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Sandra Calderbank

For Sandra Calderbank—a photographer whose primary subject is birds—patience, stealth, and deep observation are as crucial to her work as her camera and lenses. These are the skills that have allowed her, time and again over the course of more than two decades, to successfully achieve her main goal of capturing the essence of birds’ lives. Spanning a near-encyclopedic variety of species from around the United States, her body of work adds depth and breadth to its viewers’ understanding and appreciation of these fascinating, beautiful creatures.

Mixing action shots—birds in flight, hunting, feeding, etc.—with portraits, the rich variety of her work within this specialized subject is evident; and hints at the distinct techniques necessary to realize the different types of pictures. Some of the action shots, like one of a bald eagle chasing an osprey over water—with the two birds beside each other, every wing, feather, and talon absolutely clear and seemingly in perfect alignment—are feats of serendipity; but also illustrate the veteran bird photographer’s well-honed instincts and technical prowess.

The portraits, on the other hand—genuinely intimate and revealing as they are—oftentimes stem from hours of quiet persistence, with Sandra ensconced in a blind, out in the wild; waiting, watching, and composing the perfect shot in her mind.

“Technically, it’s really challenging and takes a lot of practice to photograph birds,” she says. “Also, with the portraits especially, you have to study the different birds’ behavior and observe them closely, to learn, for example, what they eat and where they like to perch. That makes them less unpredictable, which naturally increases the chances of getting the shot I want.”

Sandra travels to wildlife refuges around the country, spending a lot of time walking, waiting, and watching; not unlike a hunter, stalking her prey and orchestrating the precise shot, with a successful capture of the image bringing cathartic pleasure. (In her case, though, the target always escapes unharmed.)

Sandra grew up in rural North Carolina and has always found solace in nature, which for her is synonymous with the miracle of life and the bounty of creation. In effect, her photography is an extension of the lifelong joy she has always found in solitary communion with “the great outdoors”; as well as a means to a greater understanding of and a deeper immersion in the wonders of nature (which, by dint of her many striking pictures, can be pretty contagious).

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Sandra Calderbank

Website

https://www.scalderphotography.com

Blog and/or Portfolio

http://blog.scalderphotography.com/

Contact

info@scalderphotography.com

Asheville 28803
United States
8284121047

Specialties

Animals / Wildlife
Nature
Stock

Elephants

There is a stirring, stunning beauty to the elephants in this fine art piece. There is no question that climate change is causing serious problems for these amazing creatures, among others. You can appreciate this piece for its beauty. At the same time, understand that this will surely leave you with a sense of longing. (Jan Keteleer)

There is a stirring, stunning beauty to the elephants in this fine art piece. There is no question that climate change is causing serious problems for these amazing creatures, among others. You can appreciate this piece for its beauty. At the same time, understand that this will surely leave you with a sense of longing. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Cheetah hunting during the African night

If you have never visited the continent of Africa, you can still appreciate this extraordinary image of a cheetah on the hunt. It is nighttime, wherever the cheetah might be in Africa, and it isn’t difficult to imagine that it is also a very hot night. The cheetah doesn’t seem to care much about the weather. It simply wants to catch its prey. It has clearly found something. It is very definitively on the move. Given what we know about cheetahs, we know this particular cheetah is almost certainly going to catch that prey soon. Available as t-shirts, wall art, or interior home décor products. (Jan Keteleer)

If you have never visited the continent of Africa, you can still appreciate this extraordinary image of a cheetah on the hunt. It is nighttime, wherever the cheetah might be in Africa, and it isn’t difficult to imagine that it is also a very hot night. The cheetah doesn’t seem to care much about the weather. It simply wants to catch its prey. It has clearly found something. It is very definitively on the move. Given what we know about cheetahs, we know this particular cheetah is almost certainly going to catch that prey soon. Available as t-shirts, wall art, or interior home décor products. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Giraffes

Animals will do their best to adapt. However, if we do not take climate change seriously, animals like these giraffes will only be able to adapt for so long. There is a quiet beauty to this piece, which depicts two giraffes crossing across a small body of water. Beyond them is an uncertain future. (Jan Keteleer)

Animals will do their best to adapt. However, if we do not take climate change seriously, animals like these giraffes will only be able to adapt for so long. There is a quiet beauty to this piece, which depicts two giraffes crossing across a small body of water. Beyond them is an uncertain future. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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La rencontre (the meeting)

