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William Heyd

Kalamazoo, MI, United States

I have enjoyed a lifelong interest in photography and being in nature, and have pursued these interests in greater depth in recent years. As a photographer I am essentially self-taught, though I surely benefit from reading and discussions with other photographers. I have traveled extensively in the U.S. to photograph wildlife and nature. I do not use a flash or make noises in wildlife photography. The four P's – be prepared, be patient, be persistent, be passionate – guide my efforts. As a Ph.D. scientist (though not an ornithologist or biologist), I prepare for wildlife photography by envisioning what I would like to see, learning my desired subject’s behaviors, choosing times and locations conducive to finding what I seek, and reacting quickly to what I see. The Canon EOS1DX SLR (single lens reflex) camera which I use today, and the predecessor Canon EOS7D, include a continuous focusing mode which can take up to twelve images per second, continuously focusing for each exposure! This facilitates photographing flying birds, dragonflies, butterflies, dancers, soccer players, and the like. I use a Canon 100 to 400 mm image-stabilizing zoom lens with either camera to shoot hand-held (no tripod). My images have appeared in several solo exhibits in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. Selected images have appeared in publications. I have presented my images and interpretations to several Audubon and other Bird groups. I gratefully acknowledge my partner, Carolyn Kuester, for her love of nature, keen field observations and abundant patience in accompanying me on many of my outings. I obtained an A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1967, and a Ph.D. from Case Western University in 1972 (both in organic chemistry). I spent postdoctoral years in Saarbruecken, Germany (University of the Saarland; taking the opportunity to become fluent in the German language), and at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I spent thirty years at The Upjohn Company and successor companies in a variety of roles – as a medicinal chemist, patent scientist, research contracts scientist, in technology licensing evaluation, and in administration in central nervous system diseases research. I retired from Pfizer in 2003.

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