About me.... - Dan Vander-Ark

In viewing old family photos, it seems that I was always carrying a camera. From the boxy looking Brownie to a Kodak folding camera to a Russian Zenit 35mm to a Pentax Super Program and now to the wonderful world of digital photography (Sony, Panasonic and Pentax). From spending hours in the dark room as a kid moving film and paper from developer to fixer to the wash under the glow of the darkroom light to now spending hours in the digital darkroom on the desktop with such tools as LightRoom and Efex Silver Pro, I just simply love photography.

Since about 2006 I have taken between 30,000 to 50,000 photos from everything including family gatherings to snowstorms, dogs to fish, turtles to grandkiddies, and baseball to fast moving people and even faster moving cars.

Someone asked me on Facebook not too long ago if I ever take any bad photos. The answer? A resounding, "YES!" Sometime down the road I will create a gallery titled, "That sure is a lousy picture...what is it?"

Many of the pictures on this site were taken with a point and shoot superzoom camera so you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on an expensive camera to take great pictures (phones today take wonderful photos)...you just need to know your camera and the lighting.  

I love taking pictures but I especially have a passion for black and white photography. Black and white photography is sometimes called "Radio for the Eyes." Listening to old (and new) radio programs such as Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" can evoke such wonderful and colorful scenes in our mind's eye. And the same is true with black and white photography. From the whitest whites to the blackest blacks and the myriad of midtones, your mind gets to fill in the rainbow of colors.

The Old Testament book of Psalms tells us, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands." (Psalm 19:1) This is a wonderful world to explore with a camera. I am forever grateful to the Lord for having the privilege of seeing His handiwork in every detail of creation -- from the wonder found in the tiniest of water droplets on a leaf to the awe-inspiring view of a star-filled night.

Before I close this I want to say thanks to my daughters for previewing the site and giving it up a thumbs up and to my wife for her patience in helping me sort through a mountain of pictures and for her wisdom in saying, "You can't have 500 pictures in one gallery!"  And I also want to thank my coworker Brianna...she previewed the site a few weeks back and after listening to her suggestions, I scrapped the original website layout and started over.  And I am glad I did!  

Thanks for visiting my site!