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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Keith Bauer

By February 10, 2020No Comments
Showcase 2020, Best in Category, Birds: "Sandhill Cranes at Sunset in Central New Mexico" © Keith Bauer.
Showcase 2020, Best in Category, Birds: “Sandhill Cranes at Sunset in Central New Mexico” © Keith Bauer.

How I Got the Shot

This image was captured in late afternoon in early December, 2018. As the sun was setting I saw the light happening through the trees. I set up for this composition, captured several frames to adjust for the desired exposure and told myself that, if I could capture a couple of cranes flying between the trees, that would be ideal. The cranes were foraging through the grasses and would occasionally fly. These 2 provided just what I had pre-visualized and I captured the frame.

What I Used

The image was captured with an Olympus EM-1 Mark II, 300mm f/4, 1/640 @ f/7.1, ISO 400, handheld.  The image was processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.  Minor adjustments to overall contrast and white balance.

About Me

I am based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I retired from a rewarding career at a National Laboratory in 2017 and have been able to devote more time as a part-time professional nature photographer teaching at Bosque Del Apache, and in Chile.  I’ve been an avid nature photographer since the early 1990’s, but have been involved with photography since the 1970’s.  My favorite subjects are tremendously varied, but include wildlife, landscapes, macro, and night photography. In North America, I’d have to say that Yellowstone is my favorite photographic destination.

My Photographic Journey

My journey with photography started in a black and white darkroom in high school. Throughout my college years, I spent summers working in a professional studio doing portraits, weddings and commercial photography. While there I also did a lot of my own photography and worked in the darkroom creating B&W as well as color prints.  Since my academic background is in computer science, when the world of digital photography became a reality I found it to be a perfect marriage of computing and photography. I quickly embraced the digital world and became an instructor in digital post processing.

NANPA and Me

I joined NANPA in 2008 and have been recognized in Showcase 9 of the last 12 years.  In the 2013 Showcase I received a Top 10 (that was what it was called then).

Learn More About Me

For more information about me and my work , see
My NANPA Showcase Portfolio
My website
Instagram:  @keithcbauer