- Written by Jeff Summers Jeff Summers
For as long as I can remember, I have always had an artistic side. Early in my life, this took the form of coloring and drawing. Later, I began to paint with acrylics and oils. I took time to work in pastels and charcoal as my interest and talent grew. Much of my progression is a result of teachers and other adults encouragement. This coupled with some success in municipal and regional competitions gave me the confidence to try other mediums with which I could portray reality. After high school, I began to become interested in photography.
At first, this interest was purely documentary as I too hoped to preserve a few memories. Manned with an old rangefinder camera that I had picked up at a thrift shop, I began to realize that photography was an art medium with which I could express myself. In college, I took a photography class to augment the sketching class I was taking. Before long, I found I was spending more time in the dark room than the art room.
After this introductory class, I bought my first 35 mm camera, an Olympus OM-10 camera. This became my constant companion as I began to see everything from within a 50mm lens. When I graduated from college, I found myself collecting more cameras and lenses as I tried to find the perfect piece of equipment to help me capture my vision. I am still on this quest and probably will be for the rest of my life.
Over the years I have seen myself moving away from film as a medium and more towards a digital workflow. I began with a 3 megapixel Nikon CoolPix 990 which at the time was outrageously expensive. While I loved the digital medium, I really missed the power and flexibility of an SLR. When the price for this type of camera became more affordable, I quickly purchased and have never looked back.
I invite you to review some of the pictures I have taken. I have recently created a Photo Blog that will display a new photo every day. If you are interested in the cameras I use then I invite you to look over my equipment list. If you have questions or would like to talk about photography please contact me . I am always interested in talking to others with similar interests.
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