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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.

 

Salt Pan Pano by David Andersen

 

Disenchantment Bay by David Andersen

 

Port Victoria by David Andersen

 

Forked Tongue by David Andersen

 

Some Tree In The Desert by David Andersen

 

The Fountain by David Andersen

 

Mesa Falls by David Andersen

 

Thin Fins of Stone by David Andersen

 

St. Mary Falls by David Andersen

 

Precariously Secure by David Andersen

 

Stop And Smell The Roses by David Andersen

 

Accentuated by David Andersen

 

Roughed Smooth by David Andersen

 

Type Hammers by David Andersen

 

Sunburst Over The Granite Wall by David Andersen

 

Primary Autumn by David Andersen

 

Band of Blue by David Andersen

 

Enchanted But A Little Spooky, by David Andersen

 

Crested 7mm by David Andersen

 

Pathways by David Andersen

 

Cool Calm Moraine by David Andersen

 

Black Pedals by David Andersen

 

Yucca And The Toadstool by David Andersen

 

Stool For A Big Toad by David Andersen

 

Curve of the Road by David Andersen

 

Windrows by David Andersen

 

Nectar Collectar by David Andersen

 

Sandstone by David Andersen

 

Handcrafted Arrows by David Andersen

 

Barbed Dragon by David Andersen

 

Crop Duster by David Andersen

 

Swiftcurrent Breaks by David Andersen

 

Field of Gold by David Andersen

 

Over And Under by David Andersen

 

The Stone Circle by David Andersen

 

Long Lake by David Andersen

 

Steady Crush by David Andersen

 

Autumn Summit by David Andersen

 

Folds In The Blanket Overhead by David Andersen

 

Winter Cat Landscape by David Andersen

 

Propulsion by David Andersen

 

The Splendor of Bryce by David Andersen

 

Cascading Forest Creek by David Andersen

 

Mister Majestic T by David Andersen

 

Bridge To Black by David Andersen

 

The Raven Falls by David Andersen

 

Out On The Flats by David Andersen

 

I Am Smiling by David Andersen