The above picture was taken many years ago. Second from the right is Ansel Adams. This shot was taken during one of his photography workshops at UCLA. You can see one of his images hanging on the wall behind him. The person all the way on the left is Paul Indman. He is now a reknowned Ob/GYN located in northern California. Dr. Indman is also an avid photographer who takes some amazing shots. You can see his stuff here;
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Indman through work back in Februay, 2012. We spent a good three days traveling together and had plenty of time to get to know one another outside our “regular” professions. He mentioned to me that in addition to being a doctor and a guitar and mandolin player that he was into photography. While on a rather lengthy airplane ride I asked Dr. Indman to give me an overview “lesson” on photography since I knew nothing about it. He pulled out a piece of paper, a pen, and the in-flight magazine. He spent the next two hours discussing with me the various elements of photography using a manually operated camera. He made charts and graphs on the piece of paper and then showed me images in the magazine that visually explained his points. For example, he explained the effects of a wide open aperture versus a closed one and showed me how the background could be in focus or blurry. Interesting, I thought as I nodded my head as if I understood what he was talking about.
As he was schooling me on the many different adjustments that one can make in order to capture an interesting moment photographically it occured to me that my son Thomas (then 11 years old) was going on a 12 day Alaskan cruise during the ensuing summer. It also occured to me that I had somewhere in the house a Canon 350D with an 18-55mm lens. So, I decided to take this new knowledge that Dr. Indman was giving to me home to suggest to Thomas that he learn photography. This way he can take something other than point and shoot snap shots of the beautiful Alaskan landscape. Thomas enthusiastically agree to learn. And he started to shoot. You can see his stuff here;
As Thomas was learning I decided to upgrade his camera to a Canon 500D. I then started to learn along side him and obtained a second 500D for me to use. We learned together. All along the way I kept Dr. Indman up to date on how we were doing. Both Thomas and I have come so far from the initial mysterious ways of the manually operated dSLR. I now shoot with a Canon 600D. Thomas shoots with a Nikon D7000 because, as he often tells me, “I’m a better photographer than you!”. Either way, Dr. Indman has complimented both of us on our progress. We still have a lot to learn and develop. But my point is this, this website (and Thomas’ website) would not exist if it weren’t for the spark that Dr. Indman provided earlier this year. His initial push and his continued enthusiasm for our efforts have been perfect motivation for me and my, now 12 years old, son.
And, in an odd Six Degrees of Separation way, I somehow feel connected to Ansel Adams!