Jim Downs [gungajim]
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By a fluke of sorts I began traveling to Sydney on business once per year for four years beginning in 1979. Every year I would visit a different place in Asia or the South Pacific when I returned. In 1983 my sister and her family moved to Germany for five years. I began visiting them regularly and traveling to 2 or 3 nearby countries each year. During these periods I took a camera along on each trip mainly just to document the different things I saw. Every couple of years I would upgrade my camera.
In the late 80's I started exploring Africa and found myself with a somewhat upscale Minolta body and lenses that went from 24mm to 500m. I took some classes and did some reading but just couldn't muster the interest to master film photography. For the most part, I let the automated features of the camera do their thing and never used a tripod. As a result, I have only 50 or so "winners" and a few hundred near misses from this early era.
In the 1990's my travels were interupted by a return to my professional career and a five year marriage to a native Malagasy tour guide. Despite these significant obstacles (!), I did manage to travel overseas once a year and marginally improved my photography along the way.
I bought my first digital in 2002 and was soon a digital convert. My mind seems to grasp digital better than film technology. And, as I get deeper into PS, I've come to realize that the more I learn, the more there is that I still have to learn.
I still consider myself more a traveler and writer than a photographer. I still use my camera more often as a documentation tool than an artistic tool, rarely staying in one place long enough to wait for ideal photo conditions.
When I'm home (reside near Denver), I love to travel around the States and visit National Parks and Major League Ballparks.
You can read journals from previous trips and see more pics at www.mytripjournal.com/gungajim
Countries I've visited a/o 2/28/12
visited 164 states (72.8%)
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