It started with a Kodak Instamatic 135, moved thru Dad’s Argus Rangefinder 35mm and settled with Nikon FE2 at Buena High School Photo class. Mr. Jim Casteel was bearded artist with a great sense of humor. He recommended Nikon as they were the only ones still metal in the late 1970s. But if he ever caught me using the auto setting, he’d flunk me.
He had ample opportunity to help me fall deeper in love with photography. Basic, Advanced twice and Independent Study twice. I still don’t use the auto setting. One semester of Photography for my Journalism Minor at Northern Arizona University, I knew I would not be shooting for news. Now have a D100 and D2, dreaming of a full frame digital.
My favorite time to take photos is on a partly or mostly cloudy day when the clouds paint the light over the landscape. Best served over the mountains of ‘home’ in the southwest. Though I’m learning it’s just as dramatic over my current home, the Great Plains.
My husband Gerald shoots mostly with his phone from the combine or tractor, or the top thereof. My photo trips have been less in number and combined with auction excursions and family get-to-gethers.