About Mike ...
You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams
Full awareness of what makes a good photo is essential in taking great photographs.Why would anyone be interested in this photo and what elements can be included or excluded to make it truly great?
It starts with the camera-equipment and knowing how to use it in various, often challenging, situations.
You take the photo, now you create a compelling photograph.
The post processing is where the creative part starts. I'm not shy about using various digital tools available. I'm not necessarily trying to recreate the scene I photographed, I'm trying to create my interpretation and bring out the essence of a central object & scene by applying my style and making it a better & more appealing photograph.
My passion for photography began with the film era in high school & college. Like most beginning photographers, I always loved taking photos of almost anything. During the heart of my corporate technical career my photography passion took a back seat.
Later in life & into the digital age, when DSLR's finally offered film-like high resolution & quality, I renewed my passion.
Shooting RAW format introduced me to the necessary post-processing & the creative advantages it offers.
With this, top equipment & a compelling main subject selection I am able to better portray my 'style'. Incorporating bold colors, strong textures & fine detail to help bring out the essence of an object, place & time.
I improved how my images display further by adding monitor calibration, printer color profiles, the sharp & wide color gamut of Giclee printing, fine art 100% cotton rag paper and archival/conservation materials into the process with stunning results.
Sales to family & friends generated more interest and more sales, and my wife's encouragement pushed me over the edge on the decision to start selling at art shows.
From a personal viewpoint I now feel my work is really displayed at a level I imagined it could be. I am quite excited & proud of my images.
The response at art shows has been very very satisfying.
I strive to present photos that cause a reaction in people, often making a personal connection and want to make my photo a part of their lives.
Step into my photographs with me!