A family of elephants is engaged in some sort of conference with a woman along the plains. The woman is fully nude, yet we know she walks and stands with staggering confidence. She is comfortable in her skin. She is speaking with a family of elephants. The parents seem to be a little wary, and who can blame them? For the moment, they seem content. The baby elephant is eager to meet with the woman. It is eager to make a new friend. This powerful scene is available as wall art, t-shirts, or as interior home décor products. (Jan Keteleer)

A family of elephants is engaged in some sort of conference with a woman along the plains. The woman is fully nude, yet we know she walks and stands with staggering confidence. She is comfortable in her skin. She is speaking with a family of elephants. The parents seem to be a little wary, and who can blame them? For the moment, they seem content. The baby elephant is eager to meet with the woman. It is eager to make a new friend. This powerful scene is available as wall art, t-shirts, or as interior home décor products. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Horses

Where do you think these horses are going? Unless we take the subject of climate change seriously, we may not be able to answer that question in a very positive way. Beyond that, it is impossible to look at this fine art piece without being captivated by the power and beauty of these animals. (Jan Keteleer)

Where do you think these horses are going? Unless we take the subject of climate change seriously, we may not be able to answer that question in a very positive way. Beyond that, it is impossible to look at this fine art piece without being captivated by the power and beauty of these animals. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Horse stampede in the sea

A glorious, breathtaking stampede of horses in the sea! This is a perfect scene for not only those who like horses, but for those who appreciate the incredible energy and power of animals. A single animal can prove to be powerful enough. Bring together the energy of several examples of the same animal, and you have boundless potential for that energy and power. Artists have captured this in their works for years, and this piece is no exception. Available in several different prints, or as an interior décor product, such as duvet covers, t-shirts, or shower curtains. (Jan Keteleer)

A glorious, breathtaking stampede of horses in the sea! This is a perfect scene for not only those who like horses, but for those who appreciate the incredible energy and power of animals. A single animal can prove to be powerful enough. Bring together the energy of several examples of the same animal, and you have boundless potential for that energy and power. Artists have captured this in their works for years, and this piece is no exception. Available in several different prints, or as an interior décor product, such as duvet covers, t-shirts, or shower curtains. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Falcons hunting in the evening

This dynamic, rich piece features the striking visual of falcons in their distinctive, powerful surroundings. A moon that is simply massive, almost too close for comfort, hangs over the evening sky. The falcons are profoundly dedicated to their purpose. They will not stop hunting until they have found what they are looking for. If you happen to be one of the animals preferred by falcons, it isn’t hard to imagine the moon representing the heart. It is almost about to burst from fear and excitement. Available in several print forms, or as a home interior décor product. (Jan Keteleer)

This dynamic, rich piece features the striking visual of falcons in their distinctive, powerful surroundings. A moon that is simply massive, almost too close for comfort, hangs over the evening sky. The falcons are profoundly dedicated to their purpose. They will not stop hunting until they have found what they are looking for. If you happen to be one of the animals preferred by falcons, it isn’t hard to imagine the moon representing the heart. It is almost about to burst from fear and excitement. Available in several print forms, or as a home interior décor product. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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A Girl From New York

Somehow, we can look at this orthochromatic piece by Jan Keteleer, and we can easily imagine the girl in this piece being a longtime New Yorker. In fact, it seems probable that she has lived there all her life. Why do we suspect such things? There is something to said for the way she stands near the iconic Statue of Liberty. She has been here before. She has turned to this statue for comfort and inspiration on many occasions. To be sure, you can certainly derive similar pleasures with this piece. This piece is ideal for both personal and professional reasons. (Jan Keteleer)

Somehow, we can look at this orthochromatic piece by Jan Keteleer, and we can easily imagine the girl in this piece being a longtime New Yorker. In fact, it seems probable that she has lived there all her life. Why do we suspect such things? There is something to said for the way she stands near the iconic Statue of Liberty. She has been here before. She has turned to this statue for comfort and inspiration on many occasions. To be sure, you can certainly derive similar pleasures with this piece. This piece is ideal for both personal and professional reasons. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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Lion

Where is this lion going? No one can say for sure. There is an element of mystery to this fine art example. There is even a sense of adventure. At the same time, as we think about things like climate change, one can make the chilling argument that this lion is heading towards an unknown future. (Jan Keteleer)

Where is this lion going? No one can say for sure. There is an element of mystery to this fine art example. There is even a sense of adventure. At the same time, as we think about things like climate change, one can make the chilling argument that this lion is heading towards an unknown future. (Jan Keteleer)

Artist: Jan Keteleer (JanKé)

Website: www.janke.be
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