San Jose, CA
After 35+ years of shooting thousands of rolls of film, as a “professional” photographer (army photographer and freelancer) and then mostly as a snapshot shooter, (kids and family, some travel), I finally decided to try digital photography a few years ago.
Most of my pics here are "as shot", meaning no, or little, cropping, and no electronic enhancement other than to click the "AutoBalance" button. Maybe just a little boost in contrast (ok, once in a while a big boost in contrast). Eventually I plan to learn to use photo manipulation software, but right now I'm having too much fun just shooting 'em as I see 'em. But be careful. What you see ain’t necessarily what I shot.
I like to shoot the objects you see everyday, but maybe from a slightly different angle. Or focus a little closer on something you might ordinarily overlook. Instead of the big picture, I might focus on the little things in that picture. Anybody can shoot a building; I want to shoot the details that make that building unique.
I like to make people think. I want people to pay attention to what's around them. Break out of their box. Look at the knotholes in a tree; look at a rain-soaked parking lot; look at the shapes, textures and colors in something as simple as an awning or a pair of jeans. Stand by the railroad tracks when a freight train goes by and look at the graffiti on the railcars. Some of it is really pretty good. Get up-close and personal with the bark on a tree. Above all, don't just look, but SEE. See what is really there in the details.
What follows, for the most part, is some of my favorite digital photography. A few pics scattered throughout may be some of my early film shots that I scanned and reprinted just because I like ‘em. My first digital camera was a Kodak Z740. Good starter camera. I have since acquired a Nikon D80 (now my backup cam), and my latest is a Nikon D90 DSLR. I think you will notice a difference. I have been a Nikon film camera user (I only have three left, along with a few other makes) for nearly 40 years, so after I decided I liked digital photography, it was just logical to stay with what I know and love.
Most of all, I hope you enjoy looking at my pictures. If you like what you see, let me know. Or, even better, buy a print or two. :)
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