Take a Photographic Journey
The Three Rivers Birding Club's program on Wednesday, February 4, will be a sure-to-be-dazzling show by one of our club's favorite
photographers, Steve Gosser.
The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a
business meeting will begin at 7:30, and the program will start at 8.
In his presentation titled "Steve's Journey into Birding," he will share his favorite photos and experiences since he began what
Steve calls "my wonderful hobby of birding" nearly 10 years ago. Here is how Steve describes himself:
"I've only been to the eastern states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, and Florida. So far, I have photographed 314 different species.
"I work in an insurance company claims department in Pittsburgh, but I'm a weekend warrior for birding adventures. I try to fit
in at least one day to get out, enjoy nature, and see what kind of birds I can photograph. I've had gallery exhibits and have
been published in Birding magazine, the Post-Gazette, the Valley News Dispatch, several Audubon publications, and many
local newsletters, journals, and websites.
"About 10 years ago I got my first decent DSLR camera and quickly gravitated towards nature photography. Before that, in the 1990s I was
an art/design major at Edinboro University and took tons of art classes which helped develop an 'artist's eye' for composition, light,
tonal balances, contrasts, spatial relationships, etc. I am mostly a self-taught photographer, but having all that art background
definitely gave me an edge with taking nice pictures.
"Around 2005, I started taking pictures of birds (mostly out the window at the birds at the backyard feeder), and for the first time
started paying attention to birds and trying to identify them.
"About a year later, I fell hook, line, and sinker into birding. In January 2006 I went to Glade Dam Lake in Butler County and laid
eyes on my first pair of Bald Eagles. I never knew that eagles could be found in this part of the country and never imagined I would ever
see them. Seeing them that day was a euphoric moment and made me realize just how incredibly exhilarating, fun and enjoyable birding
could be. After that I was hooked!
"I discovered the more I got into birding and photographing birds, the more I became addicted to it. Now, whenever I schedule time
off from work, it's always based on the good birding times, and when I go on vacation, it's all about trying to see as many birds as
possible. It has become part of my entire lifestyle!
"I grew up in Lower Burrell and currently live in New Kensington. I like to bird many places nearby including Harrison Hills Park
and Crooked Creek Lake, but you can find me anywhere in western Pennsylvania wherever good birds can be found."