I sparked an interest in photography at an early age and find I am continually learning more about the various aspects of the craft. As a self-taught photographer, I rely on the endless resources available on the internet as well as the wealth of knowledge that can be gained from my peers. I joined the Owen Sound Camera Club in January 2005 and spent the 2006-07 season as President. They were not online at the time so I built them a website that has not only marked their place on the web but helped the club grow to nearly twice the size it was when I had joined. I stepped back from the leading role for a few years but took it on again for two years beginning in September of 2013. It’s not an easy task, that’s for sure, but it’s something I like doing.
I have a great interest in iPhone photography as well. The camera on the iPhone is really amazing. It takes great photos and the selection of apps that you can use to edit and share your photos is endless. In fact, I have so much fun with iPhone photography that I have sold off all of my Canon gear and have gone all-in iPhone for my photography. I have another site where I showcase some of my iPhoneography. You can see more at shotoniphoneonly.com, on my Flickr Photostream, or my Facebook Page.
To publish a book of my photos is one of the things I would like to accomplish as a photographer.
I’ve enjoyed listening to podcasts for years. In fact, podcasts have been one of my prime resources for learning what I know about technology. My love of iPhone photography led me to a search on iTunes for a show about it. There was but one such show, Tiny Shutter. I was immediately hooked on the show. The guys on there are just like me, passionate about taking pictures with their iPhone.
There was a chat room where listeners could join them while they did their live recordings so of course, I joined in. When they chose one of my photos for Post Pick of the Week, I was elated. It really made me think my photography was actually going somewhere. Fast forward to October 2017.
I had been a guest on the show a few times and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to people about something I’m passionate about. Then Joe, the host, asked me if I’d like to join the crew as a regular co-host. I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. As of this writing, I’ve only a couple of episodes under my belt as a regular but iPhone photography is a very exciting space and there will always be stuff to talk about. Join us live Thursday nights at 9:30 EST by logging on to Mixlr and catch up on past episodes on iTunes or the Tiny Shutter website. There is a great community on their Facebook Group and Instagram is the home of tons of iPhone photos by people using the hashtag “#tinyshutter”.
I’ve always maintained that there are certain genes in our bodies that allow us to excel at certain things. Exercise for example, now there’s a gene I missed out on. But the gene I was blessed with is one that grants me the ability to understand technology. It just comes naturally to me. I enjoy it and embrace it. Some folks are not interested in it, or may be afraid of it, but not me. I’ll listen to a tech podcast before I’d be the least bit worried about the latest album from the world’s biggest pop star.
It’s the only sport I really like enough to give it my full attention. I like hockey, but racing is my sport, especially NASCAR and Formula 1. There’s so much more to it than going fast. It’s truly a team sport. Those drivers don’t build their cars, they don’t repair them if they get damaged, they don’t transport them to and from the races by themselves, they don’t tune the engines, and they don’t jump out to change the tires and refuel it on a pit stop. It’s really cool to see how those teams work together to get the best result they can.