When I was growing up I didn’t have any particular goal except to survive. The path of least resistance led me to a BS in Mathematics since I was better at math than most other subjects. That in turn led to a career as a software engineer and engineering manager in aerospace.
When I was ten years old I began to take photographs with the Ansco ReadyFlash camera that was given to me by my Grandmother at Christmas. That camera and all of the film cameras that I owned were a point of frustration. Film and film developing were expensive. Besides, I was into instant gratification.
As I grew older I adopted digital during the early days and my first digital camera was a 3.3 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 990. That was a lot of dough for a camera that wasn’t going to survive the megapixel explosion that was to come. I’m well beyond the good old days at this point.
The primary cameras that I use are a Nikon D750, an Olympus PenF, and a Lumix GF1. I use the D750 when I need to handle low light or use speedlights. I also have a greater variety of lenses to use with it from ultra-wide angle to 70-200mm zoom. On the other hand, I only have one lens for the PenF, an M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 lens that I love for shooting on the street. The Lumix is a great expendable camera that I take on my bicycle tours. I paid $100 for it on eBay. I’ve taken some prize-winning photos with the Lumix.
The software suite that I use includes Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Most of my editing is done in Lightroom CC because I mostly have simple needs. Street photography and photojournalism usually are presented with minimal editing to preserve the accuracy of the subject. Many competitions require much more artistic interpretation and for those I use Photoshop CC. Photoshop CC has a lot of promise and I continue to improve my editing and artistic skills using the software. Judge critiques during competitions have given me a better understanding of the expectations for edited images.
Digital competitions are fun and they have helped me to grow. Critiques from the Professional Photographers of America competitions and from the Photographic Society of America have also been helpful. I am transitioning toward more print work and gallery exhibitions to get beyond what I feel are some constraints of digital.
I received First Place and Honorable Mention for two of the three prints that I entered into the Exposed 2017: Shadow Play exhibition at the Arts League of Lowell. Several of my digital images have been accepted by international exhibitions. My work, some licensed by Creative Commons, has been used by non-profit organizations and I was a featured artist in the February 2017 issue of the online Literary Orphans magazine.
My bicycle touring blog is Edek’s Attic.