Tom KELLIE lived in Beijing for seventeen years, serving as a university instructor, specializing in academic publication in the life sciences and ecology. Throughout the year, on weekends and during vacations, he enjoyed occasional day trip photo expeditions, photographing trees, birds, flowers, insects, foliage & historical structures. His favorite subject was Panthera pardus — Leopards — in natural settings.
His cameras include the following: Canon EOS 1D X, EOS 1D Mark IV, Sony Cyber-shot RX1 R as well as a Manfrotto 680B monopod. He uses the following Canon EF lenses: 24mm f/1.4L, 35mm f/1.4L, 40mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro, 135mm f/2L, 200mm f/2.8L, 300mm f/4L IS, 400mm f/2.8L IS II, 400mm f/5.6L, 17-40mm f/4L, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 70-200mm f/4L IS and Zeiss lenses Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE, Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE, Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZE, Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE and Apo-Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 ZE.
He first bought a camera in August, 2009. He often posts series of images, including those which work well, and a few which don't, in order to encourage evaluative comparison by others.
Visits to wetlands in Singapore and Hong Kong, to Masai Mara in Kenya, to Leopard Hills in Sabi Sands, South Africa, to Venice, Italy, to nature parks and to villages throughout China have all facilitated improvement in shooting technique. Shots taken while leaning out of his 8th floor kitchen window have included both dawn and dusk colors, with an occasional Moon image. His long-term photographic goals include eventually capturing an image of a bat in flight, showing a dragonfly with a high degree of sharpness, and shooting either lightning or fireworks.