Grandpa Jerry has retired from positions in science and teacher education, having spent 37 years in a science
leadership position in a large school district. After his retirement, he spent several years in teacher education with two
He has been interested in photography since the 9th grade and did a lot of processing and printing of B & W film in the
beginning. He starting with borrowed cameras such as an Argus C-3 (the brick), Mercury II, a prewar 6x9mm Zeiss folder,
and a Kodak Retina in 828 film size (about which he has never found any information). He then moved to an
Asahi-Pentax SLR (the one with two speed dials and the shutter that had to be cocked), through a series of Pentaxes,
and finally ended up with ME Super Programs. He also used some 35mm point-and-shoot cameras. He realized the need
for even better quality and wanted autofocus so he sold the Pentax equipment and purchased Nikon 6006 and 8008s film
cameras, acquiring a number of lenses, etc. along the way. At the same time, he started a camera collection and has a
representative model of each of the Nikon F's through the F5. He also obtained a number of SLR's such as Exacta,
Retina, etc. He has a number of German 35mm folding cameras from the 1950's and 60's and particularly enjoys their
watch-like precision. He also has three older Leica RF's. He became interested in digital photography and first
purchased a Sony Mavica that used a 3.5 in floppy disc for storage. Because he had the Nikon AF lenses, he purchased
a Nikon D70, followed by a D100 and then, finally a D200, which is his current workhorse camera. At the same time, he
upgraded his lenses, the latest one being a Sigma 50-500mm for wildlife photos. Most recently he became interested in
medium format SLR's and purchased a Hasselblad and Bronica ETRsi's. The Bronica's are a tremendous value at this
time as they are no longer being manufactured and the prices have plummeted so that one can acquire some very
reasonable first-class equipment. He scans film negatives but thinks he will never finish all of them in his archives.
He firmly believes in the importance of the digital darkroom and in searching for a user-friendly, affordable program, he
settled on Adobe Photoshop Elements and found that it does everything he wants to do.
He is an eclectic photographer, taking images of everything worthwhile that comes his way. He believes that the power
of digital photography lies in the digital darkroom and the ability to take many pictures at a time, which enables one to
be more likely to have at least one acceptable and the possibility of an outstanding one. He has explained this to new
digital users with an example of the photographer who has to come up with twelve slides for a calendar. As long as
someone else is paying for the film, thousands of images can be made and culled down to twelve. The same thing is
now possible for everyone. He particularly enjoy going to family and business events and taking many pictures, making
a business out of it. He prefers not taking posed pictures of people or using complicated lighting.
He has used his own photos to make Christmas cards for the most recent four years. This year there were 129 sent.
They were formatted in WordPerfect for 8.5x11 in. greeting card stock. This is pre-scored for folding. One side is glossy
and one side is matte. 5.75 x 8.75 in. envelopes are used. These are both available on the internet at good prices, as is
printing paper. Both sides are printed on an HP8450 printer. You need to stand by to separate them as, even with
extended drying time, they tend to stick until the ink dries. He also has a HP8750 for back-up and larger prints, up to 13 x
19 in., and even longer using paper rolls. Ink can also be a very good deal on eBay. You can make a search-string to
eliminate refilled, refurbished, and such cartridges and still get new, branded ink for as much as 40% less than store
prices or about the cost of many refills. His theory about the high cost of ink is based on the idea that printers are
relatively inexpensive, but the money is to be made on the consumables. He thinks that this concept may have been
invented by King C. Gillette. "Give away the razors but sell the blades."
He has been active buying and selling on eBay. His eBay user name is "tophunter."
He married late in life for the second time and his wife retired in 2005. The poor girl never learned how to play and has
no hobbies. He attempted to pique her interest by purchasing her a small Nikon SLR but it just sits. She is good about
tagging along on his photo safaris.
He has two daughters from his first marriage and three highly photogenic grandchildren, all girls. (See
They have two homes. Their primary residence is in Minden, Nevada, 12 miles south of Carson City and they are keeping
a 1927 bungalow in Pasadena, which his wife purchased over 30 years-ago from the builder! If a two-owner 1927 house
is remarkable, they also have her first car, a well-kept 1966 Mustang! They also have a 5th wheel trailer and intend on
seeing much more of the country and making many more additions to the Gallery.