John_Bio_imageJohn Munro -

I am an advanced amateur photographer with a keen interest in landscape and travel photography. Over the last seven years I have also moved into wildlife photogrpahy where I can thoroughly enjoy a winters day or two on one of the many wildlife refuges. I developed an interest in photography through my military service, education, and employment. I earned B.A. and Masters degrees in Geography/Cartography from San Jose State University. Prior to attending university I was in the USAF for almost five years stationed in the USA and Europe. The time spent in the USAF spawned a travel bug that remains with me to this day. After attending university I went to work with the U.S. Geological Survey as a cartographer making topographic maps. Early in my career I traveled throughout the western United States on mapping assignments doing preliminary feature identification and topographic surveying. I also traveled to Saudi Arabia to assemble and edit a wall map of the region. During my career I was a topographic map editor, designed special (thematic) topographic maps, supervised different mapping operations, and was a mapping program manager for the western United States and Pacific Basin. I became interested in photography while in the USAF, and in the late 1960s I purchased a Minolta SRT-101 with multiple lenses. I spent the next 30 years trying to learn how to make correct exposures but never progressed much beyond that point. Approaching retirement I was faced with the age old retiree's question - what am going to do when I retire? I decided to expand my passion and learn how to compose and make better images that attempt to say something.



I am also an amateur photographer who used photography as a method of documenting my travels. I have a BA degree in Geography and a Paralegal certificate. In the 1970s I purchased a Minolta SRT-101and lenses after my first trip to Mexico. Since then I have traveled to Egypt three times, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Israel, and the United Kingdom documenting my travels. Also a retired federal employee, I left federal service in 2006 after serving with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My principal interests are photographing wildlife, patterns in the natural and man-made world, and architectural details.