I am originally from St Louis Mo. I moved to Grand Haven in the fall of 2008. Have been taking photographs for the last 24 years. Using Nikon Equipment.
Being in the right place at the right time is something I have some control over. Being prepared and having decent equipment is also important.
But in certain types of photos it's all about the light. The highlights and shadows that it creates. Giving the image depth. Good light, the magical light that comes and goes, sometimes in a matter of seconds. It's there for a moment, then gone forever.
A question I frequently get asked. Do you adjust or change you photos? The short answer is, yes. All images that are captured on a digital sensor have to be adjusted. Those adjustments are usually made in the camera by complex algorithms that process the RAW image data from the sensor. And then produce a viewable image (a jpeg file). That image is usually quite close to what you saw in real life. In my case, when I take a photo the camera is set to not do any in camera processing. It simply takes the RAW data from the sensor and records it onto my Memory card. Capturing the image in this way allows me to make the decisions on how the image gets processed. What information is kept and what is discarded. Our eyes can see a lot more detail, color variances, and contrast (difference levels of light and dark)
In essence, I make adjustments to the Image file on my computer letting my eyes determine what adjustments are needed. Rather than letting the cameras algorithms do that for me. So that the finished photo as closely as possible resembles what my eyes saw the moment the shutter released was pushed. It’s why some of my images look the way the do. As good as cameras are getting. In some cases, they simply cannot accurately reproduce what our eyes can see.