For me, photography has been a life long passion, that I’m sure was started with my Dad. Some of my earliest memories are of my Dad taking pictures at family outings with his Kodak Retina, a camera I still have to this day. I remember being intrigued by the hand held light meter, and terms like ISO, Depth of Field and f-stop. It all seemed so foreign to me, yet I craved to learn more. I worked one entire summer when I was 16 to save enough money to purchase my first SLR camera, a Nikon EM. I wore that camera out developing my “eye”. I was constantly searching to find the perfect shot.
That remains my goal today. I’m still striving to find, or in some cases create, that “perfect” shot. How do I make the ordinary appear extraordinary? That is the question I ask myself every time I pick up my camera. Sometimes it is through my favorite technique, “anything but eye level”. Other times it is through the use of dramatic lighting. And there are still other times I achieve this through post processing using the latest software available.
Digital has revolutionized photography. I shoot both digital and film. Some ask "you still shoot film?" I do, and here's why. Film, especially large format film as in 4" x 5" format is far superior to digital in terms of resolution. Digital is getting closer, but not there yet. So, for large prints film will produce better results (imho). I also choose to shoot film because I'm a bit of a purist in terms photography being art. When I edit a digital photo who should get the "credit"? Me or some guy in a far off land who wrote the code for the develop module in Lightroom? The answer is probably both of us.....But with film, I'm in charge of the whole process from shooting to developing to enlarging and all that goes along with it. Shooting film is a process that makes me slow down, double check my composition, my exposure, my focus, everything. I feel that the results I get with film are truly mine. With digital I feel that I'm always in a hurry and instant feedback on the back of the camera gives me a sense that I can be "sloppy" and fix it later. With all that said, I'd also never consider shooting a wedding with film again. The waiting for the film to be returned from the lab was agonizing to say the least. So, yes I shoot film. But, I also shoot a lot of digital. Both have a place. Both have a purpose. Both can produce amazing results. But, I'll always be a purist and a film camera will be part of my equipment.
Photography is still my passion today. Take a few minutes. Look around. If you like what you see, I’d love to hear from you. I’m always happy to discuss pricing and availability. It would be an honor to capture your special memories. Follow us on Facebook......Flickr