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A little about me...

Photography has been a part of my life ever since I was a young boy and got my first camera a Brownie Hawkeye in the mid-1950s. I then learned how to develop the pictures I took in my cousin's darkroom.

 

In the late 1990s, photography took a huge change when the digital era began. Sensors replaced darkrooms and labs were replaced by software and home printers. I, for one, embraced it. Many did not, I believe there is room for both

 

 In 2006 I began publicly displaying my photos and joined the Coal Gallery in Carlsbad, California. Through the gallery I have met many fellow photographers and artists, which has helped me greatly. Since joining I have received awards (ribbons and cash prizes) over 60 times, including two Best of Shows. I also have won four ribbons at the International Exhibition of Photography held at the San Diego County Fair. My images have appeared in the online version of Shutterbug magazine over 20 times, and also several times in the digital version of the San Diego Reader. I recently had one photo that was featured on the Jumbotron in Times Square, New York City. Besides the gallery in Carlsbad, I show at the local art venues and Artist Alley in Oceanside several Saturdays a month.  

 

Since retiring in 2010 I have been able to spend more time working on my hobby.  Having moved from the Midwest to the San Diego area in 1980, I am focused on seascapes while still enjoying sports, wildlife, macro, and floral. I am in the perfect area for all of those. Recently, I have also included portraits. Generally, I enjoy working with color, but from time to time dabble a bit in black and white photography.

 

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