The Sony F717 Galleries

The only reason I am keeping these galleries separate for now is that I don't want to do them over yet and the pictures were taken with a lower resolution camera than the one I use now. The Sony F717 is, by all rights, a very capable instrument with a wonderful Zeiss lens. They are beautiful pictures up to about 11x14 inches . My current camera, a Canon 300D allows me to make prints up to 15x22 on my Epson 4000 printer. All of these prints are of archival quality and will last for more than 50 years. The Epson 4000 is a remarkable printer and you will be surprised and pleased with the results.

All these pictures are for sale at reasonable prices. Email me if you are interested in making a purchase.

Watch for my new galleries, coming soon.

Olympic National Park, 2003

I've been taking pictures since I was ten years old. I was fascinated by my little Kodak Brownie camera and all the mysterious equipment my father had stored in the garage. He had been a photographer for a while, as well as had my uncle and my grandfather on my mother's side. I guess you could say that this was a family legacy.

When my youth orchestra went to Japan for a month in 1963, I took my late father's Balda rangefinder camera and about twenty rolls of specially selected (by my uncle) film. I also planned on buying a single lens reflex camera with money I had been saving for some time, and, as it turned out, several other people chipped in a few bucks so that I would have "a good trip". Hey, this was way before "that" kind of trip! I was going to shoot color slides with the old rangefinder and when I got the new camera I would use it for black and white that I would later develop and print in the darkroom I was setting up at the house with the old equipment. By the way, the exchange rate during that trip was 360 yen to the dollar. You could get cameras for less than half of what you would pay in the states.

As it turned out, we also received a free camera upon arrival in Tokyo courtesy of our sponsor, the Asahi Shimbun Press. It was a half frame (double amount of pictures) Olympus Pen EE. They also gave us free film and had us turn in our pictures for development as we went along. There was even an ongoing contest where the best pictures of our tour were published in the paper. So I was pretty loaded down with cameras- two around my neck and one on a wrist. I didn't use the Olympus that much and was not really a contender in the contest because it had to be stuff from that camera. I bought an Asahi Pentax with a 50mm f2 lens early on in the trip. It had a clip-on light meter that was "integrated" with the shutter by virtue of the fact that it clipped right on top of the shutter speed dial. This was a real step up from the rangefinder, with which I had to use my dad's old Weston "electric eye" light meter. The upshot of all this was that I was forced to learn the fundamentals and actually developed a feel for proper exposure without even using the meter. That was quicker after all. You don't want to miss those shots.

Why am I going into all this? Well, things sure have changed since Those days. Today we have the most amazing equipment- and now the "Digital Darkroom". I did have a darkroom in our house during high school, shot for the yearbook, and had access to the school darkroom too. I belonged to the local camera club that was sponsored by the local camera store. I even won a couple of contests and had pictures of the tour published in the local paper. They even paid me a couple of bucks. This was very cool! My brother and I really got into it for a while. But none of this was with auto focus or through the lens metering. I just have to laugh when I see people fretting over which new digital camera they should get for taking pictures of their cats. Many of them don't know what an f stop is. Don't get the wrong idea though. I think it is great that so many people are taking so many great pictures and having fun with a great art form.

My music took precedence over photography in the next years, but I always tried to own a decent camera so I could get good shots when I wanted to. My brother went on to do some color darkroom stuff, but wow, what a hassle in those days. I never had another chemical darkroom. So fast forward to 2001 and the end of the 32 years of my stint in the San Jose Symphony. The demise of the symphony meant I had a lot of time on my hands. The two great things that came out of that were that I finished my horn book that I had been working on for years, and I got back into photography because of the digital revolution. I started with a Nikon 4000 filmscanner and an Epson 2000P printer. Got some great results but it took so long to scan each negative, plus I had the cost of the film and processing. So, to cut this short, I bought a Sony F717 and got into the digital age. Now I have a Canon 300D and lenses (some of which I used with my old Elan II) and an Epson 4000 printer. I'm in heaven- and I'm going to be upgrading soon so I can make even better prints now that I am selling them. Just one more word. Its not the equipment. Yes its nice to have good stuff, but it won't make you a photographer. Want to improve? Take the least "sophisticated" camera you can find and go out and shoot with it. Shoot manual and guess the exposure and shutter speed. See the light!

Crater Lake, 2003

Oregon/Washington Coast 2003

Mt. Rainier 2003

Yosemite, Winter 2004

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