Dennis Oliver

My journey in photography began In Germany during a two-year tour of duty in the Army between 1968 and 1970. I purchased my first SLR, a Pentax, in Germany and began shooting with a variety of Kodak film for slides. During leave time I was able to shoot in several parts of Germany as well as Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. After discharge from the Army I began my teaching career and my camera began gathering dust. In 1982 I began coaching cross-country and track at a local high school and dusted off the camera to produce slide shows for award banquets. In 1987 my wife and I had our first child and my assignment was to use our video camera for a number of years. In the late 1990’s I purchased my first digital camera, a Canon Digital Rebel. That camera worked well, or at least I thought it did. This illusion fell apart when I made a trip to a local nature preserve with a friend to shoot (take pictures of) birds in flight. Several thousand dollars later I had a Canon 1d Mark 3, a Gitzo tripod, a Wimberly head, and a Canon 300 f2.8 lens. As any photographer knows it never stops there. From this point on I have taken several workshops with Light Photographic Workshops and have taken a number of photographic trips with other professional photographers.

I am always striving to improve my work and I am my own toughest critic. I believe this is the case for all serious photographers. My biggest shortcoming is to “see the light” and put it to the best possible use. I do not think of the processed file as the end product but my goal is to make prints that represent what I saw in the field. This is also a work in progress.