Who are these people?
Nancy was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and has been taking pictures most of her life. During her forty years as a school teacher, she has used the summers to lead scout groups on camping trips through state and national parks to the far corners of this great country. She has seen every state, and has driven from Miami to Alaska four times. In recent years, she has expanded her horizons on trips with her husband, Bruce, to all seven continents. During her travels, her passion continues to be nature and wildlife photography. Other interests include sailing, canoeing, diving, hiking, bicycle riding, and camping. Since she retired from teaching in 2009, she has devoted her energy to bringing her passion to the public by connecting people with nature through her photographs.
To see pictures of Nancy in action, check out action.html.
Bee Happy Graphics was created in 2007 to produce, display, and sell the photography of Nancy Moreland. We can sell our images in digital form or print our artwork in several sizes and media. We cut our own mats, cut glass, and build frames, so that we can sell our work either framed or unframed. We can even print our images on canvas with a gallery wrap. You can check our our products here.
Our Photographic Philosophy
This is fine art photography, not photojournalism. Yet we don’t believe we can improve on God’s work. It is our intent to bring the glory of God’s imagination to you without material embellishment. In post-processing, we do correct for the inadequacies of our equipment. We may also simplify the event, possibly by invoking other dimensions, or de-emphasize non-essential components (like our background), but the result will still accurately represent the event as we saw it. In our photography, we do require a skill set that may not be emphasized by more conventional artists, like research and planning, patience, and careful observation. If, as an example of God’s imagination, we want to show you as concisely as possible the breadth of His color spectrum (or gamut) as applied to birds, we cannot obviously invent a bird or alter its appearance (although that is perfectly within our post-processing capabilities). We must find the bird and wait patiently under less-than-ideal conditions for a display that best exemplifies His work. At the same time, we conform to (or tactically break) the same rules of composition as other artists.
To connect people with nature.
To protect threatened and endangered species.
To inspire citizens to safeguard wildlife and the natural world.
To create a better world for both people and wildlife.
Nancy has received a number of awards, including:
- Award of Excellence Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key 2019
- 1st Place for Photography Artfest In The Pines 2019
- Best in Flower Category of Florida Wildlife Federations 2018 Photography Contest
- 2nd Place for Photography at Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival in 2018
- 3rd Place for Photography at Stuart's ArtsFest 2018
- Honorable Mention at Winter Haven's Central Park Arts Festival in 2017
- 2nd Place for Photography at Stuart's ArtsFest 2017
- 2nd Place for the Helen Aufford Memorial Award at the Lake Wales Arts Festival in 2016
- 1st Place for Photography at Stuart's ArtsFest 2016
- Honorable Mention at the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival in Sunrise, Florida in 2013
- An Award of Merit for “God’s Artistry” at the 51st Annual Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach in 2013
- Best Nature Print Honorable Mention in Group A for “Hovering Hummer” and Best Event Print for ‘Human Tower” in the 2013 Kendall Camera Club Annual Competition
- Honorable Mention in 2012 at the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival in Sunrise, Florida
- The Robert Woodard Award for 1st Place in Photography at the 39th Annual Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival in 2012
- First Place at Pioneer Days in High Springs, Florida in 2012
- The Billy Marlow Nature Award for Best Nature Print in Group A in the 2011 Kendall Camera Club Annual Competition for “Pineland Fog”. In the same competition, she also received awards for the Best Landscape Print for “The Flow of Life” and Best Pet Print for “Mom’s Best Friend”
- Best Wildlife Print in the 2010 Kendall Camera Club Annual Competition
- Second Place at Pioneer Days in High Springs, Florida in 2010
- Honorable Mention in the 2009 Photo Contest by the Explorer’s Corner for “Arctic Fox”
- Nancy was recognized with three photographs in the Falcon Guide book Birding Florida by Brian Rapoza (2007); a red-shouldered hawk, limpkins, and an osprey
Nancy and her husband, Bruce, do all of their own work. After Nancy captures an image, Bruce will do the post-processing and printing of the pictures using an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 pigment-based inkjet printer on a variety of fine art and photo papers or canvas, and cutting of mats and glass. Together they will do the picture framing or stretching of canvas. They display their work at art shows and exhibitions around Florida.Return to top of page.
The following lists are partial and are subject to change without notice.
Although Nancy started with Nikon SLR equipment, she changed over to Canon when she entered the digital age in 2005. (For the story on that change, see our FAQ.)
- camera bodies:
- Now she uses Canon's EOS 7D Mark II camera. She likes the 1.6 crop or magnification factor of their sensors.
- Her second body is the EOS 7D.
- the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II (Image Stabilized) USM autofocus telephoto zoom lens, her favorite for wildlife photography.
- For her non-Gigapan landscape work, she uses her Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L USM autofocus lens.
- She also has a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
- Canon EF 1.4x II extender
- Canon EF 25 II Extension Tube
- Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 3-stop, 6-stop, & 10-stop neutral density filters (see Neutral Density Filters And Another “Brilliant Idea”?)
- B+W 77mm XS-PRO Digital HTC Circular Polarizer
- Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
- flash: two Canon Speedlite 600EX-RTs
- flash extender: Better Beamer FX3
- remote flash trigger: PocketWizard MiniTT1 transmitter & FlexTT5 transceiver for Canon. (Her normal lighting setup is discussed in the last paragraph of one of our blog posts.)
