Its begining to feel that I am coming into my own now with Large Format and film photography. It has been about 4 years now since I made the commitment to head down the road toward Large and medium format film capture and like all new ventures it takes time to develop your skills and really relearn the ropes. I made the switch because I didn't feel that the digital process was rewarding and it left me feeling flat and unenthusiastic about my work. Digital capture seemed to lack soul and was an enabler of quick, thoughtless shutter clicking resulting in hundreds of images, few of which really moved me. Getting used to the large format system was not a quick and easy process however and the learning curve took some time to develop. I found myself frustrated as I was not getting the results I had hoped for andbegan to really question if this was the right process for me. Summer of 2016 would prove to be a turning point toward the type of images I want to make, using the capture methods and media I committed to 4 years ago. Getting to know the strengths and limitations of my films and camera system. Honing my compositionand visualizations skills. Controlling tonal relationships, line and texture within my compositions. I feel that its all coming togetherin 2016 and will further develop as I move forward. "Gator Dance" named for the dancing light on AlligatorHill in Glen Arbor MI, is really the first image I feel takes me further down the rabbit hole toward my goal. To create compelling, award winning images of our natural world and to nurture the natural born connection humans have with nature through my images.