Wil­liam R. “Bill” Cox BC:

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TOTI ME­DIA: Self-taught? Bill Cox: “Yes. I used color slide film from 1975 to 2005, have been shoot­ing Canon dig­i­tal cam­eras from 2005 to present. This is a won­der­ful era to be a photographer.”

TM: What’re your fa­vorite im­ages? BC: “I love to pho­to­graph wad­ing birds and shore­birds on lo­cal beaches along the Florida Gulf Coast, song­birds, rap­tors and mam­mals at Florida’s lo­cal, state and fed­eral parks, as well as pri­vate lands. I search lit­er­a­ture, the in­ter­net and Google Earth to lo­cate the best locations for tar­geted wildlife, habi­tats or land­scapes—fol­low­ing this with ex­ten­sive field work mainly by foot to lo­cate the best sites to pho­to­graph.”

TM: Best light­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties? “The best light for pho­tog­ra­phy is the one hour of soft light at sun­rise and sun­set. Many unexpected op­por­tu­ni­ties hap­pen beyond a photographer’s goals. Be pre­pared for the unexpected and be there!”

TM: Why wildlife and not us hu­mans? BC: “I’ve al­ways been con­ser­va­tion ori­ented. My goal is to at­tempt to give wildlife a voice by my im­ages telling a story. Ex­am­ples in­clude hav­ing a sub­ject stand out by soft­en­ing [blur­ring] the back­ground, cap­tur­ing not one but two or three an­i­mals in­ter­act­ing with each other, cap­tur­ing an­i­mal be­hav­ior, and tak­ing pic­tures of brightly col­ored sub­jects.”

TM: You use how many out of 100 shots? BC: “Ten, on the av­er­age.”

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