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"The qualities of a good photograph is being able to speak volumes
without uttering a word."
....Ray Testa 2018

 

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Nikon D850 DSLR
Nikkor 200-500 mm 5.6 Lens


First Camera - 1950's
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye
620 Film Camera.

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Great White Egret with Fish Catch
Royse City - 07-04-2019


Current Camera - 2018 - 2019
Nikon D850 DSLR

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My Photography Journey

My interest in photography began in the late 1950's. I was fascinated with the whole aspect of photography while I was in my pre-teenage years. Just the thought of being able to capture and freeze a moment of time in a single image was mind boggling. I wanted to learn more.

My parents purchased this Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera in the 1950's. This was mainly for family occasions and outings at the local beaches of Rhode Island and New England. Later were vacation trips from Florida to Canada. I was allowed to snap a few photos whenever the opportunity arisen. I was immediately hooked! The limitations of film photography were stifled by the cost of film and development. You dare not waste any photos! Each photo was carefully planned and executed, even though it was more or less a point & shoot process. There was fast, medium and slow speed film to choose from. Black & White photos were the only option. Ours came with a flash unit accessory which required separate bulbs. (As a kid, we used to enjoy making rattles out of the spent bulbs.)

In grade school, I became the school projectionist. I would go from class to class to operate the projector for educational purposes. It allowed me to get out of some regular classes to perform this service. I enjoy the films as well as operating the projector, another aspect of the photography world.

I moved on to a Kodak Instamatic Camera in the mid-60's. The quality of the photos great improved and in color! (Who would have thought!) I began taking countless photos, which were since lost. The selection of film was also increased tremendously.

Later in the 60's I started learning about cameras with interchangeable lenses, that would allow you to zoom in or back out to a wide angle view as well as normal view. I HAD to have one of these marvel wonders! Hence I purchased my first and only SLR Camera, The Minolta SRT-101, 35 mm Camera. It was built like a tank with an all metal body. I took that camera everywhere for the next 44 years! The stories it could tell!

I also touched upon developing and enlarging my own photos as a teenager and early 20's. I turned my whole bedroom into a darkroom. It was a great source of fun and entertainment. I learned quite a bit about film, chemicals and developing papers. I sold that equipment just before getting married

I kept my Minolta and lenses until 2013, when I purchased my first DSLR. It was a Nikon D3200, a basic setup so that I could hone up on my photography skills and to learn more about Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Most of the photos on this website were taken with that same camera. When I felt comfortable enough with the knowledge I had gained, I decided to take the plunge with my latest camera, The Nikon D850 DSLR, which I have nicknamed "The Beast"! It is an incredible camera with almost unlimited capabilities. This was a major jump from the D3200 and I continue to enjoy every minute I get to enjoy my passion for photography.

Enjoy Your Visit To My Photography Website, and be sure to sign my guest book to let me know you were here!....Ray

 

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