I never thought of myself as a fulltime professional photographer, but photography was always a key piece of what I thought a journalist should be. I learned photography at Kansas State University, on a 4x5 SpeedGraphic. When the instructor hands you two wooden slides with two sheets of film in each, you get real selective about what you shoot. You train yourself to be patient and to envision the finished shot before you trip the shutter. There aren't a lot of do-overs. It made me appreciate the photographers of the day who captured wars and breaking news with that bulky camera.
For a short time, I shot with a Yashica D and its mid-size format, but after being handed a 35mm camera while training to be a military journalist, I never looked back.
I bought my first semi-professional camera in Vietnam - a Pentax Spotmatic with a couple of lenses. I loved that camera, which occupies an honored spot in my camera cabinet. Since then, I've shot with Nikons and Canons, both film and digital. Because my jobs generally involved managing photographers rather than being one, much of my work was shot on my own time, and most have never been published. These galleries show off a small selection of my work.
Since retirement, I have a new-found enthusiasm for photography and have joined the Rowlett Texas Photography Club, where I have taken part in a number of PhotoWalks and special shooting experiences. I am using my camera more ever, and I hope to share those new shots on this page as well as favorities from my long career. I hope you enjoy the journey.
For about three years before my retirement, I wrote a weekly column called Focal Point. Those columns covered a wide range of topics, but they were always accompanied by a photograph illustrating my main point. I have not included all those Columns & News Articles here, only a selection of them. For others, you can go to the Tyler Paper webside, TylerPaper.com, and search for Focal Point.
Because my primary job in civilian life was editing and managing newsrooms, I didn't do a lot of writing until recently, but I do enjoy telling a good story. Two of my favorite columns were about Michael Davis O'Donnell and Bob Hope. My favorite news article was more recent, written in the fall of 2010 when I accompanied a group of World War II veterans on a Heroes Flight to Washington D.C. I'll post a few more in coming months. Enjoy.