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I obtained my first serious camera in 1978. It was a Yashica TL-Electro that my brother sold to me for $50. I eagerly began taking pictures right away and by 1980, I was winning prizes for my photographs at the county fair. This positive reinforcement moved me to continue this pursuit. In the quest for improving my skills, I went to the city library and began to check out books on photography. It was my goal to read every book in the library dealing with photography. I almost made it. This served two purposes. First, it exposed me to a wide range of photographic styles. Second, it allowed me to learn composition from the masters by internalizing what I saw and retaining this skill into a visual intuitive sense of how compositions “felt” so that I could quickly compose within the confines of the viewfinder.
I soon began developing my own rolls of black and white film and printing them in a crude darkroom. My darkroom was a windowless interior bathroom, where I had access to water for mixing the developer, stop bath, and fixer.
Because of several moves over the years, I was not able to always have a home darkroom, and I contented myself with having my pictures commercially developed and printed. Then in 2001, I purchased my first digital camera, a 5-megapixel Canon. Over the next nine years, I captured images using this camera and began to learn the art of photo editing using computer software.
In 2010, I upgraded my camera to an 18-megapixel Canon single lens reflex model. Now I am able to produce large prints with extraordinary integrity. This is the camera that I use today.
My passion is landscape photography, but I strive to keep my eyes open and capture images that are interesting to me, such as shadows, textures, and clouds.
Address: 4582 N. Shadow Mt. Rd. Silver City NM 88061