Flickr started (May, 2007) as a way to easily share my business travel photos with my family/friends, at the time I had a 2 MP Fuji with 8 megs of memory so they were usually 640X480 snapshots but on a trip to Germany/Italy I was introduced to a nice little Canon that belonged to a colleague of mine (thanks Albert!), and so shortly after getting back I decided to upgrade to a 7 MP GE with a 4X telephoto lens and 1 gig of memory.
Skip forward a few weeks to when I started posting a few of my photos on an online radio station photography forums (www,radioparadise.com). The Radio Paradise “community” has some really talented artists that gave great feedback/encouragement which of course spurred me on.
After only a short time it became apparent that the GE was not versatile enough for me to learn at the rate at which I desired so I again upgraded this time to the Lumix DMC-FZ8 that I have now and although it is still a fairly simple point & shoot it does have a great 12X lens and some of the advanced features of an DSLR (although not the speed or high ISO image quality)
Upgraded to a Nikon D80 January 2009 and love it!
02/04/08 Panasonic FZ8
01/22/09 Nikon D80 & the Sigma 18-200 HSM OS lens
4/01/09 added a Nikkor 50mm 1.8
08/11/09 added the Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head
10/01/09 added a Tokina .5 wide angle conversion lens
01/18/10 added a Nikkor 35mm 1.8 & a Targus Digital TG-DL80N Pro Zoom Auto TTL Electronic Flash
06/16/10 added the 36,20 & 12mm Opteka macro extension tubes
07/09/10 added a Photo Studio Flash Mount Umbrellas Kit & a MC-DC1 Digital Timer Remote Control Shutter Release
10/1/10 added an Opteka HD² 0.20X Fisheye conversion lens to the mix
10/23/10 NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger and two Receivers
12/25/10 Nikkor 18-55 VR (for attaching the fisheye mostly)
12/25/10 Opteka 500mm mirror lens
12/25/10 Newar macro ring light
4/20/11 Added a Yn-460ii manually adjustable flash for my umbrella
8/10/12 D80 died, replaced with D5100
I find it amusing when people proudly state that a photo is “straight out of camera” as if no processing was done, but with just a minute or two of reading you will learn that unless you shoot in RAW the camera is adjusting everything of every pixel of that image to make it as small of a file as possible and still retain some resemblance of what the sensor captured.
Sooooo I judge an image by its impact on me, not if someone lets a camera decide or uses external software to decide what the final output is :-))))
Please feel free to give advice as constructive criticism is always welcome!
Enjoy yourself (or a least fake it:-)
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"Wink and I have been friends now for almost three years. I tried to go back into his stream to find that first photo I commented on; but Flickr was not cooperating and I had to give up. Instead, I went back to the first photo he posted--my how the look has changed, LOL! From a fresh-faced cowboy to kind of a grizzly old fart--har! har! You know me, W--always up for making you laugh, tell me you're not chuckling right about now! All kidding aside--it was interesting to look at Wendell's early posts (talent was showing; but hadn't yet evolved into what we see today). He had so many pics with no comments, maybe one or two--three on a good day; but look at him now. I consider Wink one of the best buddies I have on Flickr and one of the most creative with his photography and post processing. He is loved by everyone who knows him (and I am not blowing smoke on this statement, it's so true). Like most of us, he's had some bumps along the road of life; but he does what he can to make things better and the things that he can't change--I think he probably says WTF and moves on.
It's truly been a pleasure to know you, Wendell--I hope we can meet in person someday (I'd even bake you a pie or cake, LOL). Sending lots of hugs and much love to you darlin!"
17th July, 2011
Juan © says:
"Wendell ... !
What should I say about you? you are one of the nicest guys in flickr-land
Man I just want to say thanks for your support and encouragement, I really appreciate it very much, and by the way I do enjoy your photo-stream a lot, is always a pleasure to visit your stream : 0 keep up the good work, and one more thing
ENJOY YOUR SELF OR A LEAST FAKE IT : )
I'm happy to call you a friend
thanks my friend you are cool wink....! : )"
4th June, 2011
"Wink.... an artist, a magician and all round good bloke (as far as I can tell from the other side of the globe anyway)
Never scared to give feedback on ones work and happy to hear both positive and negative of his.
