Versatile Blogger Award!
The Kit-Kat Sisters nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I really appreciate the recognition from this fun site. These two sisters have lots of great dog and other photos, book reviews, fashion advice, a quote of the day, and more. Give ’em a look!
Upon receiving this award I have several responsibilities, including,
- Thank the person who gave me the award.
- Post a link to their blog.
- Select 15 other blogs.
- Nominate the 15 blogs.
- Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
My nominations are, in no particular order:
- Brian Gaynor Photography
- Rick Kirby
- Dark chest of memories
- mozuqu noir
- Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine
- Kitty Bloger
- Rick Alonzo Photography
- Andrew’s View of the Week
- Bill McCurry
- Russell Ray Photos
To the nominees, I recommend they go to the Versatile Blogger Award page for more info.
Things about myself:
- I first used a DSLR while working on an assignment as a summer intern at Proctor and Gamble in the early seventies. It was a Pentax and they let me take it home at night and on the weekends to shoot whatever I wanted.
- A few years later I purchased a Canon AE-1 (and eventually the auto-winder). The first DSLR that was mine!
- Color processing was so expensive back then that I shifted to B&W. I rolled my own film cartridges, developed, and printed them at the university photo club labs. Even today I still remember how magical it was seeing an image appear out of nowhere as the paper sits in the developer.
- I graduated and lost access to a photo lab. I stopped shooting for nearly a decade, but in the mid-eighties I took up scuba diving. I was finally making enough money to afford some things and soon bought a Nikonos underwater camera. I took a lot of underwater photos, but relatively few on land.
- It took a long time for it to finally sink in that digital cameras meant no more color processing fees. I bought Nikon’s first entry level DLSR, the D70, as soon as it was available. I picked Nikon only because, at that time, the D70 had a more compelling feature set and price than Canon. I started shooting again as never before.
- The image quality of the early digital cameras wasn’t always that great. My formal training is in image processing (a specialty within electrical engineering), so Photoshop sounded interesting and seemed it might be a big help. It was. I spent as much time it seems on photos in Photoshop as I did shooting. The improvements were remarkable sometimes.
- Unhappy with commercial photo processing services, I decided to learn printing. I now have an Epson 3800 printer and do all my own printing up to 17″ x 22″, my preferred print size.