I have been involved in photography for over 35 years starting with a basic "point and shoot" type camera. I found that what I enjoyed the most about photography was working in a darkroom turning out prints that met my vision of the image that I had photographed. From that very basic start I have progressed with more modern camera equipment as the industry has grown. Since retiring from the business world 12 years ago I now focus my efforts on nature and wildlife photography. I have tried to utilize the skills developed in spending over 40 years in the computer industry to fully embrace and capitalize on the new digital age of photography. I tremendously enjoy the whole new digital environment as the digital darkroom lets me re-experience all of the joys that I had creating prints at the start of this journey.
I spend a great amount of time traveling around the US for the sole purpose of finding locations that help me refine my photographic vision. These travels include numerous locations in my home state of Virginia, and along the east coast. I also enjoy the opportunity to capture egrets, cranes and other water birds at the many prime birding locations in Florida. I usually spend a few days each summer in the Bar Harbor Maine area photographing the area around Acadia National Park.. In the spring of 2002, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend about 10 days in a boat off the coast of Katmai National Park photographing eagles and bears. At the start of 2003 I managed to work-in a three-week tour covering over 7,000 miles traveling to photograph eagles along the Mississippi; moose, elk and coyotes in Jackson Hole; eagles and other raptors at Klamath NWR; and, landscapes at Arches National Park. In addition to numerous trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along the coast of Texas and Louisiana, I managed to work in a three-week trip to Yellowstone (where I managed to drive over 3,600 miles within the boundaries of the park). A wonderful trip to Alaska spending a week driving around southwest Alaska and then a week at Lake Clark photographing bears. Over the past few years I have toned down my travels (high cost of gas and wear and tear on this old body) but still manage a couple of trips per year.
I have been a very happy Canon camera equipment user for a number of years and am a member of Canon Professional Services. The photographs on this web site were taken with an EOS 3, EOS 1V, EOS D30, EOS 10D, EOS 1D, EOS 1D Mark II, EOS 1Ds, EOS 5D, EOS 1Ds Mark IV, EOS 70D and a wonderful EOS 1Dx-- with a variety of lens ranging from 14 up to a 500 IS. For the past year, all of my work has been digital based, as the quality of the Canon equipment have provided the image quality required for me to print 20"x 30" images..
My primary digital darkroom tool is Adobe® Photoshop® and I have been using it since Version 4 - along with a number of plug-ins to improve productivity and workflow. I capture the vast majority of images in raw format (about 99.99%) and up until recently most were processed using Adobe Camera Raw as the raw conversion engines. The software provided by Canon - Digital Photo Professional - is quite good in terms of color rendition but I find their workflow approach very poor. I've had the wonderful opportunity to Beta-test both Adobe and Capture One offerings and really enjoyed the process of helping test and refine these key digital processing products. Lightroom™ has become my "tool of choice" for the vast majority of my raw processing work. My favorite plug-in is Perfect Photo.
I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and have really profited from this long relationship.
I use an Apple MacBook Pro in the field and a MacPro (2013) for work in the office. For printing my images I use Epson 4880 and an HP Z3100 for the really big prints. I create all of my own prints and have successfully participated in a number of juried art shows. In addition a number of my prints have been on display in Scottsville VA, Richmond VA, Chester, VA and Bar Harbor ME businesses.
In addition to the camera "vice", I also must admit to being a bit of a "gear head" as one of my granddaughters calls me and I have gotten involved in precision rifle shooting over the past couple of years.
I have always had a love affair with the combustion engine and have spent way too much money (and time) playing with those things that burn our old decomposed dinosaurs and run on rubber wheels. I have lost track of how many cars I have actually had since I started driving at 15 (it was legal in Louisiana at the time) but I am really happy with my current rides. As one of my friends says, my current main camera bag is now a 2011 Toyota Tundra. You might be thinking that does not qualify as a gear-head oriented vehicle, but my other "toy" more than make up for that. It is a 2011 Shelby GT500 and It represents some of Detroit's best knowledge at the time in terms of how to ring a lot of horsepower - about 550 --and torque from a V-8 with some pretty darn good handling. While the two vehicles are totally different I love them both. I guess my granddaughter is right --I must be a true "gear head".
In terms of the precision shooting, I end up traveling to about 4 to 6 contests a year. I shoot at 100 and 200 yards and try to put 5 bullets (usually, but sometimes up to 10) through the same hole. It is a bit harder than it sounds -- especially when the wind gets to blowing. Each contest is 3-6 days long depending on the classes that are shot at that particular location. It is a perfect sport for me as the time and effort required to be adequate at the sport give me something to do when I am not out on a photo trip, or driving around.