I retired from a 30 year career with a small agency in the Federal government in August 2008. As most retired bureaucrats do, I had hoped the consulting opportunities would come knocking. They haven’t, in part because of the economy. I am actually rather glad, because now I can really concentrate on the things I enjoy – photography, aviation, cooking, and family.
I began taking “pictures” in high school on our climbing trips to the mountains near Denver, Colorado with an old Kodak Vigilant six-20. It was my father’s “good” camera. I just pulled it out of storage the other day, and it appears to still work. In college I bought a used Minolta-P 35mm camera – still have that too. After I returned from military service in Viet Nam I eventually built a fairly decent Canon F-1 system. And, I still have that. I do intend on playing with some film photography.
Unfortunately, I pretty much neglected photography for many years. I took a few pictures, but never went out purely to take photos. In the early 90s I bought one of the original Nikon Cool-pix, and eventually a Canon G-5. (I think) I was totally turned off by the lag in taking any kind of decent photo. In 2007, on a cruise with our good friends Harley and Nancy, I used Harley’s Nikon something DSLR to take a photo of them. Wow! Click and a picture. I was hooked again. Not too long after our return I owned a Canon 30D.
And now, I am pointing the 30D or a 5D Mark II at most any thing that passes before my lens. I have a lot to learn about digital photography. I hope not to be too “techie” and concentrate more on that “vision” thing.
Why this blog
I started posting photos on Pbase.com about a year ago so family and friends could easily view them. I did designate one of my galleries as my “Photo A Day” gallery, but have not posted a photo every day or every week for that matter. I wanted a place to post more that just the best photographs I have taken. I wanted a place to post every day photos of retired life and perhaps make some observations. So here goes…………..
July 17, 2009
Oh, for those that do not know me. That is me to the left photographing grand daughter’s soccer game. I am a paraplegic and amputee from combat in Vietnam a long time ago. The wheelchair is a fancy Ibot4000 that, with a lot of gyroscopes and computers, balances on two wheels.