I'm retired and I live in eastern San Diego county. I love to take pictures of anything that has interesting light, color, shapes, contrast or just looks "cool". I like to take pictures of things that catch my eye. To me, photography is a way to have a visual diary.

My father was an amateur photographer and strongly influenced my interest in photography. We used to process black and white film and enlarge our pictures in a dark room.

About fifteen years ago I got back into photography again and started taking photography and art classes in an attempt to learn to see and then present what I saw. I still take classes. as I feel that learning is a life long process.

Digital photography is the greatest tool that I've seen. It's basically free (after you buy the camera and computer) and you get immediate feedback about your exposure.

I love Flickr. I've seen pictures from, and been inspired by so many wonderful photographers. I've also been encouraged by positive feedback from these really good people. I try to respond to any comment I receive.

I've been interested in learning how to do off camera flash since a workshop I attended in 2011. Since that time I've accumulated the following equipment:
2 - Nikon SB600 strobes
1 - Nikon SB700 strobes
2 - Strobie 130 strobes from Scottrobertstudio.com
2 - Yongnuo strobes
3 - Tiny Triggers and 1 Transmitter from scottrobertstudio.com
5 - Yongnuo RF-603N transmitter/receiver triggers
2 - 24" softboxes from Cowboy Studios
1 - Gary Fong diffuser
1 - Honl snoot
2 - 1 Rogue 3-in-1 Grid
3 - lightweight Flashpoint light stands
2 - heavy duty PhotoBrightLighting stands
2 - stands and one crossbar for hanging backdrops
1 - 8.6 inch Lastolite EZBox (softbox)

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Bill Gracey
June 2007
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