Nature Photography by Marcia Birken


Marcia Birken - Who Am I?

MarciaBirkenWhen I look at the world around me I see geometric forms, curves, symmetries, and spirals - both in natural and human-made objects. This is not too surprising, since I was a mathematics professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) from 1977 to 2006. On a sabbatical in Costa Rica in 2005, while studying and photographing mathematical patterns in nature, I realized that my love of nature photography was so strong that I was ready to pursue it full-time. I retired from RIT in May of 2006 after twenty-nine years of teaching, but still maintain strong ties as Professor Emeritus.

Along with my husband, Eric, I have been privileged to spend quite a bit of time traveling the world and observing nature first-hand. In the last few years we have had some amazing adventures, including camping across Botswana from the Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park, exploring Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, sailing on the National Geographic icebreaker The Endeavor to Antarctica, and photographing polar bears in their native habitat on the frozen tundra. 

My philosophy of photography is simple - make the best composition your eye can create and, if you are incredibly lucky, you will be able to shoot it multiple times. If someone steps in front of you as you shoot, the perfect bird flies away just as you press the shutter, or you can't set up your camera fast enough, then at least you've captured and enjoyed the image in your mind.

My principle camera is a Canon XTi - Digital/SLR with a variety of lenses, including Canon 18 - 55 mm, Canon 100 - 300 mm, and Tamron 28 - 300 mm telephoto zoom. I do all printing of photos, hand-cut matting, and framing of signed and labeled photos. I also make cards and bookmarks from my photographs.



Copyright Marcia Birken, 2007©
Rochester, NY