You can read more about the inspiration behind my camera in these Q&As with International Bird Rescue and Empirical Magazine.

PUBLICATION

My work appears in publications, exhibits, and installations, and includes cover photos for:

Colorado Review • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Magazine • Functional Ecology Magazine • Penguin Publishing’s “Morning Glory” Novel • Puget Sound Partnership’s “State of the Sound” • Acker Records album art

[A more complete list of credits is here: Published Images]

WILDLIFE ADVOCACY

• Member NANPA Ethics Committee (2016 to 2020)

• Co-Founder Wildlife Conservation Pass Project (2014 to 2018)

• Volunteer at Palomacy Pigeon & Dove rescue

• Member California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators + International Wildlife Rehabiltation Council

• Former volunteer – Lindsay Wildlife Hospital

From 2016 to 2020, I served as a member on the Ethics Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association. The mission of the committee is to promote standards of ethical practice in the field of wildlife photography.

From 2005 to 2010, I was a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer at a hospital in California, completed 24-hour Hazwoper certification for oil spill response, and received training in wildlife rescue field response (Wildlife Emergency Services). I’ve also volunteered with Palomacy Pigeon and Dove rescue, and previously, completed volunteer training for Emergency Animal Rescue Service disaster response.

In 2014, Larry Jordan (of the Birders Report) and I co-founded and administered the Wildlife Conservation Pass Project — a grassroots project to implement a new revenue pass for our National Wildlife Refuge system.

I regularly donate my time, work, and photographs to benefit environmental and animal advocacy organizations. You can see some of those images on my Published Work page.

WRITING

Working with words in various forms has been a central part of my creative career. Since I began photographing, I’ve illustrated my images with the stories behind them. Some of those stories can be found here or at my previous nature blog, The Wild Beat.

For the past 10 years, I’ve also been an independent book researcher, credited in best-selling mystery novels and series, including the Women’s Murder Club books.

Until 2009, I worked at About.com as city editor and writer for the San Francisco website, covering civic and cultural issues and events. 

 

FIELD ETHICS

• Member of the NANPA Ethics Committee (2016-2020) – contributing to best practices and guidelines for ethical wildlife photography

Because of my experience in a wildlife rehab setting,  ethical interaction with wild animals has been integral to my practice since I began photographing wildlife in 2007. The well-being of my animal subjects — both wild and domestic — is more important to me than any image, and that principle guides my photography. I don’t bait or call animals, and my images are taken with natural light, no flash. I maintain respectful distances, and use tele lenses. My complete nature ethics statement is here.

And: blog posts I’ve written on the subject of ethics.

PERSONAL BIO

I was born in the States and spent formative, early years as an expat in Geneva and Amsterdam — which makes me a bit of a misfit and a hybrid on either continent. Nature has been my constant. I’ve never outgrown my geekiness about flora and fauna, even as I juggle my love for city, cinema and coffee houses. I aspired to veterinary school before I finally admitted that word patterns made sense in my brain, whereas mathematical formulas did not. It was my conservation and resources classes that set into motion an evolution of spirit. They introduced me to an entirely new canon of ecological works and authors, and formed my environmental understanding from that point forward.

My photographic method is self taught, an ongoing curriculum. I do my best to paint my nature experience in pixels: that heart-stopping moment when ten thousand Snow Geese take flight overhead … when an old elk bugles under the season’s first snow drops … when a pod of Orcas glides past the boat, sharing the pulse of the ocean. I believe that every eye and every heart turned toward their well-being helps build a model of compassionate co-existence.

I hope this will someday be our norm, not our anomaly.

GEAR

Cameras: Olympus OM-D cameras (E-M1 Mark II, E-M1)

Wildlife Lenses: m.zuiko 300m f/4; m.zuiko 100-400mm f/5-6.3; m.zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8; m.zuiko 12-100mm f/4 •

POST PROCESSING

For fine art images and prints, I take artistic license with effect and outcome. I love the creative tools of the digital dark room process. In naturalistic or documentary photography, I make standard edits on RAW files, and I’m currently cataloging my older images to add any additional editing notes. In my blog, I take a bit more liberty in playing around with my images. It’s one place where I can exercise some creativity over realism and have fun with the tools technology affords us.

Some adjustments on my images include: sharpness, levels, contrast, noise reduction, wb/color adjustments where needed, vignettes, and in some cases, spot removal. 

Enjoy your browsings and drop me an email if you have any comments or need more information. Thanks for stopping by! ~

Ingrid Taylar

Usage/Licensing

For all uses or permissions of images posted here, please feel free to contact me for the specs.

Photos, writings, and graphics © Ingrid Valda Taylar

 

The family move overseas that sparked a lifelong photographic passion. (I’m the one with the stuffed toy.) 

Wildlife rehab work in my volunteer apron …. feeding an orphaned raccoon kit

The photographer, bottom right, as just a tiny component of the greater universe. (Photographed at Los Vaqueros Reservoir)