Short Biography - April 7, 2005 --- I was born on April 30, 1987, in California. When I was 4 years old we moved up to Washington State where I still live. I am currently enrolled in my Junior year of high school at Upper Columbia Academy. My interest in trains started when I was very young. As a little kid of 2 years old I would love to go to the Amtrak station and watch the train come in.
In 1999 I started writing down the engine numbers from the trains and I got my first camera. It wasn\\\'t much of a camera but it got me hooked. Most of the photography I did though was railroad related. When my camera broke in 2001 I did a little with my dad\\\'s Minolta. Then for my 8th grade graduation I got a Sony DSCF707. My 10th grade year I took Photography I at school. It was a film photography class so I used my dad\\\'s older Minolta camera. I did all of my own developing and stuff although we worked only in Black and White. Then I took Photography II which I completed in about half the time the class usually lasted. Although I haven\\\'t taken any other classes or anything I have read a lot on photography and always like to look for good photos to get ideas and such from. For the past 3 years now I have been using my digital camera a lot and all the photos on my website (http://westernrailroads.com)were taken with it. Within a year I am planning on upgrading to a Canon D20. This will allow me to continue taking better pictures with more capabilities. Also I will then be able to use a variety of lenses to get the desired affects I want.