August 2018: It was by chance I became interested in photography and photo journalism. As a graduate student in science, I needed a couple of “filler” courses at Iowa State University to allow me to maintain my full-time student status the last semester before graduation. Looking for something not too difficult, but also interesting, I selected “Fundamentals of Photography” as one of those “fillers”. With a university-provided Yashica twin-lens reflex camera in hand, and lots of rolls of 120 B&W film, off I went. After spending many late night hours in the darkroom resulting in some successes but mostly failures, and coupled with some excellent instruction covering various photographic techniques, I created my first photo”portfolio”.
Fast forward through many decades of having used and loved lots of cameras, lens, and camera bags of all kinds. Today I’ve “gone small” with only two camera systems. Panasonic and Fujifilm mirrorless. Specifically a Panasonic GX7 interchangeable lens camera, a Fujifilm X-T100 interchangeable lens camera, and a X100T fixed lens Fujifim rangefinder style camera. Each is highly portable and light. I used Nikon gear for years but have retired or sold it all. Technology happens.
Landscape photography is my first love, with historic buildings and modern architecture being my second. I’m able to essentially work on my own schedule, thus am able to travel a bit and record digitally what I see through the lens of my cameras. Some images I capture wind up on the walls of our home in Southern Virginia (Martinsville), and others are posted online (such as in this Blog) for the enjoyment of those who take the time to look. My intent is to try to convey the excitement I felt when I clicked the camera’s shutter.