Hello! They call me many names. Professorwheeze, Rocky, Rayman and, of course, just plain Ray (without the "just plain"). I have 4 wonderful adult children and have been blessed with 6 grandchildren. My wife, of 18 years, is Ginny; she was a healthy vivacious woman when I married her. Alas, the last 15 years have taken it's toll on her and to some extent, even me. I have that effect on people!
Shortly after we married in 1994, we moved to Maine. Her parents had moved from Massachusetts a few years prior, and well, you know how it goes. Over time, we both lost our parents. It is amazing how time and nature reclaims us. Although I have lived, worked and loved Maine, my heart still races when I near the Boston area, where I grew-up for a lot of my youth. Also, like "they" say, you really "can't go back". Change is indeed constant and some could say accelerating.
My vocation is in medicine. I have been a respiratory therapist for nearly 50 years. For the other 15 years...I just thought I knew how to breathe! My clinical skills are well-respected by experienced practitioners and all patients I touch. With very little exception, I will personally tough my patients who are in cardio-respiratory-distress, while giving them the various therapies they require. Healthcare, in my opinion, would be much better off if the "tech" was balanced with the "touch" aspects. Maybe life would be better for all of us with more "touch". However, don't let me leave you with the impression that I am politically correct person. Far from it.
The part of my brain that is the over-achiever is the analytic-side. I enjoy the physics of photography! That was instilled in me ever since I was about 7 years old. Standing in the darkness with my grandfather making magic with paper and liquid. The darkroom was fascinating. My first camera was a heavy Zeiss Ikon 35 mm.Lots of B/W and then into -chromes. I gained a few skills over-time and started shooting part-time for a weekly news-publisher. Anywhere from 20-40 prints, developed and printed in my dark/bath/room, were published weekly. Life was really great.
Then major illness struck. One of my daughters and then me. We overcame the problems but for me I get breathless easily. No more marathon running as I had. Other life issues intervened as well, and alas my photography was liquidated, even a Nikon 300-F2.8 manual focus lens! All gone. A few years later, I renewed my photography interest and ought a 2nd hand Nikon and haven't stopped since.
My first digital camera was a Kodak DC-290, 3.3 MP, $900.00 item in 1996. Since that time, I've gone through a few computers but only 3 digital cameras. I now shoot with a Nikon D3100. Besides the "economy" of digital, what I really enjoy, is the opportunity to become artistic after imaging. When it comes to art, I appreciate the history and beauty of all art forms. Unfortunately, I can't draw a straight line with a straight-edge! Digital has changed all that for me. What I not only see through the view-finder, but also, in my mind's eye is now more likely to result in an image others can appreciate. I use about 12 different PP programs but no "CS's".
My library of all images numbers above 150,000. That includes all media. Now to get organized! Good thing I have a sense of humor.
P.S. I enjoy reading, writing, fishing, gardening and working.