after seeing a particularly inspiring photograph in National Geographic Magazine of a hiker on the rim trail at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Since the early 1970s, my photographs have been primarily of landscapes and wildlife, mostly taken in the parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas of North America, Europe, Antarctica, and Africa. The artist who has most influenced my work is the late Eliot Porter - the first photographer to have a solo exhibition of color photographs at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980.

I both sell my photographs privately and donate them to charities that use them in various ways to raise funds. The charities include the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the Pride of Baltimore II in Maryland, and Life Skills Workshop, Inc. also in Maryland. I have had work published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and in National Geographic World and have had shows in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Equipment

I use 35mm and 6x6cm camera equipment. In 2004, I switched from Nikon film-based 35mm cameras to Nikon digital cameras - now D3S's. My Nikkor lenses include a 500mm f/4 VR, 400mm f/2.8 AFS-II, 200-400mm f/4 VR, 300mm f/2.8 VR, 300mm f/4, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, 17-35mm f/2.8, 24mm f/3.5 PC-E, and 12-24mm f/4 G. I still use a Bronica SQ-A medium format film camera for some landscape work. I use Gitzo carbon fiber tripods, a Kirk ball head, Really Right Stuff ball heads, a Kirk Window Mount, a Wimberley Gimbal Head, and a Wimberley Sidekick. I do 35mm and medium format film scanning with a Polaroid Sprintscan 120 film scanner, and I catalog, process, post-process and manage my photographs with Apple's Aperture and Adobe Photoshop on an Apple eight-core MacPro. I calibrate a 30" Cinema Display with an Eye-One colorimeter.

I make most of my prints with an Epson 3800 inkjet printer on Epson Enhanced Matte paper with Epson Ultrachrome inks. These are archival quality prints, which - properly mounted, matted, framed, and displayed - will last many decades.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy these photographs. Producing them certainly is wonderfully satisfying.

Galleries

Gazebos, Mohonk Mountain House, New York

Gazebos, Mohonk Mountain House, New York

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