I retired in March 2012 after 36.5 years as a chemical engineer for a large grain processing firm. My passion for photography has been growing and now I have more time to devote to it.
I've had a progression of digital cameras (Epson, then several Canon point and shoots) and I acquired my first DSLR October 2010 - the entry level Canon EOS Rebel T1i w/ a couple of lenses, bought as a kit through Best Buy. I treated myself to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm f/4.0L lens for a recent birthday and have since added a 50mm prime and a 100mm macro. Wow, what a camera!
I have now completed six BetterPhoto courses. The first was a 4-week course on how to better use the features on my Canon T1i (Charlotte Lowrie), the second/third were Jim Zuckerman courses, the fourth a Doug Steakley course, next a course with Lynn Eodice on architectural photography and, finally "Creative Light and Composition" with Kerry Drager. I still have much to learn - and need to find the time to shoot more regularly.
Both of our kids are adults - now out of the house and each married. Our first grandchild (Wesley) was born December 10, 2011 and he gives me many photo opportunities. No.2 is coming into this world December 2013 - and I think the fun for me as a photographer will more than double. The grand dogs are fun, but not nearly as fun as little two-legged subjects.
We live on a lake, so I have opportunities for lake-related photos and I especially enjoy those with reflections. My wife does watercolors - so sometimes she or her painting-lady friends will paint what I shoot.
I'd like to improve my ratio of keepers via BetterPhoto - and am very pleased so far with my progress. I have a decent eye for what looks nice - now, to improve my creativity and use the camera to better capture what I'm seeing.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Updated August 06, 2013