Since 1997, I have held the status of amateur photographer. My love of the photographic world started with an old Kodak Brownie box camera in the early 1960's. I learned to SCUBA dive along the central coast of California in 1996. I purchased my first underwater camera within six months and by 1997 I had upgraded my "point and shoot" to a professional underwater camera. Between 1999 and 2004 I won 8 different awards in various categories as a Novice and Amateur Photographer before moving on to landscape photography that same year. My focus now is strickly on the outdoors and the wonders that God has provided.