Please Welcome John “Verm” Sherman!

Don’t you love it when someone that shares your passion and dream joins you in pursuit of sharing knowledge with the rest of the world? Today we are happy to announce yet another amazing photographer join our ranks – John “Verm” Sherman. As you have already seen from his amazing and funny posts, John is truly passionate about photography, particularly wildlife photography. Please give a warm welcome to John! Below is his favorite photos, along with his bio.

John Sherman Bear

Friends call me Verm and I got hooked on photography in 1973 while in eighth grade. My first camera had thread-mount lenses and was so dumb it couldn’t even focus itself. Heck, it didn’t even have an exposure meter.

Common Blackhawk Moonrise

Two Bighorn rams pose for their portrait; Eastern Arizona.

NIKON D600 + 500mm f/4 @ 700mm, ISO 800, 1/400, f/9.0

Back then I dreamed of becoming a landscape photographer, first in the style of Ansel Adams, then as more teen hormones kicked in, à la Edward Weston when I realized that when not shooting landscapes or nature abstracts he was getting women to strip naked and not just for his camera. Alas the Weston dream didn’t materialize right away so instead I became a geologist who spent his time staring at rocks through a microscope.

Brown Pelican

GBH sunset Fort De Soto

As well I got hooked on rock climbing, anti-inflammatories and crutches. I did lots of photography and writing for climbing magazines in the 80s and early 90s before burning out (on magazine and catalog work, not climbing). Disillusioned with the rise of digital imaging, I rarely picked up a camera for the next decade but regained my fotomojo in the last half-decade due in part to my relationship with Flagstaff photographer and climber Dawn Kish.

God rays Estero Lagoon

Magnolia leaf detail Red River Gorge

I resist shooting people unless they’re climbing or doing something embarrassing, so instead I focus my camera on the rock formations I scale and their surroundings. I also find that the hundreds of stormbound hours I spent staring at patterns in the ripstop nylon of my tent honed my eye well for shooting abstracts. In 2011 my photograph took on a scary dimension when I made the mistake of borrowing a 1960-vintage manual focus 600mm lens for a trip to the wetlands near Yuma. With that big glass strapped to my camera I discovered what an amazing, beautiful, frustrating, difficult, addictive and unprofitable subject birds were to photograph.

Sanderling Mustang Island

Tri-colored Heron Mustang Island

With my nature photography I strive to bring attention to the plight of endangered nature photographers around the globe, especially me; and how for just ten dollars a day you can keep me in passable single malt while I make sweet magic with my camera to share with the world. Thank you for reading, and please give till it hurts.

Big Bend

Mushrooms - Red River Gorge


Verm with Lens

NIKON D600 + 16-35mm f/4 @ 24mm, ISO 800, 1/30, f/10.0


  1. 1) Another John
    June 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hahaha that last picture is AWESOME!

  2. 2) Mac
    June 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Hilarious, and welcome! Your images are fantastic!


  3. 3) Mickey Jetpur
    June 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful pics.That last one is exactly how I feel from a girl’s point of view!

    June 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Unique images and welcome, waiting for some informative and humourous articles and the wildlife images are beautiful, first and last images are hilarious

  5. 5) brian ferguson
    June 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    incredible work! look forward to seeing some more!

  6. June 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    What a great post!

  7. 7) Dave Thompson
    June 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I love the tongue-in-cheek approach right alongside the serious work of a photographer. Welcome to the flickhouse. :)

  8. Profile photo of Andrew Russell 8) Andrew Russell
    June 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Holy crap, those pictures are spectacular. Seriously, they are just amazing.

    Especially the first and last ones. :-)

    I am looking forward to your future articles!

  9. June 30, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Welcome, John, it is great to have you here!

  10. 10) Diego
    June 30, 2014 at 1:50 am


  11. 11) Rajesh Dharmaraj
    June 30, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Welcome!…. Mr. John.

  12. June 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Welcome aboard! Love your sense of humor! Your 18-300mm review was a real hoot. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

  13. Profile photo of Mike Banks 13) Mike Banks
    June 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Verm, another hilarious entry. Thanks. Looking forward to more information and instructional articles from you and will get out there and try to reproduce your work if I can get my electric scooter to go over the rocks. LOL Just kidding. Keep them coming.

  14. 14) Jorge Balarin
    June 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hi John, it seems you are a very good photographer with sense of humor. I will enjoy your next posts. All the best.

  15. 15) Patrick O'Connor
    June 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Great photos and great sense of humor!

  16. 16) DavidB
    June 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Love the image with Dawn! Will look forward to seeing more of your work.

    Flagstaff, AZ

  17. 17) Monsour
    July 1, 2014 at 1:57 am


    Your resurgence after film is a blessing to this site’s readers. Thanks for giving digital a try. I look forward to seeing more of your great photography and reading your humorous tangent. Love the 1st and last images.


  18. 18) Anthony
    July 1, 2014 at 4:29 am

    She looks very impressed by your….focal length. Apparently, size matters!

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