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 target-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 stellar 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, I continually strive to improve my knowledge and skills in this craft. In the coming months 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 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). I like the many functions the D3200 offers and its ability to shoot at 24 megapixels (i.e. JPG & RAW). 

I also have two auxiliary cameras that come in handy when the DSLR kit is too bulky or inconvenient. One is the Nikon Coolpix L830, a compact 'superzoom' point-and-shoot with many useful features. The other camera, which I use primarily for travel, is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 with a 30x optical zoom. More compact than the Nikon L830, it is full of options and has excellent optics. It was my primary tool on a recent trip to Venice during Karnevale, and I was pleased with the results.

For processing digital images on a computer, the modern equivalent of the old darkroom, I use two programs:  Adobe PhotoShop Elements 14 and Photos for iMac. Photos is easy to use and generally meets my needs. 


Places Lived and Visited as of October 2016:


North America

    United States - All states except Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Carolina

    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


Asia & the Middle East

    Japan

    Kazakhstan

    Kuwait, Iraq

    Israel


Australia

    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania