About Rick

It was during my college and early post-graduate years that I developed a strong interest and skills in photography, specializing in then state-of-the-art color darkroom work. At this same time, I discovered the beauty of California’s High Sierra, even spending an entire summer exploring its length. And I found the combination perfect – when carrying a camera, I found myself slowing down and paying much more attention to my surroundings. And since photography often best captures nature’s beauty under trying conditions, I also found myself getting out at all hours in all seasons and weather. But soon my developing computer industry profession and a growing family left little time and energy for these early loves. And it was only upon my retirement in Bend, Oregon, that I have been able to return to them. At the same time, photography’s evolution into a digital medium now dovetails nicely with my long interest in computer technologies. So now Martha and I find ourselves exploring near and far lands for much of each year, usually with a camera in my hand.

About My Photo Equipment

I went to all-digital photography equipment in 2003 and currently the key pieces are:

  • Canon 5D Mark IV & III cameras: 30 & 22 Mpixel full-frame dSLRs;
  • Canon SLR lenses, in approximate decreasing frequency of use:
    • Canon EF 24-70mm F/4L IS USM;
    • Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L IS USM;
    • Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM;
    • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM;
    • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM;
    • Canon EF TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II;
    • Canon EF 100mm f2.8 macro;
  • Gitzo GT2541 Mountaineer 6X tripod, usually with a RRS BH-40 ballhead;
  • A RRS TA-U-LB leveling base & MPR-CL II slider for panoramas;
  • Digital GrayCap mounted on lens caps for color balancing (from Steven Johnson Photo);
  • Sony RX100 Mark III point-and-shoot camera: 20 Mpixel, 24-70mm lens (35mm equivalent); used when the size & weight of the 5D dSLR is just too onerous (the RX100 fits in pant’s pocket);
  • Adobe Lightroom software for cataloging all images and editing them for website and email use; and Adobe Photoshop for “fine art” editing;
  • PTgui software for panorama assembly and KRpano for the “responsive” display of panoramas across diverse devices;
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) images usually produced by way of Lightroom & Photoshop only, but sometimes via HDR Efex Pro or Photomatix;
  • Silver Efex Pro for Black & White image creation;
  • Canon iPF6100 24″ wide, 12 color (pigment) photo printer; and Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk paper.

About This Website

This website’s top level content and blog was created using WordPress. All photo galleries are published using The Turning Gate’s Lightroom plugins (i.e., Gallery, Auto Index, & Publisher in the BackLight Pangolin product family). All provide the “responsive” display of high quality images on all kinds of devices. TTG’s associated WordPress Theme plugin was used to generate this site’s matching WordPress theme.