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Biography

portraitWhen young, I used a Brownie Hawk Eye and sometimes Dad's Kodak Graphic. As a teen, I developed negatives and printed black and white photos in the family basement. Later I developed color prints from slides. From this experience I got to understand the basics in image making and now have a big appreciation for the ease of the digital darkroom.

Recently retired as a control systems engineer and project manager, I am now turning my hobby into a business. I love the outdoors, both city and country and an exploring streak has led to the scapes on this site. Composition improvements were pushed by camera club competition where you can be easily elated as well as severely humbled. These clubs included the Bridgeport, CT Camera Club (1st place Group A), Flushing, NY Camera Club (1st place Group A and 1997 Photographer of the Year) and The Photographic Federation of Long Island (Leonard Victor Award Runner Up).

My first 35 mm camera was a Ricoh range finder. Than I went the Canon route starting with the EF followed by AE1, T90 (a classic), EOS A2 and EOS 3. Went digital in 2005 and now have the EOS l Mark ll and EOS 5 as back up. Since I walk and hike to get my images, I travel light with a 17-40 mm, 24 - 105 mm IS, 100-400 mm IS and maybe a 100 mm macro lenses. I use just one filter, a polarizer. Always with me is a tripod, either a heavy duty cabon Velbon or a light weight Gitzo, both with Really-Right-Stuff quick release ballheads.

Some of the images on the site are from slides that were either Fuji Velvia 50 or 100. I loved the vibrant greens and contrast that they provided.

My digital darkroom has an Apple G4, Sony 19" monitor, Epson 1280 printer and a Nikon 4000 scanner. Software is Apple's Aperature and Adobe Photoshop. In the field I use a MacBook Pro.

To design this site I used Adobe Dreamweaver.

I have come to the conclusion a long time ago that the best way to improve your image making is to shoot, shoot and shoot. And lastly I borrow from Ansel Adams: "You don't take a photograph, you make it."

Logo

The logo is the face of a photographer. One eye tightly closed (the letter k), the other eye open (the letter a) to look through the view finder (with the dot from the i as the pupil). The circle shape completes the rest of the photographer's head and it also represents the camera lens/aperture. Making the "i" for "image" black helps the viewer piece together the fragmented letter form making the initials "a k i" easier to see. Credit for the logo design goes to my son, Joseph Kayser, Creative Director, www.cutwatersf.com.