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Scott Buckel

Scott was born in Houston, TX where he spent his childhood days exploring the “wild” areas near his home. He hunted and fished and, after a time, realized that he would rather watch and “shoot” wildlife in a completely different manner. During these years, Scott devoted much time to learning and understanding animal behavior, leading to his choice of college studies – biology and chemistry. While in college, Scott worked for a number of faculty members while maintaining fish, growing plants, and collecting marine invertebrates. Numerous weekends were spent looking for new birds along the coast and piney woods of Texas. In spite of these years of wildlife and bird studies, Scott chose to study biochemistry instead of animal behavior, necessitating a move from the coast of Texas to the Midwest to attend Purdue University. He knew that he could continue his wildlife and bird studies on his own.

During the “lean” graduate study years, Scott longed for time and resources to continue his outdoor adventures and nature observation. This longing for photographic expression continued as he decided to move to Pittsburgh, a populated area devoid of much wildlife. The increasing desire for studying animal behavior, however, drove Scott to develop an interest in tropical fish, observation, and husbandry which, of course, led to photographic recording on film. As with any talent, practice, practice, and more practice leads to improved technique, ability, and results. These fish photographic years were no exception. Scott’s photographic skills and techniques improved considerably and he started sharing his slides with friends. With this encouragement, Scott’s passion for photography expanded and he began photographically recording almost everything he saw. Scott’s photographic passion was now a life requirement, far beyond a passing interest.

Scott’s journey continued to unfold. His combination of interests propelled him to seek travel opportunities and continued nature observation and filming. Scott continued self-study, reading and teaching himself about photographic techniques. One pivotal moment was when he purchased John Shaw’s book on nature photography. This book provided the inspiration for Scott to expand his photographic equipment to include a tripod, which has subsequently expanded his repertoire and experiences considerably. Scott has also attended several photographic workshops and trips as a part of his ongoing development plan to improve, enhance, and optimize his photographic skills, thanks to the funds of his day-job as a scientist for several pharmaceutical companies. In a synergistic way, the right brained activity of photography has also helped Scott’s professional development and work activities.

Scott’s scientific career then led him to Boulder, Colorado, where he joined two camera clubs. Participation in these clubs helped Scott develop his style and further his photographic vision. Scott was especially drawn to photographing birds. While wandering around Colorado seeking animals, Scott expanded his photographic repertoire to include the splendid scenery of Colorado. His career journey has led him more recently to California, where he is exploring the state for photographic opportunities.

Scott’s foundational photographic interest was in natural history, which expanded to other forms and styles of photography. His experimentation with different formats for film photographic presentation continued until the advent of the digital darkroom. This evolution has finally led Scott to the perfect balance of quality and quality of work product with the tools to achieve the exceptional photographic results he longed and dreamed of. Today, Scott shoots exclusively digital due to the amazing variety of photographic creativity and opportunities -– with imagination being the only limitation.

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