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I am Nikonians

Tom Ferguson (tekneektom) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)


Keywords: travel, landscape, photography, nikonians, tekneektomtom_ferguson

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“I reside in Kohler, WI (1 hour north of Milwaukee).  Opportunities abound in SE Wisconsin – Lake Michigan’s shore, Urban decay in Milwaukee area, Wisconsin’s dairy farm country, the Kettle Moraine (Ice Age Trail) area and, of course, an endless number of interesting people.

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Self Portrait
Ambient window light and white reflector

Nikon D800, 105mm @ f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1250, Gitzo tripod
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I subscribe to the Ansel Adams philosophy that there are at least two people in every photographic image: the photographer and the viewer. I aspire to keep you engaged and thinking about each facet of my photographs.

02

C Lillies

Nikon D800, 50mm @ f/11, 1/1000, ISO 200, handheld

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My subject interests range from western landscapes to Wisconsin farms scenes, character revealing portrait images, architectural extractions, and seeing the humor, texture and patters in daily life.

03

Cloud Maker

Nikon D800, 105mm @ f/8, 1/5000s, ISO 100, Gitzo tripod

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When we moved to Kohler, one year ago, I constructed a photo studio in my basement, purchased studio lighting equipment and spend many hours dreaming up and executing ideas in the studio.

04

Hills Brothers

D800, 300mm @ f/11, 2.5s, ISO 100, Gitzo tripod
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I was originally attracted to Nikonians to have access to excellent photography for inspiration and competition. Additionally, I suspected that there would be a significant number of truly knowledgeable photographers that really understood their Nikon equipment.

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Into The Mist

Nikon D800, 85mm, @ f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400, hand held

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I continually come back to Nikonians for inspiration and to check on the monthly competitions. I relish the idea of finding an interesting monthly competition and then aggressively going out and capturing images that will be competitive. I like the idea of capturing new images for competitions as opposed to digging through my archive and seeing what will serve the purpose. I like to be challenged and to capture new images on a regular basis.

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Sculpting The Sky

Nikon D800, 50mm @ f/8, 1/100s, ISO 200, hand held
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A tip that will serve you well is to use a tripod, your imagination, and to remember that a camera is simply a tool.

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The Thief

Nikon D800, 300mm @ f/8, 1/400, ISO 800, Gitzo tripod

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An experience I will always remember was as a result of having joined Nikonians. I contacted Larry DeBaca (elcee) when my wife and I were vacationing in Santa Fe, NM. Larry lives in Albuquerque. 

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They Only Come Out At Night

Nikon D800, 50mm @ f/5, 2s, ISO 100, Manfrotto tripod

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Larry and I met at Tent Rocks National Monument for a day of photography. When I attempted to position myself for a shot that would encompass a cactus flower and the background tent rocks, I had to do a bit of climbing and got myself into a rather unbalanced and awkward position. Well, I lost my balance and skidded about 10’ and wound up right at Larry’s feet. With a proud voice I held up my bloody right arm and pointed out to Larry that I had both captured the shot and managed to not damage my camera! My arm healed within a few weeks. So, always be careful.

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V8

Nikon D800, 50mm @ f/22, 1/13s, ISO 100, Manfrotto tripod

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My hope is that one of my images, or a portion of an image, will cause you to pause, examine the light, wonder, notice a layer, see a bit of beauty or humor and then – look again.”

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Zion Cottonwood

D800, 50mm @ f/6.3, 1/100s, ISO 400, Manfrotto tripod

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Tom has offered sage advice with the admonition to use a tripod and imagination.  It is obvious that he is convinced of this wisdom as the majority of the shots he submitted were taken with a tripod and his vision in designing his captures is clearly demonstrated.  
It is always a pleasure to see the stunning work that you share at Nikonians, Tom, and it is a given that you meet your goals.  Those qualities are evident in your work and we are intrigued and it causes us to look again and then again more closely. Thank you.

Originally written on June 12, 2018

Last updated on June 13, 2018

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

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8 comments

Neal Rattican (nratt1) on July 26, 2018

Excellent images! Thanks for sharing.

Mark Kraus (pipco) on July 6, 2018

Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Ribbon awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2017 Annual hoto Contest

Tom, your work is wonderful and with different subjects. Thanks for Sharing!

Fred Laberge (labtrout) on June 14, 2018

Fellow Ribbon awarded for his constant sharing of his skills and continuous comments of encouragement in the Nikonians spirit.

I am constantly surprised and inspired by the depth of talent I find on Nikonians. Tom, your work is an outstanding example of that talent. Your thoughtful, artful approach to making images has done exactly what you hoped: caused me to pause, examine the light, the deliberate framing, the story. Wonderful work.

Carol Freshley (PhotoSpydie) on June 14, 2018

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the 2017 fundraising campaign

Wow! Your photography is so varied in its scope and excellent in its execution. The artistic vision you have for a photograph is clearly supported by your ability to capture it. You may have joined Nikonians to be inspired but you, in turn, have inspired me. Thank you so much.. Thank you Marsha, for bringing Tom’s story to all of us.

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) on June 13, 2018

Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

It's all there in these images. Tom demonstrates excellence in artistic vision, "seeing" and technical execution. Absolutely lovely work.

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760) on June 13, 2018

Fellow Ribbon awarded for his frequent assistance to other members by sharing his perspective, skills and expertise, especially with infrared and macro photography. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Awarded for his expertise in IR & Macro photography Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015

Tom, Love the images and your vision. Good to see you featured in this article. Much deserved.

Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on June 13, 2018

Awarded for his continuous knowledge and images sharing with community members Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest

Thanks for sharing your world with us Tom :) Great images to go with it, from landscape to minimalistic to nature...very impressive! Well done.

David Summers (dm1dave) on June 12, 2018

Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015

Nice article and outstanding photographs. Thank you for sharing Tom!

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