About Me - bill chizek
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Bill Chizek

              I wish I had a photography niche; but because I'm shooting mostly stock photography, my interests are all over the place (similar to a politician up for reelection).  Sadly, this website demonstrates that I'm a photographic mess with no empahsis in one area. I'm originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin but have lived in various places spending many years in Naples, Italy; all courtesy of the US Navy Music Program.  For 30 years I was a Navy Musician and extremely fortunate to serve my country while doing something I loved, visiting much of the world in the process.  However, since retirement, I'm mostly located out of El Paso, TX and the father of one boy and two girls who keep life interesting.  This photography journey began after joining the Navy in 1981 but was short lived because shooting with film proved too expensive, it cut too deeply in to the beer and pizza fund of my youth.  During my Naval career I traveled throughout the US, Europe, and Asia; but did little photography.  By 2006 the photo bug bit again and I eased back in to digital photography with a Sony pocket camera, later progressing to Canon DSLR's.  With the exception of 2017, when I tried Sony DSLR's, I've used Canon cameras since 2009 (now using the EOS 6D mark ii). I am currently a stock photography contributor for iStock by Getty Images, Shutterstock, Adobestock(sign in required) and various other companies.  Please visit the menu link "Stock Photos in Use" for examples of how my stock photography is used.  

               As a musician since the 1970's, I was fortunate to play with incredible people (see Trombone USA).  I've found similarities between music and photography, a photographer’s work is like a musician’s music.  Music lessons are like photography lessons, you'll get the information but you'll still have to practice to improve.  Photography now fills the part of my life that music once occupied.  When I'm shooting, it's normally with family.  One photo in my archive, called Red Skies, is special because it was our daughters first sunrise.  It was a special family morning in Naples, Italy and Mother Nature cooperated.  About my wife, she's a patient woman in ways too numerous to mention here...  She is also my biggest supporter and best friend.  Admittedly, I’m a pain as a travel buddy because I'm constantly wondering off and lag behind shooting.  My wife never gives me grief; in fact, she's never been anything but supportive and without her, this little obsession would be just something else I'd like to be doing. 💖

              While shooting anything catching my eye, I especially love aircraft, cars, architecture, and anything historical along the way.  It is an honor every time someone purchases a photo, it means the world to me.  My photos are available for purchase here with many options, just look for the "BUY" button to get started; watermarks will not appear on purchases.  So that's me, I'm just figuring out this photo hobby on my terms with no clients, deadlines, office or desk, just a camera in the bag and the time to shoot!  Feel free to contact me, comment on photos, and please sign my guest book.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy looking at these photos!


Camera, Lenses, & Accessories

See everything I carry at Kit.com

Camera & Lenses

                    -  Canon EOS 6D Mark ii
                    -  Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

                    -  Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

                    -  Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

                    -  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8


-  Everyday MessengerEveryday Sling camera bags, 

   Capture Pro, Slide& Cuff all by Peak Design     

-  Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055 carbon fiber tripod

-  Platypod Pro with Manfrotto 494RC2 head

-  Hoya PRO1 77mm Circular Polarizer (at Amazon)

-  B+W 77mm ND 3.0-1,000X (at Amazon)


Legal Information

                   All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Bill Chizek Photography. All Images copyright © 2011-2018 William Chizek and are the exclusive property of William J. Chizek and protected under United States and International Copyright laws. Images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated (in whole or in part) without the written permission of William J. Chizek. Use of any images from BillChizekPhotography.com as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of United States and International Copyright laws.

                   IMAGES MAY NOT BE REDISPLAYED ON ANOTHER WEB SITE WITHOUT PERMISSION OF BILL CHIZEK PHOTOGRAPHY. Contact William J. Chizek at william.chizek@gmail.com if you wish to obtain a reproduction of an image or if you wish to obtain permission to redisplay an image on another web site.

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