For several years I managed and worked in camera stores in the Pacific Northwest. For most of my life I have devoted time to hiking, boating, and to being outdoors where I can find rewarding images. I work on acquiring and producing the best images possible within my resources. I have taught photography, and have studied the masters in the art of photography and in paint, and am always growing my own style. Through a lifetime of my effort in the art of photography, I present to you my best gallery!
I began by shooting cartridge film ("126 format") in 1964. Friends and family expressed that I had "an eye," but I didn't initially pursue photography as a serious hobby. My first flirtation began with an Argus C3 rangefinder camera (35mm format) given to me by Dad. I gave a talk on that camera in high school speach class before I even used it. A student from an evening photography class I attended loaned me a Miranda Sensoret single-lens reflex "SLR" 35mm camera, when I told him I was headed out for a backpack trip. Soon, I was checking out other cameras from the shop and settling on a Nikon Nikkormat, also a 35mm SLR. I learned that Nikon cameras were solid and their lenses sharp, yielding good color contrast. I have stuck with Nikon ever snice for more than three-quarters of my work.
My film history includes work from Canon, Pentax, Nikon, and Miranda (24x36 mm, commonly called 35 mm). Several images are from medium and larger formats including; Mamyia 645 (6x4.5 cm), Yashica and Mamyiaflex twin-lens reflexes "TLR's" (6x6 cm), Hassleblad 500C (6x6 cm), Pentax 6x7 (6x7 cm), Fuji 617 (6x17 cm), and Crown Speed Graphic (4x5 inch). My films of choice were Kodak's Kodachrome and Panatomic-X. I tried other films as well, Tri-X, Veripan-X, cine film (bulk 35mm movie), Ektachrome, Agfachrome, Kodacolor/Gold and more. The most dissappointing were Kodacolor and Kodacolor Gold, but this may have been the result of poor photofinishing.
My first digital SLR was a Nikon D40X which I still use as a back up camera, then a Nikon D7000, a Nikon D5500, and most recently a Sony A7RII. All my lenses are Nikkor with focal ranges from 12mm to 300mm. For software, I use Nikon Capture NX-D for Nikkor NEF raw file processing and Sony Edit for Sony ARW raw files. I have used most all versions of Corel's Paintshop Pro, and Photoshop CC2018.
the Scenic Edge name
I chose the name Scenic Edge Photography to represent my work. The geographic domain in which I reside is on the western edge of the North American continent. This slice of the continent is adorned by fierce mountains, pounding surf, inland seas, lakes and streams, all of which I attempt to represent with style through my photography. I claim copyright to that name having been using it for many years.
landscape and other interests
I have always loved landscape photography which is obvious as you scan through my work. I have moved into other photographic subject matters as well - from street and cityscapes to horse racing - as long as I feel I can capture and present these with style and interpretation.
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