Bio: I am a mechanical engineer; University of Tennessee, BS Mechanical Engineering. I am a self taught photographer--a casual photographer, on and off, for many years. I bought my first 35mm film camera in 1978; a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens. Still have that camera. I used it for 20+ years to take photos of family, friends, and vacations while our daughters were growing up. After our daughters graduated from college and got married my photography interest waned. Shortly after the birth of our first grandson in 1998 I upgraded my camera to a Canon Elan IIe, with autofocus, and a 28-105 zoom. I used this camera casually, and infrequently, for family photos. While photography was always interesting to me it was a not my primary hobby. After 40+ years in engineering I retired in 2009. In 2010 I purchased my first DSLR; a Canon Rebel T2i, with 18-55 mm lens. This is the camera that started my journey to become a better photographer. However, my photography was still limited to family, friends, and travel. I took a lot photos of the grandchildren and their sports activities. In April 2015 I joined the Camera Club of Hendersonville. Since joining the club I have been an active participant in the club activities while trying to improve my photography. There are many skilled and talented photographers in the club who are very friendly and helpful. The club accepts and promotes photography of many different subjects which is very appealing to me. It does not limit one’s photography to a narrow range of subjects such as nature photography. All phases of my photography have improved significantly since joining the club. I still take lots of candid/impromptu portraits of family and friends but my photography has expanded to include other subjects. Hopefully I will continue to improve and move up from a good snapshot shooter to a skilled photographer someday. For me the technical stuff is easy. I can get the correct exposure. The artistic part is the hard part.
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