I first came to photography through backpacking trips into Olympic National Park, trying to bring back a glimpse of what I saw. And, in the circularity of fate, I found my way to the Olympic Mountains through photography. Specifically the photography of Pat O’Hara, Art Wolfe, and Ross Hamilton, whose images of the Olympic backcountry enticed me to go there myself.
I use Nikon cameras for my work. Right now I’m using D300 and D200 digital cameras. In the past, while still shooting film, I used lenses ranging from 24mm wide angle to 500mm telephoto. Now I'm using a combination of lenses that give me coverage from 12mm to 300mm (plus a teleconverter that will get me out to 420mm). When I shot film, my film of choice for landscape and close-up work was Fuji Velvia, a fine-grained, slow speed (ISO 50) slide film. Now that I'm shooting exclusively digital, all that doesn't seem to matter any more as it's pretty easy to emulate the look of my favorite old films by using Lightroom or Photoshop.
I like working with the natural light and therefore don’t use many filters other than those that help me record the scene that my eyes see. The filters that I do use include polarizing filters to help eliminate distracting glare and graduated neutral density filters, which are rectangular pieces of glass or optical resin that are clear in one half and dark in the other. The graduated filters help to record scenes that would otherwise be beyond the capabilities of the digital sensor to record in one shot, since film and sensors can only "see" a fraction of the range of light that our eyes are capable of seeing.
At the computer I've been using the wonderful digital tools available like Lightroom, Photoshop, and the NIK Software plug-ins to "finish" an image so that it better reflects what I envisioned at the time of capture. I enjoy this process and find it creatively and aesthetically fulfilling.
The poet Mary Oliver wrote:
“If you notice anything, it leads you to notice more and more”
When I began my journey with photography I found myself seeing more, noticing more; I became more aware. Photography has led me down a path to places that I might not have otherwise traveled to, both in the outer world and the inner one. What you see in these pages are but a few of the things I’ve noticed along the way.
All of my images are available for licensing. Please contact me if you have an interest in using any of my pictures for your projects.