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I'd love to retire and spend my time traveling the US taking photos of all the great places I want to visit. After that, I'd visit the rest of the World and ride all the great trains I've only seen on videos.

I grew up in the San Diego area (Poway) but have lived in the Southeastern US since 1990, residing now in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Creating my Imagery

I got seriously "back into" photography around 2009. Prior to that, I had a number of digital and film cameras which I used to document mostly the railfan activities that I did and for "snapshots".

I enjoy today's digital cameras for the flexibility they allow in capturing the RAW images that then allow me to tell the story I want to tell.

I use a variety of post-processing programs to "translate" those images into the finished "artwork" that I share on on my website. I call it "artwork" because it does NOT usually attempt to represent exactly what was there when I made the initial capture.

Some influences on my work:

The first photographer I remember knowing by name was Ansel Adams. His epic shots of the West still amaze me and he was also a first-class teacher of photography. The zone system was the pre-cursor to the HDR craze and his style of processing was to me the first "Photoshop". He worked to make prints "tell the story" he wanted them to.

Another photographer I admire is O. Winston Link, most famous for his work with the Norfolk & Western Railroad at the end of the steam era in the late 1950's. I highly recommend a visit to the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia if you are in the region. While I usually photograph diesel trains, Link's work still inspires me to try to make the train part of the environment instead of separate from it.