About Me

Mike Composite

From Art to Photography

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (in Painting) from what is now the University of Central Oklahoma. I began a 40 plus year career designing and making hand crafted signs in Oklahoma City and later Jackson Hole, WY. 

Over the years, I migrated towards the digital graphics side of the changing sign trade to augment the hand crafted elements.

I bought my first film camera while in college and wore out several of them over the years. Eventually, my film cameras were replaced by newer, high resolution digital cameras. We sold the sign shop in 1995, giving me more time to be out in the wilds taking photos.

35 Years in Jackson Hole

My wife and I moved to Jackson Hole, WY in 1986. Jackson Hole is the gateway city to two of the most beautiful National Parks in the country—Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. While we still travel a bit, I spend most of my time in the Tetons and enjoying the many activities the area has to offer. Hard to beat it!

My Gear

 My first “serious” camera was purchased while I was in college…a Minolta SRT 102. My painting instructor used one, so that’s what I bought. I wore the cogs out on that one before buying a Minolta Maxxum.

After moving to Jackson Hole, and when digital camera came of age, I switched to Nikon gear. Of course, I had all of the pro bodies and several prime and zoom lenses. They included Nikon D4, D5, & D6, plus Nikon D800, D810, & D850. 

In June of 2021, I made another switch to a Sony Alpha 1 body. I purchased a Sony 200-600mm lens, Sony 24-70mm lens, Sony 24mm F/1.4 lens, and a Sigma 60-600mm lens. 

Over the years, I’ve purchased a variety of pro and travel tripods plus a lot of “gadgets” to go with the bodies and lenses. 

nature photos | Shoshone Moose