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Welcome!

I'm not a pro photographer, but consider myself an enthusiastic advanced amateur. I really enjoy helping others learn and I'd like to use this website to not only display some of my photographs, but to help people that want to know more about photography and how to get the most out of their digital cameras.

I started out in "photography" by helping my Dad develop b&w film he'd shot (usually of one of my brothers or me) and then print out his photographs in a basement darkroom many, many years ago (1960's). My first 35mm camera was the old Pentax K1000, with a 50mm F/1.8 or F/2 lens in the 70's. In the mid-80's, I bought a Nikon FA 35mm camera and a few inexpensive lenses that I dragged all over the country and into Syria and China as well.

In the 90's the digital camera revolution hit and I jumped on board with a 2 MP Canon point 'n shoot. I moved up to a 3 MP and then a 4 MP Canon G2. A Canon S3 IS was the last point 'n shoot that I purchased. I finally stepped out of the point 'n shoot genre with a 10 MP Nikon D80, Nikon 18-135mm and Nikon 70-300mm VR lens. I gave the D80 and 18-135mm lens to my father for Christmas when I moved up to the 12 MP Nikon D300. I now also have the Nikon D7100, but only because Nikon hasn't seen fit to release the D400 (yet). I've added a few relatively inexpensive lenses along the way, as well as some that smacked the wallet, like the Nikon 70-200mm VRII. The Canon S3 was sent to my brother Steve, whose own camera had been stolen.

I still struggle with what I call the "bullseye syndrome" where the subject of my photo invariably ends up dead center, but I'm working on it (grins). I end up using creative cropping to get a more pleasing final arrangement. I'm not much for shooting people yet (talking photographs here) but I might dabble a bit in the future. On a trip to Italy in 2008 with my brother Jeff and his wife Sherri, I shot almost 3,000 pictures and probably should have shot 6,000.

For a couple years now, I've really gotten a kick out of Macro photography, getting extremely close to very small critters. I've taken thousands of shots of bees and wasps and (knock on wood) haven't been stung yet. After crawling around through the weeds to get some shots I've been bitten a few times by creatures unidentified, but so far survived the experiences.

So now you know a little about me. I hope you come away from my site with a little more knowledge than when you arrived and inspired to go out and experiment with what you learn. ALL constructive criticisms and comments gratefully appreciated, so sign the GUESTBOOK and help make this site better. This is a work in progress and I hope to constantly add to and improve what's here. If you find other beginners who want a little bit of a leg up, please send them my site address.

Articles:

What is "Focal Length", "Aperture", "F/Stop", "Shutter Speed", "ISO Setting" and "Exposure"?
What the heck is a "histogram"?
Digital Camera Sensor Size and the "Crop Factor"
Detailed explanation for where those F/stop numbers come from
Examples showing changes in the Field of View for varying focal lengths from 17 to 300mm
Examples showing changes in the Depth of Field for varying F/stops (aperture)
Effect of Changing the F/Stop Setting on the Depth of Field in Macro Phototgraphy
Simple use of a curves adjustment layer to add contrast / color
Compare photos for various telephoto lens fields of view and different distances.
Charts showing lens fields of view for APS and Full-sized sensor cameras using wide to tele lenses from 5 to 90 feet.
Information on how I shoot macro pictures with lots of tips and examples

Links:

DPReview.com Forums  - I post in these forums regularly.
Bugguide.net  - Get excellent help identifying those tiny critters
FamilyTravelPhotos  - Going on a vacation? Want to know what to do before you leave home?
DynamicDrive  - Free scripts and CSS, like the slide show at beginning of the page

Photo Galleries and Images: (more to come)

Macro  - Variety of macro pictures
Pictures from Italy  - Listing of the individual location galleries. Don't click on the panoramas unless you have a fast connection
Meteor Crater  - Pretty cool, zoomable panorama of Meteor Crater, Arizona. Can you find the 6 foot tall spaceman?
Civil War  - Civil War Re-enactment galleries (Updated 4/14/2012 - Pleasant Hill, LA)
Pictures from India  - Pictures from Qatab Minar, Humayan Tomb, Red Fort and Taj Mahal, India.
Balloonfest Pictures  - Plano Balloonfest pictures from 9/23/2012.
Chiang Kai-shek's Garden  - Pictures from Chiang Kai-shek's Shilin Residence park in Taipei, Taiwan.
Vitruvian Park  - Christmas tree light pictures from Vitruvian Park in Addison, TX.
Medieval Times  - Pictures from Medieval Times restaurant and show.
Texas State Fair  - Pictures at the Texas State Fair using a Nikon D7100 camera and the new Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 lens.
Sigma 18-35mm Lens Samples  - Pictures from the Chinese Lantern Festival using Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 lens.
Chinese Lantern Festival  - All the pictures from the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Free Desktop Wallpapers  - Free wallpapers of a bunch of my pictures scaled for your desktop.


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