The real voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes. (Proust)
Ellen Morris Bishop TERRANES, LLC
The Earth in images and stories.
About Ellen Morris Bishop: With a Ph.D. in geology, and specialization in the exotic terranes of the Northwest, it's natural that Pacific Northwest landscapes--their geologic history and ecosystems--are my specialty. When not shooting assignments or stock images, I teach geology at Columbia Gorge Community College. My photographs try to reveal the landscape's changing forms through time. My images are used by
the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, National Park Service, Oregon State
Parks, and many others.
Photography and Photographic Equipment: While it's true that great images are not about equipment, great landscapes deserve to be honored with the best optics and sensors possible. My still photography is captured with a Nikon system that includes D3x and D700 bodies. Nikon's principal advantage: its ability to tag each image as it's shot with accurate GPS data in the EXIF data. When reverting to a more elemental mode, I shoot with a Wista 4x5 large format camera (and film.) HDVideo is produced with a Panasonic GH-1, which also serves as a backup still camera.
Writing and Interpretation: More than any other science, geology is engaged with story. Geologists are, of necessity, yarn-spinners with a long reach in time. But even in papers that herald stunning new discoveries, the story is often obscured to general readers by scientific terms and academic text. My mission is to unveil these stories through images and understandable words that tell the science in rich and compelling detail. This is the purpose of In Search of Ancient Oregon (Timber Press, 2004) and other works.
TERRANES, LLC is my photographic, teaching, and interpretive company.
Terranes, LLC offers workshops, shoots images and assignments, and provides interpretive services, including museum and educational projects, and publication design.
I offer workshops in the Northwest each year through TERRANES. For information, check the TALKS & WORKSHOPS page on this site, or go to www.terranes.us.
Ellen Morris Bishop TERRANES, LLC 3951 Frog Hollow Road Touchet, WA 99360 541 398-1810