Ellen Morris Bishop

Conservation, Editorial & Sports Photography

About Ellen Morris Bishop:  
As we become a more urban, urbane, and technologically-driven society, I thnk itis essential top re-establish our ties to landscape and place. I’ve tried to accomplish this through both images and words, as well as interpretive work. With a Ph.D. in geology, and specialization in the exotic terranes of the Northwest, it’s natural that Pacific Northwest landscapes–their geologic history and ecosystems–are my specialty. When not shooting assignments or stock images, I teach geology at Eastern Kentucky University. My photographs try to reveal the landscape’s changing forms through time., and human’s changing relationship with nature.  My images and interpretive work are used by the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, National Park Service, Oregon State Parks, Contdon Museum, High Desert Museum and many others.  

Photography and Photographic Equipment:
While it’s true that great images are not about equipment, great landscapes deserve to be honored with the best optics and sensors possible. My still photography is captured with a Nikon system that includes d800, D750, and D7100  bodies. Nikon’s principal advantage: the extraordinary dynamic range and resolution of the D800 and D810. When paired with an external GPS unit, Nikon DSLRs also tag each image as it’s shot with accurate GPS data in the EXIF data. When reverting to a more elemental mode, I shoot with a Wista 4×5 large format camera  (and film.) Writing and Interpretation:
More than any other science, geology is engaged with story. Geologists are, of necessity, yarn-spinners with a long reach in time. But even in papers that herald stunning new discoveries, the story is often obscured to general readers by scientific terms and academic text. My mission is to unveil these stories through images and understandable words that tell the science in rich and compelling detail. This is  the purpose of In Search of Ancient Oregon (Timber Press, 2004) and other works.

Ellen’s books can be found here 

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