Mary Jane Gibson





about Mary Jane Gibson


Mary Jane Gibson, photographer, naturalist, writer, and educator, has been photographing nature and wildlife since 1987, when she installed a backyard stream, set up a blind, and began to photograph the many wild animal and bird visitors. 

Specializing in bird photography, she has traveled to many bird and wildlife locations, including nearly a dozen week-long stays at her favorite refuge, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, an oasis in the high desert of southeast Oregon.  Other favorite locations are St. George Island in Alaska's remote Pribilof Islands, and Churchill, Manitoba, during summer nesting season, plus many Pacific Northwest refuges and wildlife areas.

She is currently working on a "sense of place" project, a portrait of a local Puget Sound area property, capturing the wildlife, plants, scenes, wetlands, moods, patterns, and weather over the years.

Her photographs and workshops have been presented to many environmental programs and regional Audubon Society chapters.  Her articles, artwork, and photographs have been published by various newsletters, magazines, NANPA Currents, F8, and Defenders of Wildlife.

She has designed backyard habitats and was honored with the Conservationist of the Year award by the East Lake Washington Audubon Society for her work on regional environmental issues, work with the King County Council, and photographs of environmentally sensitive species and habitats.

Since 1994, as a Charter Member of NANPA, the North American Nature Photography Association, Mary Jane has attended all fifteen national summits held since 1995 and has been active in the ethics, conservation, and membership committees.  She also currently serves as President of the NANPA Foundation Board, and leads fundraising projects to support the NANPA Foundation's educational and environmental programs in photography.

Mary Jane has also completed the Cornell University course in Bird Biology and Ornithology and has a B.A. in English and Art from Seattle Pacific University.

Mary Jane lives in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, when she is not traveling in the RV or abroad, and photographs in her Backyard Wildlife Habitat, certified in the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program.

  Mary Jane's Equipment  
  Nikon D2H digital camera body with Kirk Quick-Release plate
  Nikon D300 digital camera body with Kirk QR plate
  Nikon D200 digital camera body with MB-D200 battery pack, Kirk QR plate
  Compact Flash Cards with USB and ExpressCard 34 card readers
  Edge DiskGo 120 GB portable USB external hard drives
  Epson P-5000 80 GB hard drive with viewer/editor
  RoadStor CD/DVD burner for backup digital media copies of images
  Nikon 12-24mm f4 DX ED-IF AF Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro AF  
  Nikon 20-35mm f2.8D AF Nikon 200mm f4D micro AF  
  Nikon 28-200 f3.5-5.6D AF Nikon 300mm f4 ED-IF AF  
  Nikon 80-400 f4.5-5.6D VR ED AF Nikon 500mm f4D ED-IF AF-S  
  Teleconverter TC-14E AF-I Teleconverter TC-301  
  Hoods for all lenses; all tripod collars fitted with quick-release plates
  Filters for  all sizes:  Skylight, 81B, Circular Polarizer
  Large Singh-Ray split neutral-density filter
  VisibleDust Sensor Cleaning Kit for digital camera sensors
  Cleaning & Repair Kit:  brushes, microfiber cloths, bulb blower,  small tools
  Ball Heads:  2 FOBA Superball, 2 Arca-Swiss B2 Monoball, all with QR
  Tripods:  Gitzo 410, 1325 carbon fiber, 320, 220, and G1027 carbon fiber
  Monopods:  Gitzo, Bogen, TrekPod Soft Beanbags, Screw-in beanbag Pods  
  Window mounts:  Kirk Enterprises window mount, LL Rue Groofwin Pod
  Tabletop tripods with small ball heads for light travel and for remote flash
  Flash:  Nikon SB-26, SB-29s ring light, flash reflectors & diffusers, SC-17 cords
  Macro:  Pentax Focusing Rail w/ top QR platform & bottom QR plate

Nikon 8mm PK-11A, 14mm PK-12, 27.5mm PK-13, 52.5mm PN-11 tubes


Wimberley Plamp, Folding Round Reflectors and Diffusers


LowePro Photo Trekker Classic

LowePro Lens Trekker 600 AW


LowePro ProRoller Mini Case

LowePro Orion AW Waist Pack

  Blinds:  2 portable tent-style blinds, 2 bag blinds
  Folding seat with back support, bluefoam pads for seat and foot warmth



   wild blue goose photography



See also Mary Jane Gibson Travel Photography




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