Photo Art Focus
Photography has helped me "smell the roses" by forcing me to look at the wonderful details in the world around us. I enjoy capturing the most interesting of those images and sharing them with others, perhaps enabling them to gain a new perspective.
I like to create photo art that lies somewhere between photography and fine art painting. Photography, in its purest form, tries to capture what the photographer saw, accurately and creatively. I try to create an image that represents the visual and emotional impact the scene had for me. Sometimes this is very close to the original scene. Other times, the original photo goes through a transformation in my digital darkroom into what I want to depict.
My subject focus is heavily weighted towards nature with an emphasis on wildlife and scenic images. I enjoy people shots and interesting man-made creations as well. For scenic images, I seek out interesting patterns of light, sky, land and water that are pleasing to the eye. I love to observe animals and, where possible, have a personal connection with them. While I do enjoy watching and photographing people, I prefer candid shots where I can capture the individual in a more natural manner.
Technology Drives Art
I have been photographing with Nikon 35mm cameras for the past 20 years. In 2002, I made the move to digital, purchasing the Nikon D1X. I love its instant feedback and the ability to process immediately. The six million-pixel resolution is excellent for most of my photo situations. I look forward to the next generation, which will significantly advance resolution. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 1:2.8 zoom lenses are my choice almost exclusively because of their speed and quality.
I use Adobe Photoshop to help me take a captured photographic image and turn it into one that represents what I envisioned. I shoot strictly in color and decide in the digital darkroom whether the image is best in color, black & white or toned. Sometimes I believe it works in two forms and offer both. I print my images using a state-of-the-art Epson 7600 printer with ultrachrome ink on Somerset Velvet paper, which produces a soft, matted painting-like finished product. All are offered as signed, limited edition prints.
I invite you to visit my gallery and enjoy my photo art. Please email me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.