I have been interested in photography since I was less than 10 years old. My father gave me a Kodak rangefinder and also taught me how to develop pictures in our basement darkroom. I re-discovered the joy of photography when I was in high school; then I used it to illustrate poetry that I had written. Up until now, photography has been a hobby and sideline.
I attended LSU and The University of Texas at Austin, where I received a B.S. and M.A.s in Biochemistry. Following that, I received a Ph.D. in Clinical Chemistry from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. I practiced clinical chemistry in a reference lab, a hospital lab, a research center, as a faculty member in nutrition and Biotechnology at LSU AgCenter, and finally, now retired to pursue photography and publishing.
After that initial rangefinder, my equipment has always been Canon. I've owned an FTb, an EF1, an A1, an EOS 3, an EOS 20D, and now an EOS 5 Mark II, Before digital, I shot film and enlarged my prints in my home darkroom, scanned them, and converted them to digital files. I resisted doing away with film for the longest time but now that I have converted over, I can say that I love it. There is so much flexibility (and less time) in using the digital darkroom. I use Lightroom and Photoshop to minimally edit my photos and sometimes produce HDR photos using either Photoshop or Photomatix.