I have been a passionate landscape photographer since 1976, but, I have also taken wildlife photos, motor sports, PGA tournaments, theatrical performer, musicians, and portraits. I’ve even shot product images.
When it comes to photography, I have done a bit of everything, but landscape and botanical images have been my real passion.
I have always loved the outdoors. What started as a desire to share the beauty of nature with my family and friends turned into part of my income. Now that I have been in the photography business for over forty years I am more committed and dedicated than ever.
The United States of America has within our nation’s borders breathtaking landscapes. From sea to shining sea there are majestic mountains, scenic vistas, mysterious marshlands, coastal estuaries filled with wading birds and other wildlife, grassy plains that are home to herd animals. We have several species of deer. We have bighorn sheep. We have pronghorn that run up to sixty miles per hour. We have elk and caribou, and all of that beautiful habitat.
My wife, Mary Rose, and I have a goal of bringing to you scenes of nature from America. Don’t be surprised to see old barns and little images of Americana among our portfolio.
Photography is a competitive field. Like many others, there are advances in photography and that means occasional investments are needed to keep up or at least meet expectations. People are under the impression that bigger is better and when it comes to gear, we sometimes make investments to keep in the race, so to speak. That is why I am shooting landscapes with the Pentax K-1 Mark II (36 mega-pixel, full-frame sensor camera). Mary Rose is shooting with a Pentax KP (24 mega-pixel, APS-C sensor for wildlife and landscape).
It is still early spring and we will be getting some more “winter weather” later this week, but, we went out Saturday to Darby Creek Metro Park in Mid Ohio just to take a few shots of budding foliage. Here are three samples from our little walk in the park.
We saw lots of green “buds” on shrubs and trees during our time on the park trails.
Up close, the buds on many ground cover plants where like this image on the right.
There were clusters of new leaves coming out. In addition, we saw tiny purple blossoms already open in grassy areas. They were all of an eighth of an inch wide. I did not take any pictures of them, but, I even found some in out own yard at home. I might post a photograph of those once I figure out their scientific name.
This image was taken with the Pentax K-1 Mark II and a Pentax 70-210mm f/4.0 lens. It is manufactured for Pentax by Tamron. The lens barrel is like that found on Tamron’s version of the lens in Canon and Nikon mounts, but, this model uses Pentax elements and lens coatings. So, you can expect very high image quality including the creamy bokeh (out of focus background) you see here.
Over all, we had a relaxing little walk through the woods and we tested some new gear while we were out. We’ll be posting more pictures throughout the year and will update our portfolio from time to time.
We’ll be adding how-to articles and some lens and other gear reviews from time to time as well.
We will be posting links to videos on Youtube and other services. Stay tuned for more.