I’m a Professional!  I’m a Photographer!   I am not a Professional Photographer.  I’m just a guy who has a camera and a passion for photography.

I started taking pictures with the family cameras more than 50 years ago.  I still have these cameras,  a No 2A Folding Kodak Rainbow Hawk-Eye and a Kodak Duraflex III,  in the living room today.   My first camera of my very own,  an Imperial Mark XII with flash,  was won at the local fair one year.

In High School,  I got my first taste of real photography working on the school newspaper staff.   It was here that I got to play with a Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5 press camera and a Yashica Twin lens Reflex.  The best part of the experience was being able to work in the Darkroom,  developing and printing my own pictures.

The first real camera of my own was a Yashica Lynx 14 Rangefinder camera that my brother bought for me while serving in Vietnam with the 610th Maintenance Battalion from 1966 to 1967.  What a camera,  a 35mm rangefinder with a 45mm f1.4 lens.  I thought  I was tuff stuff.  Five years later,  I joined the ranks of SLR shooters,  when I bought a pair of Minolta SRT 101’s.

Cameras that I have had over the years include:

  • Kodak Rainbox Hawk-eye folding camera
  • Kodak Duraflex III
  • Imperial Mark XII with Flash
  • Kodak Bownie Hawkeye
  • Polaroid Sun 600
  • Yashica Lynx 14 Rangefinder
  • Minolta SRT 101’s
  • Minolta X700
  • Yashica 44 Twin Lens Reflex
  • Nikon One Touch 100
  • Nikon F
  • Nikon FE
  • Nikon N90
  • Nikon Coolpix 995
  • Nikon D70
  • Nikon D80
  • Nikon D7000
  • Canon Powershot SD800 IS