"I have had many jobs. I started out as a dentist and went on to become a local newspaper editor/owner, magician and magic store owner, teacher/lecturer, dental consultant and co-founder and partner in an Internet company for healthcare practices. At 75, I retired December 31, 2018. Now, my goal is to make my mark in photography. I have over 130,000 photos in my computer from traveling to all 50 states and many foreign countries. So, I will begin by offering photos in these categories – Sunsets, land/seascapes, animals, winter scenes, urban areas, flowers/trees and beyond our borders. After that…who knows?
I was taking photographs as a hobby for as long as I can remember but have never taken any formalized photography courses or workshops. Over the years, however, I have learned thru experience certain principles that now guide my photography. It's great to have a spectacular view or scene but that isn't necessary. I have found in my own house, on my own property, in my community lots of beauty – I just looked for it.
I take the photograph as soon as I see it. I have learned not to think, "I will get it on the way back" or "I will see it again soon" or that "I have plenty of time." My experience has been that the scene which drew my attention, may only last a short period – the angle may change; the lighting may change; the shadows or reflections may change; if people or animals are involved, they can change expressions or positions.
Critical to most photos are light, shadows, reflection and perspective. For landscape photography, I will decide what should be the main focus of attention and enhance the perspective with framing, layering, angles, curves straight lines, colors, shadows, objects, people and contrast.
Children and animals require much patience – I have been willing to miss the photo in order to get an excellent photo.
The more exotic animals are found at zoos or in the wild. Zoos provide the opportunity for animal portraits. However, one must navigate around obstacles such as crowds of people, glass barriers with reflections, netting/bars/cages between your lens and the animal subject, and then some animals are content to stay in one corner of their enclosure without moving for hours.
I have found the most difficult venue in which to photograph animals is when they are in the wild. You never know what animal will suddenly appear, if they will stop momentarily or how long they will remain in view. Anytime I am near bodies of water, I expect to see a variety of birds that come to feed. Often, I make it a priority to stake out a spot, mount my camera on a tripod and quietly wait.
Photographing flowers, plants and trees is much easier than photographing something that moves. Patience is not required except, perhaps, on a windy day. Good sunlight is important, bringing out vibrant colors of flowers and highlighting the veins in plant leaves as well as creating shadow effects. I love to photograph flowers right after a rain as the water on the leaves or flowers often enhances the photo.
It's a given that most photographs will be shot in color. Color affords individuals the opportunity to portray life realistically – the way we see it; color photography enhances shades and tones of people and things and mimics our diversified world. When color highlights something in or about the photo, it draws us in to take a closer look. My focus on color is especially significant when I photograph sunrises/sunsets and flowers/plants.
While black and white photography is used minimally today, it still has its place artistically and can be added during the editing process."