I consume and I produce.
I observe. I wait and then I return. I reconsider. I reprocess.
I push myself.
But better and more. Following fellow Photoblogger Leanne Cole‘s format:
- I am a major in the United States Army.
- I grew up in rural North Dakota, on an agricultural farm.
- Since leaving North Dakota upon graduating high school, I’ve moved every 1.7 years (on average).
- I’ve been taking photos most of my life, though seriously since 1988 when I got my first SLR, a Nikon FE2 that I used mainly for astrophotography.
- I have not studied photography in any formal setting.
- I can give technical advice about photography and some editing.
- I love landscape photography and weather photography. I am trying to venture into street photography and informal portraits.
- I consider myself a fine art photographer, and a graphic artist.
- I love coffee and bourbon.
- I have a 12 year-old Beagle; she’s a sweetheart.
- I love digital photography and the control you can have over it. But I miss film for reasons that I’ll not go into here.
- Unique aspects and rare events are appealing beyond measure.
- I am good with faces but terrible with names.
- I love to chat with people about photography.
- My first experience with graphic editing was about 1989 on a Mac; I recreated the POW-MIA flag one pixel at a time. It was my summer project. =)
- I first used JASC’s Paint Shop Pro in the late 1990s. I’ve been using it on and off since then. Currently I’m using (now) Corel’s Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 (Ultimate) 12.50. I might one day get around to using Photoshop. If I can justify the absurd pricing.
- I first learned of HDR photography on 11 September 2010. I deconstructed it that week, and have been using it on 90% of my photography since.
- It is always great to look at other peoples’ photos to understand what succeeds or fails, or to simply be amazed at what they have done.
- I really enjoy showing and teaching people photography.
- I enjoy photographs with a high sense of drama.
- It’s really about light and knowing where to stand (Adams).
- But access, luck, and timing are essential (Johnston).