Stephen L. Tabone Nature Photography | About
I am a retired Department of Defense Senior Executive, who since retiring in 2003, have been renewing my passion for photography. My interest in photography began when I purchased my first SLR while overseas in the Army many years ago. There, I also learned to process my images in a darkroom on post.

Now in retirement, my love for Nature’s spectacular beauty has inspired me to renew my interest in photography. Photography provides a window into the beauty I experience and a means to share it with others.

My photographs are displayed in numerous homes and corporate offices and have been used by conservation and preservation fundraisers, nature-based educational programs and permanent displays, various published and on-line books and publications, commercial and nonprofit websites, exhibit signs at two zoological parks to include the Smithsonian National Zoo, and in permanent exhibits in two Florida museums to include the Florida Museum of Natural History. In March 2011, 5 of my images were printed on aluminum and hung in a new medical building, two of them 4' wide and 6' tall in the main lobby.

I enjoy the technical aspects, challenges and rewards of digital photography and the digital darkroom. I strictly use Nikon camera bodies and lenses, and process my RAW images in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.

Please visit one of my websites. My favorite images can be viewed at: I also maintain photographs at:

Do not hesitate to contact me at: I would enjoy hearing from you.
What's in My Camera Bag
I am often asked what camera gear I use. In response to those inquiries, the following is a list of my essential gear.
Camera Bodies
Nikon D800
Nikon D810
Nikon 1 V3
Nikkor/Nikon Lenses
50mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8
600mm f/4
16-35mm f/4
24-70mm f/2.8
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
70-200mm f/2.8
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon Speedlights
Tripods & Tripod Heads
Gitzo Mountaineer
Benro Travel Tripod
Manfrotto Tripod and Ballhead
Markins ballhead Q20i
Benro Ballhead
Wimberley Gimblal Head
Camera Bags
Thinktank Digital Holster 30
Thinktank Airport International
Thinktank Glass Limo
LowePro Flipside 400AW
LowePro Slingbag

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams