It was -4F (-20C) at sunrise photographing Bald EaglesIt was -4F (-20C) at sunrise photographing Bald EaglesGet my free Darkroom & Fine Art Newsletter and never miss another article again. Many people may not know that I have been a long-time wildlife photographer because most of what I share is about film/darkroom and large format photography.  

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I made a conscious decision to pursue more wildlife photography because it is something that I deeply enjoy doing and I am an advocate for nature and wildlife. I am a Certified Master Naturalist and an avid hiker, so I am routinely exposed to a variety of wildlife.  

I live in the Ozark Mountains because I deeply enjoy nature and wildlife.  I usually start my day hiking and enjoying the outdoors.  

Wildlife photography has been my way of keeping in shape and maintaining a healthy weight.  By hiking almost every day along with eating real food (i.e., farm fresh vegetables, fish, nuts, fruits, etc.), I am able to get to the places that I love in the mountains.  

Since I get a lot of questions about the gear I use, I decided to create this page for you and also share my unique approach to creating handcrafted Platinum HistographTM prints of wildlife.  

Black Bear - Great Smoky MountainsBlack Bear - Great Smoky MountainsIf you enjoy this photo, subscribe to my Wildlife Photography Newsletter today and never miss an update again. One of the things that I love about wildlife photography is the skill required to get close to the animals.  Besides the required photography-centric skills, you need to be knowledgeable about the animals that you enjoy photographing in order to create something memorable.  The "keeper rate" for most wildlife photographers is very low, and this is part of what I love about the challenge.  I am instantly transported back to each experience when I review my photos.  

Wildlife photographers need to master the key skills required to create winning wildlife photos (capture tack sharp images, color management, resizing and cropping for composition, advanced noise reduction, advanced multi-layer sharpening) and invest a lot of hours in the field.  

Independent of your choice of output mediums, the same fundaments apply. You need to be able to capture critically sharp and compelling images in the field, and then successfully navigate through the post-processing steps which includes color management, cropping and resizing for compelling compositions, noise reduction, and selective sharpening. Because we work in low-light conditions most of the time, we push the limits of camera gear and post-processing more than any other type of photography.

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Black Bear Cub - Platinum/Palladium Fine PrintBlack Bear Cub - Platinum/Palladium Fine PrintTitle: Black Bear Cub, Great Smoky Mountains
Limited Edition: Yes, edition of 10
Print Info: Platinum/Palladium Hand Coated Fine Print
Paper Info: Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, 11" x 15"
Image Area: 8" x 10" printed on 11" x 15" media
Price: 1/10 $899 USD

I donate 20% of my art sale profits to non-profit organizations that have a proven track record of helping make our world a better place. After your purchase, I will email you asking you to select an organization for the donation.

Contact Tim for purchase information or questions.
I also love creating my large format landscape and nature Platinum HistographTM prints for different reasons (slow, methodical, peaceful, superb image quality, artisan process), and so on.  Both genres fill something special for me and I equally enjoy both of them for different reasons.  

I sort of think of wildlife photography as my extreme sport because I travel to places that I wouldn't otherwise, and do things that I probably shouldn't sometimes to have an opportunity to create a unique piece of artwork that someone appreciates and values.   

I will share the camera gear that I use and why along with some other items that you might not think about if you aren't an avid wildlife photographer.  If you have any questions, you can always email me and I am happy to help you if I can.

Be sure to join my Wildlife Photography Newsletter because I share a lot of information and special things with my subscribers that I don't share anywhere else.  


Using my skills and experience as a long-time large format platinum/palladium fine art printmaker, I create special limited edition Platinum HistographTM  Heirloom Fine Art Prints of my wildlife subjects.  In this case, I am not able to use my large format view cameras to create the film negatives, so I have to use a high-end digital camera and powerful telephoto lenses to create the exposures, and then produce an analog film negative for the platinum printmaking process.  Since platinum printmaking is an analog process, my negative has to be the same size as the final print.  


I like to photograph a wide variety of animals in many different locations.  I live in the central part of the USA in the Ozark Mountains, however, I frequently travel out west to the Rocky Mountains and east to the Smoky and Appalachian Mountains.

I use the following photography gear for my wildlife photography

  • Nikon D5 Camera
  • Nikon D500 Camera
  • Nikon 500mm F4 Prime Telephoto Lens
  • Nikon 400mm F2.8 Prime Telephoto Lens
  • Nikon 300mm F2.8 Prime Telephoto Lens
  • Nikon 300mm F4 Prime Telephoto Lens
  • Nikon 200-500mm F5.6 Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 Zoom Lens
  • Nikon 24-120 F4 Zoom Lens 
  • Nikon Teleconverters 1.4, 1.7, 2.0
  • Gitzo 5 Series Tripods 
  • Really Right Stuff Monopod 
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head 
  • Wimberley Gimbal Head 

If you enjoy Wildlife photography too, send me an email and introduce yourself.  Subscribe to my free Wildlife Photography Newsletter and never miss an update again.  

-Tim Layton