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Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan Photography

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Hello and Welcome.

The quotation in the header bar above is a perfect summation of what photography has meant to me. Once I took up the hobby in earnest back in the late 1990s, I saw details in my environment I'd never noticed before. Everything was a potential picture, even when I didn't have a camera with me, and my observation powers increased significantly.

The time I could devote to the craft ebbed and flowed as I raised my children, but now retired and living only with my wife, I've rediscovered the joy and enthusiasm that accompanied my entry into the field.

I started with Pentax film cameras and moved on to Pentax DSLRs, but lately I've found that shooting with the all-in-one Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 satisfies my needs and is very easy on the back, so it's become my tool of choice. I enjoy many genres, but particularly like the meditative aspect of wildlife photography, where patience is most definitely a virtue.

I shoot primarily for my own amusement, but am greatly flattered when any of my captures is enjoyed by someone else. Please drop a line and say 'hi.'

Hi. I'm Bill Jordan, a "photography enthusiast" residing in the lovely, small town of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. What is an "enthusiast" you ask (you did ask, right)? Well, to me, it's a person who has a passion for an activity but is often self-taught and does not make a living from it, nor does he necessarily possess the top-of-the-line equipment, though he often spends way more money on his pursuit than necessary, causing the occasional night of sleeping alone on the sofa (just kidding honey!). And since one cannnot rightfully call him/herself a "photography enthusiast" without having a web presence where his work can be shared with family, friends, or anyone else who he's begged to take a look, I have fulfilled that requirement as well. In short, an enthusiast is less a "photographer" than he is "a guy who likes to take pictures," even though he might appear to be a photographer to the untrained eye. I'm a "'golf enthusiast" as well, though no eye is untrained enough to think me otherwise in that pursuit.

While I had an interest in photography from a young age, I got fully involved only after I divorced in the late 1990s, in my late 30s, and was looking for an activity to "de-stress" with. Naturally, I was sure I would be shooting for National Geographic in no time, but with three children in the household, their lives became the primary target of my lens, and I have shoeboxes full of pictures from various sports and activities to prove it. Unfortunately, there was little time to shoot anything else, and my interest waned some as I concentrated on providing for them. But when they ventured out on their own, I once again set about looking for that shot that would make me famous (still looking).

I started out with an SLR film camera (those are the ones people carried when they wanted to look like real photographers) from Pentax because of the value their cameras offered. As the digital age emerged, the immediate feedback it afforded and the ability to fire off frame after frame without incurring any expense beyond the memory card convinced me to embrace it exclusively, also primarily with Pentax cameras. As of late, however, I've taken to shooting with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 for the convenience of its lens range and weight, and I'm not sure my remaining DSLR will emerge from the closet very often now. I have not become fully immersed in the "digital darkroom" yet, typically making only the basic adjustments to my shots, but who knows what the future holds if I get really bored. "Photoshop Elements," my processing software of choice, is a powerful tool.

I do not heavily favor one genre over another, but I greatly enjoy the meditative aspects of wildlife photography, where patience is most definitely a virtue. It is very gratifying to produce a shot I think looks "cool" or "beautiful" or "unique" or "not crappy," and if you find any of my creations worthy of a spot on your wall, I would be very flattered. If you see something you like but want some modifications to, just give a yell.

I'm thrilled you've visited my website, and if you have questions or comments, please contact me at billjordanphotography@gmail.com or use the "Contact" page above. I will enjoy hearing from you.