Long time enthusiast began as a kid with an old Ansco Clipper rangefinder, then a Kodak Instamatic 104 and later in college a Yashica D Twin Lens Reflex.  Most influential photographers are without a doubt Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.  Also studied Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Capa, Paul Strand, and Alfred Stieglitz as well as sculptors Jean Arp and Henry Moore (both very organic sculptors) while attending Oklahoma State University and studied Photojournalism as a minor.

After years of focusing on family, career and moving around the country (6 states).  Thanks to my sons,  Christmas 2012 I received my first DSLR Nikon 3200, now I was back into photography.   Much has changed over the years, but the basic concepts are still the same. Light, Composition & Focus still RULE. I lean more toward Landscape, Macro, Wildlife and some Abstract.

Being out in NATURE just feels right! Reminds me of being a kid exploring the woods, creeks and fields growing up in rural Oklahoma.  I deliberately take my time and really look at the light, shadows, colors, shapes, patterns, and details in nature. I look at the trees NOT just the forest.  Always find things of interest.

Being pretty tall, 6’5”, I have to constantly remind myself to look for the low angles as I tend to be looking down on subjects. I have developed a habit of stopping to look behind myself.  I may have walked right past a really great shot.  I would have missed this opportunity without turning around.  And then again ….. It could just be a black bear who just decided to follow me on the same trail.  You just never know!

I hope you enjoy my photographs and find them, at the least, interesting.  Impactful and Memorable would be even better!

My two favorite Ansel Adams quotes, both make me smile!

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

“The single most important component of a camera is twelve inches behind it.”