- the photography of Michael W. Bates


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Gallery Categories

A Cold Blooded Lot This Is

4 galleries with 120 photos

Updated: Jun 08, 2012 4:40pm PST

Advantages of an Opposable Thumb

2 galleries with 7 photos

Updated: Jan 10, 2009 5:24pm PST

Atmospheric Show Offs

4 galleries with 62 photos

Updated: Jun 07, 2012 5:40pm PST

Vegetal Variety

2 galleries with 54 photos

Updated: Apr 05, 2011 9:06am PST

Flappy Feathered Things

7 galleries with 230 photos

Updated: May 10, 2011 8:21pm PST

Where on God's Green Earth?

9 galleries with 475 photos

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 12:56pm PST

Furry Lactating Quadrapeds

2 galleries with 30 photos

Updated: May 10, 2011 8:19pm PST


3 galleries with 163 photos

Updated: Jun 21, 2011 6:02pm PST

Your Bio

I am always curious to know more about photographers whose sites I visit, so why shouldn't you be? Here is a brief biography.

I live in central Minnesota with my wife Susan who is also a photographer. If you are curious to see more of my professional background, look up my profile in LinkedIn.

I am a self-taught digital photographer using various Canon equipment since 2003. I was previously a film shooter on a Canon A-1. I became semi-pro selling prints in a local framing shop and with launch of this website in 2007.

My main photographic interest is to capture beauty wherever I see it and I have learned that if I keep my eyes open, it seems to be almost everywhere I go. A lot of my portfolio comes from what I call "drive by shootings" since I always try to keep a camera in the car with me. Traveling the back roads of rural Minnesota to and from work have given me many shots of indigenous wildlife. The changing seasons have provided many different perspectives of landscapes seen every day. Vacation always equates to where can I find the best eye candy for my photographic obsession and has led to a great appreciation of the West and Pacific Northwest.

Primary equipment I use/have used for my work:
Camera bodies: EOS Digital Rebel, EOS 20D, EOS 1Ds Mark II, EOS 5D Mark II.
Lenses: EF 100-400mm f5.6L, 90mm Tamron Macro, EF 24-104mm F4.0L, MP-E-65mm Macro 1:2.8, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, EF 180mm 1:3.5 L Macro.

I have done all my post processing work with Adobe CS/CS3/CS4/CS5 programs.

Thank you for your interest,
- Mike Bates