I’m a photographer based in Falls Church, Virginia. Actually, I like to say that I’m a software engineer with a photography habit, but I am working hard to marry passion with existence, and to bring photography back into the center of my life.
I have been passionate about photography since the early 1980s when I purchased my first camera after completing U.S. Navy boot camp in Orlando, FL. At one point in my early navy career, when I served in the submarine force, photography was an official “collateral” duty. I consider myself lucky to have carried my camera with me for most of my navy adventures.
Film ruled the day in the 1980s and I aligned myself squarely with the Ansel Adams School, buying and reading every book he wrote and practicing the Zone System within the context of 35mm film medium. My love of film continues unabated today, and I practice making images with film as a form of meditation and spiritual renewal. I will often shoot film along side digital at the events I cover to obtain a different perspective. I maintain a large collection of film cameras in various formats and each one has a genuine personality that allows me to capture images with unique characteristics.
Ansel Adams’ techniques are as relevant to today’s digital workflow as they are to making images with film, and perhaps even more so, in that given the practically infinite possibilities one has to make post process adjustments to an image, it helps to visualize the end result before you release the shutter.
The technical aspects of film photography included optics, filters, film characteristics, exposure, and development chemicals and techniques. And this was just to get a negative that captured enough information from which to realize one’s vision. The technical aspects of digital photography are even more complex, so much so that unless you take the time to understand and master the technology, it will hold you captive.