I am 48 yrs. old & live in Cokato, Mn. (about 4 miles from where I grew-up). I created “Clear Capture” (Photography) as a business in 2016. I enjoy dirt biking, playing guitar, & outside activities. I work at Boston Scientific in Maple Grove, Mn. in the field of Medical Device Research & Development. I have had the opportunity to participate in internal Boston Scientific art shows which initially gave me the interest and confidence to display some of my work. I have also been involved in a photography club through the company. This has been a great way to help develop and expand my photography skills & understanding by learning through others.
I was born and raised in Kingston, Minnesota & grew up in an area surrounded by scenic beautiful fields, lakes, swamps, and wooded landscapes. From early on I’ve loved the woods, animals, gardening, and scouting out the outdoors. As I was growing up, my family would occasionally head North for weekend get-always on Minnesota’s North Shore. I would also have vacations with friends “Up-North” typically camping at Temperance St. Park. Not only did that generate a special love for this area, but it also spawned a hunger to capture the North Shore on film (back in my 35mm film snap and shoot days).
In the early 2000's I discovered Lamb's Resort, Schroeder Mn. The untold beauty of the area plus the draw of Lake Superior & the “North Woods” has kept me coming back every year to “my” walk-in campsite on the lake.
It has been my honor to have Clear Capture photography on display, for months at a time, at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, Mn. On Scenic Hwy. 61 (Located between the main entrance to Lambs Resort/the Schroeder Bakery and the Cross River) during their “open” season for the past 6 years. It’s nice to know that a portion of the sale of Clear Capture photography items at this venue go to support the Cross River Heritage Center.
I started out shooting (in the ‘90’s) the North Shore using a Pentax snap and shoot 35mm film camera. Then I moved into the world of SLR with a 35mm film Canon Rebel. This is when I really started being interested, learning, & understanding more of the basics of photography. In 2005 I transitioned to the DSLR (Digital Photography) world with an Olympus E-500. Since then I have been gradually adding to my selection of Olympus/Zuiko lenses & accessories and increasing in my learning & understanding of photography. Currently, I use an Olympus E-30 (Semi-Professional Equipment) and find that a very versatile outdoor set-up, for me, is with a teleconverter lens with a 14-54mm lens, and a circular polarizer mounted up.
My typical approach to taking photos is visualizing what and how I want an image to look & feel like prior to attempting to capture it. Getting good nature shots (or attempting to), I’ve discovered, is a mix of experience, knowledge, patience, and timing along with a mix of things that you just can’t control. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it helps as well. The nice part is that on the North Shore or whatever your favorite places are you never run out of incredible photo opportunities.
In a time of “Photoshop” & easy digital touch-ups and makeovers to enhance & perfect photos, I have chosen more of a purist approach. I choose to capture the images and leave them minimally modified, with few exceptions.