Scott Oberle:
Scott was a middle school teacher for 36 years, specializing in United States history, computers, and b&w photography. Having taught photography for 15 years as well as making images as a hobby, he got burned out and didn't take another picture for many years. The darkroom became a good place to store wine! A few years ago he saw the need to reprint some early high-quality Hasselblad slides, and not wanting to go back into the darkroom he began to explore the possibility of doing everything digitally. What began as a simple scan and print operation a few years ago has rekindled the passion and has turned into a fabulous hobby. In addition to photography, his other major diversion is riding road bicycles whenever possible. He manages over 5,000 miles yearly. And of course, spoiling the grand kids is a given! A new pursuit which has proven to be rather challenging is web site construction. Just when you think you know it all...

Joyce Oberle:
Joyce was a homemaker for many years, being a stay-at-home mom for our 4 kids. When the children got older, she went back to school and fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She spent her teaching career in the primary grades, having classes at most grade levels and eventually becoming a reading specialist. In retirement she learned that many of the techniques she learned as a teacher can now be shared with her 9 grandchildren, who all love to spend time with Grandma. And who all seem to share her love of reading! Her main hobby is anything having to do with fabric and thread. This includes making clothes for the grand kids and their dolls, embroidering and especially quilting. Quilting is her major passion now, and she has won several awards in our county fair. She has served as the President of her quilt guild for 2 years. We have added several galleries on this site featuring her work if you are interested. In addition, she finds time to push Scott around from the back of our tandem bicycle! She has a very good eye, and besides contributing some excellent images, gives Scott advice and council on his work. She has also become very adept at cutting mats whenever we need to frame our work.

 

Recent Changes:

2014 saw a major change for our family. After living all of our lives in California we moved to a new home in Franklin, Tennessee. This is about 1/2 hour south of Nashville. We are enjoying living here very much, although we still need to adjust to the winters. Being near the East Coast in general and the Great Smokies specifically have opened up many new photo opportunities. It was a pretty major life event for us!

 

Photography Equipment:
Cameras: Nikon D40x, Nikon D50, Nikon D100, Nikon D2x, Nikon D7000, Nikon D700, Nikon D600, Nikon D800 and 2-Fujifilm X-T1. Currently used are the D600, D810, and the Fujifilm X-T1.
Lenses: Nikon: 14-24, 24-70, 70-200VR II, 18-200VR, 45 PC-E, 105VR micro, 28-300 (2) and 70-180 zoom micro. Fuji: 18-55, 55-200, 35, and 60 macro. Appropriate Singh-Ray filters are used as necessary, primarily the VariND and Warming Polarizer.
Tripods: All Really Right Stuff, including carbon tripods, ball heads, with L-brackets on all cameras. Almost all of our images are taken from a tripod using a cable release and mirror lock-up.
Printer: Our custom fine art prints are completed on a professional Epson 7900 24" wide inkjet printer, using Ultrachrome Vivid inks.
Paper: We use Epson Exhibition Fiber, Moab Slickrock Metallic and Moab Entrada papers exclusively for our fine art prints. Note: These paper and ink combinations have a minimum life expectancy of 75 years.
Film Scanner: Nikon Coolscan 8000

The Computer:
All work is done on a state-or-the-art Apple iMac with 27" Retina Display.  We expose all images in the 16 bit RAW format with no compression when saved. The images are opened into Photoshop Lightroom. Software is only used to slightly enhance and sharpen the image; no major manipulation is ever done. Our goal is to reproduce the natural scene as closely as we can.