BetterPhoto Member: Daniel Ruf

member since 10/3/2007


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I got involved in photography in '77 when I attended an Ansel Adams workshop in Yosemite. After that rearing a family became the main focus and photography was put on hold until 1999. At that time I was a farmer in Northwest Iowa and began reaquainting myself with film cameras and darkroom work in my spare time. I have a canon XTi outfit, use Elements 5 as my software, and use an Epson 2400 printer. I have recently retired from farming and have just begun to really enjoy my time with the camera. I photograph natural settings in Northwest Iowa and concentrate in the prairie and lakes areas. My goals are to improve my skills, improve my use of space and design in my images and have more impact in my work. I also have started writing essays, which tend to lean toward the environment and my life lessons (I'm 60) and I like to incorporate my essays with my gallery shows. I've had images and essays published in local papers...but maybe because I'm a bit of a freak of nature in farmerland!

My wife and I have just moved to a lakeside home of our dreams, she continues to work and all the kids (3) have flown the coop. We have enjoyed the new freedom and watching our children grow in their own developed worlds. My oldest son is a strength coach for Baylor University, my youngest son works with mentally challenged adults and my daughter is an RN in nursing. Life is good and we've been blessed.