Hi everybody, I’m Gary. In a nutshell:
- I’m a semi-pro shooter
- I’m a professional drummer
- I’m a sometimes-web developer
- I’m vegan….if it comes from an animal I won’t eat it
I love photography and feel like I want to share my journey with other shooters. I started blogging about photography near the beginning of 2009. In the beginning I didn’t know much. When I reread some of my earlier posts I get embarrassed.
I know more now. I’m chasing light just like everybody else. There are others who do it much better than I. They inspire me. They’re so good they intimidate me. Luckily they inspire more than they intimidate.
I tend to gravitate towards creating composite images in Photoshop. Rather than waste bandwidth here on that, please go to my portfolio website. There you will see as many images as you can stand of my work.
The photo below is my favorite. Unlike many of my images, this one is NOT a composite….it is straight out of the camera, with a few tweaks in Lightroom. Out of the tens of thousands of images I’ve made, this is one that I’m truly happy with. Its magical to me. I hope you like it, but it’s OK if you don’t. 🙂 Photographs are like that…..they effect people differently. The world would be pretty boring if everyone liked the same things, right? Click on the image below for a larger version.
Below is another one of my all-time favs. I shot it with a large-format 4×5 view camera. I made 2 negatives; one of me on the train tracks standing behind another view camera, and one with the oncoming train. I combined the 2 in the darkroom using 2 enlargers and hours of labor. There was no Photoshop involved. I love this photo because I was actually able o pull it off in the darkroom, and also because it represents my style of shooting. I try to bring a sense of humor as well as fantasy to my work. Photoshop gives me an almost unlimited array of tools to do so. Dealing with film negatives and the darkroom is MUCH more demanding and time consuming. Click on the image below for a larger version: