I am a retired Department of Defense Senior Executive, who since retiring in 2003, have been renewing my passion for photography. My interest in photography began when I purchased my first SLR while overseas in the Army many years ago. There, I also learned to process my images in a darkroom on post.

Now in retirement, my love for Nature’s spectacular beauty has inspired me to renew my interest in photography. Photography provides a window into the beauty I experience and a means to share it with others.

My photographs are displayed in numerous homes and corporate offices and have been used by conservation and preservation fundraisers, nature-based educational programs and permanent displays, various published and on-line books and publications, commercial and nonprofit websites, exhibit signs at two zoological parks to include the Smithsonian National Zoo, and in permanent exhibits in two Florida museums to include the Florida Museum of Natural History.  In March 2011, 5 of my images were printed on aluminum and hung in a new medical building, two of them 4′ wide and 6′ tall in the main lobby.

I enjoy the technical aspects, challenges and rewards of digital photography and the digital darkroom. I strictly use Nikon camera bodies and lenses, and process my RAW images in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. 
Please visit one of my websites.  My favorite images can be viewed at: http://stabone.com   I also maintain photographs at:  http://www.pbase.com/stabone
Do not hesitate to contact me at:  stabone@live.com  I would enjoy hearing from you.
What’s in My Camera Bag
I am often asked what camera gear I own and use. In response to those inquiries, the following is a list of my essential gear.
Camera Bodies
Nikon D810
Nikon D800
Nikon 1 V3
Nikkor/Nikon Lenses
50mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8
600mm f/4
16-35mm f/4
24-70mm f/2.8
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
70-200mm f/2.8
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon Speedlights
Tripods & Tripod Heads
Gitzo Mountaineer
Benro Travel Tripod
Manfrotto Tripod and Ballhead
Markins Ballhead Q20i
Benro Ballhead
Wimberley Gimblal Head
Camera Bags
Thinktank Digital Holster 30
Thinktank Airport International
Thinktank Glass Limo
LowePro Flipside 400AW
LowePro Slingbag

15 Responses to About

  1. You certainly have many striking photographs here. Keep up the great work!

  2. Laura says:

    You managed to capture the beauty of so many places that I love. I just stumbled across this site and it’s nice to be able to see my favorite places in your photos while I’m still trapped at my desk. Keep up the great work

  3. Hilda says:

    Is it possible to buy copies of your photos?

  4. karen says:

    Dear Mr. Tabone,
    I am a writer for the Pineapple Post in Jensen Beach FL, and we’re doing a feature article on river otters this edition. Would you allow me to use some of your photos of otters if I am sure to credit you for them? This paper is very popular with school children, and I know they would enjoy your photos. You can look at the paper online at pineapplepost-jb.com. Thank you!

  5. Stephen, I really love your pictures of the sunflowers! Our corporate logo is a sunflower and we are interested in seeing if we could use some of your sunflower pictures for our marketing materials. Is that possible? Let me know. Thanks!

  6. Hello Stephen,Your photos are beautiful! We are interested in using one of your photos of a heron on our website. Please contact us about how we would proceed in getting permission to do so.Thank you for your consideration.Best to you!

  7. Jordan says:

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use an image to wrap my van with. I work at a graphics design company, we have a large scale printer and wrap vehicles(among other things). We use 3M material only and I would be putting there logo along with your image on one side of my van. Please let me know your thoughts.

    Best regards,
    Jordan Walter

  8. Maemi Tamagawa says:

    Dear Mr. Stephen L Tabone,

    I am Maemi Tamagawa who lives in Japan. I belong to the Kanto Glory Church in Tokyo and we made a new church homepage. HP:http://kantoglorychurch.com/

    Now, we are planning to add our pastor’s blog titled “On Eeagl’s Wings” to it and we have been looking for images that fit for his blog. At last, we found a good photograph (an immature American Bald Eagle in a blue sky) on your site and our pastor likes it very much.

    If it would be possible for us to use it, please let me know the information such as the image use fee.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards.

    • On September 18, you left me a message on my blog regarding the use of one of my eagle images. I am sorry for the delay in responding. Are you still interested in using it? And, which image is it. Please send the link to it.

      Best regards,
      Stephen Tabone

  9. Maemi Tamagawa says:

    Dear Mr. Stephen L Tabone,

    I was very happy yesterday, I quickly wrote a reply in a hurry and I was sorry for my poor English.
    Please correct “but the link we are creating is below.”
    Thank you very much.

    Best regards,
    Maemi Tamagawa

  10. Steve Haworth says:

    I love all that I have seen
    I love seeing Central Florida stuff as I used to live there

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