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James Shelton, Contributor
Full name:
James Shelton
City, state, country:
Richmond, VA, USA

Volunteer Watergrass Planter and Eel Grass Seed Gatherer. Volunteer tree planter and nut collecter for the Virginia Department of Forestry. Volunteer Birder with Audubon and Butterfly Counter with NABA and Dragonfly Counter on Odonata Central. NAAMP Frog Call Counter. Learning more about Insects.
Software QA Analyst during the day.

I take all photos of bugs in the wild in their native environment without capturing them or moving them, with the exception of a few beetles that were turned over. I use a 18-55 Zoom when I can get close to bugs and a 55-300 zoom for fast bugs like Tiger Beetles. All bugs are shot in the wild. My camera is a Nikon 5100. Took an Insect Photography Course in August 2012 from Linda Richardson.

In February 2013, I added 12mm, 20mm and 36mm Nikon Macro Extension tubes for close ups.
James Shelton