About the Photographer:

I got hooked on photography in high school when a friend bought a Pentax SLR. It's been my hobby ever since.

Photos as art was not what first attracted me. I've always loved equipment and machines so the technology of photography had an instant appeal. But it seemed I had an eye for light and composition, and after ruining a lot of film it began to come together. It became easier to intentionaly produce a desired photo and less a fortunate accident.

My first camera was a Nikon SLR called a Nikkormat. Later I added a super-cheap 400mm Soligor telephoto lens and a set a close-up rings. That lens was truly horrible and so were most of my first pictures. A few years later I added a Nikon FM and a 28mm and 135mm Nikon lens to the collection and ditched the Soligor. I still own those cameras and many of the photos on this site were taken with them, though these days I use a Nikon D70. Slides and negatives are scanned on a Minolta Scan Dual III.

Most of my photos are landscapes and closeups, and yes, I should be using a view camera but the portability of a 35mm SLR can't be beat. Since this is a hobby, my job and the usual things that keep you busy prevent me from devoting much time to planned photo excursions. And I don't take my camera everywhere I go, having ruined a lens by leaving it in a hot car. There are many times I drive by a gorgeous photo opportunity, and wish I had my camera. Prime photo time for me is on vacations, walking around our garden and the occasional free hours for a stroll.

Until recently I never did photos with artificial lighting, but now I'm teaching myself to photograph pottery. I invite you to visit my wife's website, Expressions in Clay. Pottery photos can be surprisingly difficult, especially with very limited, budget equipment. Now I'm looking for some good lighting books, so recommendations are welcome.

Lake of the Clouds, Michigan