James D. Stearns Sr. [Jim]
I was born in Murphysboro, IL, a small town in Southern Illinois about 90 miles south of St. Louis, MO and 8 miles from the Mississippi River, 45 miles from the Ohio River. Went to high school and joined the U. S. Navy. I spent 23 years traveling around the world. Served on several aircraft carriers, in various squadrons, became a C-130 Flight Engineer in 1965, did a tour in Vietnam in 1966, did some Admiral Staff duty and retired from the USN in December 1978 and came to Northern Virginia, the Woodbridge area, about 25 miles south of Washington D.C., Did consultant work supporting various Department of Defense, and the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
I have always been interested in sports, photography, Amateur Radio (W4MGM), hunting, fishing, camping, computers and Geocaching with my Garmin Oregon 400t.
Took some photography courses at Northern Virginia Junior College in the early 80s with a great professor who taught me a lot (I forgot a lot also! (Grin). Most of my photography skills have been acquired via books, online tutorials, contacts with other Photographers that provided me with guidance and most of all inspiration.
I kind of got out of photography for awhile except being the duty picture taker at holiday time, weddings, parties, birthdays, etc. I like shooting candid shots of people; Street Shooting, doing landscape, some macro work, and wild life. I have always liked black and white photography over color.
I’m located in a very good area to shoot just about any type of photography with all the available resources in this area, battlefield, rivers, forests, monuments, mountains, and people of just about all denominations (Grin).
Have a Good Day, always have Fun, Learn, and Shoot a Lot,
Jim - Virginia is for Lovers.