Art Trevino "Pappa Dukes"

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Winner of the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (Alex Walker's Serian 'Creatures of the Land' category)

"Pappa Dukes" was the nickname given to me by a native Hawaiian ukulele musician, who was my bandmate in an all ukulele band - plus me, the drummer. My bandmate gave me my "Pappa Dukes" nickname because I was old enough to be his father. The name stuck and I’ve been called that ever since.

My passion for photography bloomed during my time at the University of Texas in Austin, where I learned how to shoot, develop, and print film. We used 35mm, 4x5 and 8x10 format cameras. I attended classes in design, lighting, photo composition, and motion picture production.

After graduation I moved to Boulder, Colorado, where I worked as a commercial artist doing commercial and advertising photography that included photography contracts with two  government agencies in the 1970s and 80s: The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). From there I moved to south Florida, got married, had two boys, and my photography was put on hold. I worked in retail for 40 years at various retail stores.

I’m now retired and happily living in Longmont, Colorado where I've been a resident for eight breathtaking years. Here I  enjoy my time shooting photos of wildlife, nature, and people. My favorite subjects are birds (especially raptors), animals, landscapes, astrophotography, and live band concerts. I’m also experienced with drones and video production.

I use a Sony A9 for wildlife and a Sony A7Riv for landscape and people.  Check out my Facebook and Instagram sites.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my work!

Art Trevino "Pappa Dukes"