After many years of making music at the piano, I was bitten by the photography bug in 1979 while on a trip to Phoenix Arizona with some friends. Although the trip wasn’t primarily for photography, our timing was right to catch our first ever sunrise at the Grand Canyon before continuing on.
Everyone in our group had a camera except me! While witnessing the spectacle before me, I suddenly felt a sense of loss by not having a way to record the scene. One of my friends had two cameras and he handed me a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm prime lens. The way I view my surroundings hasn’t been the same since!

Bryan Peterson’s book, “Understanding Exposure” was a gold mine of information in helping a novice understand the relationship between apeture and shutter speed in producing great images. I highly recommend this publication to both amateur and pro alike!

Canyon country in the American southwest has remained a favorite of mine over the years, but as the digital age emerged, I have concentrated my work in my home state of Missouri. One can put some serious wear on a camera in the Ozark mountains and the Tri-lakes region in the southern part of the state.

Over the past ten years, I have been lucky enough to have received numerous awards for my work in non-professional categories in regional photo contests. Photos under the “Award Winners” heading are just a few entries that garnered attention from judges.

I have become increasingly fascinated with HDR over the past year or so, and I honestly believe there is a definite place to explore the treatment in the digital age. For me, the trick is to use HDR without looking like the surrealistic treatment HDR has been criticized for, unless that’s what you’re after.

My equipment includes a well worn Nikon D200 which I realize is old technology that falls short in resolving power compared to today’s newer pieces. When you’re poor, you use what you have and make the best of it! Despite being 5 years old, it continues to do an admirable job. It is my belief, the person behind the camera remains to be the most important element in image capture! NOTE: As of 2012, I bit the bullet and purchased the Nikon D7000. The old D200 is still in my bag as a backup.

Among my list of lenses, my favorites are the Nikon 16-85mmVR..Nikon 55-300mmVR and a Sigma 18-50mm 2.8. Mounted on a Bogen tripod with a Bogen ball head, the setup is quite easy to set up and take down.

Although my work is more general in nature as compared to the fantastic Photoshop work exhibited on Red Bubble, my images reflect a scene as “I SEE IT!” This allows me to place my own artistic brand on my work whether it is acceptable to others or not. Photography is art…It is expression…It is story telling… It is my hope that my entries will be enjoyed by many and that RB viewers will respect my copyright!

  • Age: 69
  • Joined: June 2011
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