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Outspoken supporter of logic with a hot take and quick wit but an open mind. I love my iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac and other Apple devices but I’m not a fanboy. Spent many years on motorbikes and mountain bikes and have traveled the world with the U.S. Air Force. I used to enjoy drawing until my brain took that away from me which caused a turn to photography for a while, although I didn’t take it seriously. For several years, my creative outlet was a vacuum until recently when my doctor advised me to give photography another, more serious, attempt. I don’t aspire to become a professional photographer; my focus is far more selfish. It’s a creative outlet designed to exercise my brain, the parts of which are damaged and whose symptoms are beginning to show. Therefore, I shoot only for me in an attempt to improve constantly in hopes it will help me to retain brain function while providing an enjoyable outlet for my creativity and a sense of accomplishment. My intent is to visualize the way my fractured brain and shattered mind interprets the world.

I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T3 as my primary body, an X-T2 as my backup, XF Red Label zooms and a wide range of XF primes. I carry my gear in LowePro backpacks and Chrome Industries slings, securely transport with Pelican Case Air 1555 and 1535, and rely on Peak Design Slide Lite straps and Capture Clip mounts. Benro tripods, monopods and ball heads provide a stable platform, with my primary tripod being their Adventure Series 2 in carbon fiber (TAD28C) with G2 low-profile, magnesium ball head. When a smaller package is necessary, I use the Benro Tripster Series 2 in carbon fiber with iB0 ball head. For times where anything is better than nothing, the Benro Tripster Series 0 carbon fiber with B00 head is for when I must compromise maximum stability for absolute portability, or when I can make-do with a “tabletop” or ground level tripod. Last is my Benro Mach3 Series 2 carbon fiber monopod with Feisol carbon fiber tabletop tripod. A lightweight platform to use during high speed action so I can make fast directional changes while it bears the weight of a long telephoto lens. The mini tripod gives it the ability to stand on its own in an emergency.

All of my gear is paid for by me; I have no sponsors and thus the comments I make regarding the tools I use are mine and mine alone.

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