Some 29 year ago I witnessed a life changing event. The birth of my first child changed my view on life forever. How was I to remember her red hair? What about her little lip tucked in while learning the violin? So much to record. But how? A friend at the local photography store suggested an SLR camera. Done! I was in hook, line and sinker. Soon I had a dark room, a studio added to my home and piles of Kodachrome slides and Cibachrome prints. Almost obsessed with the whole photographic thing. My eyes have kissed Nikon – FE, FE2, FM, F3 (three f3’s), F4, D70, D70X, D200, and D3, Sinar 4×5, Hasselblad – 500CM and 500ELM. The lenses would be too long to list. I read everything I could get my hands on about photography. I was an Ansel Adams groupie. My interest varied from model portfolios to still life. Brochures for interior decorating, corporate annual report photo’s, photo contests, and nationally published prints brought self esteem with my new craft.
Years passed and my infatuation with equipment and processes turned into a real passion for the art. My output slowed and my desire to produce photographs that were accurate and acceptable to me became my charge. Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to attend DLWS. A chance to learn from the very best in the field. The instructors at DLWS are ones who share their passion for photography. None of which were or are self indulged with accolades and prominence. It taught me one important thing. The elements of a photography start with a personal vision. Each individual will produce a variance of the same scene. It’s most critical to create a photograph that is my vision, my niche, and a production of my interest.
I found a great passion and interest in wildlife photography. There are not enough wildlife opportunities to shoot everyday. So I shoot from assignments or self imposed subjects to help better my passion. I shoot almost everyday. But when ever possible I will be in a quiet field, mountain, or retreat waiting and watching some of God’s most interesting creations.