My wife and I moved to Jackson Hole, WY in 1986. Jackson Hole is the gateway city to two of the most beautiful National Parks in the country—Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. While we still travel a bit, I spend most of my time in the Tetons and enjoying the many activities the area has to offer. Hard to beat it!
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Central State University in Edmond, OK. That’s what my diploma says anyway. I believe CSU is now the University of Central Oklahoma. I began a 40 plus year career doing hand crafted signs in Oklahoma City and then Jackson Hole, WY. Over the years, I migrated towards the digital graphics side of the changing sign trade to augment the hand crafted elements. I bought my first film camera while in college and wore out several of them over the years. Eventually, I traded in my film cameras to the newer high resolution digital cameras. We sold the sign shop in 1995, giving me more time to be out in the wilds taking photos.
I live in a photo rich environment I love so much. I get to call upon my training in fine art, photography, and computer graphics to create artistic images that blend it all together.
Member: NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) — NWU (National Writers Union) — NPS (Nikon Professional Services) —NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) — Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
About My Equipment:
In case you are interested: I am currently using Nikon D5, D810, D500 pro bodies. Lenses: 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 70-200mm f/2.8 mid-range zoom lens, and 200-400mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens, Nikon 200-500mm zoom lens. I recently added a Tamron 150-600mm G2lens. The rest of the gear is rather eclectic. The tripod is use most is an older four piece Gitzo G1348 Mountaineer MK2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Really Right Stuff leveling pan base and an Arca-Swiss Ball Head. I have a Wimberley Sidekick on each of the two larger lenses with collars. My second, heavy duty tripod is a Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit . The camera bags are filled with all kinds of gadgets, triggers, connectors, and so forth, along with numerous Nikon strobes.
About My Images:
The image above is a typical image found on my Teton Images site. Many of them started out as a standard photo, then modified with some sort of artistic technique. This dynamic image is one of my better sellers. Prairie Warriors won the Equestrian division of the Cowboys and Indians magazine annual photo competition.
About This Blog:
Overview: The first feature post on this blog site was made on July 30th, 2013. By almost all standards, this is still a blog site in its infancy. The goal was to load the site with both informative and interesting information about Jackson Hole and photography. I hope to make it “the go-to site” for anyone interested in keeping an eye on the area, or are planning on visiting the area. And, I’d like to throw in some surprise posts to keep people guessing and interested.
Best of the Tetons has essentially two types of posts. The “Daily Updates and Photos” posts are created for each month and contain news, links, photos, and updates happening during that month. At any time, readers can click on Daily Updates pages for the same month in the prior year to get an idea of what to expect this year. That’s a great resource if you are planning a trip. The second type of posts on this site are what I call “Feature Posts”. Feature Posts are usually more confined to a specific topic or subject. This scope of the photography and information at this site isn’t limited to only wildlife and landscape photography in Jackson Hole. I also include some regional posts and mixture of events and happenings here in the hole. Variety of is the spice of life! In Jackson Hole, there’s always something interesting going on! Lastly, you will occasionally see links to Teton Images. That’s my photography web site with images for sale.
If you are new to Best of the Tetons,you might find it beneficial to check out this page: Best of the Tetons : Start Here! The page is a collection of semi-organized links to all of my previous Feature Posts. Check out the Must Read section, too!
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Mike R. Jackson