Photographer

Richard D. Paris


Biography


Rick Paris was born in 1955 and raised in Queens, New York where he lived in a garden apartment in Floral Park with two older brothers and loving parents. After the unexpected death of his father in 1968, Rick continued to move forward and completed an automotive engineering program from SUNY Farmingdale in Long Island, New York before moving up to Westchester County in 1990. My plans are now to relocate to Montana in the coming months.


Although Rick grew up as a city boy, I always had an attraction to animals and wildlife. Rick fulfilled this desire by watching TV shows such as Discovery, National Geographic, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom or any other animal-related programming he could find. He also began his own passion for breeding German Shepherd dogs back in the late 1980s. As Rick puts it “back then it was the closest thing I could find to a real wolf”. 


Although Rick graduated with an engineering degree, his love and respect for nature and wildlife soon took over. Owning as a partner with his brother, their own motion picture film studio in New York, “Paris Film Productions” for the past 30 years, it has allowed me to travel extensively and personally photograph all the wildlife he admired on television for so many years.


Rick has his own website to encompass this latest passion for digital photography, www.rickparis.com. Here he will list all his latest works and pricing. Currently, you can contact him by emailing parisfilm2@aol.com.


Rick’s photography reflects the respect he has for these wonderful animals and our environment. He is currently involved in many organizations dealing with the education of the public in regards to the myths and rumors of animals. Although his focus is mainly on eagles and wolves, his portfolio is ever-expanding to include many birds, animals, scenic shots, kids, and pet photography. 


Rick has been a member of the Bedford Audubon Society for 2 years now, and you can also see some of his works on their website www.bedfordaudubon.org. “Without all the help from the membership, the great field, and weekend trips, I don’t think I would have been able to go this far with my work. The learning is fun and you’re with other very concerned people, people who truly care about nature. I am now on the board of the Bedford Audubon and hope to be for a long time. It’s just a great organization. www.bedfordaudubon.org


My daughter who is now 4 has been going with me on field trips for about a year now. The Audubon group is for any age from 3 up. I also volunteer at the N.Y. Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. You can check them out at www.nywolf.org. I find it amazing that I have been in Alaska 3 times filming Bald Eagles and other wildlife and never saw a wolf there, but yet no more than 10 minutes from my home are 4 beautiful ambassador wolves, Apache, Lukas, Kyle, and Atka.”


Rick uses Nikon Digital Cameras, primarily the Nikon D1X and the D2H, in the raw formats (NEF) and the Nikon Capture Software converts my 5.4mp image to a 10mp image. The D1x will shoot at 3 frames per second and the D2H will shoot at 8 at 4.0 megapixels. I also use the updated Kodak 14n which is an amazing 14-megapixel full frame, while the Nikon D1X and D2H use a 1.5x multiplier for lens use. A 50mm Nikon lens with the Kodak is a 50mm, but the D1X and D2H it is 75mm. I use various Nikon lenses. The 17-35mm wide angle, 28-70mm, 60mm macro, 70-200mm f2.8 vr, 80-400mm vr, 400mm f2.8 prime, and Sigma 800mm 5.6 prime. The 400mm and 800mm prime are tripod-mounted lenses on a Wimberely Gimbel type head for super sensitive balance. He prints all his works on either an Epson 2200 or Epson 3000 printer. His prints can be up to 17x22 on different mediums. Larger prints are available through outside print shops.


Rick’s works and words have been seen and heard far and wide. Rick has won numerous contests in Alaska with his beautiful Eagle and Landscape photography. He has been quoted in Alaska Magazine. Rick has had pictures and articles in the Pound Ridge Record Review, Patent Trader, Westchester News, The Flying Pig Gallery, Muscoot Gallery, and has written photo-articles as well as many other venues where his works are seen. Rick now does speaking engagements, lectures, and workshops. You can email for more information as well.


Rick’s goal is to preserve the wondrous living things we have and perhaps be able to bring back to a degree what we have destroyed. “Please help keep our environment clean and safe so our next generation can see these wonders for themselves in person rather than in a zoo, on TV or the Internet.”


Rick “Rickeagle” Paris

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