Hi! I'm Jeff of JSJ Photography. I'm a retired Air Force officer who has been taking pictures and entering them in photo contests as my wife Jenny and I traveled the world together for over 20 years. We lived on 3 continents and have travelled to 2 others so far.
During our world travels as a geography major and photo enthusiast, I have developed a fascination with various cultures--but I also like to feature photos of nature, landscapes and weather phenomena. My favorite compositions include sunsets/sunrises, the moon, thunderstorms, bald eagles, unusual animals, rare birds and other wildlife. I usually keep to subjects that do not include humans, but I enjoy photographing manmade objects--especially military aircraft, patriotic flags, aviation, transportation, lighthouses, bridges, architecture, skyscraper buildings, skylines and other historic artifacts. Sometimes I make a few "technical" photos in black & white or selective colors. I usually process my photos to match the real world--realism is important to me as a photographer, so I hope visitors to my galleries see the same moment in time as when I took the picture.
We lived in Hawaii for four years, but we enjoyed the best sunsets and sunrises on Navarre Beach along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast even more than Hawaii. During our time in Florida, JSJ Photography earned over 130 "Approver's Choice Awards" for my photo art as featured in the Photo Galleries of Weather Underground. My photos were also featured by hurricane expert Dr. Jeff Masters during his analysis of Hurricane Isaac in August 2012, and my photos have been selected six times as "World View Photos of the Week" in the top ten photos of the world. I took on a major photography project in 2011-2013 by getting outside to shoot a series of sunset or sunrise photos every day on Navarre Beach, chronicling an entire year of 366 note-worthy landscape photos which I had made into a computer wallpaper software program that changes daily. Contact me directly for details on the 366 Sunrise/Sunset Wallpaper DVD.
My awards include nature photos with several varieties of herons, bald eagles, pelicans, black skimmers, cedar waxwings, sandpipers, double-breasted cormorants, Muscovy ducks, turkey vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and osprey. Other wild sea animals include dolphins, sea turtles, jellyfish and manta rays. I like to shoot flowers and small insects such as butterflies, dragonflies, walking sticks, bees and damselflies. My zoo and African safari animals include a baby silverback gorilla, lion cub, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, coatimundi, chimpanzee, zebra, giraffe, lion, leopard, water buffalo, tiger and black bear.
My weather photography includes several lightning, tropical storm and hurricane series which have been recognized with both Approver's Choice and World View selections. My aviation photography includes the Navy's Blue Angels, AC-130 gunships, CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, B-25 Mitchell from the Doolittle Tokyo Raid and the B-17 Flying Fortress.
As a graduate student in geography, my goal is to visit all seven continents and all 50 states in America. I've been to 28 countries and over 400 cities on 5 continents, along with visits to 41 of the 50 states as of December 2014--including climbing Mount Fuji, Japan in 2005 and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in 2013.
I shoot with a Nikon D5100 in 1080p HD with 16-35mm wide angle and 55-300mm zoom lenses. I recently bought a 150-600mm TAMRON so my close-ups will be even closer from now on! With the encouragement of my wife Jenny, locals of Florida's Emerald Coast and the world-wide audience of Weather Underground, I opened my first small business, JSJ Photography, in October 2012. I hope you enjoy your visit to my Fine Art America galleries and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions.