Fred is a nature-focused photographer who you will run into frequently, particularly on the wildlife forum. It is obvious that he is a passionate photographer who can be found posting striking images, expressing views on the work of others and asking for opinions of his own work.
“…I live in Bristol, Connecticut, about 20 miles west of Hartford. I was born in northern New Hampshire but my wife Susan and I have lived in Connecticut since 1974, the year I finished graduate school. I worked at three newspapers over the years as well as in communications at Aetna in Hartford before retiring a few years ago.
Connecticut has surprisingly plentiful opportunities for the kinds of photography I enjoy. There are several state parks, bird sanctuaries and wildlife refuges within a 50-mile radius. The shoreline along Long Island Sound offers many possibilities as well.”
In describing his favorite areas of photography he relates, “I enjoy wildlife and landscape photography most, anything relating to nature, really. Like many Nikonians, I also enjoy traveling to take photographs with friends and family.”
An internet search is what brought him to Nikonians; joining in 2011. “I’ve learned so much from reading and viewing the forums, interacting with members and researching the various reviews on techniques and equipment.”
Fred’s professional career had quite an impact on his photography. ” I shot film for several years in the 1970s and ‘80s as a photojournalist. In fact, my wedding gift from Susan in 1973 was a Nikkormat FTn, my first SLR. I've always used Nikon cameras, mostly F2's in the late '70s. But over time I transitioned into becoming an editor and writer. Then my job at Aetna took me in a new direction, managing the company’s financial and crisis communications, so my cameras and any serious photography got put on the shelf for a number of years.
“My transition to serious digital photography, therefore, was delayed until around 2007, when I got my first DSLR, a D50. Nikonians has been essential helping me through that transition, especially understanding the equipment (cropped sensor cameras and lenses vs FX, for example) and also especially post-processing. In addition, my rekindled interest in making images of nature, birds and wildlife has been greatly enhanced by the many terrific photographers who share their experiences and knowledge on Nikonians.”
Fred shares the following by way of encouragement and advice. “Hone your stalking skills. I’ve learned I get much better results if I take the time to work my way closer to the subject, while considering the direction of light, the background, etc. Of course, it doesn’t always work and the bird, deer or whatever takes flight. You have to be patient and willing to accept disappointment.”
When asked to share a memorable moment Fred stated something to which any ardent photographer can relate, “It may sound corny, but every day out shooting is a good one for me. I worked long and hard to get myself into a position where I can now take the time to do what I love, so I’m grateful for every day in the field, whether I am hiking, fly fishing and/or taking photos. I am also fortunate to have the energy and good health, so far, to pursue my interests.”
As for the future – Fred’s plans include, “More travel, for sure. I promised myself that once I retired I would visit as many National Parks as possible. I’ve been to three in the past three years, Mount Rainier, Everglades and Acadia. We are scheduled to visit Great Smoky Mountains NP in the fall.
Our thanks to Fred for his good hearted participation on the community and an expression of a hope to see many more of his images in the future.