a retired Physicist, but never worked as one...I was
always an Engineer of some sort.
Q: What kind of Engineer are you?
A: What kind do you want me to be?
Thus, I'm frustrated...I always wanted to be a Scientist...but NO! I still have a great need for facts and data. I also have an unfulfilled artistic side.
I was involved with photography from a young age. My father's primary hobby was photography. I guess he infected me? We always had a darkroom in every house. I knew my way around a B&W darkroom before I was 10.
After college (and having a little money) I bought film cameras of various types. My first one was a Minolta 16. Later I bought a Nikkorex F, a cheap body [built by Mamaya] that used Nikkor F lenses. It came with a 50mm f/2, I think. Then I sold it and bought a real Nikon F or 3.
I switched to digital in 1998 with a little Kodak 1.1 MP P&S.
I got a Nikon Coolpix 5700 in 2002, a Sony R1 in 2004, and
a Nikon D300 in 2006. In 2010, I bought a used Nikon
D50 as a backup to the D300. In 2014, I gave up waiting
for a D400 and bought a D810. Then in 2016, I bought a D500.
The R1 is the ultimate candid (street) camera and
does really well with portraits...I also use it for making
panoramic shots. The D500 is used for sports. The D810 is
I am NOT a brand-centric person and tend to dislike people
who have made religions out of a possession. However, I tend to like Porsche automobiles,
so you'll see some in my pix. But Porsche is NOT a
religion! In addition to my Porsche, I drive a Toyota
I like to educate people about
photography...everything from basic stuff like the
half-press method to arcane methods of panoramic photo-stitching. My wife is a
Technical Writer...she taught me how to communicate (most
I'm a DIYer to a great extent. I've always liked to make things. I have a well equipped shop and have made many of my photography accessories.