The Photographer

My full time profession for over the past ten years has been electrical engineering in the area of power systems, specifically substation design.  I started my current profession right after I graduated from the Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University in 2004.  I started out as an entry level engineer and I have worked my way up to a be a Project Engineer who oversees a handful of younger engineers and projects.

I am also a photographer.  I don't consider myself to be a professional by no means, but I do consider myself an advanced hobbyist / amateur photographer.  I am continuing to learn new techniques, both with my camera and with post production.

I have had an interest in photography from a young age from remembering my father taking pictures and processing his own work in the black & white darkroom that was in the basement of our home (yes our house had a darkroom).

I took a greater interest in photography back in my high school photography class.  That is when I purchased my first Minolta 35 mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera.  I used that for a few years and made many pictures with and I hope to share some of those images here on my site.  I eventually moved up to a brand new Canon EOS Rebel G 35 mm SLR (this is fist ever purchase B&H in New York and I still own it).  This purchase was slightly influenced by the fact I was using a similar camera when I was my high school's yearbook photographer for two years.  This camera was fully automatic, including auto focus, but yet still contained manual controls, similar today's SLRs.  I used this camera for a number of years, until I lost some of my interest in photography.

While in college I did not do much photography because college kept my busy and I did not have access to our home darkroom since our family had moved and the darkroom was not set back up.  It was not till I graduated from college I got an itch to start doing photography again.  That is when I purchased my first digital camera.  It was a Canon Powershot point and shoot camera.  This camera was fully automatic but still had all the manual controls (although you had to hunt for them in menus).  I used that for awhile and on occasion I would use my Canon 35 mm SLR.

After my Canon 35 mm SLR, I moved further into the digital world with the purchase of my first digital single lens reflex  (DSLR) camera, which was the Canon XSi and then to my current DSLR, the Canon 6D.

Digital photography allows for so many possibilities due to the fact that you get to see your results right away (i.e. no more processing of film) and with post processing software you can do so much to images that would not have been possible with traditional film photography.

I intend to use this site to share my photography creations and to share the stories behind the images, not only about the final image, but how I got to the final image.

Thank you for visiting,

David Laurence