His HDR work is incredible and he is only happy enough to share his techniques...a rarity in this world.
Thanks for your support, keep up the good, no GREAT work!"
19th May, 2011
"I truly don't remember how, we found each other, I belive he found me first as it should be, but once he did! Watch out, the cowboy as I call him, for no particular reasonl, and I have become great freinds, and I believe lasting friends. You see our photogrpahpy may be similar but differrent, but we are very similar with our visiions of what we want to artistically. create/ He much moe than I, that is why in a way although he is younger, he is wiser in this photography fun stuff we do, and he does it with the best if not "The Best"| on Flickr, with an exceptional one or two....others......dont want this to go to the "Cowboys ego to much now.
I just have one one thing to say, and that if it were not for him and one or two other Flicir members, a few montsh ago, I was ready to bail out.......you know, adio's amigos.. But these three or four people encouraged whether or not they knew it, just by stopping by by stream almost everyday and leaving many more than one comment and a number of fav's. These are good people, and Wink is amongs the best. It has been my privilage, honor, and lots of laughter just getting to know him!
aka , jewels"
27th April, 2011
"I have struggled to find a way to express my appreciation for Wink as an artist, but keep ending up with a shiny skyscraper pedestal to perch him on. On the off chance he's afraid of heights, and more to protect my neck from strain as I crane it upwards, I have decided to build him something different to perch on.
The more I come to know him, the more I appreciate what a free-spirited genuine person he really is. Yes his artistic expressions are an inspiration to many, but I am finding that he touches so many people moreso just by being himself.
I think he could post a shot of solid black nothing and we would all swarm to it like moths to a flame, and most of us would learn from it too. I am grateful to have found a friend in him and can't even express how much I have benefited from our association.
For you wink, a pedestal made of laughter and kindness, supported by intelligence, talent, and a damn good steak with potatoes and something unidentifiable but delicious looking, maybe some rice wine vinigar too:)
You are the kind of person that makes this site a pleasure.
11th January, 2011
"One of my favourite contacts.
Wendell is an unstoppable source of inspiration, he always try to do something new and everytime he tries, he cames out with a masterpiece.
You will love his stream."
7th December, 2010
"I've known Wink since 2007 where we virtually met on the Radio Paradise Photography Forum. His photos were the rage back then and he never failed to impress the other members with his magic!
Although we have never met, I consider him a friend and compadre. He has taught me new ways to express myself as he has nurtured my HDR skills with his tips, tutorials and his photography. For that I will always be grateful!
What is more miraculous, is how, through his own Flickr group, ...Wink's Place..., he had bought over 3200 of flickr's most talented members with over 132,000 photographs, together in one brilliant community of kindred souls who share their passion, talents and friendship here. Many of these members are also photographers I personally know here in Germany, who coincidentally are also enthusiastic members of Wink's place!
Blows me away how a single man can, as effortlessly and compassionately, reach so many people and bring them all together in one happy place!
Hats off to you, Wendel! I look forward to many more years of your photography, friendship and fun times!
Steve "ScopPics/ScopArch" Coppenbarger"
30th August, 2010
"I haven't known he for a long time but when I discovered him I understand that Wendell is a amazing photographer!!
His images are such a joy to view..... I have to say his macro floral are what catches my eye!!!
Great attention to detail and excellent composition is what sets them apart from the rest...
He's very encouraging and creative.
Thanks for sharing your works Wendell!!!
20th August, 2010
"I just viewed your photo show of your recent trip through California to Oregon. Let's get this out of the way first...... wow, did it make me homesick for California.
Second, the edginess of some of your shots here is viscerally gripping!@ Wow ........the shots of the train......the focus......the hd........and Wink.......the garbage shot...........so real.....so so so real..............i live by the tracks and i see this stuff all the time............thanks for exposing such raw reality....and the way you presented it .....just outstanding......you have turned all of this into ART.
