Richard Adamson Manwaring

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Photography became a passion for me  five decades ago. I lived in Europe at the time and was surrounded by a wealth of history, culture, and natural beauty, a visually rich environment for a young and eager photographer. My first cameras were simple, but they provided a means to capture images and moments that moved the eye and heart. Not all of the photos I took were iconic or even good, but each image was a learning experience. The learning was not limited to taking pictures, but went beyond the shutter and lens into the darkroom, where I discovered the other half of the photographic creative experience.

My first love for black/white/monochrome images grew into an expanded love for color as I added diapositive (slide) film to my palette. I also progressed from cameras with only manual settings to equipment with more features and better optics. As time went on and life changed, the requirements of family, education, and career caused me to put creative photography lower on the list of priorities.  Selling my darkroom equipment for tuition money was a painful but necessary part of the transition. During the following years I focused on recording family members and events.

Years later I returned to the more artistic aspects of photography, using diapositive film as my medium of choice, then transitioned to digital as its quality and functionality increased. It is remarkable to see how, in such a short time, the technological miracle of constantly improving digital photography has changed the way we all see the world and record our movement through it.

Now retired from both my military and civilian careers, I am able to spend more time with this wonderful creative outlet. Although I am not nor aspire to be a true professional photographer who earns a living in the field, I continually strive to improve my knowledge and skills in this craft. In the coming months and years I will add new images to the galleries on the site, including selected scanned photographs from my film archives.

It is my hope that you, my friends and followers, will enjoy the images I share on this website and through other social media. More than enjoyment, I hope you will come away uplifted and inspired. May these virtual journeys to other places and times add to your appreciation for the wonders of this world we live in, and gratitude for the Creator of all things.

I invite you  to visit often, and I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Best wishes!


Richard 

R A Manwaring Photography

Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA


For additional information, go to my LinkedIn Profile


Equipment

My main 'serious' camera is a Sony a7Rii Full-Frame Mirrorless with a two-lens system (Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS and a Rokinon 14mm F2.8 AS IF UMC). My secondary camera is a Nikon D3200 with a two-lens system (AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ED 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G, and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor ED 55-200mm F1.4-5.6G). 

My go-to camera for when I need to travel light is the excellent Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 with 25-400mm zoom equivalent.

Another indispensable tool is my PlusTek OpticFilm 8200i film scanner and SilverFast8 software for digitizing an extensive library of images stored on negatives and diapositives.

For processing digital images on a computer, the modern equivalent of the old darkroom, I use two programs:  Adobe Lightroom and Photos for iMac. 


Places Lived and/or Visited as of 2021:


North America

    United States - All states except Connecticut and Rhode Island

    Canada - British Columbia, Alberta

    Mexico - Baja California, Sonora


Europe

    Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein

    Italy, Greece

    France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg

    Denmark, Sweden

    Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland

    Great Britain - England, Wales, Scotland


Africa

    Morocco


Asia & the Middle East

    Japan

    Kazakhstan

    Kuwait, Iraq

    Israel


Australia

    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania