I love taking pictures of flowers & nature, musicians & performers, and (extra)ordinary people. Most of my nature photographs are taken around my yard, pond, and the nearby St. Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana, or while kayaking in the many small lakes and channels east of Syracuse, Indiana.
By day I am a professor of sociology at the University of
Notre Dame. I
am married to Gayle, an accomplished artist, whose
advice and artistic insights are reflected in my work.
My interest in
photography began a few years ago with a point-and-shoot
digital camera that has a swivel screen. That screen freed
me up to compose pictures in new and different ways. I
learned how to "move" the background behind the foreground
by repositioning the camera. To my pleasant surprise I
found that composing in this way was also possible with a
“real” camera, though at times this puts me in
pretty awkward positions!
captured with a Canon EOS 350D using Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8
Macro USM lens or Canon’s EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.7 USM
wide-angle lens. High resolution camera raw image files are
converted to Adobe Digital Negative files. I use
Expression Media, a state-of-the-art digital asset
management system to rate, annotate, organize, and
Images are minimally
processed during my standard workflow. I use the Adobe
Camera Raw processor in Photoshop CS3 to adjust exposure
and white balance. Because I prefer to not use flash
lighting, I shoot indoors at high ISOs creating digital
noise which is removed with PictureCode's Noise
I never print my own images, but instead rely on a
professional printer, Lighthouse Imaging in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Images are printed by a Noritsu printer on Fujicolor
Crystal Archive paper after basic processing such as
exposure adjustment, cropping and sharpening.
This website is created with RapidWeaver, a website design
suite that manages the file system, allowing me to focus
on design and content. Rapidweaver recently added Flash
slideshow functionality which I use to display
photographic collections. Flash is becoming the
preferred way to present audio, visual and textual
material on the Web because it allows end-users
(viewers) to have some control over their "experience"
while browsing the website.