About Us.
Well, about me anyway. ;-)

I started photographing wolves in 1984. However, that is not when I started taking photos. I started doing that back when I was reaaaly tiny. I then got my first SLR in High School. It was a very simple Minolta SRT 100. It took awhile before I got anything decent...

By 1984 I was shooting with Nikon equipment. Thinking about my Nikon FM2 and FA and various F series cameras bring back memories...

I started photographing wolves at the San Francisco Zoo doing an study project on wolf behavior through UC Berkeley. I got hooked. I then went on to volunteer at the Folsom City Zoo, then Wolf Haven. I also traveled around visiting a number of zoos with wolves, and the few wolf facilities including Wolf Park in the mid 1980's. Of course I ended up here at Wolf Park in 1988. All along I was taking photos -- lots and lots of photos...

I have since collected many thousands of wolf photographs. Actually, I think the number may be closer to 106+. Until recently, I've never really kept close tabs on how many photos I take, but with the advent of digital photography (and cameras which keep close tabs on shutter counts) I'm taking roughly 3.17 x 10-3/sec. That tends to add up over time...

Of course when I started, I was photographing just about everything I could. I shot in both color (negatives and slides) and lots of black & white. Although it has been over 10 years since I have done much with film, I still have an affinity for black and white.

On October 24, 2001 I went digital. It was a big step, and I have never looked back. I found several advantagees to the digital world, not the least of which was an INCREASE of image quality and sharpness over 35mm film...

Initially, I avoided inkjet printers. I was never happy with the results. I prefered the look of actual photographic paper. However, technology advances all the time. My darkroom no loner exists. There are good black and white digital papers out there. Besides, I prefer to focus more on taking new photos than being stuck for days at a time in a darkroom. Besides, using my computer as a 'digital darkroom' where I can tweak and subtly enhance my work similar to a darkroom, but far more controlled and certainly more advanced, in my opinion, makes an old style darkroom, well, old....

Still, there was always the issue of getting decent prints made... Then in early 2012 another major advancement was made in the world of photography. Canon came out with the Pro-1 printer. This printer uses 12 different cartridges of Lucia ink -- five of which are various shades of black and gray. Needless to say, it does a fantastic job at rendering B&W prints - as good as anything that I was able to acheive in the darkroom. Plus I can easily emulate sepia, brown, even selenium toned prints. Plus I can easily do special effects like keep the color of Dharma's eyes. Her golden eyes are very striking and a perfect enhancement to a B&W print... Of course color prints with this printer are also fantastic and have allowed me to cut shipping time for special orders by several days. The ink is also rated to last over a century - far longer than a standard color print...

Although I have yet to write a book of my own, I have been published in enough magazines, books and other publications that I have long lost track.

My work at Wolf Park

Wolf Park is a fantastic wildlife education and research facility in Indiana. I've worked here as a handler, educator, researcher and photographer since 1988. Part of the proceeds from my photography helps Wolf Park and their education efforts.

I have several web sites, but the best one to see and purchase my work, is here at www.wolfphotography.com where I have quite the listing. However, for all my lastest photos, and to simply be overwhelmed by images, you can check out Photo of the Day which I started in 2002 and now has over 30,000 photos available for subscribers -- www.wolfpark.net.

     ^Monty^