You have tremendous talent Wink. And skill. Skill with the computer, Skill with the computer process. Im awed man.
I hope you had the most wonderful time with your family this holiday season. My wish for you is to have more time in that loving bosom of friends and family .
You've been a kind and supportive and dear friend to me Wink.........I love you for it."
5th January, 2010
"Wink is one of my best flickr friend. I love his work, his humor and it's always a pleasure for me to see what he will post each day. Several photos of Wink has been on my screen saver :)
Enjoy to discover a great man !"
3rd June, 2009
~M~Chelle & her view*** says:
"First...........start with saying Wink has a way about him that makes you feel comfortable with just being YOU
A real person and friend you shall never find again...among the masses.
Second....talent???.......ohhhhhh yeah you will find talent backed up with with a mind that gathers no moss...lol...........(truth)
He grows with each posting...naturally....honestly
Winks...Wendell......really wish to say..YOU move me...more ways than one.
YOU are a great friend.....never be one like you
HUGS.....luv u dear friend..hope you now that!!!
xoxox........take care......(ALWAYS), forever and a day!!!!!!"
20th May, 2009
He is a Sweetheart and a wonderful contact to see His icon in my photostream is always such a pleasure.
im proud to have his friendship!!!"
28th March, 2009
Extra Medium says:
"Wendell was 10 minutes late but we held the boat for him anyway. He phoned us the day before and said that a whale watching trip was just what he needed. Sprinting like an olympic marathoner, he was carrying 2 bags, which we did not check because of our late departure. Catching his breath, he opened one bag which revealed some nice photographic equipment. The other, and quite a bit larger bag stayed zipped. It wasn't until we started seeing some pacific blue whales when he opened up that second bag, putting together a surface to water harpoon with poison tip arrows. A few of the other passengers started into a fisticuffs with him, so to quell the emotions of the others I pulled Wink aside and asked him his intentions of this harpoon. He said he wanted just one great photo of a whale, and what better way to do it than to harpoon it. I informed him as a lover of all animals, tasty and not, that we were unable to allow him to poach the great mammals and that we could spend a little extra time circling them for his own personal photographic ambitions. The harpoon did come in handy as our small vessel was attacked by sea pirates. These were a new breed of pirates; college students fed up with the high price of lite beer, who would use the money they looted from whale watching charter boats off California to fund their weekend inebriations. So we all ended up thanking Wendell for bringing the harpoon he bought off ebay, and at the end of the day shared photos of our journey. He had many great whale photos, but perhaps my favorite photo was one of a harpoon sinking the inflatable recreation raft of the collegiate pirates as a group of 19yo frat boys attempted to swim to shore."
5th March, 2009
"" ..I think I met Windell like over 8 months ago. Let me tell you something about him. He's funny with alot of sense of humor and super talent in photography world.
If you look thru his photo stream and you will see what I'm mean.
He's a extraordinary person, I never met him in real life, boy I wish I could. All his photo's are 2nd to none. That show you a person with such passion,devoted time and energy when come's to photography. So, keep up the great work my friend""
4th March, 2009
"Hi Flickr Friends
Wink he is Great photographer .amazing photo stream is such an inspiration. and a wonderful flickr friend. I love his work and wait daily to see what he will post next His work is great.
Thank you so much for your nice comment on my photos
Good luck !!!
1st March, 2009
"Wendell's photos are so wonderful and I love reading his delightful descriptions too. They always bring a smile to my face. Viewing Wendell's photo stream is definitely a highlight for me. His landscape images are breathtakingly beautiful. Seeing these images through his lens is a special treat for me.
Thanks Wink - I enjoy your humor very much."
21st February, 2009
*~ peedge~* says:
"yes.. erm .. hello ... ahm.. wendell.. yes yea he is my biggest fan... he is good at taking photographs too... i like him because he writes a lot of comments on my stream .. and he faves me a lot too.. so i really appreciate that... i've known him since he was in the rough... and i am sure if ever we meet up in lovely California.. i'd reckon he would be a cool guy... as much as he is a virtual cool guy on flicker
*hear* * hear*
16th February, 2009
Don Iannone says:
"Wendell is someone you genuinely appreciate because he sees the world differently, and with his camera, he finds an interesting way to share his take on life with the rest of us.
