About Me

Hi World!

I'M Rollie, 

nature and wildlife photographer

My most satisfying photographs reveal something special in ordinary places and circumstances. Capturing a great image has little to do with the subject and everything to do with the message you communicate to the viewer.  This is defined by the way I see experience the moment. 

 Over the past 50 years, I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. for business and leisure, visiting all but two of 50 states. Internationally, I have visited England, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Russia, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, and the list goes on. I have collected numerous portfolios consisting of flora, wildlife, street life, birds, and landscapes from various countries and through tour the United States.  Kauai, Hawaii, the Texas and South Carolina coast and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming stand out as some of my favorite adventures. 

 For me, my focus has narrowed in the past few years to wildlife nature photography.  In pursuit of capturing an image, I am able to be out in nature practicing my art of observation — whether alone or with others — and can simply watch and appreciate the experience of the wildlife and their natural environment. Visually preserving a fascinating moment in nature is a feeling that is difficult to describe. Also as time and experiences pass, I have come to realize that I have a duty in being a storyteller of nature, and I hope to inspire people through my craft. We all play a role and share a responsibility to our planet. Photography has inspired me to be more actively involved in conservation. 

I am maintaining a display in The South Padre Island, Texas, Birding & Nature Center.  All sales made on location from the gift shop in the Birding and Nature Center are donated to their efforts in wildlife conservation.  When I use my time and talent to help educate and conserve nature, it opens a whole new door in how I am working to evolve as both a photographer and a steward of our planet.


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I am a native of Charleston, South Carolina "and I have resided in Texas from 1973 to 2022 with a brief two year period in Barrington, Illinois.  In February of 2022 I moved back to the Charleston, S. C.  Area and I  currently reside in Mount Pleasant S. C.. I currently work with a Sony A1 and various lenses and I am highly accomplished with post production in Lightroom CC. You can find various portfolios of my work at waters-photography.com or you can contact me at my email address:  photos@waters-photography.com

Inspiration

I am inspired by witnessing nature and wildlife and I love spending time outdoors!

Techniques

I use many different techniques while creating my final images. My post-processing software of choice is Adobe Lightroom C.C. 

career highlights

I've been involved with non-profits to benefit Nature and Wildlife Conservation. 

My PRevious career

As an Air Force veteran I went to college under the GI bill and completed my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and my MBA from Pepperdine University.  Upon graduation my business experience included management and executive positions at Owens-Corning Fiberglass and Dun & Bradstreet Companies.  I began my management consultant practice to private and public sector clients in 1976 specializing in Human Resource services and compensation-system design and strategy.  In January of 2014, I sold the Compensation Division of my company to the Segal Company and five months later in May 2014, I sold the Executive Recruitment Division to Springsted Incorporated.

During my years as President of the Waters Consulting Group, Inc. (WCG), I developed an extensive background and reputation in performance management, strategic Human Resource planning and compensation design.  As an active consultant, I maintained my credentials as a Certified Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants USA.  This distinction was awarded as evidence of the highest standards in consulting and adherence to the ethical canons of the profession.   I also have maintained throughout my career an active membership in MENSA.  This organization has members in almost 100 countries around the world and offers opportunities for social, cultural and intellectual interaction.

As an authority on compensation and performance-management system design for the public sector and private sector, I have spoken before hundreds of organizations over the years, including the International City and County Managers Association. The American Management Association, Southern Methodist University, the University of Maryland, California Institute of Technology, the Texas Municipal League, the International Personnel Management Association, several British companies, and numerous public-sector agencies and organizations located in the United States and Great Britain.

Some of my accomplishments and specialties include:  Compensation consulting, compensation audits, classification system audits, executive recruiting, web-based HR solutions, wage and salary administration, compensation system design, management development, job evaluation system design, organizational strategy, mentoring programs, performance management systems, organizational design, skills-based-pay design, competency-based systems, sales compensation systems and succession planning.

Upon retiring I have been continuing to pursue and perfect my lifelong passion in the art of photography.

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