My love of photography grew organically - by finding an old camera of my dad's in the closet one day. I'm glad I saved those first few rolls because it's good to know how far one has come. When I stumbled into a used camera store in Scotts Valley, Calif., the owner recommended I upgrade to a Canon F-1 and that made all the difference. Finally I had a camera that seemed to respond exactly as I needed it to, and I was on my way.
Since then the majority of my shots are taken when out hiking or driving, mostly shot on film, and almost always contain a story. My best selling photo as an example, of a sunset at Salmon Creek State Beach in Sonoma County, resulted in my grade dropping from an A to B in Speech 101. But on that strangely warm September evening, as I hopped in my 1966 Chrysler convertible to head to class, I felt the call that there was a greater purpose than public speaking - and at least that evening, I think I was right.
My greatest compliment is when someone looks at a photograph and exclaims -
"Oh! - I want to go there!"
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