My love for photography started back in 1990, when I took a black and white photography course and got hooked. At about that time, I began taking photos with my mom’s old Minolta 35mm film camera. I then took a 100-level photography course at my local community college and developed my rolls of film and made prints in their darkroom.

I took trips to downtown Chicago to document what I saw back then. I did not mind working with film, but my enthusiasm and my creativity grew when I purchased my first digital camera in 2004. Once I learned Adobe Photoshop, I’ve only shot on digital from then on. Over the years, I have had several digital cameras. I started with a Sony Cybershot, then moved up to digital SLRs, including several Canon models. Most recently I have switched to a Nikon D800 full frame digital SLR, which I use with four Nikon FX lenses. I have noticed that there is a difference in terms of how to compose photos between Canon and Nikon cameras, which probably has as much to do with my switch from APS-C to full-frame as it does with the change in camera makers.

I am always learning new things along the way in terms of taking photographs and editing them in Adobe Photoshop. I am currently using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud version.

Lately, I have transitioned away from taking photos in downtown Chicago, preferring to capture images of the rural landscape of northern Illinois. I hope to go back downtown to take photos in the weeks and months to come, and I will post the images here. I also will check local photography events coming up in Chicagoland and post them on the blog section of this website.