Pete, with his girlfriend Monte and her friend, Monte!!
In high school, I entered a photography contest and won first
place with a shot of my dog (what else??). I was hooked. After shooting for fun
on vacations with my family, I realized I really liked the art form. In the
mean time, I ended up teaching for years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau
Claire (in areas other than photography), but kept the interest going. In 1994,
I took the plunge, quit teaching and pursued landscape photography as a career.
What changed how I looked at landscapes, was my knowledge of light. From my
science background in physics as well as my learning how light interacts with
objects, I realized that photography is not about capturing a scene – it’s
about capturing the scene in great light. “Photo” means light, so photography
quite literally is the study of light. This was my “Eureka” moment and my goal
is to capture a landscape in the best light possible. It’s a goal that keeps me
shooting a scene, in some cases, over and over until I get it right. Enjoy my
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