Jeff’s long-awaited coffee table book ‘A Naturalist’s Journal’ has been in the works for several years. As the project moves along toward completion, Jeff is making it possible for everyone to help the book into it’s final phase, printing and publication. The link below provides an opportunity to help fund the process, by ordering advance copies of ‘A Naturalist’s Journal’ at $50 each. A release date for the book is expected in late 2019!
A Naturalist's Journal
Photography by Jeffrey Pine
Photography has always been a meditation for me, an expression of the love that I feel for the natural world. Even as a small boy, my fondest pastime always seemed to be setting out for the unkept parts of my little neighborhood to discover some new insect, bird, snake or tree. My parents encouraged the budding naturalist in me, as well as my artistic endeavors, and facilitated my interest with the first of many books on birds and butterflies, and my first camera, a Pentax.
I began documenting my outdoor experiences on film in my mid teens. I took many thousands of slides in those early days, up until 1979, at which time I began devoting more of my time and energy to my music career. Then, after a two decade-long hiatus, I again picked up the camera in my mid-forties and began taking long, contemplative walks, this time focusing my lens with more of an eye for composition and scientific curiosity.
The photographs contained in A Naturalist’s Journal begin circa 2003, and loosely follow the seasons in the years that have since passed. The images, as they progress through the pages of this book, also document my ever-evolving interests in nature and my development as a photographic artist. In my adult years, I have found myself training my lens more often tan not, on the more subtle and easily overlooked subjects.
All of the photographs presented here were shot through simple and inexpensive ‘point and shoot’ digital cameras. Today’s technology has afforded the amateur photographer with a wide range of quality macro and telephoto capability, which are each essential when attempting to capture close-up images in nature. I’ve spent a lot of time with Canon’s SX 50 model and later on with several similarly capable Nikons. As this book is going to print, I am using a Panasonic Lumix Z1000.
Although many of these photographs portray those rare and beautiful moments we all enjoy seeing, the images say nothing about the incredible amount of patience, as well as trial and error that it takes to acquire a great shot. (Not to mention enduring hoards of ticks, biting flies, mosquitos etc.) For me, the rewards have always far eclipsed the hardships, many times over.
So relax, sit back and turn the page, and come along with me down some beautiful trails…
— Jeff Pine
A Naturalist’s Journal is dedicated to my parents, Carol and Jack.