When did you first become interested in art, in general?
Not sure about others but it began for me in Kindergarten with crayons and finger painting.
When did you first become interested in photography, specifically?
Growing up I was the one that always went around with a camera. I annoyed relatives at holidays taking photographs of everyone. I would, as I do now, get out in nature walking and experiencing nature with a camera.
In what other forms of art do you also work, if any?
I am not very talented in other forms of art. I have in the past created websites though for some that is not an art form. I found it allowed for my creative side to flourish.
On which style(s) of photography do you specialize?
I don’t specialize in one certain style and perhaps this a short coming on my part. I just don’t like to limit nor narrow myself to one single style.
Has your style changed from when you first began?
Perhaps it is that I don’t go all over the place as I did as a kid.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I started out using what is called a bridge camera that gives you control of the camera settings as though it is a DSLR camera. I then moved up to a Pentax KR and a year or so purchased my current camera which is a Pentax K5.
What made you choose that equipment?
I decided to go with a Pentax due to their history and the ease of using older lenses on newer camera bodies.
Are you a specialist photographer?
My specialty ranges from artistic to wildlife but I have no interest in weddings. I don’t have a working studio so all portraits that I do are natural setting portraits.
Do you have favorite times of the days to take shots in?
Best times of the days are early morning or the late evening but one needs to be prepared for mid day shootings.
Are you a patient photographer, waiting for the right moment, or do you tend to just shoot and hope for the best?
I am a very patient photographer because one doesn’t know what may happen in the next 15 or so minutes.
While visiting our local zoo I may stand at an exhibit observing the animals for 30 or more minutes.
Out on the nature trails I walk slowly, watching and listening to the sights and sounds of nature. When you are in a hurry you may miss an animal or the sunlight coming into the forest at just the right angle.
Tell us about one of the longest shoots you had
I stood at the Cougar Cub exhibit observing them for 2 hours. At times they would be sleeping, eating and playing so you would never know when the next perfect photo capture would present itself.
How often do you go out just to photograph or, do you have your camera ready at all times, even shopping?
I normally go out on the weekends and sometimes during the week. I don’t carry my camera with me when I am not planning on creating photo captures.
Do you edit in Photoshop or another program? Or do you outsource to someone else?
I am currently using Photoshop to edit my photo captures.
How much time (on average) does it take to edit a work?
If one gets it close to correct in camera it doesn’t take but 10 or less minutes to edit a photo. I spend a bit more time writing the descriptions and adding tags on the photo captures.
How do you know when a piece is finished? Is it easy to walk away?
I know it is finished once I am happy with the outcome of the edit and after I have added the description and keywords.
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
I get out and just begin to create photo captures.
How well do you take criticism and how do you make use of it?
When someone offers constructive criticism I will take it into consideration. It depends on if it relates to my creating of photo captures then I may adjust whatever it is during the next creation. If it has to do with editing and if they give proper suggestions on how to edit I will listen.
Who is your favorite photographer?
Which one of your photographs is your favorite?
One I created when I was a teenager of my late mom sitting in my late dads lap. I carry it around with me in my wallet.
Have you exhibited any of your work in galleries?
I have not yet had the privilege to have an exhibit in a gallery.
What are your plans for the future?
Continue creating photo captures of the world around me sharing those images with others.
What advice do you have for budding photographers?
Create photo captures of the world around you be creative and be expressive. Remember also to make sure you have the eyes in focus be it animal or human.
Have you done any courses to help you?
I am a self taught photographer but I do read a lot on and offline. There is a ton of educational videos online and I tap into the minds of other photographers.
What do you do to market your work?
Do you enter your work in contests?
I have entered a few photo captures into online free contests.
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
Are you available for work (commissions)?
Yes I am available for commission work.
Have you got hobbies?
Computers, Reading, listening to music, hiking, camping, cooking and off and on Genealogy.
Where are you based?
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