About

A Little About Me

I have pursued photography as a hobby for nearly 10 years now, focusing for the most part on landscapes and a little on cityscapes. I find great beauty in the solitude of the wilderness and the majesty of nature, whether it be in sweeping landscapes and soaring mountains or the subtle details of flowers and streams. Occasionally I find opportunity in the human element, specifically in architecture, but those moments are rare and aren’t something I typically seek out.

Most of my photographs are taken close to home in the American southwest.  Occasionally I have the opportunity to travel a little farther afield.  The Tetons and mountains of Colorado are a particular favorite, as are the coast and forests of the northwest.  And probably because I’ve lived the majority of my life in the desert I find myself gravitating to flowing water, from streams to rivers, wherever it can be found.  Some of my favorite places are in the mountains next to streams where, despite some people’s expectations of Arizona, the waters run clear and cold under the shade of pines and aspen.

 

A Little About My Kit

I’m currently shooting with a Nikon D600 which, aside from the issue with dust/oil on the sensor which Nikon finally fixed free of charge, has been an excellent camera.  I use the following lenses:

  • Nikkor 14mm f2.8D ED
  • Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 IF-ED AF-S
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G AF-S
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR
  • Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR

 

A Little About Post Processing

I use Lightroom for my photo management software, having migrated from Aperture since it was discontinued.  I’ve found Lightroom to be more than sufficient for the majority of my post processing needs.  For more involved adjustments I use the Nik plugins.

When I edit my photos I do so with a single goal in mind: to make the viewer experience the same emotions that I did when I took the picture.  I strive to take photographs that are well composed and, in general, need little editing.  Good composition will endure far longer than extensive editing.

This is a personal preference for my own photographs and I don’t critique other photographers by that same standard.  I admire, appreciate and take inspiration from the work that others have done, regardless of what post processing techniques they might employ.