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My photography

 

 

 

I immensely enjoy most everything about photography – the gear and processes, the travel and companionship, seeing other’s work and displaying my own, the critiquing, sharing what I know and helping others, being inspired by the great photographers in my midst and who have come before.

I look forward to every click of the shutter and what wonderful possibilities might lie therein. I look forward to more opportunities to fold in the wisdom of the many superb photographers who inhabit our world. I look forward to the chance to not do what everyone else seems to be doing; to scratch out my own foggy, many-forked path.


The photographer

I was born, raised and currently live in Seattle, Washington, USA. While very interested in seeing the world, I have little desire to live outside of the Pacific Northwest. Fresh water, salt water, rain, sunshine, clouds, snow, ice, green, mountains, lakes, bays, wetlands, ocean and desert close by, more green.

Oldest of five kids, most of whom live within a ten mile radius of the family home and most of whom are artists in one fashion or another (we think it comes from Mom, the watercolorist).


Degree in Radio-Television, worked as a Media Producer at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA for 13 years. Switched careers in early ’80′s to accounting (don’t ask), help build CPA firm with a focus on not-for-profit organizations. I specialized in accounting systems and consulting. Retired (mostly) at the end of 2009.

Live with my partner of 24 years and free, non-photography time spent fussing about in our totally, completely, rehabilitated yard and gardens.


The gear

I have always been a gearhead, albeit in the welterweight class*, it seems. Grew up with the usual assortment of cameras, fuzzy black & white prints and (now) amusing photo scrapbooks. One of the coolest early cameras was a Polaroid Model 150, given to me by my grandmother (who I met only once). Like many hobbyist photographers, I’ve moved from the less expensive entry level gear, through the middle and now am at the so-called high-end. This migration is rooted in an appreciation of well-made equipment and the need to know that if my images are crap technically, it is not due to the camera or lens, it is that pesky operator. Being at the higher-end has allowed dispensing with gear-envy, freeing up attention for taking pictures.

I purchase most of my photo equipment from either Glazers Camera, in Seattle or B&H Photo in New York City. Although often more expensive, I prefer to buy camera bodies and lenses from Glazers, both to support my local camera store and in case there are any issues requiring a return and/or replacement (hasn’t happened yet).

Bodies: Canon 1D X, Sony A7II, Sigma DP2 & DP2 Merrill

Canon Lenses: EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II, TS-E 45mm f/2.8, EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, EF 50mm f1.2, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 L, EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 & 24mm f1/4, assorted Lensbabies

Other: Canon 430EX-RT, 550EX, 600EX-RT Speedlights, B+W polarizing filters, Lee ND filters


Support: Really Right Stuff L-brackets, ballheads, pano rails; Gitzo tripods, monopod, Swiss-Arca C1 Cube


Gadgets: Promote Control (for bracketed HDR exposures), X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (recommended), Artic Butterfly (sensor cleaning), Photoflex LiteDisc reflectors


Computers: Apple Mac Pro (late 2013), Apple MacBook Pro (late 2014), iPad mini, iPad Pro; LaCie and Western Digital portable drives


Printers/scanners: Epson 4900 printer (with ColorByte ImagePrint RIP), Epson V700 flatbed scanner, Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED film scanner, Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M document scanner


Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, ImageIngester ProPhotomatix ProNIK Software suiteonOne Perfect Photo Suite , Topaz suite