A few years ago I made some dramatic changes in my life. One of them was losing ~40 pounds and totally changing and remaking myself. I became a GYM RAT in the process and working out is a large part of my life.
is the current version of me. Will it be the last ? Stay tuned.
I like Tech, gadgets, Movies and Sci-Fi. Some of my favorite authors include William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaimen and Vernor Vinge.
Most recently I won 2nd place in Cary
Photographic Artists 6th Annual Open Juried Show.
my work “Boiler Room”
Before that I participated in both the 2013 Clayton Harvest and Music Festival
and the 2013 Cary Lazy Daze.
Some history on me….
I fell into, then out of, then back into photography.
I grew up in rural southern Maryland and
attended the University of Maryland where I majored in Political Science. While
in college I assisted my dad, who had retired from the State Police, with wedding
and portrait photography. My dad’s
teachings in photography were traditional. He on the Hasselblad and me on the Canon 35mm
is how I learned the basics. He was
awesome at his craft and a great teacher.
I also learned that wedding and portrait
photography was A LOT of hard work. I did not want to do that for a living so I
fell out of photography after graduating from college. I was a shutterbug from
then…..taking snapshots of family events and vacations; nothing special due to
lack of inspiration.
A few years ago I changed careers, from middle
management into the I.T. field, which I love. Around that time two changes
occurred nearly simultaneously: I moved and I discovered photography again.
More specifically I discovered the powerful software tools that were available
to “bring a photograph to life”.
I moved from
Cary, NC to Clayton, NC.-from the ‘suburbs’ to the ‘country’. I was fascinated
by what I found Left Behind in this
area. Barns, farmhouses, industries, belongings, memories….all Left Behind. I grabbed my camera and started taking
pictures of what I found fascinating. In
the spring of 2012 I seriously
started taking photos and I have not stopped!
side of me became inspired by photos I found on the internet and that is when I
discovered HDR Photography. High
Dynamic Range Photography is perfect for my technical brain and My Vision. It allows me to fully capture
what I saw when I took that shot. It really brings it to life. My
process usually involves taking 3 (or more) bracketed photos of the same shot: one
under-exposed, one normal exposed, and one over-exposed. I then use powerful
software tools to merge the three images into one. I will then tweak the photo
anywhere from 1-2 hours until I get it ‘right’, until I say “Yes! That is what I saw!” If I do it correctly, the colors are vibrant,
the shadows are dark and the highlights are bright.
I make limited edition prints at a
local photo lab on archival paper which uses 100 year archival ink. I matte and
frame my pictures at home…. while listening to Heavy Metal and singing off
key…which is a whole other story.
Thank you for joining me as I explore
and record what was Left Behind.
The other side of me? LOVES tinkering and building PCs. I am a power user and I like to get the most of my PC for gaming and my apps (Photoshop, Photomatix, ect..). I also enjoy helping people with their computers and providing technical support.
Birthday: August 19th