I have been taking photographs since I was a child and got my first camera, a Kodak Tele-Instamatic 608. My next camera was a Voigtlander Vitessa-N, and then a series of SLRs including Rolleiflex, Pentax and Canon. Although I still shoot film, especially for black and white images, I primarily use my Canon digital SLR system with a combination of autofocus and a few manual focus lenses.
My first passion is nature and wildlife, with a particular interest in raptors. I am fortunate to have a large number of osprey nests nearby, a number of resident hawks, and from November into January, a large number of bald eagles feeding just below Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.
My second passion is exploring urban landscapes – structures and features in my environment as well as my travel – and extracting interesting details from what I encounter. The same approach applies to my landscape photography – finding those elements in a scene which will best define the image.
Photography is a serious hobby for me, and I have learned a lot over the past few years by watching and talking to others, and I must give special thanks to the wonderful photographers that I have met and come to know on the Nature and Wildlife forum at www.fredmiranda.com. They have been an inspiration and an invaluable source of critique and encouragement.
2008 – World Bank Staff Art Society, Washington DC
2009 – World Bank Staff Art Society and Organization of American States, Washington DC
2011 – Covington & Burley, Washington DC
2012 – Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Maryland