As should be apparent from this blog, I love taking pictures. I always have. At times I have gotten rather serious about it. At one time I had a color darkroom and owned nearly a dozen nice cameras (mostly Nikons), lots of lenses and a mound of filters, flashes, battery drives, tripods, light meters, light umbrellas, etc.
I am self-taught. Everything I know about photography I learned through trial and error while devouring book after book. I have never had a photography class (although I have taught a few).
At one point, I was very serious about photography, especially nature photography. I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures; reviewed my images critically; and used that self-criticism to get better.
Unless credited otherwise, all photographic images on this website were taken by me. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This was true until the summer of 2015 when others began joining me. Photos are all from the galleries of featured photographers on this website unless otherwise noted.)
I began taking photos in a semi-serious fashion when I was in the army. I bought my first 35mm camera at the PX in Frankfort Germany in 1967. It was an Petri. About a year later I purchased an Asahi (Pentax) Spotmatic. I took LOTS of pictures.
Later, when I returned to school, I started taking a lot of photographs of nature, especially on field trips. I took lots of photos and slides.