I am a photographer and world traveler. My travels, living in other countries, military service, Peace Corps experiences, and interaction with people of many races and religions, has molded my outlook and has made me what I am today.
I have been practicing photography for more than 40 years and have had the good luck to have visited Bret Weston’s house and seen his darkroom. I also visited Ansel Adams house twice. I experienced his darkroom and Ansel played his piano for us in his beautiful living room. Through the years, I attended classes, workshops, lectures, and have met many talented photographers that have changed my photography perspective.
My photography technical experience is vast. I have had several 4″X5″ view cameras (Wista, Wisner, & Deardorff), a few medium format cameras, and 35mm manual focus film cameras. I created and developed 8″X10″ dye transfer prints, developed 35mm, 2 1/4″, and 4″X5″ E-6 color film. I printed Cibachrome prints of various sizes in my darkroom. I also did black & white film and prints, but gave it up for color work.
Today, I shoot almost totally digital, using several different brands of 35mm cameras, I use Leica R lenses in addition to other excellent quality lenses on my camera bodies. I print my images on inkjet printers.
My computer skills started in 1971 when I used a terminal connected to a main frame computer. We used this computer to do engineering computations. Today, these computations could be performed on most handheld calculators.
I purchased my first personal computer in 1984. It was a Zenith PC that used a DOS operating system, had two 5 1/4″ floppy drives and NO hard drive. The computer with printer cost approximately $3000, a 10 MB hard drive was about $3000 at that time. On that computer, I put the program (Microsoft Word) in one floppy drive and put another floppy disc in the other drive to write too. Since 1984, I have never been without my own PC. Today I have both Apple and Windows machines.
Today photography requires both camera and computer skills, so we must keep learning about new equipment, computer programs, and procedures. This is a good thing for our brains.