of our Coast, as well as the destruction that Mother Nature can unleash. Though I consider myself a number-oriented person, I have always
realized that pictures have an important story to tell. The photos that we take are capturing history for the future.
I received my first camera, a Kodak 110, at the age of 8. Most of my early photography experiences came from shooting family pictures and travels. Over the past 20 years, I have taken many photos of our grandchildren as they have grown, as well photographed the many journeys that my wife and I have made. Last year, before I retired, I decided that it was time to step it up a notch. Seeing some of the photography that others were doing, I became intrigued with HDR photography and long exposures, as well as landscapes. I began asking lots of questions to learn more before I took that initial step of purchasing my first DSLR in April, 2014. In addition, I wanted to step right off into manual settings on my camera. Having zero experience, I spent many evenings watching YouTube videos and asking other photographers specific questions so that I was somewhat prepared when I bought my camera. Having come from a family where many family members were artistically inclined, things like composition just comes naturally. I still spend several hours each week learning something new about photography, honing my photography techniques. Like many of the photographers that I know, my camera is usually along for the ride in case that special moment or scene is there to be captured.
Looking back at my photos over the last 16 months, I can see where I started and how I have grown as a photographer. I have made it a point to go out and shoot somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast at least 2-3 times a week. In those ventures, I have met many people along the way, including photographers from other areas. I have a passion for photographing landscapes as well as the many shrimp boat fleets from Pascagoula to Pass Christian. I have stopped at many small towns throughout Mississippi in my travels, trying to the capture the old downtown scenery as well as beautiful landscapes of places that I have visited.
As I progress further into the photographic world, I realize that I have so much yet to learn and plenty of opportunity to share the beauty that sometimes we take for granted.
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