FAQ

Q: many photographers in the market place today “photoshop” their images, do you?

A: Well I guess I never really thought that Photoshop would be used as a verb, but I suppose it is these days. Usually when folks ask this question what they are really asking is: Is this real or fake? I’m know for Not Faking it. At one time Yahoo had a Masters List by category of genre, I was fortunate enough to be placed on that list under the category of Photographers. This is how they listed me: ‘Landscape photographer known for his purest style.’ So while technically the answer is yes, I do use the software called Photoshop, I do not fake anything. My goal has always been to share with the world what I saw, to get back to that stunning moment that caused me to gasp with awe and excitement. The hope is that you too can gasp in awe at the majesty our amazing planet offers and which with patience and time when the shutter is pressed, stills a single moment in time. I want to share what actually happened, not what I wanted to have happen. Because what actually happens fundamentally tugs at every fiber of our beings. That is magisterial.


Q: have you been to all these places?

A: Yes, of course. And many more as well.


Q: How do you get to these places?

A: Most places are by foot. Though I do use a vehicle to get to the trailheads.


Q: What is an ‘earth muffin’?

A: Ha! How did you hear about that! Well most of the folks you run into in the back country while hiking are what I lovingly call Earth Muffins. I started calling them that years and years ago because every time I ran into one of these back country hikers they were just so nice and friendly. Granted when you’ve been out hiking for a few days you can begin to smell a bit, and the ladies arm pits aren’t shaved. Many have dreadlocks. But honestly these are the nicest, sweetest and kindest creatures on the planet. I’m happy to hang with Earth Muffins any day of the week.Q: have you been to all these places?

A: Yes, of course. And many more as well.


Q: What kind of camera do you use?

A: Years ago, when I was 12, my ‘Uncle’ Bill gave me a beat up very well used Olympus OM-1. He showed me how to load my own b&w film, a few basics and sent me on my way with words of wisdom - “Go have fun!” For years I used that little 35mm camera. Eventually I broke it. Then I bought a Cannon - I still have it somewhere and it still works! Then I moved up to a medium format camera system, a Mamiya 645 Pro. Basically it’s very much like a larger 35mm system but it had interchangeable film backs. Then I saw a photograph that’d been shot using a 4x5 technical field camera. The clarity hooked me and I had to get me one. Some time later I saw a photograph from an 8x10 camera. The clarity hooked me deep and I had to get one of those.

So, what kind of camera do I use? Mostly I use the large format technical field film cameras, the 8x10 and 4x5. Mostly you will see images on this site shot with those two camera systems. More recently I had been using a ‘pancake’ 4x5 field camera with a full frame digital back on it - so you will see some images here where that system was used. The fidelity and clarity of these high end, very expensive, cameras with associated technical features make them the best choice for landscape work. Add to that the absolute stunning clarity of the glass (aka lenses) and one has a combination of equipment unsurpassed by anything else out there. As a simple example by way of basic physics…a single sheet of 8x10 has 64 times the resolution of a 35mm. So I always have to laugh when others say their images are ‘just as sharp’ as an 8x10 - because they simply must not understand physics.


Q: Why do you do it - seems like a lot of work for a ‘picture’?

A: A ‘Picture’!? Ha! I jokingly tell people ‘you take pictures, I take photographs.’ But why do I do it? Simply put, I love being ‘out there.’ There is nothing like it. Save maybe a slice of cheese pizza from NYC.