Welcome to My View Through the Lens!

Welcome to my photography web site, My View through the Lens! Blogging and a Facebook presence are additional marketing tools I am using. Please view the different galleries to see what I am doing and what I am photographing.

I have been involved in photography since I was an adolescent. I tried my first 35mm SLR in 1972, used a Minolta X700 for years. I developed and printed my own film for several years, but digital photography brought me out of the closet (literally, that’s where I had my darkroom!). My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix 5700. I wasn't sure that moving away from film would work for me. I soon found out it was a lot cheaper, but the difference in savings is eaten up by the cost of the newer equipment! I got some excellent images from the camera, but I drowned the camera in Petersburg, Alaska at the start of a 3 1/2 week tour in 2005. I was forced to buy a new Canon XT in Sitka, Alaska (Oh, darn the bad luck) and have been happy ever since. I progressed to a Canon XTi, but I now have a Canon 40D and 7D. To expand my range, I have several Canon “L” lenses including the big 500 mm F4.

I've had my skills validated when I was selected for the Outdoor Photographer Magazine's Landscape Calendar for 2009. I considered it quite an honor to be considered and totally thrilled when I was selected. My skills continue to improve by doing commercial sports portrait photography to teach me discipline and interpersonal skills. I am focusing on stock and fine art photography since I have amassed a large inventory over the years, mostly in travel, scenic and nature photography. If you are looking for a specific subject, please contact me.

I am a co-organizer for a photographic meetup group, NANPA Nature Photographers of the National Capital Area where I teach photography to varying levels of amateur photographers. I also consult and train the use of Photoshop Lightroom as a photographer’s toolbox for cataloging and post-processing. I also teach nature photography at local nature centers, wildlife refuges and state parks. I am a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS).

Please tell me how you feel about what you see. Leave comments and be sure to sign into my Guest Book. I have a Facebook presence and a blog to help you keep track of my experiences. Read and I will be sharing the many things I learn along the way!