I am retired and now getting back into the business (not for pay) of making images. I was initially exposed to photography at a young age when my father built a 4X4 darkroom in the corner of my basement bedroom. It was not long before I too was developing film and trying my hand at printing and watching images magically appear on the exposed paper.

I was in my twenties when I got my first decent 35mm camera, a Canon FTql and over time acquired a few lenses. I also had a medium format Rollei which was used for some wedding and portrait work. (I am no longer interested in doing that.) I expanded the darkroom in my own home and used it for several years before boxing it up for a move and never setting up again.

My early exposure with manual cameras with a light meter hung around my neck gave me a good technical understanding of light and the relationship between light, film speed, shutter speed and f stop which still serves me well today. Although the external light meter is no longer required. I still find myself shooting a lot in manual mode or aperture priority.

I made the jump to digital eight or nine years ago with a point and shoot camera. I am now on my second digital SLR having purchased a Nikon D300 July, 2008.

Equipment:
Nikon D300
Nikon D70
AF-S Nikkor 18-70 f3.5-4.5G
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

I post images which for some reason I find interesting although not necessarily works of art. All are post-processed with Lightoom adjustments and perhaps some cropping. I do use Photoshop CS3 on most photos and Photomatix on some.

I visit and comment on contacts photos unless I find they are simply collecting contacts and not taking time to view and comment on my photos occasionally. Even if I really like a photo stream, I will not hang around long unless there is at least some reciprocation.

I am enjoying your images. I hope you enjoy a few of mine.

Pop38/ - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

View my photos at bighugelabs.com



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    jbarc in BC says:

    "I have been looking at Von's photos for some time. He is an excellent technical photographer, and his work is both instructive and educational. Von is a very good Flickr friend who has taught me much about composition. His images of the country and wildlife, especially birds, in Utah are well worth seeing. I hope to go to Utah one day and do a shoot with him."

    16th June, 2010

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    MarvHansen says:

    "Von,
    I just looked at your photos and I'm impressed by their variety and excellence. You seem to have the ability to take the ordinary subject or scene and make it extraordinary. Am looking forward to your other postings.
    Marv"

    22nd August, 2009

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    DSuàr says:

    "Si tuvieramos en esta maravillosa comunidad 2 ò 3 Pop38 màs, se duplicarìa el nùmero de personas en ella.
    Es sorprendente como este hombre apoya, comenta, manifiesta, en todos los sentidos las fotografias de los miembros.
    Claro ejemplo de una persona que sabe donde està en cada momento, en este caso, perteneciendo a esta gran comunidad.
    Muchìsimas gracias Pop por tus comentarios, a mi, y me atrevo a decir a los demàs miembros.
    Es un honor tenerte " por aquì". Recibe un saludo¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡"

    26th June, 2009

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    INACTIVE ACCOUNT OF KAI LIVINGSTON says:

    "Von ...


    is a friend! He is a really cool
    man but not only he is cool and
    he has loads of so many cool
    capture all around his stream!

    Please review his pictures
    and see it on your own!

    He has all kinds of pictures
    for you! You will not be sorry
    but be happy!



    Wishing all the best
    for the rest of his life!

    Greetings from New York City"

    14th April, 2009

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    Heidi's_PaSSioNs ღ says:

    "I'm truly amazed at Von...for pretty well, always being the first one to comment on my pics as soon as they're up. Don't know how he does it, but I'm glad! He's a wonderful support...and friend! Thank You Von!"

    14th March, 2009

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    jim hunton says:

    "Von is a first rate photographer AND artist,he has been a great encourager and very supportive toward me,i am happy to call him a friend,thanks Von for sharing so many beautiful images !!!"

    17th February, 2009

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    - RP - says:

    ",,I think, Von Taylor's photos are very spectacular and amazing. He surprise me sometimes with images of his wonderful country where he live. I appreciate his images, they're are speak to me. He comment photos with his honest meaning and that's is it! Thank you to be your friend!''"

    30th January, 2009

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    Kathy Harrison says:

    "Pop38/'s images are beyond beautiful - they are monumental. The vistas are photographed and processed in such a way that I am always amazed. I am touched that he would even look at my photos and find something to praise in them, but he somehow manages to find something nice to say. Thanks, Pop38/."

    11th November, 2008

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