I appreciate Wendell's willingness to experiment in his photography without losing his sense of quality. I have learned some valuable tricks from Wendell, including how to produce a good HDR photo and how to find just the right angle to create an interesting shot. I always enjoy my daily visits to his photostream, and I am grateful when he stops by to visit my work.
I can see Wendell going somewhere with his photography in the future. While few of us are willing to give up our day jobs, I can see him teaching photography on the side at the local community college or art school. And for some reason, I can see him spending time in the world of street photography where the true grit, humor, and tears of life can be readily found.
When I think of Wendell's photography, the following Henry David Thoreau quote comes to mind: "The world is but a canvas to the imagination." I think that is how I would sum up Wendell and his contribution to photography and the Flickr community.
15th February, 2009
Tattooed JJ says:
"Wendell has been a flickr contact of mine for a while now and I look forward to seeing his new posts as he has such a great eye for spotting great shot and a great skill in beautifully capturing them.
Not only that he is a very supportive contact taking the time to comment and support other flickr members including myself"
14th February, 2009
"I would just like to say thank you all the way from Sydney to this wonderful flickr friend. His passion for photography is inspiring, his ability to learn and pass on new things is greatly appreciated and he has an incredible eye which never ceases to amaze me. In addition to this, he takes time to comment on others work and is a lovely support within the flickr community. He is a real gem."
13th February, 2009
"This -Wink- character (hehe) always finds time to comment on others' photos, not just posting his own for comments. I find that quality quite attractive in a Flickrite. It makes me want to be a better communicator on Flickr whether I have the time or not. Thanks! You rock! ;)"
6th December, 2008
**Ms Judi**♥ says:
"WENDELL is an awesome photographer and his works are so inspiring.. He always has a kind word and adds a sense of humor to his comments... I find myself smiling when i read them.. If I am feeling down all i have to do is look at his words left on my photos and it instantly cheers me up!!!
Thank you my friend for sharing your wonderful photos .... I wish you many Blessings in your life... Ms Judi :)"
6th December, 2008
"Wendell, or Wink as he is also known, stumbled across the desert that was my photostream not so long ago. In fact, I began to consider that he visited my photostream more often than I did.
Wink has been quick to comment and fav and for that I am grateful. But, this would not be a very good testimonial if I did not mention the work he produces and presents wonderfully in his Flickr photostream.
Wink is deliberate in his work and offers a view of the world around him that is indeed refreshing in so many important ways. He also experiments with differing techniques and effects to his credit as the output of his work is amazing.
Wink's work will inspire and amaze. Take a look around his photostream and you'll soon come to realize that for yourself."
2nd December, 2008
Daniel R. Yetto says:
"sometimes i think he views my photostream more then i do. but its all good. i always find myself reading his kind words on many of my photos and noticing all the faves he has of my pics. he has helped me put many of my photos out there. sometimes i feel i dont do enough in return?"
16th October, 2008
electronic alchemist says:
"It takes natural talent to make great photographs, but it also takes a lot of effort - to put in the hours behind the camera and in front of the computer, to analyze one's own work, and to study the works of others. Wink clearly has been doing his homework, and the results speak for themselves. He has equal enthusiasm for the work of his peers as well as his own, and the community is a better place for it."
13th October, 2008
"Great sense of beauty, offers comments with helpful suggestions. Honest with a great eye for photo's of any kind. He's a great inspiration to all beginner photographers. Thanks for being such a good friend."
9th October, 2008
"Wink never ceases to amaze me with his creativity. He is a true artist in all he does, whether it be working with wood, creating gardens; and especially, taking pictures. His dry wit shows in the titles he chooses and his soul shines through the camera lens.
You just can't get any better than that."
7th April, 2008
- December 2006
- Ojai, CA
- Ventura, CA, USA
- Product development Engineer