Like many people, I began taking snapshots as a child using ‘point and shoot’ film cameras.  I got my first serious camera, a Canon AE-1, in December 1980.  I bought this camera to record my kids’ childhoods.  The AE-1 did that job well, and also while I was in the military traveling the nation and the world.  For 30 years, however, the settings dial never moved from ‘Auto.’  Looking back, the results are interesting, in spite of my limited knowledge and effort.

I went digital in 2004, after using my wife’s digital ‘point and shoot’ on a trip across country.  I had a printer dock and really thought I was big time!

About 5 years ago, I decided to get serious about my photography and upgraded to a Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi).  Shortly after, I bought my first serious zoom lens, a Canon 70-300, and started to look at subjects farther away.  I now use a Canon EOS 60D camera, and have upgraded to the Tamron 150-600 lens to reach those really far away subjects.

I call myself The PHOTOROGR Project: A Journey in Creative Photography because this truly is a journey for me.  I learn something every time I pick up my camera and look through the view finder.  I am trained as an engineer and am also a retired military officer.  My greatest challenge is to think outside the rigid logical thought processes that have served me so well, and include the abstract concepts of light, shadow, color, and composition to the technical knowledge needed to make images successfully.

As you will see, my subjects tend to include automobiles, landscapes, and wild critters, among other things.  On occasion, I get a car with a great landscape – a bonus for me.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I hope my images are pleasing, and look forward to hearing if I was successful.  And yes, I have moved the settings dial off ‘Auto.’


10 thoughts on “About

  1. Roger,
    I got a Nikon Coolpix S9900 a couple of weeks ago. 30x zoom, 16MP. It’s 95% of what most folks can do with an D-SLR. ISO adjustable, aperature and speed selectable. I have my Nikon D7100 with Tamron 150-600 lens and the S9900 here in Hawaii. The S9900 weighs about 5 pounds less and clips on my belt. Need a tripod or monopod for long zooms because you can’t hold it steady enough. Obviously the 7100 gathers more light and zooms quicker but I will definitely take it when the SLR is not convenient. Whale watching on Thursday, hopefully a good head-to-head comparison.


  2. Good afternoon!
    Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed looking at your photographs and reading some of your blogs! I’m an amateur photographer myself, only have time for it part-time, but really enjoy it nonetheless.
    Wishing you peace and love this Holiday weekend!


  3. Beautiful photos, sir! Very impressive works. Perhaps some pics of classic corvettes are now in order? 😉
    Still have those pop-rivets…
    Your buddy Dave
    P.S…how but them Hawkeyes!


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