My first camera was a Canon Ftb. I picked it up in 1975 as I was leaving Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX) after my advanced training in the Army. I had never had a camera before, and thought it would be fun since I was headed to Germany for my permanent assignment. During the next few years in Germany, I spent a lot of time taking pictures of castles and ruins. I even have some old shots somewhere of checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and the wall separating East and West. I used to do a lot of specialty stuff like solarization and lithography. I loved the eerie foggy look of many of the shots I took out in the forest, finding the foundations of an unknown castle or palace, all overgrown with trees, grass, moss. Most of my work has always been outdoors, landscapes but mostly architecture. I am open to working with portraits, but my main love is architecture and real estate shoots.
Awards, honors and recognition
While I've not won any awards for my work, I did receive high praise from a photography instructor some years ago. We decided one night for class to visit a small traveling carnival, and there was an enclosed go cart track that wound around inside a cage, up and down and around in tight circles. I grabbed a ticket, got my cart, set my Canon F1 on what I thought would be a fair exposure and focus, and took off, shooting pictures as I went round and round on that thing. I had so much fun, and the shots I took, although many totally out of focus and somewhat blurred, really told a story about what the ride was all about. Those are the fun and spontaneous things that I think sometimes we all miss out on when we get too structured in our lives.
A fun fact about me
When I as in the Army, I once was "volunteered" by my First Sergeant to be a costumed elf at Christmas, helping Santa to hand out gifts to kids. I don't look good in a tight green elf costume.
Canon 6D; have plans to add a second camera body - either a 6D Mk II or possibly a 5D Mk IV
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS, Canon Extender EF 1.4x II, Canon Extender EF 2x II
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