My adventure in photography began when I was in high school due to a father who had a strong interest in photography. I purchased a Rollicord and set up a darkroom. My interests drifted more towards music reproduction later in college. After my medical school training, I began to write reviews of home audio equipment, and did free lance reviews for Audio Magazine, Stereo, and Stereophile, where I still work. I got a used Contax 137 single lens reflex about 20 years ago, but only began using a camera seriously again after I took a short course with one of the "Contax Masters," given at B&H Photo in New York City. I was dazzled by his slide show, which presented image and image of intense colors, sharp detail, and superb composition. I was hooked. For my 60th birthday, I treated myself to a photography workshop in Glacier National Park in Montana. I took manual focus Contax AX and Aria film cameras along. However, I learned the advantage of having autofocus and rapid motor drives from the workshop instructors, who used these technical assets to advantage when shooting pictures of bobcats and grizzly bears.
My interest was in nature and wildlife photography grew steadily, and I took more workshops to Montana, Yellowstone Park, and to Hawaii. I discovered all of the hard work in getting an acceptable shot, and found there was never enough time to learn what I needed to know. Darryl Gulin and Adam Jones, instructors on these Popular Photography Mentor Series workshops, have had the strongest influence on my photographic interests. Darryl Gulin is a virtuoso with wide angle, fish eye, macro, and Canon telephotos, which he uses to great advantage in capturing everything from the minute details of images through a raindrop to kite surfers catching air at a Hawaiian beach. Following Darryl's influence, I shoot landscapes and nature scenes, and then look behind me, where I'm often surprised to find a unique photographic opportunity waiting. Adam Jones taught me to appreciate "painterly light," to use of a tripod to obtain sharpness of image, and how to manage digital workflow. More recently, Steve McCurry, best known for his photograph of the 14 year old adolescent girl who was an Afghan refugee, "Afghan Girl," inspired me with his dramatic photographs of impoverished people in primitive settings.
Currently, I work in digital, shooting raw images with a Leica R8 - Digital Module R for landscape or studio work and a Canon EOS 1D Mark II or Canon EOS 5D for model shoots or wildlife. I have found a Leica Digilux II invaluable for use at trade shows, where equipment must be kept to a minimum, with a tiny Fuji F-700 as back up. I live in the suburbs of New York City, but enjoy most traveling on photographic workshops to National State Parks. Seeing a new place is always inspiring photographically. Trying to capture the chest-filling expansiveness of the "big sky" in Montana has been one of my most challenging images to capture. Other projects have included covering each annual International Consumer Electronic trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada for the magazine Stereophile. This has led to published photographs of the masses of people passing through enormous spaces, as well as details of the home entertainment equipment on display.
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