Even though I was born and raised in urban Queens County, part of New York City, I had a strong love of nature and the outdoors. I became interested in photography as a teen-ager, when I received a 35mm Zeiss Contina as a gift from my parents.
After graduation from college I moved to the semi-rural northwest corner of New Jersey. I was employed as an engineer for more than forty years, until my retirement in 2001. As a result of my employment, I had the opportunity to travel throughout our great nation and to marvel at its many natural beauties and the handiwork of early Americans who built our nation. Of particular interest to me are our national parks and other scenic wonders, as well as the beauty of the covered bridges and lighthouses that were instrumental in developing travel by land and sea as our nation grew.
My favorite photographic subjects are landscapes in general, the West and Southwest, covered bridges, farms and round barns, lighthouses, and flowers.
My wonderful wife, Judy, who often accompanies me on my photographic escapades, provides me with much morale support and encouragement.
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I have never taken any formal photography courses. However, I have studied many books, magazines and artcles on the computer related to advanced photographic techniques, and have learned from years of taking pictures, self-critiqing,and correcting my mistakes. I use several Canon cameras (EOS-1D Mark IIN and EOS-3)with lenses ranging from 12mm to 1120mm, as well as a Pentax 67 medium format system in my photographic arsenal.
I am a member the Sparta Camera Club, Photographers of Sussex County, Cape May Bird Observatory, National Association for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Society and the Sussex-Warren Arts Foundation. I have won many ribbons, including numerous blue ribbons in club competitions and at the New Jersey State Fair.
I am a consistent contributor to the various New Jersey Town Planner calendars and the Down The Shore New Jersey Lighthouses calendar, as well as the 2005 Sussex County (NJ) phone book cover.