Tom Pickering

I'm a 60-something, born-again, computer geek, photographer, musician and one-time sword fight choreographer. I own a web development business, Picks Pix & Web, that incorporates photography. I live & work at photography with my wife Carolyn and our kitty, Casmir (though the work ethic of the kitty is questionable at best). Our children are grown and raising families of their own, which of course means grandkids for us to love and spoil.

I've been capturing images, still & movie/video, for over 50 years now. I entered a dark room for the first time at age 13 and have been fascinated with the art of photography ever since. My first cameras were Kodak's - a Brownie and an 8mm movie camera. At the dawn of the digital photography age, I switched to digital and never looked back at film.

Today, I am strictly a Nikon shooter for all my captures, though I have been known to snap pics with my Android phone in a pinch. For lenses, I use a Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 60mm Macro, Tokina 100-400mm, Tamron 200-500mm, Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I like to photograph people, places & things - I guess that means everything - with a special interest in vehicles, nature, architecture, candid portraits & the odd. Most recently I have begun leveraging my Photoshop skills in creating digital art compositions.

I use a variety of programs for post-processing, including (but not limited to) Adobe Photoshop (CC & Elements), On1 Photo Raw, Alien Skin Exposure X4, Topaz Studio & Serif Affinity Photo. Though I aim for everything right in the camera, I find the camera and lenses cannot be as faithful to an image as my eye remembers, so will likely always apply post processing to some extent to all my images.

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