I am a freelance photographer living in Arlington, Virginia near the District of Columbia, USA. In 1981 I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army after twenty years of service. My military background was in communications and data processing and I was a Senior Army Aviator with two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot.
I earned a Bachelor of Industrial Management degree from Auburn University and a Masters degree in Information Technology from George Washington University. Although I am not formally trained as a photographer, I have taken courses from the New York Institute of Photography and have attended numerous seminars and workshops on photographic tecniques. I have had a passion for photography for over 40 years and the greatest influences on my style are the works of Edward Weston, Paul Strand, John Sexton, Clyde Butcher, Imogen Cunningham and the artist, Georgia O'Keefe. I enjoy most sharing my vision of what I find in nature through the lens of my camera.
I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Press Photographers and a founding charter member of the North American Nature Photographers Association. I am a member distributor of the International Freelance Photographers Organization (IFPO) and am accredited by and on assignment to "Today's Photographer Magazine International", published by American Image Press. I concentrate and specialize in nature and fine art photography but I also enjoy on-the-scene photojournalism.
My fine art prints which are intended to evoke an appreciation for what they are and not necessarily what they once were, are manipulated by me to get the effect that I want to offer the viewer. Sometimes this is as small a correction as sharpening or soft focusing or balancing brightness and contrast. Other times the process can be as drastic as removing the background and presenting an image that pops to the front out of darkness or superimposing one image onto another. Some of the abstract or impressionistic images only use one of my original photographs as a jumping off point to create another image altogether. In any case, my hope is that you will find at least one image that will make you say "Wow!".
Please visit my website at Frank Zipperer Photography.