Welcome to Country Images - countryimages

Welcome!  Country Images is my site where I display and sell my photographs.  I am an explorer, nature lover, and photographer whose passion is capturing the beauty in the world around me. That might be an beautiful person, an awe inspiring landscape, or a rarely seen wild creature. My goal is to capture the scene with my Nikon and share it with you. I have always photographed a wide range of subjects, and still do. My most photographed subjects tend to be nature, landscapes, and people. This gallery is a showcase for an eclectic mix of some of my favorite images from each of those categories, plus a few more.  I think the best way to view them is by clicking the slideshow button, but you can also just click on a selected image to view a larger size. The Art tab above is where you will find the images that I think will look great hanging on the wall. Some of them took a considerable investment in time and effort to capture. All images have to be enhanced after capture to complete the photograph. Digital capture is amazing but the image is flat and lifeless right out of the camera. The camera is after all just a tool that captures data about a scene. It does not see it the same way we do. Ansel Adams said "you don't take a photograph, you make it". So, creating my images encompasses many things including my vision, planning, being in the right place at the right time, and the transformation from the raw image into the scene I actually witnessed. Some of these images have very little done to them, yet others are worked on more meticulously. I now use Photoshop CC almost exclusively for transforming my captures into what I was seeing at the moment the shutter was released. My goal is to take the RAW camera data and create an image as close to what I visualized in my mind's eye, as possible. Sometimes this requires blending two or three images to reproduce the same dynamic range as the human eye. My hope is that I can share a small part of the beauty our world has to offer.  The Stock tab is a collection of all my images by genre. As I mentioned earlier I shoot a wide range of subjects, so I have categorized my work to make it easy for you to locate a subject that interests you. The categories include wild creatures, landscapes, people, travel, animals, photojounalism, sports, event,  still life, black & white, daily shot, and client. Any of these stock images can be printed by me or my lab on an archival quality inkjet printer. You may also purchase an image license to use in a blog, advertising, or a publication. In some cases event images can be purchased online. If this is the case you will see a "buy" button in upper right side of the gallery. These images are printed by my lab and shipped directly to you.  The Info tab above is where you will find information about me and my business, some of my pricing, and my copyright.  The Daily Shot tab is where I challenge myself to capture an interesting or beautiful image every day. The Blog tab is where I talk about my newest images, projects, or travels and to help direct you to my latest galleries. The Contact Me tab is a how you can get in touch with me to purchase a print, discuss licensing an image,  or to simply ask a question. I encourage everyone to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the world around you but remember to "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, and kill nothing but time" author unknown.   Mark Chapman

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Wood Duck Drake

A Wood Duck drake at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.

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