George's passion is the great outdoors and all things wild. He has a keen eye for the smallest detail, as well as the grand scheme. He is intrigued by the science of nature. George has a strong environmental ethic and infuses his photography with the love and respect he feels for his subjects. When photographing sensitive natural and cultural subjects, he weighs the value and the impact of each picture. If either his taking or sale of a photo in any way threatens or harms the resource, George will walk away from the project.
George's travels have crisscrossed the continental United States and carried him into Canada and Mexico. He has spent long hours on lonely mountaintops. He loves all terrains and habitats for each has signature beauty. Parks, preserves, wildlife areas, national forests and wilderness are his native home. But he finds time to photograph cities, people, places, festivals, and all things civilized. The contradiction between natural and civil enhances his eye.
He uses Canon lenses and cameras and shoots in digital format. His photography library now exceeds 750,000 images; George's stock list is both extensive and varied.
In addition to his own book titles and magazine projects, George's photography has appeared in the nation's leading newspapers and in such national and regional publications as Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, Backpacker, Natural History, Wilderness, Native Plants and Oregon Coast. George's images have appeared in dozens of corporate calendars, as well as calendar lines for Audubon, Barnes and Noble, MeadWestvaco, Shearson and TeNeus. George was the sole photographer for Tide-Mark Press's 2010 Oregon and Washington calendars. His images grace note cards, postcards, national park brochures, and advertisements. His partial credit list provides a more detailed look at his clients and markets.
While George typically works freelance, he has worked as an independent contractor for company product lines. He is available for assignments and will work on an hourly, daily or project rate. George's stock photography is available to clients through the following agencies: age fotostock, Alamy, and SuperStock. In the stock agency search boxes, search by photographer name: George Ostertag.
In the field of fine art photography, he has been the featured photographer at exhibitions on the East and West Coasts. Fine art prints can be ordered directly from the photographer. For details on the available prints, sizes, mounting and shipping, click fine art.
George enthusiastically shares his technical and creative vision through seminars, individual lessons and workshops. He frequently presents slide shows to interested groups: photography clubs, Audubon chapters, bookstores, rotary clubs, hiking clubs, and the like. Contact George, if you'd like him to speak at your club or organization.