Photography has been a lifelong hobby for me that started when I was about 13 years old. I grew up using fully manual film cameras and did most of my learned developing in a wet chemistry home darkroom.
I transitioned to full digital in 2003 shortly after my wife and I took an amazing trip to Africa to visit Ethiopia and Kenya and then Rome and Paris. I spent nearly $1000 on over a hundred rolls of film, developing, slides and prints on that trip. I realized I'd soon be money ahead to get a good digital SLR!
I grew up in southern California and moved to Seattle in 1979 about a year after I graduated from college. My wife Bonnie and I moved to the island of Oahu in Hawaii in 2010 and lived there for a bit over 3 years. I have to say it really rekindled my passion for photography and got me very interested in sunsets and sunrises. We moved back to Seattle in 2013 and really love living here. While living in Hawaii, I started selling my prints at trade shows and local gift shops as kind of a sideline to my "day job".
We live in Edmonds, Washington, just a half hour north of Seattle. We have an adult son and two young grandkids (both boys) one of whom has caught the "shutterbug" virus and the other has caught the "engineer" virus, both I think I had something to do with :-).
in case you are interested, I currently use a Nikon D-7200 DSLR with a variety of lenses. My "go-to" workhorse lens is a 17-55mm f2.8 DX Nikon zoom. It's big and heavy but it's a very versatile lens. I also use my 10-24mm F3.5 DX Nikon wide angle zoom a lot for sunsets and sunrises to get a nice wide angle.
I do most of my own prints at home with an Epson R3000 Stylus inkjet printer that can make professional quality prints up to 13 x 19". I also get many "metal" prints made through online professional print companies like Bay Photo.