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Don Mercer is an author and freelance fine art photographer.   Research for one book took him to the middle of Cambodia in 1999, as he was the first from among his wartime unit to return to that country.   During the War in Southeast Asia - known to most as the Vietnam War, he flew over two hundred combat missions as an Air Force pilot in the Cessna O-2A.   His combat assignment was as a Forward Air Controller, or FAC.   The majority of his combat missions were flown in Cambodia at night.   While in Southeast Asia in 1970-71, his interest in photography intensified...more
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I just returned from a grand 10-day trip to Georgia and Florida with two fantastic friends and superb fellow photographers, Larry Jordan and Phil Perry. Now to download several memory cards from some five cameras used (Nikons for all but one: D500, D... 

The Power of Candles at Antietam Copyright © 2016 by Don Mercer As I drove toward Sharpsburg, Maryland, on a bleak, mostly overcast day on Saturday, December 3, 2016, I was giving thought to just what the battlefield at Antietam would be... 

Our National Parks

June 19th, 2016

Thanks to my parents, I was able to travel during my childhood and into my teens to all 48 contiguous states while camping in a 10' x 10' umbrella tent, together with sleeping bags and air mattresses. A Coleman stove and lantern, along with fishing ... 

Thoughts on Photography

April 17th, 2016

“Thoughts on Photography” Copyright ©2016 Don Mercer, Rustic 41 Creations * Dedicated to Some Great Photographers and Teachers: Larry Jordan, P.E. Phil Perry Mark Thiessen Paul Renner Jim Stamates Winston Hall Ken Knight Ty Brown ... 

On Aging and Photography

April 15th, 2016

My dad, who was raised on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia - "God's Country," as he called it - offered this: "When you are green, you grow; and when you are ripe, you rot!" That pretty much sums up my approach to life, as I retur... 

Fine Art Photography

April 14th, 2016

Fine Art Photography This approach to photography is accomplished to advance the vision –perspective, emotions, and mood – of the artist as a photographer while exercising his or her subjective intent. It usually encompasses the use of: • Prof...