Ed Spenser/Sandhill Images

Ed Spenser/Sandhill Images

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Welcome to my new web site powered by SmugMug.  I have photo content on Instagram (elsdvm90), flickr and Facebook (Sandhill Images), there are or will be links to those on the front page.

My interests are wildlife and nature, especially birds (including captive birds and other animals) and also live music, musicians, vehicles and travel/landscape. A few personal projects (I just added a graffiti folder and will be adding to it) will find their way here as well as the occasional business/commercial project. Contact me for questions, licensing, prints, or if you need a live concert photographer or a photo shoot for animals or really any interesting project. I am based in South Florida.

My training as a veterinarian as well as an Master's degree in Avian Sciences inform my bird images, I am interested in behavior, interaction, feeding, courtship, and movement. I also photograph captive animals (I always indicate captive status in photo descriptions), either pets or animals in private collections and/or breeding facilities when asked or given an opportunity. Back in the 1980's and beyond, I photographed countless numbers of exotic species of veterinary patients as well as veterinary surgical and other procedures for use in lectures by my veterinary mentors in Los Angeles. These were all shot with 35mm slide film and an old Canon A-1 macro rig with ring flash. Lots of manual exposure calculations! These types of shoots are also challenging in different ways compared to wild animals. I travel as often as I can to seek birds and wildlife here in Florida as well as other locations and will continue to do so. 

Music: I have been photographing live music concerts and musicians on and off since the early 1970's and have taken a renewed interest in this in the last few years as my wife and I are performing musicians and so are so many of our friends here in South Florida. She performs more frequently than I and her band is very professional. The album entitled "The Lovely Linda" is devoted to photographs of her during live performances in various projects and impromptu jams.  I am an avid photographer of musicians playing live and also off-stage, including publicity photos. I try to emphasize emotion and intensity, action, interaction between band members and also with the audience, and also pick flattering images that make everyone look good! That's what it's all about, right? I try to avoid over-processing although sometimes some added processing zing can be beneficial to the image if the stage lighting is interesting or if it is very challenging. Most of the time I have to fight poor and constantly changing stage lighting.  Sometimes black and white is the only way to work an image with bizarre stage lighting.

Black and white: I love black and white photography. I spent many years shooting (and push processing)  black and white films in various formats and ASA speeds as well as printing my own images in a darkroom in the pre-digital dark ages. I still have a number of film cameras in 35mm and medium format (6x7 and 6x6) and use them occasionally when I can find the time. I love them and wish I had more time for film photography, both color and black and white. When I can't shoot film I do some black and white conversions of my digital images. I spend quite a bit of time on my black and white conversions to try to give them the dark blacks, contrast, tonal range and overall look that makes black and white so wonderful.

Training, background and gear: For gear I am mainly a Canon user although I have used some Sony mirrorless equipment and a variety of film cameras.  I have been a photographer since as a teenager my shutterbug father taught me how to expose, develop and print film images in several formats, starting with a manual cameras such as Kodak Retina, Rolleiflex, and Leica rangefinder. I still have all the thousands of negatives and prints he left behind. I studied still photography at NYU film school while I was attending college there in the 1970's and have been shooting photos off and on since then. I do attend photo workshops and seminars when I can. Recently I set up a small simple studio in my house so I can learn lighting techniques for portraits, this will be a fun long-term project.  I use Lightroom as my main post-processing software, with several add-ins including the Nik suite, and use Photoshop sparingly mostly because I find it so intimidating. I have just started experimenting with Luminar. Printing at home is done on an Epson Surecolor P800. This is a real challenge.

All photos are my property and cannot be reproduced or used for any commerical purpose without my express permission.