Roots in Both Film & Digital
I was first introduced to digital photography back in 1994 when I was
working as a real estate appraiser, and I was searching for a way to
streamline the appraisal delivery process and save on the expense of
film processing and printing. Even with the relatively primitive
quality and low resolution images of those early digital cameras, I
realized there was great potential in the digital realm.
But when I became serious about learning photography, I started with
film. Soon the costs and mediocre quality of the prints I got back from
various consumer labs led me to explore the frontier of the digital
darkroom. With a dedicated film scanner, I was soon able to produce
higher quality prints of my photos. Most important of all, I now had
control over the process from start to finish, and whether working in
color or black and white, transparency or negative, I could produce the
prints that I saw in my mind's eye.
These days, like most photographers, I work in the digital realm from
start to finish. The years of wokring with film in the analog realm,
however, have given me a broader perspective of the process of
capturing images and preparing them for print or display. Using methods
and techniques honed in both conventional and digital darkrooms allows
me to focus on the final product, and less on the process of reaching
the desired result.
At this time, I work with Nikon
Cameras, a D100 and a D300, and an arsenal of lenses manufactured
by Nikon and Tamron. For
restoration and artistic work, I use an Epson
flatbed scanner and a Nikon film scanner. Images are processed and
prepared for dispay or printing on my
iMac or while travelling, my Macbook
The tools in my digital toolbox include Adobe Photoshop and
Lightroom, Photomatix Pro for
HDR images and the freeware Seamonkey
Suite for maintaing this website. Print ordering and fulfilment are
handled by Mpix.com and Zenfolio.com.
If you are interested in my methods, or have questions about equipment,
feel free to contact me.