12/20/2017 Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. I had scouted the area the evening before and found a vantage point I could return to. I returned the next morning before first light on the 20th and hiked to my chosen spot. My goal was to photograph the sunrise over the desert oasis. I didn't count on all the other wonderful scenes I would find. From my perch on top of a small ridge line I waited for the sunrise and looked for other points of interest I might be able to isolate. Once done photographing the glorious sunrise I switched to my 300 mm Nikkor 2.8 and began isolating specific areas. I found this scene by pure accident as I scanned across it. I shot 4 different exposures to capture the full range of color. In post I merged the four images and adjusted contrast and color. I also burned the shadows to increase the contrast range. I showed the finished image to my wife and she said it looked like a water color painting. So we picked Water Colors for the title.
Author: I began my journey in Photography in 1986 when I purchased my first SLR. By 1987 I was working in the photofinishing business and within another year I was photographing professionally doing portraits, wedding and models. From 1987 -1997 I worked in every aspect of the photography world including camera repair. In 1997 began work for one of the worlds largest photofinishing suppliers as a field service engineer and today I still work for this company as an account executive.
My love of photography has spanned decades and as the years have gone by I have adapted and changed with the times. I ultimately settled on Landscape, Wildlife-Nature and Architectural photography and now I sell my work at local art shows and on my website.