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When I was a kid growing up in the country, I often wondered why my mother would take pictures of old broken down barns. She would say something like “it has a certain charm about it”. Of course I didn’t know what she was talking about then.
Years later, and after the purchase of my first SLR, I started to notice around me the “charm” that she had referred to. Several college courses in photography, and a couple of trips to Africa really opened me up to the joys and challenges of catching moments in time on film.
I have lived most of my life in the Napa Valley, of Northern California. I currently live in the Sacramento area. Within a few hours drive of here are some of the most spectacular mountain vistas on Earth, but just right around the corner are scenes, unnoticed by most, just waiting to be captured at the right moment.
My equipment is all Minolta: Two camera bodies, with six different lenses. Several assorted filters, and a sturdy tripod help out too. For landscapes my favorite setup has been a 24mm f-2.8 wide angle lens on a 600SI camera body. Fuji Velvia, and Provia100F has been my film of choice lately. During my black and white phase, Kodak HIE infrared film was my favorite. I use a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite film scanner to digitize my slides and negatives. The only manipulations on these images are the same procedures that would be done in conventional darkrooms.