Primarily Nikon's Mirrorless Z6 paired with the Nikkor Lenses. I used to shoot with the D600. Fantastic camera, but I wanted to look forward and the mirrorless fit the bill. No prism or mirror mechanism, built in vibration reduction, easy to care for and a powerhouse of a camera even in low light. As for the lenses, I like the color specificity and the optical coating profiles on their glass. Having a background in the back-end processes of optical coating, I know what they have to offer is high quality and long lasting. You can check out what I've got in my bag on my Gear page.
The short answer: Beautiful things.
The long answer: I love beautiful light. Cool blue sunrises in the mist, long golden sunsets, and good conversation with excellent company. I look for subjects that draw my attention from the norm. Sometimes it's a person with an extraordinary story behind their eyes. Sometimes it's a tree that has hidden itself away to dance with the wind. Sometimes it's the smallest of creatures with their own personalities. I like to find the things in life worth sharing with the world.
Absolutely. I was told once to think about photographs as paintings. They are expressions of the self; the manifestation of feeling into the real world. A great photo, to me, is a well composed reproduction of the feeling you would like to convey using light and shadow as your brush strokes. Ansel Adams never put out any photographs without editing to draw out its full potential. I take this same approach.
Lightroom Classic is my jam. I will use photoshop from time to time for some heavy lifting and creative projects. My flow with processing is 95% LrC.
Trained, maybe. Formally, definitely not. I took a class at Santa Barbara City College with Seantel Sanders. An excellent Fine Art Photographer and a fantastic teacher. He opened my eyes to some amazing photographers and helped me understand what made them great. I was able to hone in on key skills that learning on your own would take years of trial and error to accomplish. I am truly grateful for his instruction and support.
Before that, I went with people whose photography I liked, joined clubs, and learned from books and online. Ian Farrell wrote the first book on photography that I ever read. I learned so much online from Aaron Nace from Phlearn.
When you are interested in something, the learning happens along the way. It is my firm belief that one does not need a formal education in an area of interest to become a master of their craft.
My images are mainly created outside. I love the outdoors. The word "adventure" is definitely overused in my vocabulary. Hiking is a way for me to clear my mind, organize my thoughts and regulate my ever changing mood. I like the sunshine on my face and the soft give of the gravel and dirt. Trees, man. Trees. Every now and then I will find something of interest in my area that someone has mentioned on one of their adventures and seek it out for myself. If I think that it speaks to me enough to record the moment, then I take my camera and tripod with me.
I sure do! Go to my Contact page to get in touch with me. I charge by the hour and I can teach you everything I know. We can be on location or anywhere you want, really. I'll show you my process, how I compose my photographs, what I look for, how to use your own equipment and so much more!
I love the stars. There, I said it. When I was in Santa Barbara, I took so many Astronomy classes, they gave me a degree just for having a great time! I know the names and stories behind some of them and its nice to just share the moment sometimes. Once, I saw a bolide! You should look that one up. I also like to fish. It is so relaxing to get away from everything and just concentrate at the task at hand. Some of my best wildlife images have come from fishing. Drawing and painting are excellent as well. I am not very good but figure drawing is my favorite. I like to attempt to reproduce famous paintings, sometimes as photographs. Bob Ross is the man!
You sure can! You gotta pay for my gas though. Go to the Contact page and set something up with me. Let me know in the comments where you want to go and when!