About Me

DSC_5442Welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy some of the photos and other content posted here.

I live in Bellevue, WA (near Seattle) and spend my free time (not as much as you might think for a retired guy) photographing my surroundings. Most of my recent work is of Pacific Northwest venues. Earlier photos posted here are from my work and travels in Asia. Some of them were captured as lower res JPEGs and a few, before I shifted to digital in 2004, are scanned from film.

While good photographs start “behind” the camera, I’ve found that post processing can make some of my photos more compelling and as editing software continues to evolve, I’ll continue to tinker with some of the images here.

My first camera was the family Kodax Six-20 ‘Brownie’ C. Later, we had a Kodax Duaflex II. In high school (1954-1960) I took several photography courses where we developed and printed our own B/W film. We got to use a Speed Graphic 4″x5″ large format camera and a Nikon 35mm range finder.

In the 1970s, I shot thousands of feet of Super 8 of the kids and family vacations most of which is now brittle and faded.

I bought my first serious camera, a Minolta Maxxum 7000 in the 1980s. It traveled with me all over Europe, Asia and South America until I stumbled over one too many jungle roots or temple steps and it finally burst open. Since retirement in 2001, I have again become serious about photography and I now carry a Nikon D7000 and use my D70 that I purchased in 2001 when I retired as backup.

A few years ago I was interviewed by PhotographyCorner.com for an online article. You can read it here.

Other, non-photography notes:

I am a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

My technology background began in 1960 when I was trained by the US Navy as an electronic technician and nuclear reactor operator. From 1969 until my retirement in 2001, I worked in the IT industry as Service Manager, Product Manager, Director of Marketing and Managing Director of Asia/Pacific operations.

I would consider myself an ‘early adopter’ of new technology. I used to be able to program in COBOL, Fortran, APL, Basic and was competent with C/PM and DOS. A DEC PDP8 was the first minicomputer I used at work. My first home PC was one of the first  Apple IIe sold in Seattle.

By way of personal philosophy, I try to practice Buddhist principals and meditation but am not particularly interested in rituals. I’ve always been fascinated by how humankind arrived at our current situation. Consequently, I read (or rather search the internet) about World History, Human Development, Evolution of Human Intelligence, Philosophy, Spiritual Beliefs, etc.

My work experience includes roles as a Submariner, a Nuclear Engineer, a College Dropout, and an International Business Executive. I served from 1960 to 1968 as a Cold War warrior on submarines starting with WWII era diesels and ending with nuclear powered missile subs. My business career took me to nearly every country in Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. I lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia for periods from 6 months to 3 years.

Oh, and I turned 70 years old in 2012.

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