“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tip that will serve you well is to use a tripod, your imagination, and to remember that a camera is simply a tool.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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