Web Site Of The Month
Grizzly Bear Nature Photography
To all the nature photographers
don't feel neglected; this Web Site of the Month is just for you.
Grizzly Bear Nature Photography features the images of John Herbst and
is located at www.grizzlyjhphoto.com.
You may already be familiar with some of John's work, since several
of his photographs have appeared in Tokina ads during the past year
or two. John and his wife Cheryl own Grizzly Bear Nature Photography,
a stock agency which has 90,000 original nature and wildlife images
on file. Their site is quite active, and John told me it averages between
8000 to 10,000 "hits" per month from more than 40 countries.
John and Cheryl understand
that the way to create a useful web site is to update it frequently. They
update the site every month, including such departments as Article of
the Month, Image of the Month, Book Review of the Month, and Equipment
Review of the Month. Also information on current wildlife and nature photo
opportunities available in South Dakota. All of the previous months'
information is placed in archive files for people to review whenever they
wish. John told me that one visitor commented that their "web site
is a virtual course on wildlife and nature photography" and I think
that's a fair statement.
Grizzly Bear Nature Photography,
has a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section like most well-designed
sites. One difference is that, instead of providing information about
the site or computer-related details, John shares his preferences for
equipment and film. You'll also find some trivia like this tasty
tidbit which answers the question, "Why did you name your company
Grizzly Bear Nature Photography?" John's reply: "Because
I wanted to," proving once again that Westerners are, by their nature,
people of few words. In this case, the Webmaster lets his images speak
Bookmark Of The Month.
This column has proved to be popular and I get many suggestions
about web sites to feature. In addition to a Web site of the Month, I'll
also be featuring a Bookmark of the Month to briefly highlight another
noteworthy place to visit. This month I urge you to bookmark Photo Essays
by Herman Krieger at www.efn.org/~hkrieger.
Although he spent 30 years as a computer programmer, Krieger's black
and white images exhibit a sense of humor that is too often lacking in
contemporary photography. This wit combined with his obvious photojournalism
skills produce images that will make you smile while you marvel at his
technical and people skills.
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