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You may have seen Nathan's images published in national news, in his annual calendar, hanging on a friend's wall or in a doctor's office, on a printed brochure, or other advertising. Instead, maybe you've just landed here from a link you found on StumbleUpon or through a Google search. Nathan's clients, both business and personal, span many countries. No matter how you've learned of Sensory Escape Images, we're glad you've found us.
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Nathan Ciurzynski was born in San Diego, California and now resides in London, England with his wife Jackie and daughter Hanna. Nathan's passion for photography is born out of a deep sense of adventure, a love and appreciation for nature, and a yearning to explore dynamic and inspiring sites and wildlife that sometimes are rarely seen or photographed by others due to the risk, comfort sacrificing, or cost involved. Examples include photographing the desert of Death Valley in the blazing heat of 118F/48C degrees, scuba diving with Bull Sharks and schools of Hammerhead Sharks without a cage, and braving sub-freezing temperatures to photograph a massive lift-off of thousands of migratory snow-geese from frozen ponds at sunrise.

Travel is an inherent benefit of being a landscape and wildlife photographer and tends to be a driving force behind his passion for photography. When Nathan isn't in the field, he might be leading a class or writing an instructional blog as he enjoys helping others along in their sharpening of photographic skills. Nathan draws inspiration from artists: Marc Adamus, Peter Lik, Michael Frye, QT Luong, Ron Niebrugge, Phillip Colla, Tony Wu, and Thomas D. Mangelsen among others.


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I am a professional photographer creating imagery in the areas of travel, landscape, nature, underwater, and fine art. I first gained an appreciation for the photographic arts as a child when my parents brought home a Jacques Cousteau coffee table book titled, "The Ocean World." I was 7 years old and the imagery used in this book left an indelible mark on me and was my first real exposure to photography.

In my pre-teen years my parents and I occasionally vacationed in various Mexican beach resorts where, through snorkeling, I was exposed to what lay beneath the surface of the ocean. I fell in love with it. I was certified to scuba dive in 2003 and now as a Certified Padi Rescue Diver, I love to be underwater every chance I get. As a direct result of my passion for the underwater world and to see it preserved for future generations, I’ve become an advocate for marine resource conservation.

While my passion for photography was birthed out of an appreciation for capturing the underwater world, as I've grown in the art of photography, my photographic interests have grown to include, portraits, narratives, commercial-use images, and teaching. I love what I do, partially because it requires a certain degree of travel to places sometimes rarely seen by the general public in order to bring back unique experiences to share with people. Travel has become an equal passion to photography and I've become an ambitious road-tripper.

My approach to photography differs by location and assignment. On some projects, I find it is more appropriate to aim for a very natural, true to life, look, where on others I enjoy aiming to create art by marrying the photographic discipline to digital artistry to make a really distinct image. I find some photographers to be a bit dogmatic about how much "photoshopping" is enough vs. too much. I find that the artist is the best judge of this since, after all, it's their creation.

A short note on this...

earlier on in my learning process, I fell upon some strong opinions on the matter of Photoshop usage and felt I needed to understand the crux of the argument better. I found some writings on a very famous landscape photographer named Ansel Adams. His work is beautiful and inspiring and finds itself at the top of a very exclusive list of some of the finest works ever made of U.S. National Parks...truly epic work. I learned that Ansel spent a great deal of time in the darkroom editing his images. One source stated 90% of his image creation process was spent in the darkroom compared to the 10% spent actually capturing the image to film in the field.

I was astonished to learn this, feeling validated to continue making images my own way knowing that modern digital tools are merely replications of darkroom tools with decades of technological advancements applied removing the need for chemicals and funny darkroom odors while replacing them with computer chips and keyboards.

I hope you enjoy browsing my site and that you find my images to be unique and interesting. I thank you sincerely for visiting.

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Since not all computer monitors display colors and brightness the same, images can look remarkably different from one computer to another. To enhance your experience viewing my images online, please make sure the brightness of your monitor is set correctly. To set your monitor for the proper brightness, set it so you can see a line or difference between X, Y, and Z, and for darks, between A, B, and C.

Courtesy of Seriously Photographic Jim on Creative Commons

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Our Fine Art Prints emphasize themes in travel, landscapes, wildlife, and underwater and come in a variety of sizes. With prices to suit every budget, our Fine Art Prints are great gift ideas especially for outdoor enthusiasts, colleagues, friends, and relatives, and for a variety of occasions like graduations, birthdays, Father's or Mother's Day, and Christmas. Prints can be purchased as print-only or framed and can also be made on canvas or alternative mediums. Create a free account and save your favorites there. Need an unusual size print? Let us know. We have lots of great resources to use in meeting your needs. Are you an Interior Designer? Inquire for information about volume discounts and assistance with your project.

Commercial-Use Stock Photos - Do you need to purchase stock photos to use in your publishing project? All of the photos shown in our Galleries are available for license. We offer both royalty-free and rights-managed licenses, all in a variety of sizes enabling you to maximize your purchase. Not only do we offer a generous supply of images for your project, but we've also enabled some of the most sophisticated technology to assist you in selecting the best image(s). Use our thumbnails, full-screen view, and slideshow functions to view our images and save prospective finalists to your own Favorites folder for final culling. At the time of purchase, an email is sent to you directing you to a page on our site to download your images. There, they remain available for download for one month. Finally, don't forget to take advantage of our fantastic bulk discounts.

