I honestly cannot remember a time when I wasn’t interested in the natural world around me. I do remember when I first took a specific interest in birds at the age of fourteen, and it was shortly after that when I started my first insect collection. At the encouragement of a good friend I bought my first SLR just before going up to the arctic in 1974 to spend a summer doing bird surveys over the Beaufort Sea. Unfortunately I eventually got discouraged with nature photography because of the weight of the equipment I was carrying around. When the first point and shoot digital cameras came out, my interest was rekindled, but it took a few years before the first p & s came out that did a decent job on both birds, insects, and everything else. Since then my interest in nature photography has become more of a passion, and much of my time, especially in the summer, is spent on that pursuit.
In late July of 2011 I made the step up from a point and shoot camera to a micro four thirds system, the Panasonic Lumix G3 with a 100 to 300 mm zoom lens. For anyone not familiar with this system the camera body and lenses are much smaller than the equivalent DSLR. As well a 100 to 300 mm lens is the equivalent of a 200 to 600 mm lens in an SLR camera. I use stepping rings and the Canon 500D close-up lens in front of the zoom lens for most of my macro photography.
For those who might be interested, I worked for four years, from 1972 to 1976 for a private ecological consulting company based in Edmonton, Alberta, doing mostly bird work, and much of it in the Canadian Arctic. I then freelanced for a couple of years before joining the staff of the then Provincial Museum of Alberta (it is now the Royal Alberta Museum) in 1978 as a foreground artist working on dioramas. I did this for 5 years then switched to the newly formed Invertebrate Zoology Program where I stayed until I retired in 2006. I now live in Comox on Vancouver Island, B.C.
These galleries are meant to feature my best photos, and are in no way a comprehensive library of my photographs. As such the galleries are meant to be enjoyed rather than to be informative. For anyone wishing to see a more complete body of my work, and wishing to see galleries that are hopefully both informative and educational, please go to http://www.pbase.com/terrythormin
I have recently started a blog with a friend Annie Pang about nature on Vancouver Island. If you are interested in following it you can find it here: http://vancouverislandnature.wordpress.com