Woodside Studio -Landscape, nature & fine art photography | About

I have enjoyed photography for my entire life. Beginning in about 6th grade my dad had a darkroom and let me help in the darkroom and take pictures, and I have taken photos ever since. First with a Kodak Brownie of my Dad's, then my first camera, a 127 Kodak,next with a Contina, range finder 35mm, followed by my first digital,a Minolta 7i , then in 2010, with my current camera a Nikon D90. I also developed an interest in video in the 80s, and have done video production since 1985, operating the Community Television serving Mount Vernon and Lisbon, Iowa... Now we have ended the Community Television service, with over 5000 video programs in the can. We still do some video and continue to enjoy woodworking (design & build), hiking, camping,and am finally finding time to travel. I am also going back to photography as I mature in my life. I go thru life day by day seeing things that have a call to me, beautiful things, special things, meaningful things, ordinary things in a different setting, that I would like to capture and preserve for others to see. So I take photographs. I see a person, thing, or scene and I think, that would make a beautiful photograph, and then it's my job to try to capture what I am seeing with my eyes. Sometimes I can. Sometimes the light, the scope, the beauty I see, can not be captured, even with today's technology, but I have to try. I don't have a specialty, and take photographs of many different subjects, in all types of categories. and find beauty in many things... I do some processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, but not to destroy the photograph with over processing. HDR is the latest fad and I have experimented with that, to the extent we can get expanded light range or depth of field range I use it sparingly, not making every photo surreal, not claiming a photograph is not HDR when it is. To me HDR is a different medium. I am sometimes torn between color and black and white, I like a beautiful colorful scene, but it seems for some photos black & white makes a person see the subject itself without the distraction of color and that is good too.....