I was born in 1972. My passion for photography didn't really start until the fall of 1992, when I seldom took snapshots with my grandma's Contax 35mm film camera.

Then came those disposable film cameras you get at Safeway and Fred Meyers, probably around 1995.

July 2007 I went downtown to Camera World at 5th and Washington and purchased my first digital camera. A Nikon Coolpix S50. And it just grew from there.
I have an arsenal of equipment now:

Manfrotto: Bogen 3001, 190CXPRO4 and Bogen 3130.

Canon: Rebel 2000, 28-80mm. Digital Rebel XTi, T1i, 60mm USM Macro, 15-85mm IS USM, 75-300mm, 18-55mm IS and 18-55mm.

Quantaray 70-300mm Tele-Macro.

Nikon N60 and Sigma 28-80mm.

Nikon Coolpix Series: S50, S8000, S8100 and AW110.

And an LG G3 Smartphone.

Photography pioneers and visionaries:

Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)

Edward Weston (1886 - 1958)

I am a self taught, free lance photographer. I am a cyclist who has a an avid interest in cars, trucks and motorcycles, especially exotics, muscle, hot rods and classics. So I do consider myself a specialist in the automotive world, but also immerse my skills in anything from insects and flower macro photography to airplanes and trains. I take with me anything that captures my imagination and awe.

I use color probably 90% of the time and I have to remind myself that I can go film noir aka black and white. (See Ansel and Edward's work)


I haven't garnered much attention since opening my Flickr account way back in 2008, but I do have a few accolades as of about 2010.

My photos have appeared in:

Family Circle, August 2012. Volume 125, Number 8 (page 44).

The Portland Outsider, Spring 2015. Volume 3, Number 1 (page 28).

And a Canadian automotive publication featured a photo I took of the dashboard of a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. I have no proof of this, as I didn't ask for a copy of the publication and now I don't know the name of it, but I still have my mental bragging rights.

Number of views, before the big corporate, Bad Panda, Flickr changes occurred in late 2012 / early 2013, back when it made sense and was cool. *

10/2008 to 10/2009 = 7000 views [First year with Pro account]
10/2009 to 10/2010 = 11876 views [+ 4876 views]
10/2010 to 10/2011 = 18263 views [+ 6387 views]
10/2011 to 10/2012 = 56664 views [+ 38401 views] (10/9/12)

* Change is inevitable, but does it have to be a fine tooth comb every time?
USMC Creed.....

This is my rifle
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend.
It is my life.
I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me is useless.
Without my rifle, I am useless.
I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me.
I will....
My rifle and myself know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make.
We know that it is the hits that count.
We will hit....
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus, I will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel.
I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage.
I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other.
We will....
Before God I swear this creed.
My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country.
We are the masters of our enemy.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until there is no enemy, but Peace!

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  • Welch Allyn stainless by SoulRider.222
  • • 1930 Cord... Rolls Royce... Bugatti... etc... at 2007 Concours d'Elegance Tour. MMFC0283 ... by Artamia
  • • Carmel Mission Church, California US by Artamia

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October 2008
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
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