Like many people, I took casual photographs for most of my life - usually shots of my family or my travels. About fifteen years ago, my wife and I took up birding, and that hobby soon led me to take photography more seriously. After a couple of years, I got interested in composition and in photography of other subjects, particularly in an artistic way. Starting in the fall of 2009, and through 2014, I took a monthly group class with a professional photographer. Her teaching emphasized composition, shapes, color, and texture. I liked doing the class assignments and then getting her critiques of my photos. In this period, I discovered that I really enjoyed cityscape photography, and it is still one of my favorites. I like the diversity and complexity of city scenes, especially in the heart of large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. I also discovered that I liked the drama and impact of black and white images. Now about half my photos get post-processed into black and white. In 2014, we moved from New Jersey to Leelanau, and I have been doing much more landscape photography. I still look for diversity and complexity in my images, features easy to find here in Northern Michigan.