This is the page with more information about me. For my main about page, please click the Bio link in the menu.
Lately I have realized that my collection of photos has grown quite large. I'm not talking about what is visible through the ALL link in the GALLERIES drop-down. That's only a smidgen of the photos I have shot. Most of my photos are sunrises and models. I have literally thousands of good sunrise photos (over 8,000 in just one Aperture library I was looking at a minute ago). I've shot photos of hundreds of models, and I have more than 1,000 photos of most of those models. That means I actually have hundreds of thousands of portraits (not all good though, of course).
Today I shoot primarily with three Sony cameras. They are all 24 megapixel digital cameras with image stabilization and fold-out screens. I like that these cameras have GPS built-in, so I can figure out where I was when I shot a photo long ago. I have other cameras too (a couple of old Nikons, an old, broken Sigma, two old, broken Canons . . . I guess I shot too many photos with them). I sometimes use my large format film camera, and I have on old Minolta 35mm film camera too . . . yet to be used (but I have a few rolls of film for it, which I hope to shoot over the next few months).
My current plan (as of February 2017) is to get a more modern Sigma digital camera, some Sigma Art lenses, and an 8x10 large format field camera. The 8x10 will be my primary landscape camera, while the Sigma will become my primary digital camera. I may sell my Sony A77. Eventually I may get a Sony A7r II (42 MP) for shooting with my Art lenses (using Sigma's adapter) in situations where I need to use high ISO settings, such as when shooting wide-field starscapes (i.e. the Milkyway galaxy) and indoor action photos at events (i.e. stage performances).
I never dreamed of having so many cameras.
It's difficult for me to describe myself. I can tell you about my physical characteristics, like my weight (about 145 lbs.) and height (5'4"), which is shorter than many of the female models I shoot, or I can tell you about my race (northern European - caucasian - born in Australia though). I can tell you I have really long hair (longer than most of the models I work with). But ultimately you would probably prefer to learn about my personality. I'm a person of dualities. I can work hard and be very detailed, but I can also be lazy and a slob. I am intelligent sometimes, but I think I come across as pretty dumb sometimes. I've been told by people that I am tough, which is a characteristic I may have learned or inherited from my dad, a 90 year old (as of February 2017) World War II veteran, who shot and killed many enemy soldiers in the great war. Since then he has done a myriad of things, and my own measly existence doesn't compare.
I'm not always serious. I have a pretty laid-back attitude. I am almost never up-tight about anything. I have plenty of self-confidence, but that is not always a good thing. In fact, I think it might make me seem arrogant sometimes, which I just might be, without meaning to be. I try not to be judgmental, and I am pretty open-minded. I believe we can always learn new things, even when we get old. My dad learned how to use an iPhone after he turned 80.
I have some experience in a variety of industries. Without making this into a resumé, I can tell you that I'm a part-time webmaster and website developer, and in the past I've been a stock man, a warehouse laborer, a truck driver, an auto mechanic, a salesman, and a customer service manager. I've never flown a plane or helicopter, but I've been a bulldozer operator, dredge operator, and piloted a few different boats. I know how to sail, and I have sailed more than one or two different sailboats, though I am still just a beginner. Normally I ride a bicycle, because I don't want to get fat, and I like the feeling of riding my bike. If I have to go far I take my bike on a bus or train, but not always. A few years ago I rode all the way to Asheville, North Carolina from south Florida (about 900 miles). It took a few weeks, because I was only riding about 30 to 40 miles per day. I camped by the side of the road each night in a tent, which I carried on a rack on my bike, along with my sleeping bag and an air mattress.
I like to bike, hike, snow ski, and dive (snorkeling and scuba diving). I love to watch adventures, like cowboy and action movies, fantasies like The Hobbit, movies about Vikings and Roman times, and sci-fi movies and TV shows (i.e. Stargate SG1). I'm heavily into a clean future, though I'm not convinced that humans have much to do with global warming . . . if global warming is really happening. (I've done a little research, and some places seem to be cooling, rather than warming.)
I'm a conservative with liberal ideas. I like organic food, and the idea of plastic containers bothers me. I can taste that plastic way too often, and that can't be good. I try not to think about abortion, but if it comes down to it I support it during the first trimester (I think partial birth abortion is abhorrent), though I think it would be better if most people who get abortions would just carry the child to term and put the baby up for adoption. I think gun control is being able to hit your target, but I think the U.S. government should provide fee hospitals for everyone, which I believe would save enough money on Medicaid and Medicare to pay for them. I think we should all be driving electric cars, and Elon Musk is my hero. Why electric cars? They're cleaner, quieter, and safer. The air pollution caused by cars is mostly in the cities, right? Where do most people breathe?