Well this is it, my first blog! I never thought I would succumb to the peer pressure!
But things have changed, my life is in a new season.
This will be about my passions as a photographer, how I got here and what I’ve learned along the way.
This isn’t because I have something unique to say about it or that I am expert, but more that what I’ve gone through may resonant with others. It may inspire them to pursue photography or it may just give them a better understanding of what my vision is.
So let’s get started.
Like most, I had a camera as a kid, some sort of Instamatic I think. I never really understood the technical part back then. But all that changed when I went to Vietnam, back in 1969. Now in Vietnam, you could spend your combat pay monies on women, liquor, stereo gear or cameras. I spotted a big bulky SLR, a Topcon RE Super with a 50mm/f1.4 lens and thought it looked good. Seriously, I didn’t by the Yaschica 35 next to it because it didn’t look like substantial enough. I soon was traipsing about the city of Nha Trang, like a Pied Piper, local children in tow. Man was I naive back then. Entering the unsecure areas, I was at risk of getting picked off by local Viet Cong sympathizers. For some reason I wasn’t worth the attention it would get I guess. But God must have been watching over me. I soon figured out the light meter & the split prism focus and managed to take a lot of “blown out” pictures but I was having fun. The base hobby shop had a photo lab & chemicals, all you had to do was supply your own paper. I managed to make some decent B&W photos after a while, but sadly I don’t have the negatives anymore, just some poorly processed prints for the memories.
Here are posted a few later for nostalgic types. These were scanned a few years ago.
Not much technique here, just focus, get light meter in the middle and shoot.No thought about S/S, depth of field or whether the scene might require exposure compensation. Then there was how to manage things in the darkroom and care of the negatives.