About Jeremy

DSC_0408Who am I? Well. I always tell people “I’m not a photographer – I’m just a guy with a camera.” But I absolutely love photography. It’s relaxing, cathartic, puts me in a zone and just so much fun.

My name’s Jeremy Stratton.

  • I’m 41 years old.
  • I live in N. Canton, Ohio

I fail quite a lot at trying to be a better person every day. I can be terribly shy and introverted at times, but then I can be a bit manically outgoing. When I’m at work, I can usually be very hospitable with a fine-tuned degree of social skills that help me navigate all manner of social and customer-oriented situations. I’m actually quite proud of that ability. It makes me feel good to correctly handle a situation, dispel hostile feelings or solve disputes, and adapting to a wide range of Human personalities. In my private life, I can be the opposite – naive, socially awkward and just kind of confused half the time.

I’m also somewhat forgetful which can be annoying to me and others.

Photography

I first bought a “pro” camera in, maybe 2010. I can’t even remember the exact year, but it really hasn’t been terribly long.

I didn’t go to school for photography or take any classes. I just picked up a camera one day and the more pictures I took, the happier I started to feel.

I put together a pretty exhaustive and growing page of the camera and lenses I use – and what I have my heart set on buying next! I also have a page about the software I use, if you’d like to see a bit more about where my photos come from.

I really love Blur, focus, Bokeh and depth of field. It really was uplifting to hear some positive feedback from family, friends and others that they thought I had a unique eye for focus.

When I first started, I had an acquaintance who helped answer early camera questions and recommended a book called Understanding Exposure, which has been an awesome aid. I literally started by turning everything I could think of to manual on my camera.

Once I had a basic understanding of Aperture, shutter speed and ISO I started going a bit crazy with photo-snapping.

My Eyesight

CSC_0358I wear glasses. When I started taking pictures, I didn’t try to adjust or change the eyepiece or refocus the viewfinder or anything, but I don’t press my eye right up to the eyepiece or take my glasses off. I do a scolding librarian look – tip my head down and look through the eyepiece that way.

I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t want to change it… yet, because I think it is a part of who I am and plays into the kinds of focus I get and why I choose exactly the scenes I choose to shoot.

My right eye, up until this year, had 20/20 vision. It’s slightly worse now, but my current glasses have no prescription in the right lens. The left however is strong. My left eye isn’t the greatest. I think this somewhat plays a part in how my photos turn out.

Editing

I’ve also only recently started editing my photos. For years I just kept trying to take the best photos I thought I could and improve from my previous photos without any editing. Just getting the best base photos I could – which means a lot of things – not necessarily technically good, rated by some ranking system somewhere, but my personal favorites.

I love having my photos shared! I use a few different methods.

You can also buy my prints on my SmugMug if you’d like an easy, no-fuss way of getting physical prints of my photographs in high quality.

Fun Stuff

I’m really just a big kid – and a geek. I love SciFi and Fantasy movies and books. I love Far East culture. I also like to try different foods and try cooking lots of different dishes.

Some bio bullet-points:

Favorite Books – I have so many(I’ve read a lot in my years). If you were to look at my bookshelves you’d see a large amount of Japanese: language and travel books; a lot of English reference books: many dictionaries and other language reference books, and the rest would be a lot of Fantasy and Science fiction.

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  • Stephen Baxter’s Manifold trilogy
  • Cloud of Sparrows
  • Bridge of Birds
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Otherland
  • This Alien Shore
  • The Meaning of Tingo
  • Anything by Ursula K. LeGuin(favorite Author)
  • many more

Favorite Movies – I have a very eccentric and eclectic taste(with music too) I really enjoy watching foreign films – especially Far East; Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc…. And sub-titles is a must!

  • Nobody Knows
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
  • War of the Arrows
  • Dark City
  • Any original Godzilla flick
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Might add to this list later 🙂

Food – I love trying different kinds of food. I love cooking, too. My Grandmother used to say I should have been a chef, but I think she was mostly being a sweet, kind Grandmother favoring a grandchild. I love Mexican food! I can’t get enough of it. I also like fresh Vietnamese dishes which is a lot of delicious and simple veggies and meats. A current local favorite place to dine is Old Carolina’s. It’s a small menu of smoked meats and side dishes and I love everything they have!

History

I had partially studied English – bent towards English Education. I am still very much a word-nerd, even if I have slowly forgotten some of the principles, literary references and other tools that come with one studying English in Academia.

Photography License

I use a very open and giving Creative Commons license for all my photos. You can click the bulleted license title below.

Basically, You can share my photos all you want. I want you to share them. Share them like crazy! Feel free to download them, crop them, print them and hang them in your living room!

There are very little stipulations. You can read the details of the license by clicking the title above, but the basic two biggies are:

  • You can not sell them in any way. No making money from my photos – which I think is fair, acceptable and mostly a common-sense bullet-point.
  • Always attribute: Always give me credit – it doesn’t have to be part of the photo or in the photo, but along with the photo. No matter how many times it’s shared. If you shared from 3 others who already shared it and linked to me, please still list my name and link back to this site. If you see a photo of mine, you should also see my name and link to my site. It really, really helps me advertise!

Thanks so much! I know it sounds egotistical, like someone trying to police the Internet, and I don’t want it to cause counter-productivity for me by having people think “Ugh, now I’m NOT going to share this”. Because I want my photos to be freely shared and enjoyed like crazy!

I also have a SmugMug that helps make printing and purchasing high quality versions very easy if you’d like to not mess with trying to find a high-resolution printing service or want a very nice quality version of any of my photos.

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