DonInIcelandFromHarrySometime in the mid to late 70s I developed a love of photography. My first camera was a Pentax K1000 that I used to take pictures of my friends riding their skateboards. I got ideas for my pictures from reading Skateboard Magazine. My passion for photography naturally followed the interests of a young man, skateboards and then cars.

By the time I reached my early 20s my principal photographic interest was race cars, specifically drag racing. I got to know a few well connected people and this got me access to otherwise restricted areas. By this time I had upgraded to a Canon A-1 with a motor drive, several lenses and flash systems. I thought I would start selling my work in order to support my hobby. I found out that the average Joe that races on the weekends likes to have pictures of his car, but the average Joe does not want to pay much for the photo and usually lacks the ability to appreciate the difference between the one I took at the starting line, 8 feet from his car with a wide angle lens and strobe, versus the one his wife or girlfriend took from behind the spectators area.  After I took what seemed like a few thousand pictures of race cars and with no outlet to support the economic drain on my wallet, it was time to move on.

I was finding it difficult to pay for my hobby at the race track, I thought I might do wedding photography. After all, I photographed a friend’s wedding, was happy with the pictures and had a good time. Instead, I found out that I did not have the personality for doing wedding photography. While I think my work was acceptable, taking pictures of total strangers for several hours on a Saturday was rather boring. Besides, what 25 year old wants to wear a suit on the weekends. The money just did not outweigh the boredom factor. Let’s face it, if I was bored, there was no way my work would be exceptional.

I had given up black and white by this time, my apartment did not have a suitable location for a darkroom. This left color slides as my only outlet. I continued to take pictures occasionally up until the late 1980s, but never really found a new direction to take my photographic skills. While I did not pick up a camera for about a decade, I never stopped admiring the work of other talented photographers and deep down missed taking pictures.

So skip forward 20 years and the advent of Digital Photography. In 2005 I purchased a Nikon D70 and started down a new road as a nature and landscape photographer. During this time I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with several great professional photographers and many talented amateurs. I have learned much in regard to image design, light and composition. The rewarding part is that the learning never stops. When I make a good picture, I’m pleased, but at the same time challenged to take it to the next level.

Some photographers will list the technical specification for each shot on their sites. While sometimes I find myself interested in the technical aspects, I do not plan to do this here. I’m hoping most of my visitors will be more interested in the creative aspects of each shot. But if you really want to know more about any of my images just drop me an e-mail and I’ll try to help.

This is where my photographic journey resumes. I have already learned so much and more importantly have learned to appreciate some of the subtle nuances of the world around me. I have met some incredible photographers who are world class in their own right. Hopefully I can learn from them and continue to grow as an artist.

Follow along and let’s see where it takes me.


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