Larry and his wife Becky, a published and award-winning children’s author, divide their time between their ranch in the southern interior of British Columbia and Salt Spring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. We share our life with our dog Penny, an English Springer Spaniel.
I got interested in photography at 14 years of age when my Dad lent me his twin lens reflex camera loaded with black-and-white roll film (I got a roll a month in lieu of an allowance) and have been hooked ever since. I can still remember my first wildlife photograph, an out-of-focus robin sitting on a branch. The problem being, the camera couldn’t focus that close. I went to the local library to research the problem and found they had only three books on photography. The books did help me solve the problem, but four years went by before I could purchase the equipment to do the job. I purchased my first 35mm SLR when I was 18 years old and my first digital camera in the year 2000.
My favourite types of photography include landscapes, old buildings and architecture, wildlife and wildflowers. I especially enjoy close-up work.
Although I enjoy shooting most everything, everywhere and I have been fortunate to travel to many other parts of the world, the bulk of my photography is done on our ranch. The ranch is surrounded by miles of forest and meadows. I mainly shoot nature but enjoy other subjects as well. For a day shooting I carry my gear in a Vested Interest Photo Vest (www.vestedinterest.com) I almost always carry a sturdy tripod and use it for 99% of my shooting. I take very few handheld shots. With the huge advances in digital photography these last few years I have completely switched to digital capture.
I do all my own printing on Epson printers, 2880, 3800, P800 and P9000. I also do my own framing and stretching of canvas in my studio.
I sometimes use an ATV to get to a location if I need to carry extra gear such as heavy telephotos or a portable blind, but most often I like to walk, with the aid of snowshoes in winter. I carry my camera mounted on the tripod (fully extended) so that I’m always ready if a nice shot presents itself.
Larry J. Citra