About Viewfinder

Novice, enthusiast, or professional - looking closer is a thing we photographers do. Maybe it's because we hope to see something the average "eye in a hurry" will miss. Or maybe we want to bring it forward, as a prized image which others (and we ourselves) will long enjoy. Whichever it may be, we are motivated to take pictures. And to show them. And to see them. That's why we're all here. For me, it's a privilege and a thrill to be a part of this wonderful, talented, international Am3 community.

Got my first camera for Christmas when I was 10. Self-taught, my photos come in all kinds. Some are terrible, some might have potential, a few might accidentally be kind of ok; a rare one might actually be almost good. Whatever, I have fun and find digital photography and post processing to be a way to express my creative side.

And sometimes my pictures may tell stories, or invite stories to be told. That's when I am happiest because I believe it is only the good pictures that can do that.

My favorite subjects are New Orleans, Florida, California (esp. San Francisco area), the Southwest, urban/streetscapes (anywhere), pets, nature, land/sky/seascapes, people (unposed)... really, any place we may live or travel. My goal is to find the beauty, the interest, the creativity which God has richly provides in making this world and all that is in it. It's new every morning.

So then, now you know something more about me. Maybe it's time for all of us to go out and take that next great picture.

Soli deo gloria!

Photography Equipment

Main Camera: Nikon D80, 10.2 megapixels
(1) Samsung HZ50W; 14 megapixels, 26 mm wide, 26x optical zoom Schneider Kreuznach lens (intermediate camera); 3" LCD screen
(2) Canon PowerShot A2000 IS; 10.0 megapixels, 3" LCD screen, 6x optical zoom, with an optical image stabilizer (p&s)
(3) Panasonic Lumix LS70, 7.2 megapixels (p&s)
(4) Apple iPhone 3s & 4s

Archive (oldies) shots: Nikon D50, Pentax Optio, Konica Minolta DiMage Z2, Konica Minolta DiMage Z6, Kodak CX4300 point & shoot; old Minolta SR-201 slides.

Main Lenses:
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF prime
Nikkor 18-55mm/zoom
Nikkor 70-300mm/zoom
Tamron 55-200mm/macro-zoom
Quantaray 28-90mm/macro-zoom
Tokina AT-X Pro DX 12-24mm/aspherical, f/4
Phoenix 2x teleconverter for Nikon
olloclip 3-in-1 lens clip for iPhone 4s (fisheye, wide angle & macro)

Post Processing...
Am currently using Adobe Elements 8, Corel's Paint Shop Pro Ultimate Photo X2 and Picasa 3 softwares.