A Little About ME

A Little About Me & My Photography

I love capturing moments and memories. Motion, action, challenges, and the unique. . . I particularly like trying to get images that provoke emotion:

Eww, Ahh, Awe, Ohh, Wow, HOLY CRAP…. and OUCH.

Hopefully you’ll find something in my photography that sparks emotions, stimulates dreams, or captures some special moment or memory enough to want to purchase either downloads or prints.

I received my first camera when I was about 10 yrs old; yes… a very long time ago. It was a little 126 Instamatic, for my first scouting summer camp.

In junior high I signed up for a series of photography classes, started shooting 35mm, rolled, developed, processed, and printed from my own film. I won some ribbons in the local county fair. My first ‘big shot’ was a photo of my little sister – which I’d taken, developed, and printed myself the ‘old fashion way’, with an additional ‘effect’ of light being shot through one of my ‘x-rays’ (from my broken leg, if I remember correctly). It was a blue ribbon winner in the 70’s. (I guess that dates me, huh?)

I enjoyed photography, but life started moving faster and getting crazier. So it wasn’t until about 1990, when digital cameras hit the market, that I started getting back into photography, mostly for my own kids and some web site development projects. However, it wasn’t really until my divorce in 2001 that I started refocusing (both figuratively & literally) on my ‘hobby’ and interests again. Even then, most of my photography was limited to images for the internet web sites I was managing, products I was responsible for, a bunch of equine (horse) shows and events, and pictures of my kids.

It wasn’t until I saw the results and heard feedback of a particular shot I took that I really began purposefully capturing images with others in mind. The photo was of a “Lone Tree – Doing the Impossible” in Colorado on the edge of a cliff over 4,000 ft above the trees below, growing out of rock. A shot for which I climbed out onto the cliff and waited patiently for the setting sun to hit it just right. It was then that I really stepping up my ‘snap shots’ to actual works of art (more often than not), concentrating on not only the subject, but the angle, background, the mood, the lighting, shades, shadows, framing, and all the camera settings.

I shoot in manual mode 99.9999% of the time, which is why so many of my images are dramatic. My indoor sports action & concert photography are taken without a flash and usually freehand (no tripod or monopod) 99.9999% of the time. The artists & athletes get annoyed with flashes, and tripods limit movement and are dangerous in many events.

If you have questions, ASK. If you have suggestions, email me; if I don’t know the answer, I’m 99% sure one of my ‘smart friends’ (and mentors) do. If you want to book a shoot, email or call (or both).

Sincerely,

 

Terry Mercer

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