Welcome to Hoosier Focus.
My photography experience began in high school in the mid 80's when I
was elected by a youth group to serve as the team photographer for a
humanitarian trip to Haiti. I hadn't really used a camera before that,
but Bill Olmstead, a Campus Life director at my school, was kind (and
brave) enough to loan me his Pentax K1000 and two lenses. I spent a
day under his tutelage learning to shoot with black and white film and
then was set free on an unsuspecting country. After two weeks in
Haiti I returned his equipment—in working order nonetheless!
Shortly after that I managed to save up enough to purchase my own
K1000 with the kit lens, and never looked back.
Although I still have my old friend, the Pentax, I've made the
switch to digital (my day job is, after all, computer science).
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon Rebel XTi are my workhorses,
but I don't use many of their fancy, automatic features.
The photos you'll find on this site are an assortment of scenery,
portraits, animals, and sports, not only from my Indiana homeland, but
from all across our great nation. They represent only a tiny
fraction of my work. You are welcome to have a look around.
Your experience will be most enjoyable if you calibrate your monitor
and view the photos in a dimly-lit room. You should be able to easily
distinguish between the 21 shades of gray in the chart below, especially
the two darkest and two lightest shades. If not,
try adjusting your monitor's brightness to 25% or less, and your
contrast to somewhere around 100%. It may also be helpful to place
your web browser in full-screen mode (usually by pressing the F11
Robb Matzke — email@example.com