The greatest inspiration for my photography would have to be nature itself and all the amazing creatures that live among us.
Internationally published photographer Cheryl Arena grew up in Pennsylvania out in the country surrounded by nature and the great out doors.
Her journey with photography began in the mid 1970's with a Canon AE-1 and a few different lenses her favorite being the telephoto lens because it was the best way to get the animals up close and personal and create those intimate portraits. Cheryl has always had a great love for animals yet the beauty and grace of birds was what really captivated her heart and sparked a passion for wildlife photography. Now living in Florida the possibilities for great avian and nature images are endless.
Her goal is to create a visual story with every image and capture the raw emotion of the moment.
Her tools of the trade include:
Canon 1DX and Canon 1DMark IV bodies
Canon 500mm 4.0 L IS lens, 1.4 extender 2.0 extender and Canon 100-400mm IS lens for wildlife
Sigma 150mm 2.8 for macro , Canon 17-40mm, Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 for portraiture and landscapes.
Canon 600 EX speedlight, Better Beamer,Feisol tripod with a Wimberley gymbal style head.
2016 Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International 20th Anniversary Edition
2016 Nanpa Expressions
National Geographic Stunning Photographs fall 2014
Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar 2015
NANPA Expressions 2015
NANPA EXPRESSIONS 2014
Natures Best 2013 Windland Smith Rice International (Zoos and Aquariums)
National Wildlife calendar 2014
Nature's Best 2013 Backyards
Sanibel Captiva annual calendar 2013,2011,2010
The Complete PHOTO MANUAL Popular Photography 2013
Honorable Mention National Wildlife 2012
Top 100 Audubon 2012
National Geographic Life In Color 2012
Natures Best 2012 Windland Smith Rice International (Zoos and Aquariums)
Natures Best Photography winner Backyards 2012
National Geographic Visions of Earth 2011
Photo Plus July 2011
Popular Photography Take Your Best Shot 2011
Photo Plus August 2010
Nature Photographer Spring 2010
Popular Photography Jan 2010
First place in Popular Photography Your Best shot 2009
Popular Photography Cover Oct 2009
TV Horen and Sehen 2009
2009 Palm press greeting card still distributed
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