Jim Bodkin

Jim Bodkin

I am a 77 year old resident of the Chicago area for the past 31 years with a passion for nature photography. Prior to that we lived in Florida for 8 years after growing-up in Virginia, as various Engineering and Management jobs influenced our location.

I have been a long-time casual photographer, chronicling the kids growing years and travels with 35mm color film. With the advent of good digital cameras, in 1998 I decided to get more involved with digital photography since my background in electronics and computers complimented the new skills required. Wife Diane and I have traveled to all 50 states and 43 foreign countries and we wanted to have a hobby that could easily capture our travels and our love of nature. This has blossomed into our involvement in 2 local photo clubs, the Chicago Regional group CACCA, joining PSA, and me chairing up the PSA Chicago Chapter and the Nature Division of PSA.

We typically shoot all types of nature subjects from macro to landscapes, with our favorite being birds. We still document our travels and family events, especially of the 3 grandchildren. Additionally, we also compete in local, regional, national and international competitions.

We both shoot Canon equipment. The Canon 7D Mk II bodies are our latest with an assortment of lens. My favorite lenses are Canon 100-400mm and Canon 500mm ƒ/4 with a 2X teleconverter. Whereas I used to be able to pass equipment down to Diane when I got a newer model, I am now purchasing 2 of everything as her skills have increased.

I work exclusively on Mac computers, with archiving and 100% of the improvements performed in Lightroom and an additional 10-20% in Photoshop, Aurora, or other specialized software and plug-ins. I produce my own prints, up to 17" wide, on an Epson 3880 printer.

I am constantly looking for improvement in my work and B&W is an area where I want to improve.