In 1968, I purchased my first serious camera. It was a Minolta 35 mm film camera and produced many fine images during my 14 month tour in Vietnam. However, over time it and other cameras were only used sparingly.
A fish, of all things, is mainly responsible for my turning into a professional photographer. During the summer of 2011, I entered a photo of a barndoor-sized halibut in the Annual Alaskan Airlines Photo Contest. To my surprise, the entry copped 1st place and generously rewarded me with 2 round trip AK AIR tickets to Hawaii. Visiting the majestic 50th State required more than just a pocket size camera to record the experience. So I immediately traded in my diminutive point & shoot for a Canon DSLR. Thus began my obsessive-compulsive journey into professional status. The Digital Photography Revolution transformed much of my daily activities. I rarely go anywhere without my magical Canons (I now own 3). They have captured images which I absolutely love to share.
Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to show significant segments of my collection at numerous libraries throughout Long Island. I have also exhibited at the Port Jefferson Maritime Festival 3x , the Borghese Winery in Cutchogue - a 6 week stint, 3x at the Ward Melville H.S. Fundraiser, The Fisherman Magazine Annual Expo, 2 months @ The Grind Café and, currently, a sizeable display is decorating select walls at the Cooperage Inn restaurant in Baiting Hollow.
Practice and experience are important in any endeavor one undertakes and I believe that it is very true in the world of photography. As a result, I try to capture at least one good photograph per day. I also often seek out friends' advice on how to make my pix better. Learning is half the fun for me, whether it's playing with the focal points on my photo device until I get it just right or being able to identify and distinguish the characteristics of the female merganser. I simply love it all!
A graduate of Queens College (B.A.) and L.I.U. at Southampton (M.A.), I taught at the Wading River Elementary School for 30 years. In addition to photography, sportfishing has always been a passion of mine. I'm also known as Captain Jerry, since I am licensed to operate boats by the USCG. I've conducted countless fishing seminars & formal classes for kids and adults over the last 4 decades.