In 2003 I again took up an old hobby: photography. I began as a self-taught photographer
and eventually took classes online.
Last year, I was mentored by Eddie Soloway, who helped me see what aspect of my photography was uniquely mine
and fostered its continued growth.
As a result, I have begun combining my creativity with photography techniques,
such as panning and in-camera multiple exposures. For me, the resulting abstractions capture the essence
of a scene or impart a sense of mystery or playfulness.
The subjects of my photographs range from traditional landscapes and wildlife to intimate views, and from the abstract to the impressionistic. As I continue to explore the intimacy of photography, I am seeing more opportunities for great images in my "backyard". There is a benefit to being intimately familiar with the place. The close proximity inspires me to go out often and hone my craft.
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For me, photography is a way to honor my connection to Nature. With my photos, it is my hope to inspire that connection in others as well as the feelings it evokes: reverence, appreciation, joy, serenity, or inner peace.
On my web site at Stoeffl Photography, the images
are geared towards interior decorating; therefore, it features only landscapes and abstracts.
My secondary site at Stoeffl Photography Image Library has all my wildlife images
and additional landscapes and abstracts. Last Spring, I published the book "Essence: contemplations
in image and word" in collaboration with a local poet. It contains 33 pairings of beautiful photos
with thought provoking poems.
Currently, I shoot with a Nikon digital SLR and edit on an
iMac using Lightroom for about 90% of the editing time and some Photoshop for the remainder.
When taking pictures, my goal is to create as much as possible within the camera and to
keep the use of editing software to a minimum. Currently, I do not composit images or
create in Photoshop what I call digital art. I print my images using a Canon Pixma Pro
9000 up to 12 x 18 inches. For anything larger, I use a professional print lab.