Dick has been an avid travel photographer since his twenties, shooting Kodachrome slides on hand-me-down Monolta camera from his father. His favorite subjects have been and remain architecture, gardens, monuments and museums; the places that show the civilizing hand of man. After a career as a physical scientist in academia and the military-industrial complex, Dick retired seven years ago to pursue a lifelong interest in art. Now using digital equipment and as much gentle artifice as an average grasp of Photoshop can muster, Dick is amazed that he can produce images that took real darkroom talent in years past. He values the results both as photographs and as the basis for watercolor and acrylic paintings of the same scenes. Aside from a very useful community college course in Photoshop, Dick is completely untutored in photography. It shows. He confesses to being a member of the school that says if you take 25 photos of the same scene, random chance dictates that there will be a picture in there somewhere (the 16GB school). His photographic work has appeared in a one-man show, and has won several ribbons at the Yolo County Fair.
Photographic Equipment: Dick shoots with a Sony Alpha 700 DSLR and a Sony DT 16-105mm lens. While he would love to claim he is limited by his equipment, he is not. When he upgrades he passes his equipment on to his wife, Judy Stern, who takes better pictures with it than he does.