About Me

I started this blog approximately 7 years ago (about 93 months, or 2833 days ago specifically). There are 18 pages and 22 posts. All the posts contain approximately 16,207 words and 52 photos. Unfortunately, I only post updates to this blog every 0.01 days on average. But enough about statistics. I’m guessing you came here to read about me, or ended up here after a web search.

It's Me!Growing up, my parents always had some kind of camera around for capturing moments. I remember 126 cameras, 110 cameras, a Polaroid, and even one of those crazy Kodak Disc cameras . I would often take family pictures with the parents’ camera, even borrowed one of their older 110 cameras for a school field trip to Gettysburg. But I never owned my own.

That all changed when I was a teenager of about 14 or 15 and got my very own instant camera — a Kodak Colorburst 250 — for Christmas. That same Christmas, my Mom got an SLR, but I was more fascinated with her camera than some silly Polaroid wannabe.

I don’t remember exactly which model she received, but I seem to recall it was an Olympus OM-10 , but I could be wrong. I know it was an Olympus camera, though. I do remember she had lenses including a zoom, a tripod, and even the Cokin filter system and filters waaaay back in the early 1980s.

To further her hobby, my mother was buying photography magazines. One publication I recall (thanks to some Google searching) was a weekly import called “The PHOTO” by Marshall Cavendish Publications. She was collecting and saving these in seven silvery gray binders . I was reading them, too, and getting interested in the art of photography. So much so, that I got myself a Nikon FG-20 . I don’t remember if the FG-20 was a birthday or Christmas present, but I loved that camera and it cemented my adoration of Nikons to this day.

Schooling

When I attended high school, I took two elective art classes for photography. I took a lot of art classes throughout high school; commercial art, mechanical drawing, ceramics, painting, ad nauseam… but photography was by far my favorite.

It was in high school that I learned how to make photographs, not just snap pictures. I remember the school provided Ilford PAN F, FP4 and HP5 black and white film, and my school was lucky enough to have a darkroom — complete with about 8 or 9 enlargers — for developing film and printing photographs. I enjoyed those photo classes and thrived at the “hobby.” I spent all my free time in the photo lab.

After graduating high school, I decided to continue my education and enrolled at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to study photography (a mistake that would take nearly 30 years to pay off, but that’s not a story for this site).

One of the first things I did before I started classes was sell my little Nikon FG-20 at a camera shop in Philadelphia. I don’t remember what I got for it, but it was not nearly enough to cover the camera I bought to replace it. With some monetary help from my grandfather , my new camera was the acclaimed Nikon F3 High Point , arguably the best manual-focus, professional 35mm SLR camera ever made (at the time). I also had the MD-4 motor drive.

My F3 was awesome! I loved that camera. I babied my gear like it was made of glass, even though Nikon has a renowned reputation as being the most rugged professional gear in the world. I was only 19 years old, and it was the most expensive thing I ever owned at the time; seven hundred 1985 dollars for the camera body, drive and 50mm lens.

In photography school, I learned much about photography; composition, color, lighting, design, location, studio work, etc. I really enjoyed the classes and thought I was getting half-way decent at being a photographer.

However, life and finance has a tendency of getting in the way of goals and dreams. After two years in school, I realized the photography industry doesn’t offer many career opportunities, and I was drowning in student loan debt. Discouraged, one thing led to another, and it wasn’t long before I left Pennsylvania and moved to Washington State. To fund my relocation in 1990, I sold my beloved Nikon F3 gear — a decision I still regret to this day.

Archived School Images

The images below represent all that I was able to save from my photography education. These photographs were printed on Ilford or Kodak photographic paper over 30 years ago, then scanned on a consumer-grade HP flatbed scanner. IQ may not be the greatest. For a larger view in a pop-up Lightbox window, click on a one of the eight frames below.

Filmstrips of my School Photos

AT&T Ad Mailboxes Dawn Extension Cord Philadelphia Arizona Buffy Toni

Currently

In Washington State, I’ve held jobs in desktop publishing before focusing on a career in the Internet Technology industry. I’ve owned a couple digital point-and-shoot cameras over the years, including a Fujifilm MX-1700 and a Canon Powershot S10 , but never replaced my SLR.

In early 2009, I got a decent tax refund, and finally decided to buy a real camera. A digital SLR! I spent an entire Friday night and Saturday morning researching Nikons before settling on the Nikon D90 . Since I bought my F3 from B&H , I decided to pull the trigger at B&H again, coming full circle, twenty five years later. Of course, as anyone who has ever bought from B&H knows, I had to wait until Shabbat ended on Saturday night to place my order, then wait for the delivery.

After much hemming and hawing, I decided to “upgrade” from the Nikon D90 to the Nikon D7000 . Then in the summer of 2014 I really upgraded from the D7000 to the Nikon D810 — which also required new glass. And since it’s a royal pain in the ass to drag out professional gear for simple pictures on social media and whatnot, a Nikon 1 J4 found it’s way into my camera bags.

Shooting with a new camera is like learning all over again. Capturing images digitally is a lot different than on black and white film. I’m still figuring out how to shoot with my Nikon D810 . There’s a lot more going on in the camera than there was in my old F3. I’m not a big fan of changing images in post-production, but I have all the Adobe tools, and I’m not afraid to do so.

I still live on Whidbey Island , and enjoy shooting landscapes and nature for the time being. I’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Hypertension which makes it a challenge to go out and shoot. I try not to let it stop me, but it does.

I use Flickr to display most of my photos for the time being. I’m looking to migrate to something better for my online images… If you use Flickr, feel free to add me as a contact .

Camera History

Just in case you didn’t click any of the camera link on this page, I’ve created a matrix of the cameras I’ve owned since the early 1980s. As with the film strip above, simply click each frame for a larger view in Lightbox.

Array of Cameras

Kodak Colorburst 250 Instant Camera Nikon FG-20 SLR Nikon F3 High Point with MD-4 motor drive Fujifilm MX-1700 ZOOM Digital P&S Canon Powershot S10 Digital P&S Nikon D90 DSLR with MB-D80 Grip Nikon D7000 DSLR with MB-D11 Grip Nikon 1 J4 Interchangable Lens Mirrorless Nikon D810 Digital SLR