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David Andersen

David Andersen

Smithifield, UT

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I started with black and white. Not that I am so old that I pre-date colored film, but for a high school sophomore photo class, the chemicals for the darkroom were simple and straightforward.

I borrowed my dad's Exakta 35mm camera, which he had years before I was born. It was a wonderful camera. There was a focal circle in the center when looking in the viewfinder through the lens that was split in half horizontally so when the focal ring was rotated to make the image un-split in the center it was then in focus. It had a leather camera case which protected the lens and snapped right to the camera body. I thought this old camera was better than any of the newer ones my classmates used.

I loved the class, and while my classmates were making fake IDs in the darkroom I was making a big photo of a big barn the size of a jolly rancher.

And you would think, that when it came to photography, the rest, as they say, was history.

But it really wasn't.

I don't ever remember picking up the old Exakta after I finished the class. At age 19, I did get an Olympus pocket 35mm camera to take to Finland where I served a mission for my church. There wasn't a lot of time for taking pictures, but I did occasionally snap a few and I was intrigued with trying to pull off night photos. Maybe because all winter long, day or night, it was night. I had all my photos developed into slides. I dug them out a few years back to scan into the computer and though I remember taking great pictures, I found I had very few keepers.

The fire was kindled again when my kids were young and I bought a Pentax SLR. I had dreams of one day having my own darkroom, but the reality was rolls and rolls of spent film which sat in the fridge for months and sometimes years before I would get around to having them developed.

Then in 2005, I bought a Pentax istDS digital SLR so that I could use my old lenses. This is the point where the rest, they say, is history... With the instant feedback of digital, the desktop darkroom, the no-cost disposability of discarded photos and a good friend who mentored me; I flourished in photography. Not in a self-aggrandizing kind of way, but that the desire and learning and creativity continues to grow and flourish.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek, I am glad I can share with you what I enjoy doing and hope you enjoy the fruits of it.

 

Other Side of a Winter Sunset by David Andersen

 

Windblown by David Andersen

 

Departure Dock by David Andersen

 

Valley in the Clouds by David Andersen

 

Methodics by David Andersen

 

Softwood Hardrock by David Andersen

 

The Valley by David Andersen

 

Cormorant by David Andersen

 

Scatter Sunshine by David Andersen

 

Last Sentinels Greyscale Pano by David Andersen

 

Entrance to the Valley by David Andersen

 

Throwing Sparks by David Andersen

 

St Mary's Falls Pano by David Andersen

 

Above the Current by David Andersen

 

X by David Andersen

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Ribs by David Andersen

 

Into the Woods by David Andersen

 

Cool Winter Shoes by David Andersen

 

Full Mesa Sunburst by David Andersen

 

Totem Pole by David Andersen

 

Seven Sixteenths by David Andersen

 

Scrubs by David Andersen

 

Midnight Roses by David Andersen

 

Aureole by David Andersen

 

Left Hangin' by David Andersen

 

Diamond Necklace by David Andersen

 

Long Stemmed Rose by David Andersen

 

The Blues of Dusk by David Andersen

 

A Bit Above Freezing by David Andersen

 

Kalaloch by David Andersen

 

Lathe Handwheels by David Andersen

 

Miyagi by David Andersen

 

Nebulous by David Andersen

 

Burnt Orange Sunset by David Andersen

 

The Speckled Maple Leaf by David Andersen

 

Industrial Man by David Andersen

 

Time Slipping Away by David Andersen

 

Do Not Pass Wide by David Andersen

 

Picture Window by David Andersen

 

Sun Pierced by David Andersen

 

Ye Old Pipe Wrench by David Andersen

 

Jump by David Andersen

 

The Writing Utensil by David Andersen

 

White Warped Winter by David Andersen

 

Cars for Christmas by David Andersen

 

The Dignified Mr. Warthog by David Andersen

 

The Elegance of Nature by David Andersen

 

Waterbuck Horn Ridges by David Andersen