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Photography
Huntsville, AL
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I photograph nature, the environment, and the interactions of humans with them. I bring a novel vision to the world, the animals, and plants in it, and to life in general. I am highly influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s philosophy of photography: capture the decisive moment and use the entire image with minimal photomanipulation.

While I‚Äôm not above restoring color vibrancy and correcting technical defects, I aim to let the camera and not the software tell the story. That said, I’m not above a little photomanipulation when it makes the picture work. I will also use digital composition techniques like focus stacking and image superposition for panoramas that are not available when using film. My goal when using these techniques is to extend the range of my camera to make the image work and express my creative vision.

I have been an active photographer since my teens. Back then it was fun to experiment with different types of film and developer formulations, but today everything is electronic. I tend to be a “pixel pusher” who aims for sharp clear images.

Being unobtrusive and having good wilderness skills is essential for my work (and my city friends wonder why I have so much camouflage gear). Wildlife photography takes a combination of luck, knowledge, skill, patience, and a whopping great lens. My go to equipment for wildlife photography is a Sony A7R IV body with Tamron 28-75mm, Tamron 75-300, and Sony 200-600mm lenses. The mirrorless A7R IV camera is fast, flexible, and extremely quiet; while the lenses cover the ranges most often needed.

While I am in the first stages of my artistic career, I have exhibited at the Double Decker show in Oxford Mississippi and an invited display at the Centre Alabama hospital. I am an active member of the Southeastern Photography Society and the Professional Photographers of America. I am helping Arts Alliance Inc (Marietta) to apply for NEH and other funding.

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