Family, Baby, and Engagement Portraits - Why are portraits so important? In the frenzy of our daily lives, important moments and milestones often pass by us without notice and escape us forever. Portraits are essential to capturing precious moments for posterity. I'll capture images of you that you'll be proud to share with friends, family, and future generations. We can shoot your portraits in a public place within greater London or I can come to you and hold your shoot in the comfort of your own home. Interested in having a destination shoot in a location like Paris or Bruges? Inquire for prices and details. We offer a fantastic assortment of prints and album options that you can take advantage of or you can take your digital images and source prints and albums on your own. Book your shoot today!

Blog - I write a blog that includes a wide array of topics including free photography tutorials, photos of my latest projects, travel locations for great photography, photography gear announcements, and conservation. Are you the owner or editor for a photography or travel blog looking for a guest blogger to swap articles with? We're looking to network with other writers for content sharing and link building. If you share these goals, inquire with us detailing the goals of your site and the target audience you write for and we'll evaluate your inquiry to determine if we're a good fit.

Commissioned Work - If you don't find exactly what you're looking for in my galleries, I accept work on a commission basis so please inquire about bespoke packages for both personal and commercial use.

Classes - Are you a budding photographer interested in sharpening your skills? Consider taking one of my classes. Currently, I'm offering the following topics: Level I - Introduction to Photography, Level II - Intermediate Photography, and Night Photography. Classes are one session each lasting 3 hours and cost £65 per person.

Photojournalism - looking for a dedicated professional photographer to capture news material of your event for online or print publication? I can provide you with the highest quality photos ready for publication. Having shot for an Oscar's Party Red Carpet Event, Occupy London Stock Exchange at St. Paul's Cathedral, and a Livestrong fundraiser and subsequently been published on the national news website, provides me unique qualifications and experience for working with you on your project. Whether it's narrative that you're after or red carpet event photos, we have a solution for you. Inquire for rates.

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Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for my latest updates on recent shoots, tutorials, travel tips, and other photography related topics. To reach me for an estimate on a project or commissioned work, use the "Contact" page to send me a detailed description of your work and I'll return your correspondence within 48 hours.

Another great way to stay connected with Sensory Escape Images is to create an account with us on the "Login" page so that you can save images to your "Favorites" list. The account is free and we don't sell your information or use your information to spam you with unsolicited newsletters. It's kept private just the way I'd like my own details to be kept. You'll find the "Login" link in the footer and title bar of most pages.

Finally, if you're into RSS feeds, we've got 'em for you. Check out our blog (upper right hand corner) for an RSS feed that will keep you up-to-date with the happenings there and look for the RSS feeds in our galleries that will update you anytime a new image is added to a gallery to be offered for sale.

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Anyone in a position to influence people ought to use that platform to offer something to the world that could leave the corner of the world he/she works in a better place. One way I aim to do this is by seeking to protect shark populations from something known as shark finning. Since early 2007, I've been a passionate advocate of sharks having encountered and photographed them safely in the ocean while scuba diving on numerous occasions. Please take a minute to visit my Saving Sharks page to learn more about it.

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I shoot in digital using Canon products exclusively. The camera bodies and lenses listed below are or were used by me for various shoots either because I own(ed) them or rented them. I try to keep my toolbag lean and rent as needed in order to use the most appropriate tool(s) for every shoot. I'm currently working with the Canon 7D mostly. I use Adobe Photoshop for imaging and retouching and I haven't moved over to Lightroom yet. Occasionally, I play around with Totally Rad Actions (TRA) too.

lens rental                          Canon 5D Mark I
     Canon 7D Body w/Battery Grip
     Canon 24mm f/1.4 Mark II L Series Lens
     Canon 24-105mm f/4 L Series Lens
     Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 Mark II L Series Lens
     Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
     Canon 180mm f/3.5 Macro L Series Lens
     Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L Series IS
     Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3
     Canon 580 II EX Flashes
     Canon PowerShot G11
     Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3
     Satechi TR-A Timer Remote Control Shutter and Intervalometer
     Calumet 8000 Series 8X Carbon Tripod Legs CK8156
     Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi Ball Head
     LEE 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
     LEE 4x6" Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Resin Filter - Hard Edge
     LEE 4x4" Big Stopper Filter
     LEE 4x4" Neutral Density (ND) 0.6 Glass Filter
     Paul C. Buff Flash Receivers and Transmitter
     Ikelite Underwater Housing
     Ikelite Underwater Ports
     Ikelite Underwater Strobes
     Visual Echoes FX3 Better Beamer Flash Extender

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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera - by Bryan Peterson
Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters - by Michael Frye
Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second - by Bryan Peterson
Digital Landscape Photography - by John Gerlach
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book - by Adobe Creative Team
The Digital Photography Book - by Scott Kelby
Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers - by Jack Drafahl, Sue Drafahl
The Underwater Photographer, Third Edition: Digital and Traditional Techniques - by Martin Edge
Photographer's Market - by Mary Burzlaff Bostic