Guidenet

Guidenet

Lives in United States Orlando, US, FL, United States
Works as a Retired Corporate Photographer
Has a website at http://faithartsvillage.com/
Joined on Sep 27, 2007
About me:

I'm a 63 year old retired corporate photographer who has also been a software engineer. My academia is largely based on Vision and my dissertation was on Fluids. I have a small studio and gallery which I enjoy on occasion. My specialty is bird photography, and I've been lucky to have had a few attempts published over the years. For the past twenty years, I worked for a large Fortune 500 company as their in-house photographer for the communications, publicity and care departments. I’ve also done their corporate meetings and events. As the company owns several television stations, making the opportunities endless.
I had to retire because I suffered a massive right side stroke in the spring of 2013. My small portrait studio and gallery are doing better than ever.
I have a daughter who is a successful Wedding Photographer. As I’ve embraced retirement, I've taken more and more shooting contracts, but only those I enjoy like the local little league baseball teams. I occasionally act as a cruise photographer for some of the cruise lines here in Florida when requested by organizations.
I also spend more and more time teaching basic photography for several resources locally as well as out of my studio located at FAVO (Faith-based Art Village of Orlando). As well as Photography, I am also a Water Color and Acrylic painter and enjoy recreating some of my favorite work in those mediums. Learning how to create art is a lifelong passion.
I'm seriously passionate about people learning exposure and the Zone System of Photography before considering themselves sufficiently astute in this craft. I’ve held several Zone System Workshops over the years as well as one Cruise based workshop. I’m also passionate about Ansel Adams’ ideas about pre-visualization. Pressing the shutter button and the camera are just one small part of the image creation process.
I started at eight years old in 1959 when my dad and I built a darkroom, him more than me. My father taught me the Zone System at a very young age. I continued as a youthful photographer, buying glass with lawn mowing money through my high school and then into college with odd jobs. I paid most of my tuition as an undergraduate shooting weddings and baby pictures as well as for the university newspaper. Many of those years I shot 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and sheet film. In small format, I shot Pentax until 1968 when I switched to Nikon, needing a better more professional system tool. I still shoot Nikon today as well as Nikkor lenses for some of my large format gear. I also mostly shoot digital but still maintain a darkroom for up to 5x7 format. 8x10 is stored in the attic and is only black and white. I even have a Nikkor enlarging lens. Over the years, I believe Nikon has been instrumental in the creation of truly great glass.

Galleries

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Dillapidated Army TruckFAVO at NightMy Studio at FAVOMy Studio at FAVOFAVO GalleryHigh contrast portrait of the foreman of my studio crew.Bowens and Interfit Stellar "S" MountLongino Ranch Slough Wetlands Drainage at DaybreakAlligator Mating proves Strange BedfellowsAnhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dad feeding his youngThe Great Egret (Ardea alba) Perched and PreeningThe Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) just out of the EggCattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) on her nestThe elegant Great Egret (Ardea alba) LandingTwo Granddaughters, Mary and Palmer AnnNew Baby Palmer Ann and the PhoneBokeh Berries in Miami in the WinterSquirrel on the railingMy Son in Law and two GranddaughtersLate evening Navajo Chief at duskFocus Rail SetupStorage while new studio being builtLongino Ranch Morning on the SloughForbes article IltsopoulosForbes article IltsopoulosForbes article IltsopoulosLongino Ranch Old Ranch HomeOsprey (Pandion haliaetus) Family with their babyOsprey (Pandion haliaetus)Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) in Merritt IslandThe Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)Lesser Yellowlegs doing Battle (Tringa flavipes)Lesser Yellowlegs Chasing each other (Tringa flavipes)Black Skimmer in Merritt Island (Rynchops niger)Black Skimmer at Blackpoint Florida (Rynchops niger)Lesser Yellowlegs Chasing each other (Tringa flavipes)Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR at 80mmNikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR at 400mmMale Brown Pelican at Key Largo (Pelecanus occidentalis)Orchid focus stackBrown Pelican Portrait at Key Largo Florida (Pelecanus occidentalis)Female Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)Brown Pelican Preening at Key Largo, Florida (Pelecanus occidentalis)Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) ChickGreat Egret (Ardea alba) Feeding ChickSnowy and Common Egret Fighting for Landing RightsSnowy Egrets (Egretta thula) in FlightAnhinga (Anhinga anhinga) Chicks Hungry for FishTricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) Fledglings in the Nest