Donald A MacDonald
Inspired by the work of Ansel Adams I decided to take up photography as an
avocation in the early 1970‘s, and started to take photographs with a 35mm SLR
camera. Adams’ work was not only an inspiration to photograph but through his
books I learned the basic techniques of photography. Because of his influence I
approached 35 mm photography with a view camera mentality, frequently using
slow fine grained film and a tripod to obtain maximum sharpness and depth-offield.
Never completely satisfied with the small view screen and small contact sheet
images, I moved up to first a 6x6 SLR and then a 6x7 press camera. Finally, in 2007 I
purchased a 5x7 view camera. At last a large focusing screen, large contact prints
and camera movements. In 2011 I retired from my 20 plus-year career as an
environmental scientist and made my avocation my vocation.