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Art Stiles, Griffin Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Art Stiles, of the Griffin Chapter.

How long have you been a GNPA member?

Ten years.

What is your current occupation (or if retired, your former one)?

28 years in the Regular Army Combat Arms, 17 years teaching third- and fifth-grade students.

How and when did you get into photography? I really got into photography when my daughters were little (early 1980s); however, I never really knew what I was doing. That didn’t happen until around 2006 when my wife bought a Nikon D40 DSLR. (I could afford to experiment then!)

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

 I love wildlife, flowers, and macro. I love landscapes too, but I’m not very good at that.

Name one of your favorite places to shoot.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?

My dream trip would be a “no time limit” trip where I would fly to Patagonia and take perhaps a full year to travel from there up the Andes spine, with side trips to local areas of interest, all the way to the mouth of the Amazon.

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often?

I currently use a Nikon D850, with the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f-2.8 II ED and the Nikon AF-S Micro 105mm f-2.8 G ED lenses.

What are your go-to websites for photography information?

For inspiration, Outdoor Photographer for Nikon Cameras Fstoppers and for photography skills & techniques Digital Camera World

Can you name any photographers who have inspired you? Jim Henderson was the first, as well as my first photography teacher. Since then, there have been many, like Horace Hamilton of GNPA.

What is your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? The best part of belonging to GNPA is the willingness of every member I’ve met to freely share techniques, expertise and locations.

Something interesting about you that most people do not know:

Before going into the Army, I worked on a cattle ranch in Colorado and rode bulls in the rodeo circuits.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in northern Louisiana and grew up in Texas and Louisiana.

Tell us a little about the photos you’ve provided:

My wife took this shot of me as I was showing the horse the photo I had taken of him.

I had intended to shoot the John Moulton barn this morning; however, as I was getting my gear out of my truck in the dark, two busloads of tourists pulled up and swarmed the place. I left and went down to the T.A. Moulton barn and waited for the sunrise. I am grateful to those tourists. If not for them, I would have never gotten this shot.

I had been to Yellowstone many times, but never in the winter. In February 2020, my wife and I went there with Chris Dekle. This red fox, more than any other animal, captured my heart with his relentless effort to find food and survive.