Greetings from Eugene, Oregon!
About Me. My name is Jim Arnold and I am your host. I have been photo documenting the world around me ever since childhood when my only tool was a Kodak Instamatic. While in my twenties, I began to take the craft of photography more seriously and graduated to 35mm-format equipment, eventually ending up with a professional-model Nikon – the classic F3. At one point, way back when, I made my living doing event photography (e.g., fraternity & sorority parties, weddings and graduations). I had a difficult time with the existence of a “starving artist,” though, so I went on to do other things with my life, including a nearly three-decades-long career as a college administrator. Photography, however, has been a life-long passion and one of the few constants during my time on this planet.
Nikon SLRs and DSLRs have inhabited my camera bags forever. I used manual-focus 35mm equipment longer than anybody I know, but ultimately, inevitably, came to embrace the autofocus and digital worlds. My first DSLR was a Nikon D100, purchased in late 2003, which boasted a 6.1 megapixel sensor. My current system centers around the 24.1 megapixel Nikon D7100 and the 20.9 megapixel Nikon D7500. And, of course, there’s my always-present iPhone (currently, the Xs).
Terms that best describe my approach to photography are documentary or photojournalistic – although when anybody asks me what kind of photography I do, I most likely will respond that I’m a “walkabout photographer” ... and then direct them to this site.
I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). And I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube. Please click on the appropriate icon at the bottom of any page to locate me at those sites. My blog, TechnoMonk’s Musings, is available via the link at the top of every page.
About Finding Your Way. You’ve made it to this page, so perhaps you’ve already figured out the organizational scheme here. Mostly what you need to know is to click on the (green) main-menu links at the top of every page. The primary entryway to all the photo categories and galleries is the “BROWSE” button. Beyond that, you’ll probably be able to find things just fine. If you’re seeking something very specific, try using the “SEARCH” function.
About Ordering Prints, Files and Merchandise. All the images on this site are for sale and/or available for licensing. If you want to order prints, merchandise, or download a file for personal or commercial use, click the “Buy Photos” button found near any image; you will then be presented with a variety of ordering options. When you specify an order for prints, the order will be (1) routed to me for final touch-up work, and (2) processed by Bay Photo, a lab catering to the special needs of professional photographers since 1976. Their facility is located in Santa Cruz, California. The artists in the lab fuss over each order, ensuring superb color and consistency from print to print. I haven’t found a better photo lab anywhere.
For orders containing print sizes that are especially large, you may wish to consult with me first. You can reach me directly by clicking the “CONTACT” menu selection at the top of any page.
About Other Stuff. This site is hosted by the good folks at SmugMug.com. If you’re so taken with the presentation of the photographic work here that you want to start your own SmugMug collection, you may obtain a 20% discount off your initial subscription price by entering this code: XXQ8722cd63fL. My treat.
As you browse this site, you’ll see that there is the opportunity to comment on, or share, any image. Additionally, you may leave any general observations you have about your visit here in the “Comments” section below. Tell me about your experience as you’ve looked around. Or expound on your philosophy of life. Anything! I’d love to hear from you!