A sample of George Bendo's photography

George Bendo's Scenic Photography

An Introduction to My Photography

In 1993, after taking an astronomy laboratory class at New Mexico Tech that included a camera and darkroom exercise, I slowly became interested in landscape photography. In December of that year, I first started working with my grandfather's Leica III/f camera, an old camera that used no batteries, had a separate rangefinder and viewfinder, required manual exposure settings, and needed an extra light meter for photography. Once I familiarized myself with the camera, I used it for three years in my landscape photography of Montana, New Mexico, and Hawaii. However, the camera, despite being well built, was prone to problems. The film did not always wind out of the film canister while I was taking photos. Furthermore, the shutter occasionally would jam, giving me photos overexposed on one side. Even when the shutter did not jam, my photographs often had brightness gradients across them because of the slow shutter speed.

In 1997, I bought a Canon EOS Rebel G, an inexpensive single lens reflex (SLR) camera with many automated features but also with optional manual settings. With this camera, I spent a lot of time taking photos of the locations where I lived (Hawaii and Arizona) and the locations that I traveled to. Eventually, I used it to take photos of over 15 of the states in the United States and of four international locations. Using Hewlett Packard scanners that I bought in 1999 and 2003, I scanned many of my prints into 300 by 200 pixel file formats to place on my website. I then entered my website into a few open internet directories and onto a few web rings.

In 2003 and 2004, I noticed that digital camera detectors were becoming competetive with print and slide film. The first cameras to offer such high-resolution capabilities, however, were unaffordable. In late 2004, however, Canon started marketing SLRs with high-quality detectors that were more affordable. I bought a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR in October 2004. I have used this camera quite extensively both in the United States and in Europe. Moreover, because I can take multiple photos without worrying about the cost of film or development, I have used the camera to experiment more with photo composition and consequently have advance my photography skills.

At the moment, I use a Canon 18-55 mm lens for most photography, a Canon 35-80 mm lens for low magnification photos, and a Canon 75 - 300 mm lens for high magnification photos. With the Canon 20D the lens's focal length should be multiplied by 1.3 to find the equivalent lens focal length for a film camera.. I use Adobe Photoshop to touch up my photos, mostly to auto-adjust the contrast. If I rescan my photos, I will still be using my Hewlett-Packard scanner. I have decided to set my new image sizes to 450 by 300 pixels, which is good enough to reveal the detail in the photos but not good enough for professional publications.

Please do not use these photos in any publications, web pages, or other ventures without my permission. These photos are not in the public domain. If you would like to send comments or contact me about my photos, see my Contact Information page for information.

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This page was last updated 22 May 2006.