Back in the day, I majored in photography, photographic history, film and scriptwriting. Thinking it would be an easy way to pick up some quick credits, I even threw-in an art history course. OMG, it was one of the hardest classes I ever took. Everything we turned-in was in the form of an essay paper. My worst nightmare. It also ended up being a great learning experience that opened a whole world of art beyond photography.
My still-photography began with a Kodak Instamatic Pocket 104 Roll Film camera. That was back in the mid to late 1960’s. Eventually, I advanced to a Canon TLb, a Canon F-1 and a Leica M6. Believe it or not, I still have all of those cameras. The majority of my work was black and white. I processed and printed images at the school darkroom, a friend’s darkroom, as well as my home darkroom (a.k.a., my bedroom). Although I did all types of photography, there was something really special about capturing night images.
It was time to retire (September 2011) after almost 23 years with the Florida Highway Patrol, the last 11 as a Traffic Homicide Investigator. Shift work and constantly being on-call took its toll. You can imagine my photography was quite unique as a Traffic Homicide Investigator. Definitely not for the squeamish. Because of my photographic background, the Patrol utilized me as a photography and a photogrammetry instructor. Prior to our using photogrammetry, the Patrol provided only one option for night photography…the flash. Although a great tool, the flash was not necessarily the best option for capturing night crime scenes. By way of time exposures, I decided to capture a large extent of my night scenes (Olympus C7070z) without the use of flash. Photogrammetry is a reconstruction tool via software (iWitness) that triangulates points captured by a digital camera. Eventually, any investigator who used photogrammetry had to learn how to how to capture night scenes via time exposures.
Nutrition and fitness was, and still is, a huge part of my life. I began to learn about nutrition at the ripe old age of 10. As it turned out, I ate my way into hypoglycemia. I cleaned up my act. The hypoglycemia then went away and never returned. Activities started with little league sports, then high school football, the shortest college football career in history (long story), competitive bodybuilding, martial arts and so on. At the end of 2011, I authored a book titled, “No More Excuses, The Procrastinator’s Guide To Maximum Fitness” (Paperback, Amazon.com).
Since retired, I returned to my personal style of photography. Don’t worry, nothing death related. I still tend to lean towards black and white but of course include color images. I’m also the creator and editor of DPI-SIG Magazine. It’s a free online (PDF) magazine for photographer’s and photography enthusiasts alike. The magazine is available at dpi-sig.org. Did I mention it was free?