I grew up with an Argus
C3, a "brick" of a camera, but it was a quite capable 35mm rangefinder
for the beginning photographer. In High School, I graduated to a Zeiss Ikon Contessa, a wonderful little rangefinder that was bought
2nd-hand. These two cameras gave me an early education in f-stops,
shutter speeds, and the relationship between the two that was never
forgotten. I got away from photography in college (U of Minnesota), and although I
always had a camera of some kind, it wasn't a serious hobby by any
stretch of the imagination until affordable digital cameras became a
In the early 80's, I bought my first computer (an Apple II) and
immediately got hooked on computer graphics, even though all I had at
the time was a 9-pin dot matrix B&W printer and Broderbund's Printshop.
I putzed around with graphics for about 10 years, and in 1993 I was
using a "blazing" 66 Mhz DX2 Gateway, CorelDraw, and my pride and joy -
a HP1200c color inkjet. I was in hog-heaven, but most of the
graphics' work being done at the time was vector imaging - clip art
stuff. In the mid-90's, I started to scan photos and
played with the resulting images - nothing serious though ..
.. and then digital cameras became affordable and readily available -
for me, computer graphics and digital cameras were a match made in
heaven. I jumped on the bandwagon pretty early, and I found
a new hobby that I've become immersed in. I'm currently using a
Nikon D7200 with a variety of lenses including the Nikkor f/2.8 70-200 VR
and the Tamron 150-600mm monster. I've also added a DJI Phanthom 3
Drone to my "toys" .. love it!! I shoot raw, and
process the resulting images in Nikon Capture NX2 which remains a very comprehensive
software package for editing raw images. Since I've never seen an
out-of-camera image that couldn't be improved (at least to my eye), I usually end up
doing additional processing to my pictures in Photoshop supplemented
with Topaz and Nik plugins as well.
My wife, Sherry, and I both retired in June 2006. She taught
Kindergarten and 1st Grade in Middletown on the Jersey Shore for 30
years, while I rode the Jersey Coast train into Manhattan where I was a
consulting engineer. We've retired to the perfect place.
Besides photography, my other hobbies include golf and putz'n in the
yard and gardens ... where
better than Bay Creek on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to pursue these
retirement dreams ..