A few weeks ago, I posted several pictures from one of my self-imposed photo shoot assignments.  (Click here to see those photos)  They were pictures carefully crafted from the simple settings of my office.  Yes, the same office where nearly all of my blog posts are created.  I mentioned at the time that each shot was a tiny glimpse into a life that, up until that time, had remained in designed obscurity.  This obscurity was primarily to maintain our focus on photography.  You see, I really wanted this blog to be about connecting photographers in a way that would benefit everyone who followed Photographyfree4all.  I wanted to learn and I was certain there were others like me who also wanted to learn.  So I thought, what better way than to begin this journey with as many people who might be interested in coming along.

I would like to say that you have far exceeded my expectations!  The amount of people who visit everyday combined with the number of comments, have contributed to the creation of something very special!  A blog where everyone can participate.  Everyone can contribute.  It’s a safe, friendly environment where we all can grow together.  I’ve already learned so much from you!!  It’s all really pretty exciting!!

So after five months, I’ve come to the realization that elusiveness can no longer be a part of this relationship that is developing between us.  In order for this blog to continue to be a real place of education and interaction, I have to become a real person who truly welcomes your participation.

Before we get into who I am, let me share one of my favorite hang-outs!  Huntington Beach, California – perhaps better known as Surf City, USA!

And now without further delay, I post my first pictures in this series of the Photographyfree4all revelation.

This particular shot displays the view over my left shoulder as I face my computer.  It is indeed an Asahi Pentax K1000, 35 millimeter film camera, circa 1980.  This was my first 35mm camera.  It is still in great working condition and still capable of taking some rather nice shots.

If you look carefully, you’ll also notice a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye film camera, circa 1950.  Produced by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY.
-Film type 620 roll film
-Picture size 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
-Weight 15.5oz (439.4g)
-Lens single element meniscus
-Focal range assume 2m to infinity for most box cameras
-Shutter simple spring w/sliding aperture disc
-Shutter speeds one speed
-Viewfinder single mirror reflector
-Exposure meter none

While it may not be a priceless wonder, it does represent an important part of photographic history – making the camera available to everyone.  The first Brownie cameras sold for only $1.00.

This Kodak Brownie is my latest camera restoration project.

This photograph displays the view to my immediate left as I sit at my desk.  It’s a simple shot that really depicts one thing about me – I love to read!

This picture gives you the first real glimpse into my life.  I wonder if anyone actually looked closely enough to see what might be important in this photograph.  The clues are countless!  First, a glimpse of some of my recent reading.  Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist was one of my early reads this year.  No one is more optimistic than I!  Seriously, I can see the glass half full in the middle of the Mojave Desert.  Up in the Air was another early read for me because of my own flying experience.  My flying experience – now that’s a story you should probably hear one day.

But, there’s more!  There’s something blurred in the background.  It’s a photograph.  Can you see it?  What is it?

I suppose it’s unfair to ask for an interpretation, because only a part of the photograph is visible – but it’s me!  It’s a series of photographs of the starting line, the course, and the medal that also hangs from the corner of the display!  Yes, it’s a photograph of me running the 5K in the Surf City Marathon in February 2010.  I’m a runner.

That’s it for now – but, I’ll be back with more!  After all – you’ve got to hear my flying experience at some point.  And, there are other pictures in that series that will tell even more about the person behind the lens.  It may not seem that important, but to look around your life and see the story – well to me, that’s fascinating!

Thanks for stopping by!  Look for more insights in the near future.


~ by photographyfree4all on November 10, 2010.


  1. I’ve wondered the same thing about my blog – but then have personalized it a bit on the other pages. BTW, both my children were born in Huntington Beach – a great little town!


  2. I guess at one time you resided in or near Huntington Beach, Kate! Or, you were just in love with the hospital. 🙂 I think I have been surprised to discover that you really get to know people through these photographic discussions. I mean, it’s not like you become close friends. But, you do begin to understand a little about the people you meet here. Thanks for sharing this comment!


  3. Looking forward to the next installment of your story “Who am I”
    I really enjoy your blog!


  4. I am also looking forward to your story! Personally, when I lived in Southern California, I was a Laguna Beach kinda guy! 😀


  5. Well, now we know a lot more about you! Although I think your blog has never been “dpersonalized”, because I think your photos are always very personal and unique, as are your stories! I’ve sometimes worried that my blog wasn’t personal enough, since I tended not to write anything with the photos. Now I try to write a few words, although I can’t always think of anything relevant to say!
    Great shots, too! That sunset shot is simply perfect, the beautiful blending colours in the sky, the geometric form of the pier… everything! “Always Looking Up”: You seem to have applied that very well to your photography :)!
    Excellent post!


  6. Hi Miss Betty! Thank you for your comments and your compliments. It’s great to know that you are following the posts and enjoying them. I really do appreciate it. Watch for a second installment soon! 🙂


  7. Enjoyed the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach last summer, David! I love the galleries in Laguna Beach! I could spend days wandering through those places! It’s really beautiful down there. Great restaurants, too! Thank you for adding this comment, today! I’m so glad you stopped by.


  8. Loved this post. I still have my K1000 too. In fact, I use the lenses on my K10D. Great photos and film is still fun!


  9. Stay tuned, Kai! This is only the beginning. You’re right about my photos. If you pay attention, you can learn a lot about a person that way. I think for me, the writing comes naturally. It makes a great pairing for my photography, I think. My ramblings come so natural, at times I have to be careful not to “drone” on for too long! Wouldn’t want to bore anyone. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today. And, your comments always make me glad you’ve visited. I’m glad you offer your thoughts when you visit! That’s a great return for me, and the other readers. Thanks!


  10. The old K1000 served me well! I came across an old roll of film that may be at least 10 years old. It was taken with the Pentax. I’m getting it developed, but it me be so aged that it doesn’t have much quality – we’ll see. Thank you for leaving this comment, Karen! Stop by again. I would love to have your input on future posts.


  11. Well, Steve, I’m finally getting back in circulation, blogging wise anyway. I am very impressed that you still have one of those K1000s. Gosh, what a great camera that was. I used to own two. I eventually sold them. But that is one great work-hors of a camera. A great camera for anyone wanting to start with the basics.

    I have been looking at some of your latest posts. I love that photo of the inside of that church dome.

    I’m anxious to find out more of who you are. I found out your first name is Steve, but that wasn’t hard to do. 🙂 I am old-fashioned and like to know who I am talking to.


  12. That’s exactly why I think I liked that K1000 so much, Bob! It was basic! Truth is, back in the day it was probably the one SLR that fit into my budget at that time! 🙂 I knew you’d like that church dome – based on your appreciation for the mosaic I posted a few months ago. Stay tuned – there’ll be a lot more information coming. Thanks for your encouragement, Bob! I always appreciate and look forward to your comments.


  13. Let me just take a moment to encourage you to consider Bob’s calendar that he’s making available on his blog http://www.bobzeller.wordpress.com. Go ahead…jump over to his site and take a look at his photography. You’ll be glad you did! And, consider grabbing one of those calendars…I know I am!


  14. Clever post! Very intriguing and beautiful image of surf city – from way up here all I can hear is the Beach Boys! 🙂


  15. The beach Boys are certainly responsible for some of the Surf City fame, Missusk!! I sure glad you stopped by today and shared this comment! Thank you for your kind words here. Stay tuned for more!


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