About Me

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Mike JacksonMy wife and I moved to Jackson Hole, WY in 1986. Jackson Hole is the gateway city to two of the most beautiful National Parks in the country—Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. While we still travel a bit, I spend most of my time in the Tetons and enjoying the many activities the area has to offer. Hard to beat it!

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Central State University in Edmond, OK. That’s what my diploma says anyway. I believe CSU is now the University of Central Oklahoma. I began a 40 plus year career designing and making hand crafted signs in Oklahoma City and then Jackson Hole, WY. Over the years, I migrated towards the digital graphics side of the changing sign trade to augment the hand crafted elements. I bought my first film camera while in college and wore out several of them over the years. Eventually, my film cameras were replaced by newer, high resolution digital cameras. We sold the sign shop in 1995, giving me more time to be out in the wilds taking photos.

I live in a photo rich environment I love so much. I get to call upon my training in fine art, photography, and computer graphics to create artistic images that blend it all together.

Member: NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) — NPS (Nikon Professional Services) — NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals)

About My Equipment:

In case you are interested: I am currently using Nikon D5, Nikon D500, and D850 pro bodies. Lenses: 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 70-200mm f/2.8 mid-range zoom lens, and 200-400mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens. I recently added Tamron 150-600mm and 18-400mm G2 lenses. The rest of the gear is rather eclectic. The tripod is use most is an older four piece Gitzo G1348 Mountaineer MK2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Really Right Stuff leveling pan base and an Arca-Swiss Ball Head. I have a Wimberley Sidekick on each of the two larger lenses with collars. My second, heavy duty tripod is a Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit . The camera bags are filled with all kinds of gadgets, triggers, connectors, and so forth, along with numerous Nikon strobes.

A Photographer’s Trip to Jackson Hole. This page might help you on a trip to the Tetons. It is loaded with tips and suggestions about a trip here!