Thomas Piekunka

Glendale, California based Nature photographer

I enjoy the transformation I experience when I reach a destination.  My attitude changes, I become relaxed yet more aware at the same time.  Stepping out of my car I feel the elements and take in my surroundings, I start to reconnect with a more primal self.  Nature is beautiful, but also unforgiving.  It commands respect and admiration.  The privilege of passing through an expansive landscape, take in the glory of a flaming sunset or the vastness of the Milky Way as it stretches across the night sky, prompts me to reassess myself.  It makes me re-examine my priorities and helps remind me of what is important and what is not.  It reminds me that I need to be more grateful and release my cynicism and allow myself to be overwhelmed by the wonder that is the world around us.  It is my hope that my photographs capture and express this attitude.

My wife is a great source of support.  When I come home from a photography outing, I'm like an excited kid eager to show off what I did, and my wife patiently indulges me.  She listens to my stories of how I captured this or that image and makes astute observations and provides constructive feedback that helps me to grow and my images to improve.


Prints of all images in the Galleries area are available for sale.

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Image licensing is available for all my images.

I am available for photographic assignments.  Please contact me to discuss.

Publications and Calendars

National Geographic Traveler Magazine June/July 2016

Outdoor Photographer Magazine, 2nd Prize Winner, 8th Annual Nature's Colors Photo Contest, March 2016

Outdoor Photographer Magazine Facebook Page, December 2014, Favorite Places Gallery

Mono Lake Committee 2013, 2015 & 2016 Annual Calendar

Mono Lake Committee 2014 Fall Newsletter

Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Finalist, Annual Photography of the West Contest, 2010, 2015