Competition Committee Chairperson
Member since 2009
I live in Sharon with my wife, Marty and son, Greg. I have recently retired from education after thirty-six years. The first twenty years of which was in music education and performance. I was very fortunate to have worked with several great art teachers who have influenced how I see and relate to photography.
Over the years I have performed with numerous symphonies as well as several big bands. I’d mention their names (Lawrence Welk) but that might date me. At this point it is not what I see, but how I chose to see it, and my attempts to capture that elusive photo, that has me intrigued.
My interest in the arts never died however family needs changed my priorities. I left music and pursued administration, spending the last sixteen years as a high school assistant principal. A year before retirement I purchased a digital HP850 point and shoot camera, with the hopes it would produce some good photos from our trip to Yellowstone. I was not disappointed as it beat the hand-me-down Brownie camera given to me back in 1958! Shooting photos back then was a waiting game, as I would wait to see the results of those footprints of light. By the time I got them back, I forgot what I had done to capture the image. It was all guess work back then for me because I didn’t have a light meter to tell me what to do. Photography has come a long way in just a few years. With digital photography I got help from the instant image feedback feature and tools such as the histogram. I upgraded my camera after Yellowstone to a Canon XSi and this past Christmas, upgraded again to the Canon T2i.
I joined HDP in December of 2009 with the hopes that I would learn something to help me improve my images. I have not been disappointed. Entering as a novice, I was both intimidated and awestruck by some of the images that I saw at my first image study. It was at my first HDP field trip to Plainridge Raceway where I was rewarded by the caring and willingness of those attending who helped me to grow photographically. On the whale watching trip I got great pointers from Pat Bannerman and Mariann Moberg. I have attended the past two NECCC Conferences where I found that many of those presenting were willing to help us and experienced their love joy of photography with anyone who is interested. My suggestions: ask for help, don’t be afraid to have someone explain a term or concept, go on the field trips, and participate in image study.
Rich’s Nature Captures
His Boston Collection
One of Rich’s Top Competition Scorer