J Michael Darter is a photographer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has been studying photography for over 25 years.  He enjoys focusing on wildlife and landscapes, and co leads annual tours in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, and other scenic areas of the United States.  He also enjoys shooting portraits and some abstracts, but his first love is in capturing nature.

Growing up, he painted watercolors, acrylics and mixed media, mostly focusing on wildlife.  He entered numerous duck stamp contests growing up, and he would take his own photos of waterfowl to study from.  Over the years, he has transitioned fully to photography as his creative outlet.  He loves the outdoors, and enjoys annual trips to Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Hawaii, and of course, in his home state of Oklahoma, which contains 11 distinct ecological regions, ranging from arid plains to subtropical forests and mountains,  which is more per square mile than in any other state.

Nightscapes, including blue hour, star photography, and the Milky Way are another focus that Michael has recently spent more time and focus on.

“Sunrise and Sunsets can be challenging because of the lighting and time limitations.  A great sunset never seems to last long enough.  Shooting at night is even more complex, and involves lots of trial and error and long exposures, some over a long period of time, capturing several hundred shots to combine into one picture.  But because of these challenges, that is what makes those images so special when you really capture a great shot.”

All of the photos on this site are available for large format prints on wood, aluminum, acrylic, canvas, metallic paper and traditional photo paper.  All prints are signed, some are numbered.  Thank you for visiting!