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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.

 

The Elegance of Nature by David Andersen

 

Waterbuck Horn Ridges by David Andersen

 

Overseer by David Andersen

 

Contrasting Kudu by David Andersen

 

Impala by David Andersen

 

Big Rock Candy by David Andersen

 

Waterbuck Criss Cross by David Andersen

 

Why The Long Face by David Andersen

 

Wildebeest Light and Shadow by David Andersen

 

Wildebeest Diamond Shadow by David Andersen

 

Bushbuck by David Andersen

 

Kudu Curls by David Andersen

 

Sniffles by David Andersen

 

Glint on the Horns by David Andersen

 

Desert Puddles by David Andersen

 

Autumn Road Off The Highway by David Andersen

 

Freshly Frozen by David Andersen

 

Gradations ii by David Andersen

 

Big Spring and Sheep Creek by David Andersen

 

Wildebeest by David Andersen

 

Impala and the Waves of Hide by David Andersen

 

Badlands ii by David Andersen

 

Bushpig Skull by David Andersen

 

Time for a Good Winter Coat by David Andersen

 

Winter Tree by David Andersen

 

Unfortunate Rump Target by David Andersen

 

Kudu Pano by David Andersen

 

Winter River Bend by David Andersen

 

Symbol of America by David Andersen

 

Summit Lake by David Andersen

 

Winter Orchard by David Andersen

 

Frosted by David Andersen

 

Lime Spring by David Andersen

 

Jetty Blue by David Andersen

 

A Hint of a Rainbow by David Andersen

 

I Get All Misty by David Andersen

 

What's Under by David Andersen

 

Waterton Ripples by David Andersen

 

Mammoth by David Andersen

 

Firehole River by David Andersen

 

Autumn Highway by David Andersen

 

Powder Sugar Brownies by David Andersen

 

Desert Jacuzzi by David Andersen

 

Rocks in the Universe by David Andersen

 

Along the Gibbon River by David Andersen

 

Playa Hard by David Andersen

 

Dune Sweep by David Andersen

 

Big Drift by David Andersen