David Bates| Judges’ Choice, Mammals

2020 Showcase Top 24 Winner

About David

I am a husband, father, son, uncle, friend (of people that don’t shoot Nikon), full-time business attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, and part-time nature photographer.

I have been seriously shooting nature photography for about 7 years. My goal is to select and organize only my best photographs so that my family will have a slideshow ready to display at my funeral (hopefully, many decades from now).

I was an avid backpacker for many years and hiked in many national parks with my camera equipment.  Shooting solely in auto mode with the dial turned to “mountains,” I filled many photo albums with countless mountain vistas photographed in harsh light. I progressed to photographing exclusively perched birds. 

One morning, I was shocked to meet several photographers that exclusively photographed birds in flight. Feeling overwhelmed by the difficulty of photographing birds in flight, I was fortunate that these photographers mentored me and led me on my journey from auto mode to manual mode, and from perched birds to birds in flight.

Having now spent way too many hours pursuing photographs of elusive animals that either do not show up for my planned photo sessions or refuse to provide me proper eye contact, in my next life, I plan to only photograph architectural interiors. 

Explore more of David’s work at www.davidbates.com. You can also follow him on Instagram @thatsabiglens and Facebook @davidgbates.

As a NANPA Member

I have been a NANPA member for 5 years.

I have been fortunate to have several images recognized in previous Showcases and am repeatedly awed by the quality of the submitted photographs.