About Me

Upde eating dessertI have three passions in my life. My family, my work, and my photography. I will leave it up to you to decide their order of importance. I can only say that my life would be incomplete without all three of them. Obviously there is more to me but these are the three things that occupy my conscience being at any given moment.

For those who have known me for a long time might wonder “What about golf?” I would answer that by saying anything, action, or person that would treat me as badly as golf has cannot be considered a passion in my life. Golf! She is a harsh and unforgiving mistress, which I shall not suffer anymore.  I still play golf occasionally but mostly in best shot format events.

My family is the wonderful woman I married 40 years ago. She is my best friend, life partner, and I love her dearly. My daughter who is building a great life with a wonderful man and they now have 3 young children. My son who is now in sales after graduating from college and learning who he is and what he wants to do with the rest of his life.

I love them all deeply and I am so proud of my children!

My work is and always has been centered on helping people and providing service to others. Doing something for people that perhaps they cannot do for themselves. It was why I originally got into law enforcement and it is why I later turned to the development and nurturing of human resources in the work environment. This work gives me purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.

My photography, which has been a part of my life since my parents (who were very poor) first helped me buy (I had a paper route at 9) a Brownie 127 film camera. In 1977 I bought my first 35mm film camera and thought I had made the big times. In 2000 I bought my first digital camera and it unlocked a firestorm in me that wanted to create images and capture memories. Today I have four Nikon DSLRs and yes it is way more equipment then I need but I am truly happiest when I have a camera in my hand and up to my eye. So if it is more than I need then I am guilty of being selfish but hopefully the images I capture will bring the same level of enjoyment to others that they provide for me.

For the last ten years in particular I have read books, taken on-line classes and studied hard to understand the art of photography. I smile inwardly when someone pays me the highest compliment that I have” a gifted eye for photography” because I now know the work and diligence that has gone into that. I probably will get this quote wrong but it goes something like “ability is when loads of practice and opportunity come together.” I know that’s not right but you get the meaning that is intended.

The photo above. Well it symbolizes my philosophy of eating dessert first. This image was taken with a Nikon D90 camera (which I have since sold to a good friend and fellow photography enthusiast)  by Krista Grant who was a friend and one of my bosses. There is another saying which,  has become one of my favorites. “Yesterday is past, tomorrow is a mystery and today is gift, that is why it is called the present.” “Life is short so eat dessert first.” Krista’s life ended all too short and she worked way too many hours.  So eat dessert first and enjoy life my friends because you probably won’t get a second chance.

And that is who I am.

15 comments on “About Me

  1. Great shots Upde. Your talent is obviously with a camera in your hand, and not a golf club.
    I’ll continue to visit your site often.


  2. Dave: just found your great Blog and Andreas Blog. Both have great content and photos. I am from Le Claire and would like to join you to shoot around the Green Island area sometime.
    I shoot Eagles almost every day during dec, jan, and feb at LD14 and welcome you to join me.


  3. Hi, I would like to purchase one of your pictures! I have a brick from when lightning struck the tower down town and realized that I never framed it. Every time I look at the brick I think of your awesome picture of the tower. I would love to add it to my photography wall! Let me know, thanks so much.


  4. David I just found your blog Adam amazed, that someone that came from Ridgeway could be so talented, I will follow your blog. Very good pictures. Your old racing buddy Alan Polley.


  5. Hello :

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am about the loss of your dog, Maggie. I have two cats who are getting “up” there in age and know their time here is limited …. How were you able to cope if I can ask ?? Nice blog too !! I enjoy reading it …


    • Hi Jonny. Thank you for your sympathy and your complement. It is always difficult to lose a loved one, be it a friend or pet. There is a void in your life that only time can heal. I miss little Maggie as she was my little friend that always had a warm and happy greeting for me when I came home.

      No way to replace that. Enjoy your cats each day you have them and realize that the end of the journey comes to us all. I wish you well.


  6. Dave I think your pictures are amazing and they speak for themselves.. I so appreciate you sharing them and always love hearing happy stories..


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