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.’
Roger aka PHOTOROGR