Lynn B. Starnes
I am the owner of Great Wildlife Photos, LLC which provides photographs, framed and unframed, Aluminum or canvas, calendars and notecards to customers who love to be surrounded by my stunning landscapes and relaxed, natural wildlife. I started this business in 1996. As an ecologist, I worked for 38 years with wildlife doing research or field studies or managing them. Ecologists cannot “retire” because they live and breathe to be in the out-of-doors. Great Wildlife Photos’ customers benefit from my drive to learn more about animals. I love to provide photo tours so that many customers can see antelope, coyotes or wild horses for the first time in the local Reno area.
The advantage of being a biologist first and a photographer second is my knowledge of animal behavior and habitats. I see animals I am studying eating, sleeping, in their mating rituals, and even playing. Photography for me is fundamentally a “waiting game.” Timing is of great importance. The expression of the animal, such as the eyes looking directly in to the lens, or the position of the body, will make the difference between a marketable and possibly award-winning image or a “throw away.” When I am watching an animal through my camera, I look for that combination of head, legs (or wings), and eyes, in hopes of recording a scene that I think is “perfect.” Sometimes, being motionless and passing up early photographs of the animal is my key to great photographs. Other times, I use wildlife calls and hunting techniques to convince the animal that I am another wildlife species. Hopefully, I can inspire you to love these wild animals that have been my life and to inspire you to help conserve these wild animals and their habitats for future generations.
In July 2018, I opened a gallery in Nevada marketplace in Reno Town Mall, 4001 S Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502.
This year’s ROS donation for the UNR student scholarship is 100% donation. This piece is a print of “Bright Eyed Wolf.”playfully looking at himself in the telephone lens. I have used a new printing process to produce this piece. I produced two versions: one is a donation while the other is for sale. The first is lighter and the second pull is slightly darker.