Lawrenceville, NJ USA
July 13, a long time ago
photography, choral music and computers - especially IBM mainframes and computer networking in general
Retired, but not by choice. Looking for something interesting to do part time. Working on improving my PhotoShop skills. Enjoying my new Nikon D5200 with an 18-200 lens and the photos I can capture with it compared to my older Nikon camera. There is a world of difference and I'm having a great time experimenting with it.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel
As a kid I took B&W snapshops and then developed them in our darkroom in the basement. I played around with enlarging them and even did some oil painting over a few of them. My father was a part-time professional photographer so we had a complete setup for B&W photos down there. He sometimes would take pictures for the local police departments and I went along on just one of those shoots. Seeing flesh on the road because the man had his arm hanging out the window when he sideswiped another car cured me of wanting to go on any more of those shoots. Alas, I did not spend much time learning to shoot from my father. I wasn't all that interested in it at the time. He could have taught me so much! I left home at 18 for college and then got married. I never lived at home again and didn't see my parents except for vists after that. After that all I ever took were pictures of my family as my kids were growing up, and not particularly good ones at that. In 2006 I bought a Nikon COOLPIX 8700. Considering my skill level, it was all the camera I could handle. I didn't spend enought time learning it before going to Israel as I should have and therefore I "missed" on some wonderful shots. Even PhotoShop cannot salvage them. I didn't know how to deal with the extremely bright desert light in the middle of the day. Since I was with a tour group, I couldn't pick when I was going to be at a particular location, spend as much time there as I wanted or come back later when the lighting was better. Now that I'm semi-retired (not of my own choosing), I have more time for photography. Well, sometimes I have more time. My part time job seems more like a full time job lately. I am working on PhotoShop CS5 with a few of my older photos, especially those of my cats and the Israel trip. I am now using my friend and mentor's "old" camera, a Nikon D200. My friend and mentor is a professional photographer and has sold numerous photos taken with that "old" camera. I am having a lot of fun and frustration with the D200. I have never used an SLR before, let alone a DSLR. Large learning curve, but I'm having fun getting shots I never could have gotten before.
I have now been on the site for three months and am having a ball. My friend said I had some good pieces and should try and find a place to start showing them. I thought this would be a wonderful place to start. I'm getting excellent feedback, which is very helpful.
I seem to have been posting a lot of cat pictures, especially Tonkineese photos. I'm sure that will slow down, since I have used all the old ones I have and I don't have any cats with me currently, which is a long and not a happy story. I go to an occasional cat show, but that is a difficult environment in which to take photos. I would like to do some photo shoot work with cats, I've done one for a friend, but I don't think I'll be able to break into that business. There are three well know cat photographers in the US who go to cat shows. They take along lights, backdrops, table coverings, everything you would have in a studio plus their laptops with Photoshop on it. They also take their cameras, lol. I don't have the experience to break into this and I'm getting a little too old to start.
I have three grown children and five grandchildren. I don't live near any of them so I don't see them that often. I do love to take pictures when I'm there, but when I go to my son's house I have not been taking a camera on the plane. That will change. I took some pictures on my phone, which are fine for what they are, but I now have the itch to take some real photos. Study, study, study, practice, practic, practice!
If you are interested in vewing the photography of my mentor and teacher, her work can be found at http://www.leighacohenphoto.com/
May 22 at 7:45AM
avmurray : Welcome to FAR. I am sure you will enjoy this site, and I think you will learn a lot from being a member. I wish you good luck with your future work. :)Annie
May 22 at 8:52AM
dollvr713 : Thank you, I have learned a lot already and people are so sharing of information and very helpful.
May 22 at 8:59AM
icnpictures : Glad you foiund it- I have been here a few months now and love it also. I have learned so much. I have seen and reviewed a few of your pictures and they are very interesting. I look forward to seeing more. Cindy booth
May 23 at 7:57AM
deb12060 : Again want to thank you for the great words of encouragement. I wish people would use there real names here. Definitely not your fault. As when Looking at your page realized you the person that did the torah ark pictures. Which btw were excellent. Your friend is right about the good eye
May 26 at 8:48PM
grubnide : Welcome to FAR. I have also just recently joined and am enjoying the experience and learning a lot. I am sure you will have lots if fun as I am having at this young stage. Hope your trip to Israel was outstanding. Hillel's quote is a monument and I try so hard to put this into my everyday life. Mark
May 27 at 3:52AM
digitalscud : Hi Karan, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS (4th July) and HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A LOVELY DAY AND YOU TAKE SOME LOVELY CELEBRATION PHOTOS. All the best, Paul - digitalscud from the UK.
July 4 at 6:37AM
Daliant : Hi I read some of your relpires to your work. You mentioned that you have trouble keeping the camers steady. I too have that problem and I find a tripod most helful so factor in a tripod when you purchase your next camera. You have some good images here and I look forward to seeing more. dale
July 10 at 7:48PM
amfunny : LATE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
July 17 at 11:30PM
dollvr713 : Thank you, it seems that I never look at these messages, sorry.
August 16 at 9:39PM
digitalscud : It does seem funny not hearing from you Karan and miss your wonderful reviews filled with good constructive comments and interesting notes. I do hope you are well and ok. Just wondering where you was. Hope to hear from you soon. Paul - digitalscud from 'little old England'.
November 8 at 11:51AM
smart click : Welcome to fan luv your work
May 9 at 12:20PM