I'm Steve Hicks, and I have been hanging around this forum for a few months now, and have yet to introduce myself properly. Several of you folks have been kind enough to address my stupid questions, and I appreciate it very much.
My wife and I have recently moved to the mountains east and north of Albuquerque (I grew up here) after a 27 year stint on the Big Island of Hawaii (she grew up there). Our family business remains in Hawaii in Kona (we are Greenwell Farms - Kona Coffee producers) so life takes us back there 4 to 5 times a year.
I have been involved in way too many endeavors to claim proficiency at anything. I have made a living over the years running a sawmill and hardwood business, managing a large cattle ranch in Hawaii, designing and building studio furniture for the wealthy, and for a period I was the general manager of the water and sewer utilities for several resort communities on the Big Island. I still don't know what I'll do when I grow up.
Discovering the joy of a hand made photograph has been a great experience for me. I started this journey years ago with an old Canon 35mm because I needed pictures of my furniture. Once I started trying to capture other things around me, photography took on a life of its own. I have recently put down my MF system to give LF a try in order to satisfy my lust for bigger negatives.
Finding this forum was a major stroke of luck for me. Thanks to all who contribute to this fine endeavor.