My interest in photography took root at about the age of 14 (I am now 59). At 15, my best friend and I built a darkroom in the basement of my home. I soon became infatuated with darkroom work losing all track of time and listening to my 8 track tapes over and over without realizing it. I must have listend to the Best of Cream 100+ times!
At about this time, a family friend, Carol Bangeter, asked me to photograph her children. She wanted candid black and while photos while the children were playing in their backyard. I was happy to oblige. Much to Carol's delight I delivered the photos beautifully mounted and ready to frame. Once on display in her home, the calls starting coming in and I soon had quite a few additional engagements.
When I was 16 I shot my first wedding and also my first commercial job. During my senior year in high school I was the head photographer working closely with my dear friend Bill Broaders. I was also the school newspaper photographer as wells an intern at the Contra Costa Times. These were wonderful times for me and my Canon F-1 and Mamiya C-330.
Upon graduation I was offered a job with the portrait studio that shot our senior portraits. I declined as I was off to BYU where I took my one and only class in Photography--The Physics of Light and Photography. An LDS mission followed, then marriage, family and lots of fun photos to go along with it.
I never became a fan of highly automated auto-focus cameras. I really enjoyed the compositional and focusing experience with traditional 35mm SLR cameras. As digital came along, it left me a bit cold as I felt the cameras were no where near as satisfying to operate as my film cameras. Even thought I have always had a deep interest in computers, my interest in photography went somewhat dormant as film died out and digital took over.
Last summer I was asked to be the official photographer on our LDS stake pioneer handcart trek. I accepted this assignment and it motivated me to start researching the latest and greatest technology. I bought a couple of Panasonic Lumix Micro 4/3 mirrorless cameras and my love affair with photography was rekindled. I also took along some film and a trusty Canon F-1 (meter inoperative) for the retro experience. Some of the best photos from that event came from scans of the color negatives from the Canon F-1.
Since that time I have acquired additional mirrorless cameras as well as a variety of lens and adapters that allow me to use classic 35mm lenses as well as modern auto focus lenses. These cameras are so compact I am able to combine them with my other favorite activities--bicycling and motorcyclingy. Needless to say, I am having a wonderful time reliving the passion of my youth using both the technology of yesteryear as well as today.!