All of the photographs on this site, unless specifically noted, were taken by
me or my wife. If you want to find out a little bit more about what makes us
tick, what our other interests are, or why we are doing this, then this is
Welcome... and thanks for visiting.
Over to the side there is a picture of me taken by my Mom. We were sitting
on a ledge in Arches National Park, waiting for the sun to rise.
This was my first exposure (pun) to the magnificent morning glow that can
occur when the sun first crests the horizon. If you have been there, you
know what I mean. That was what I consider to be my first real photo
vacation. Why? Because I used more than one roll of film per day. No kidding.
I started taking pictures in junior high school; by virtue of the fact
that I had a 35mm camera (a Graflex) I volunteered to be our yearbook
photographer. I did it for one year. After that I was in high school and
had other activities to occupy my time. Plus the shutter broke on my camera.
"Waiting for Sunrise"
Arches National Park, Utah
My Mom is an artist, and takes a lot of pictures for research for her paintings.
My Dad also takes pictures; Mom takes prints, and Dad takes slides. For the past
several years they have traveled quite a bit; not the usual retirement cruises
either! They've been to Nepal twice, have gone white water
rafting in the Grand Canyon, and have been on numerous hikes and camping trips
in the Colorado Rockies where they live. So, every time we visit we get to see a
slide show of their latest escapades.
If you ever see my folks, ask them to tell you the story about The Bridge.
After the slide show several years ago I turned to my wife and said,
"I could do this. I want to do this." To which she replied, "We do have a camera...
I think it's Nikon, is that a good one?" "I think so", I replied.
The camera was a Nikon FG. Manual focus, but with several different control modes
(shutter priority, aperture priority, automatic, and full manual). It turns out
that it was a great camera. We bought one lens - a Sigma 70-300 zoom lens with a
macro feature (at 300mm) - to complement the 50 mm standard lens that we already
had, and started taking pictures.
Since then I have graduated to a Nikon N-70, and we have picked up several
additional lenses. I won't bore you here with a complete
equipment list since many people are not interested.
"Mom and Dad"
I travel a fair amount for my job as a database consultant so I accumulate quite a
few frequent flier miles. My wife and I try to put those miles to good
use. By far my favorite place to visit has to be the Colorado Plateau, which
includes the states of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. If you have never been there,
you owe it to yourself to go. If not physically, at least in a virtual sense.
Take your time, look around, wear plenty of sunscreen. Enjoy the trip! But may
I suggest that you don't try to see everything at once. This site has been evolving
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"Ginger and pets"
Back 40, Louisiana
So that's a little bit about who we are and what this site is about.
If you can't go somewhere in reality, I hope that you can feel like you have taken a virtual tour by reading the stories
and viewing the pictures on our site. Many of the pictures are for sale, but I'm not going to
beat you over the head with that. Please enjoy your visit, and come back as often as you like.
Most importantly, when you travel:
"Surveying the Horizon"
Thanks for visiting, Dave Rathbun
Take only pictures...
Leave only footprints.
Email Dave or Ginger