About Me and my Photography
My camera has taught me how to see the world better.
My interest in photography started when I was young. At about age 13 I was given a school science project to build a camera. The camera was extremely basic. I made it using a shoe box with a pin hole for the lens/aperture and black tape over the pin hole for the shutter. I remember "taking" one picture with it. The picture was of a tree. Once I developed the blurry image, I was hooked! Although I've taken hundreds of thousands of pictures since, and with slightly more sophisticated equipment, I still wish I had that first picture of the blurry tree I took with the shoe-box! It would most definitely be on the first page of this web-site!
Photography has been a lifetime passion for me. Beyond taking lots of photos of family and friends, my primary interests are wildlife, nature, and landscapes.
Like most photographers, I'm on an endless quest for the perfect shot. But, I'm equally intrigued about all of the lead-up technical challenges required to be "ready for that shot!" I believe a great photo is the result of being ready for and anticipating opportunities. The technical aspects of photography, including using all of the tools associated with digital imaging, is in a lot of ways intertwined and benefitted by my pre-retirement software engineering career of thirty years.
Photography is first and foremost for "me" -- it's who I am, my life-style, my passion, and it is how I want to be remembered. However, (slight pause) it is definitely nice when your work is recognized by others. It is a good feeling knowing my published photography is enjoyed by individuals at their home and at work!
My photography is inspired in part by Thomas Mangelsen, Art Wolfe, Wyland, Bob Talbot, Lee Mann, Randy Harris, and early days - Josef Scaylea.
I feel very fortunate to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with its abundance of wildlife and nature subjects. I also enjoy traveling to see and experience, and photograph, unique creatures in their natural environments around the globe! My camera lenses allow me to keep enough distance on subjects to remember them without them being concerned about remembering me!
I currently call Edmonds, Washington home.
My favorite rental car - Bora Bora
Current Camera Equipment:
Cameras: Nikon D4s, D7100, and a GoPro Hero 3 (Black)
Lens: Nikon 80-200 f2.8D ED, Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR AF-S, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Nikon TC14E 1.4x Teleconverter
Tri-pods: Monfrotto carbon fiber tripod - GITZO GT5542LS carbon fiber with a Wimberley Gimbal Head
Flashes: SB-900 Wireless Remote: ML-3 / ML-2 bracket - Nikon Wu-1a Wireless mobile