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My photography took a serious turn in 1998 when I bought my first single lens reflex (SLR) camera. My original work was with slide film; in 2003 I made the change to digital. I use photography as a means to learn about different organisms, spend time outdoors, and see and share with others the beauty of my surroundings.

My photos have been taken with various Canon EOS cameras over the years. Currently my main camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I use the following Canon lenses: MP-E 65mm macro; 100mm macro; 180mm macro; 500mm; 100-400mm zoom; and 15-85mm zoom. I use the MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite, 430EX, and 550EX flashes. I have an assortment of tripods, but for macro photography mostly use my elbows.

I spend the rest of my time working as a database and applications programmer for the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Selected photography credits:


Annick Press
Blackbirch Press
Dorling Kindersley
Houghton Mifflin
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
Rourke Publishing
University of California Press
University of Washington Press


Bay Nature
California Coast and Ocean
California Wild
Coleopterist's Bulletin
National Wildlife
Seattle Magazine
The Coleopterist
Western Birds
Stern TV (Germany)
Earth and Sky Radio (web)
American Museum of Natural History
California Academy of Sciences
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
New England Aquarium
San Francisco International Airport
The Field Museum of Chicago
Arizona State Parks
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
East Bay Regional Park District
National Park Service, Alaska Region
Nevada State Parks
Sonoma County Regional Parks
Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental Defense
Save The Bay









all photos and text © Joyce Gross