How long have you been taking pictures?
About fifty-five years. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. A twelve exposure roll of black and white film would last me for months. By the time I got it developed, I had forgotten what pictures I had taken. Unfortunately, the pictures I got back weren’t too helpful in answering the question. But it was FUN!
What camera/lenses do you use?
I have adopted and adapted a lyric from a very early Rolling Stones song where they crooned “It’s the singer, not the song.” I have probably misinterpreted their meaning, but I really liked the song. To me that phrase expresses a current idea that the photographer makes the image, not the camera. All modern cameras are technically great.
Earlier in life, I went the route of a big camera, lots of lenses and all the accessories required by law. But I found that I wasn’t taking my camera with me when I was in interesting places and so, I missed a lot of opportunities to use my equipment. I have gone minimalist with equipment in my later years.
Besides my ubiquitous and quite capable Pixel 3 mobile camera/phone (in that order) which never leaves my side, I have two cameras, both Sony’s. My trusty sidekick the RX-100 M5 and my RX-10 M4. Both have advanced sensors and superlative mirrorless features, at which Sony excels. Interestingly, they both only have one inch sensors and are fixed lens cameras (24-70mm equivalent & 24-600mm equivalent focal lengths respectively). This is small compared to four-thirds sensors and way small relative to APS-C and full frame sensors. This imposes challenges to getting good picture quality, but allows for very small cameras for the focal lengths available. I like the versatility of long zooms and I value portability over image quality and gladly accept the sensor limitations for the reduced lens sizes the allow. I take the limitations that come with small sensors as a challenge to conquer. Every picture I take is an experiment from which to learn a lesson.
What is your favorite genre and subject matter?
I don’t have a favorite genre. I gravitate towards landscape, animals, candid pictures of people living their lives and being human, architectural, urban decay, historical scenes, stark machinery or stark geometrical images. Looking at that list in print makes me look a little disturbed, but capturing these things is good therapy.
What’s on your photo bucket list?
All the usual ones: New Zealand, Iceland, Patagonia and every US National Park. But what I really like and want to continue to do is walk around and look for pictures in everyday life. I think the Poconos has a lot to offer. I get the greatest pleasure distilling interesting images from routine situations and locations.