didn't get serious about photography until 4 years ago when,
at my wife's suggestion, I submitted 4 slides to a juried
art show in Birmingham, Michigan. I was not only accepted
but I also sold the photograph for $150. I
figured that if I could make a picture which someone would
pay for when I didn't know anything at all about photography,maybe
I should try to learn more.
thereafter, I joined a camera club, and to my dismay, the
very same image not only didn't get accepted but it received
one of the lowest scores I've ever seen in camera club competitions.
Obviously, the fine art juror and my buyer didn't know a good
photograph when they saw one.
I started to compete in color slide and nature slide club
competitions using my Pentax 35 mm camera. About a year and
a half ago, I really got serious and bought a Mamiya 645 system.
I got the works - even a 500 mm lens. But I found the weight
of the Mamiya system more than I wanted to handle so I sold
the entire outfit and bought a Canon System with an EOS 3
body which I only used for 2 or 3 months when I purchased
a Canon D30 digital body. After using the D30 for about 6
weeks, I sold the EOS 3. The only time I use a film camera
now is to make slides of my wife's watercolor paintings and
I also make slides from my prints for color slide and nature
slide competitions. Our web site is www.creativeartworkshops.com.
system includes the Canon D-60, the EOS Rebel 2000, a 17-35 mm
lens, a 28-135 mm AF IS lens, a 100 mm macro lens with the macro
rim light flash attachment, a 100-400 mm AF IS lens and the Speedlite
550 EX flash unit. I also have the 1.4 and 2.0 extenders. I use
Photoshop to edit my images and an Epson 1280 printer to print
In recent competitions I have won: 1st Place Trophy, Greater Detroit
Camera Club Council, 2000 Color Slide Invitational; The Digital
Print of the Year Trophy, Greater Detroit Camera Club Council;
Judges Choice Medal for Best Photograph by a Michigan Photographer
in the 67th Detroit International Salon of Photography - 2000;
and the Best of Show Medal, 2001 Photographic Society of America's
International Contemporary Club Slide Competition. One of my images
was used for the cover of the November, 2001 issue of The Michigan
State Bar Journal and two of my images were featured in Carolyn
Vosburg Hall's "Photo Art & Craft" published in
2001 - ISBN # 0-87341-972-3.
I am the proud father of Susan, Laura, David, Carol and Diana,
the proud father-in-law of Greg and Angelo, and the very proud
grandfather of Olivia, Angelo, Evan and James.