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My Name Is

My Name Is: Dan Walters

Best in Show winner at Museum of the Red River

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About Me

I grew up in Applewood and have been living in Lakewood since 1993. I went to Wheat Ridge High School and graduated in 1984. After that, I went to Metro State College and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Journalism.

I intended to pursue a career in photojournalism, but soon found that wildlife photography was my true passion after I purchased a Tamron 300mm and went to Mount Evans to photograph mountain goats. After that, I was hooked.

In my free time

In my free time, I love getting outside. Mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing are a few of my favorite activities. I love to stay active and keep myself in shape. When you are out shooting and you are lugging around some very heavy camera gear, it does pay off.

I have also been doing a few more workshops through Front Range Wildlife Photographers MeetUp page. Teaching people to properly use their equipment and also show them what lies in their own backyard is very rewarding.

I recently led a couple workshops in Florida during Florida’s Birding and Photo Festival in Saint Augustine, Florida.

A love for art

My artistic medium is digital photography. Since my emphasis is bird photography, capturing an artistic image of birds can be challenging and very rewarding. First, you are trying to just get a subject that flies and moves very fast in your frame. Then you are looking at your light - is it behind you and bringing out the colors in the bird? Second, you are looking at your background — is it clean and not competing with your subject? All of these come together in 1/4000 of a second.

Winning best of show at Oklahoma’s Museum of the Red River was very rewarding. I felt very honored because there were a lot of great images I was up against. There are a lot of great photographers out there, so seeing their work make me want to keep shooting and improve my own work.

The power of photography

Wildlife photography can be very powerful. Not only are you capturing beautiful images of wildlife, but you are also showing people what is out there and what we need to protect. Take all the open space in Lakewood — you don’t have to go far there to find wildlife subjects. Photography can help show the beauty and what lives here and the importance of protecting these areas for future generations.

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