- timer remote: Vello Wireless Shutter Boss
- lightning activated shutter trigger: AEO Lightning Strike! II
- Manfrotto 3443 (441) Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
- Manfrotto 308RC Quick Release Proball Head
- Gigapan EPIC Pro system for gigapixel panoramas
- For underwater photography, she uses:
- Canon EOS 30D body
- Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM lens
- Aquatica 30D Housing with 8" Dome Port
- Ikelite Substrobe 200
- rangefinder: Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W
- computer (home built with extensive guidance from fellow South Florida Photographer Robert Holmes)
Component Description Motherboard MSI X99A SLI Plus CPU Intel i7-5820k Memory 8 ea. 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series DDR4-2666 Video card NVIDIA Quadro M4000 RAID controller HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL HBA Storage Samsung 970 EVO 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 internal SSD
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB internal SSD
5 ea. HGST 0S03664 4TB 7200 rpm (with room for 3 more) configured as RAID6
Display Dell UltraSharp 27" Monitor with PremierColor (Model U2713H) Input Wacom intuos 4 Medium Tablet (Model PTK-640) Software Adobe Photoshop CC (& Photoshop CS5 Extended) for editing photos
Adobe Lightroom CC (& Lightroom 3) for cataloging
ON1 Photo RAW 2019 for enlarging
Topaz Gigapixel AI v4 for enlarging
Focus Magic v4 for sharpening
DxO PhotoLab 2 for noise reduction
Kolor Autopano Giga 4.4 for stitching together Gigapans
Adobe Premier Pro CC (& Premier Pro CS5) for editing videos
LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 for scanning
Adobe Dreamweaver CC (& Dreamweaver CS4) for website
(WordPress 5.x for blog)
Uninterruptible power supply APC Back-UPS Pro 1500 (Model BR1500G) with External Battery (BR24BPG) External hard drives WD My Book 6TB (Model WDBFJK0060) & 4TB (Model WDBFJK0040) for home backup
WD My Passport 2TB (Model WDBY8L0020BRD-NEJN) for away
- laptop computer: Dell XPS 15 Base for away
- Pacific Image Electronics PrimeFilm XE scanner
- Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner
- printer: Epson Stylus Pro 9900 with Epson UltraChrome HDR pigment ink cartridges
- for calibrating monitors and printers: X-rite i1Photo Pro 2
- video equipment:
- Panasonic HC-V770 HD camcorder
- Panasonic VW-W4907H Wide Conversion Lens
- Manfrotto 3001N Tripod Legs
- Manfrotto 3130 (128RC) Micro Fluid Head Tripod Head
- for underwater:
- Sony camcorder
- Light & Motion bluefin HD underwater housing
- for mat cutting:
- Logan Framer's Edge Mat Cutter, Model 660 (see Keeping Your Squaring Arm Square)
- Logan Surface V-Groover
- Logan 201 Oval & Circle Mat Cutter
- for making frames:
- Rigid 10" Compound Miter Saw (Model MS1065LZA) with Forrest ChopMaster 90-tooth carbide blade
- Logan Precision Sander Model F200-1 (see Another Method For Adjusting A Logan Precision Sander)
- Logan Pro Joiner, Model F300-2
- glass cutter: Fletcher "Gold Tip" carbide
- for assembling framed pieces: Kinetronics StaticWisk cleaning brush (Model SW-280)
- for stretching onto canvas:
- electric stapler: Duo-Fast Model EWC-5018
- canvas pliers:
- Breathing Color StretchRelief
- second pair: Jack Richeson (would prefer better)
- festival display:
Comments From Others
From a couple we met at the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival in Sunrise, Florida in 2014, about one of their photographs that we edited and printed as a 20" by 20" by 1.5" gallery-wrapped canvas:
Hello Nancy & Bruce,
[My husband] & I are elated with the picture. It's exactly what we envisioned & more. Your attention to detail is evident, the highest quality is "written" on every aspect of the finished picture and framing.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
From a member of the staff of the Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival who then became a customer about an additional picture we sent him to put on the SD card of Nancy's pictures that he had purchased:
Thank you so much for the quick response. The photo is absolutely awesome. I to, enjoyed speaking with both of you. It was a wonderful way to end the weekend. Lord willing we will see you next year.
May God continue to bless you and have a joyous Christmas season.
From a customer at the Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival in Pinecrest, Florida with feedback on the experience:
From a lady we met at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2012, where she bought a framed picture of a Barred Owl, with feedback on a picture of a pair of Barn Owls from another Florida photographer that she had us buy for her, mat, frame, and ship (in 2016):
“Went out if your way to get a photo from another photographer and put it all together for me.”
In a separate e-mail about the picture she said:
Wanted to let you know picture is home and already hung. I love it. Thank you so much.
From a customer at Tamarac Arts and Crafts Festival in 2016, with feedback on the experience:
“great images, fantastic quality, and what a pleasure to talk to them.”Return to top of page.
Come See Us
From late September to early May, we exhibit our photography at art festivals in Florida. There you can come by and see some of our work, whether framed, unframed, or gallery-wrapped and even take some of it home (for a modest fee). Nancy will be glad to explain the story behind each picture. You can find our complete schedule at BeeHappyGraphics.com/schedule. If you'd like to be notified of upcoming events, or learn about wildlife, or photography, sign up for our blog at BeeHappyGraphics.com/blog.Return to top of page.
Several ways to contact us can be found at BeeHappyGraphics.com/blog/contact/.Return to top of page.