When someone asks me what kind of photography I enjoy the most, they assume I will say sports photography. Most of my friends and colleagues think of me as a sports photographer and there's no doubt I devote a lot of my time to photographing sports. But I don't see myself as being pigeon holed that easily. love the challenges of studio photography, having a chance to pose subjects and create moods by controlling the lighting. My recent foray into astrophotography has taken me way out of my comfort zone, learning how to use unfamiliar equipment and the nuances of imaging in a completely different manner.
Memorialize interesting scenes and people is a favorite pastime as I travel from here to there. Light painting, a technique using Q Beams and flashlights to illuminate scenes or objects, has taken me down new roads. Then there's wildlife, automobiles, landscapes, and nature, each presenting me with a chance to use my imagination to capture something special.
There was a time when I spent countless hours in traditional darkrooms making black & white prints. That is where I learned to love the simplicity and beauty of black and white images. Even though I no longer shoot film, black & white images still have a special appeal to me. But as a digital photographer, Photoshop is my new darkroom. There's nothing like the tools available in Photoshop to create what previously could only be visualized in one's mind, as in taking part of one image and layering it into another.
So yes, I am a sports photographer, but I'd like to think that I am a photographer who happens to photograph sports and creates many other kinds of images.