See your skills blossom with a membership! Save up to 60% for a limited time Upgrade now
Jon Rista

Jon Rista



I'm a resident of the beautiful state of Colorado. I picked up photography a few years ago with a Canon 450D, and have loved it ever since. I don't get nearly as much time to spend with a lens as I would prefer, and am hoping to change that in the coming years. My passion lies with nature photography of all forms, however particularly with bird and wildlife photography, followed by landscapes and astrophotography. As my primary job consumes most of my time, I have spent a considerable amount of time photographing the only subject most often available to me when I have the chance to photograph something: the moon. While I generally prefer photographing birds, its amazing how much detail, depth, and character our solo satellite has, and it never seems to bore as a subject.
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (450D)
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300 DGX
  • Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
  • Gitzo Mountaineer GT0541 4s Series.0 Tripod
  • Canon 430EX Flash
  • Gitzo Systematic GT3532LS 3s Series.3 Tripod
  • Jobu Design Pro2 Gimbal
  • Gitzo GH1780QR Series.1 Mag. Center Ball Head

Roughed Up - Sad Story of a Bird

Published September 15th, 2012

The other day, while photographing the horde of sparrows and finches eating the seed and suet in my feeders, I heard an odd flutter to my right. When I looked over, a beautiful Grackle was quietly sitting there. Now anyone who knows Grackles knows they aren't generally silent, nor do they simply sit. They tend to be rather feisty birds.

Read More →

Chatfield's Macro World

Published August 23rd, 2012

While out photographing birds late Winter 2012, I came across a rather beautiful world of new and old life, flowers and flower buds contrasted against the dry decay of last year. The macro world I encountered while traveling along the rivers in the riparian area below Chatfield Reservoir are captured below.

Read More →

Meal Time

Published June 27th, 2012

An Eastern Kingbird catches a tasty meal!

Read More →


Published September 11th, 2011

After having browsed around 500px for a couple months, I figured it was time to put some of my own work here. I must say, I really love this site! Its very well designed and implemented, brings together a variety of disparate elements of the modern internet (photographic portfolios, social networking, blogging, etc.) together very well, and showcases some of the most amazing photography I've ever seen! I really love the way good art bubbles up to the top, and the way you can easily find, friend, and interact with other photographers.

I've been a long-time member of DeviantArt, another artist community. Over recent years, I've become rather frustrated with that community and the management of the site. It is continually changing, often in detrimental ways. The diversity of artwork there is unbelievable, and you usually have to spend an incredible amount of time wading through a lot of junk to find the few gems there are. Being such an incredibly large community, its difficult to get no ...

Read More →