I am a very visual person and reading or writing is not the easiest way for me to communicate. So Chris, my wife since January 1989, and I have been talking about the best way for me to journal. I’m visual and always have a camera with me, so photography is a natural way for me to express myself. As the saying goes, a pictures says a thousand words.
Chris and I moved to Canby, Oregon about 8 years ago. Prior to that we lived in the Denver, Colorado area. The rain is what we love and all the green that is around. We happen to live in the North Willamette Valley and there are plenty of tree farms and flower and plant nurseries all around. There are also plenty of grape vines, hops vines (beer), and hazelnuts all around us. So there is endless opportunities for me to take plenty of photographs. Plus we are only an hour and half away from the Pacific Ocean.
We have two orange tabby cats (Charlie and Freddie) and we’ve had them for the past 14 years . We also have two fawn pugs (MacKenzie and Shadow) both females and rescue dogs. Both around 9 years old now.
I love photography and still think the first picture I ever took on an old brownie camera was my best. It was a one of my family. Wish I still had that photo, but don’t. I just remember it was so clear and seemed magical to me. Over the years, my cameras have improved and so has my talent.
I have Chronic Lyme Disease and it was undiagnosed for 25 years and have been through a 40-day coma with multi-organ failure and am dependent on insulin (Type I Diabetes) because of my Lyme Disease. In 2012 my doctor said she had done as much for me as she could. The antibiotics were no longer working. I was getting sicker again. Through a lot of coincidences, I ended up going to a Qigong Master (Traditional Chinese Medicine). I am now getting healed from my Chronic Lyme Disease. I have been off macrobiotics now for over 6 months and am regaining my health.
My recent baby (camera) and lenses are:
Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless camera
Nikkor 18.5mm F1.8 fixed lens (equal to 50mm in 35mm format)
Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (equal to 81-297mm in 35mm format)
Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (equal to 27-81mm in 35mm format)
I basically use Aperture for Mac for my post processing. Most of my photography is only has simply post-processing. I like to say, if it takes me more than two minutes to “pretty” up a photo, it wasn’t a good enough photo to start with.
My old camera, which I have since sold.
Nikkor 18-200mm VR
Nikkor 70-300mm VR
Nikkor 105mm Fixed VR
Nikkor 24-85 mm F/2.8 VR