From taking pix with a simple box camera during high school to using a Pentax SLR from graduate school days to thirty years ago when I decided I could no longer afford the film and processing, and then getting married to a woman with an Olympus SLR, I finally got my own Sony CyberShot semi-sophisticated aim-and-shoot that helped me capture a photo that seven years ago said, 'Now you know what you need to do when you retire - sell your photos!'
After I retired from library work in 2009, my wife and I purchased a Canon Rebel dSLR that summer, took a couple of classes, went on a cruise where we shot and shot and shot! Then I got even more serious - I started my business.
I began Dwin James Photography - you may say, 'began' to take photography seriously - in February 2010. Business-wise I established my own website (dwinjames.com), an online store (dwinjames.etsy.com), and established a few pages on Fine Art America (james-e-weaver.fineartamerica.com).
Since then, I have purchased a Nikon D5100 dSLR, experimented using Nik Software plugins, won a few more awards like Artist of the Month in Whatcom Art Guild and Skagit Art Association, participated in a few more shows, and have a space in the Whatcom Art Guild's Art Market.
I enjoy outdoor photography because doing so seems like doing found art - one uses whatever is present in a way that brings out a truth, gives joy, or does both. I see what I see, form an idea of how to reshape it (in pixels), and then shoot until I come as close to what I envisioned as I can.
Light and shapes are the primary ingredients in my work. Of course, light produces colors as well as illuminates the shapes and textures of what I am seeing. More often than not, I find shapes and textures to be more important than the colors filling them. This perhaps suggests I should be presenting more of my photos monochromatically.