Looking at life through the viewfinder
I've long been fascinated with the art of photography. The great photos that these artists were able to create using this machinery was just amazing. I wanted to learn the tricks of the trade and to be able to create my own photos, as I saw them. I didn't do much with photography until 2003, as the expense of the camera, along with film and developing, made that venture too rich for my blood.
That all changed as digital photography became mainstream and affordable. Digital cameras were now within my reach, and being digital, it didn't cost me anything to try ideas. If the image wasn't to my liking, I'd just delete the file. Learning photography was now within my grasp.
So as a newbie to the photography hobby, I soon learned that there was a lot to learn. Luckily for me, a co-worker and friend, Scott Kennedy, provided me with guidance and knowledge that allowed me to get started. After much discussion with Scott, I bought my first camera in June 2004. The camera, a Nikon CoolPix 5700, was a decision that I don't regret. The camera has done well. I've purchased many accessories for it, to enable me to try my new skills.
Scott has even exposed me to the high side of photography. He's let me borrow one of his Nikon D100 digital SLR cameras, and gotten the opportunity to shot a bit with his Nikon D2X (even with a 400mm lens!!), a high end professional digital SLR. I've been very thankful for the opportunities he's given me.
I've also recently been given regular access to the brand new Nikon D80 digital SLR camera. My girlfriend Kristina has recently purchased the camera and she's made it abundantly clear that I am welcome to borrow it whenever I want. Her thinking that since I'm more knowledgable about cameras, the more I learn about hers, the more I can teach her. I like that deal!
Having said all of that, most all of the images on this site were taken with my 5700, and if I didn't, I will note it on the page. I hope that you enjoy the photos.
The summer of 2006 I wanted to expand my portfolio of photographs, so I made it a point to try to get a range of photos from various places and events. I put together a page of the places and events I took my camera with me. I hope you enjoy it!
New!! November 2006 I assisted my buddy Scott on one of his introductory digital photography classes again. This time the class was held at the scenic Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen, California. Oak Glen is snuggled in the San Bernardino Mountains, right about the growing city of Yucaipa. Oak Glen is very famous for it's delicious red apples and it never ceases to attract a lot of visitors during it's season. We were able to shoot a large variety of areas as Scott shared with the attendees the basics of photography and the unique aspects of digital photography. This time my girlfriend Kristina, my long time friend Stacy, and my father took the class. Everyone had fun and learned a lot. I always fun on this classes.
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