About the photographer. . .



  Patrick Surrena first became exposed to photography by his        grandfather, John J. Jiran, at the age of eight. Learning the   principles of photography on a twin lens reflex camera with a hand held light meter from the photographically accomplished, award winning grandfather, as well as darkroom technique and even hyperfocal distance (what was he thinking?) was his foundation.

Later, after majoring in Mass Communications in college, Pat joined the Sun Newspapers chain in Ohio as a news and sports reporter/photojournalist. He has has been widely published by    other media outlets nationwide including newspapers and the wire service United Press International (UPI).

His work has won awards and contests and has also been acquired by many private collectors. Forty-two of his photographs were purchased by a marketing firm as office art, and the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph published ten of his photos in a "Fall Color" special edition.

For a number of years Pat specialized in sports photography at the high school, college and professional sports levels including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association. He was staff photographer for SportsBeat Magazine, and team photographer for the Cleveland Cobras professional soccer club.

Surrena also has extensive experience in advertising and public relations photography and has been widely published in trade publications, newsletters and websites throughout the country.

He was the Chief Still Photographer on the set of the made for cable TV movie “Get Goosed”.

While in the U.S. Navy in Spain, Pat studied photography through the School of Modern Photography. He has also attended workshops by Andy Cook, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Pulitzer Prize winning and National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman, and world famous landscape photographer, John Shaw.

Currently, he is concentrating on capturing the beauty of the Western United States’ landscape and nature and is a member of the Professional Photographers of Colorado.

Changing from a long-time user of Canon gear, the equipment I now use is the Olympus Mirror-less Micro Four Thirds system, with two OM-D E-M1 bodies with battery packs, the following Olympus lenses including the  7-14mm  f2.8 PRO, 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, 40-150mm  f2.8 PRO, 75mm f1.8 , 25mm f1.8, 60mm f2.8 macro, 8mm fisheye f1.8 PRO, 1.4 TC; Induro CT214  with Induro BHD1 ball head and Gitzo G2227 with Manfrotto Pro Ball 468 RC2 head tripods, Nissin i40 speedlite,  Gossen LunaPro light meter , Pentax 1 degree spotmeter and various SinghRay and other filters, accessories and software.

Pat resides in Centennial, Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.