Like many  at my age, my memories of photography begin with a Kodak Brownie and family snapshots. But when I was in my twenties, my brother-in-law gave me a Minolta SRT101 with an f/1.4 lens and I discovered a new world. The rich colors of Kodachrome slides and the selective focus of a wide aperture lens hooked me on photography and since then I have always kept a decent camera nearby.

As a scientist and engineer, I worked with teams developing new electronic devices and gravitated to imaging technologies that could show what was going on when things went wrong. I had the privilege of working with the latest and greatest optical microscopes, electron microscopes, and x-ray diffraction tools to display defects in electronic materials. I was taking pictures and getting paid for it!

Now in retirement, my tools are Olympus and Leica hardware and Photoshop software. And now, instead of looking for defects I look for moments that tell a story. My wife and I enjoy traveling to photogenic locations and I like to photograph people doing things and  nature in all of its many forms. And I have a fondness for horses.

Bill Stacy

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