Don L Williams, Hamilton Chapter
In every newsletter, we feature a short profile of a GNPA member. This month, it’s Don L Williams from the Hamilton Chapter.
When did you join GNPA?
I first joined in 2015.
What’s your occupation?
I retired from TSYS, Inc. in Columbus several years ago as Associate Technical Director. For most of my career, I designed software, both technical and business.
How did you get into photography?
I purchased a used Voightlander rangefinder camera when I was 18 and played with it for a while. But it wasn’t until I went overseas with the military a couple of years later that I really started to get serious about it.
What are your favorite photography subjects?
I will photograph about anything, but as my wife and I are both avid “birders,” I shoot a lot of bird photos. I also very much enjoy close-up photography.
What are your favorite places to shoot?
It’s hard to pick just one favorite place. We like to travel and camp, so wherever we are at the time is where I will shoot.
What would be your photographic “dream trip?”
There are lots of places! But Iceland has to be near the top of the list.
Which camera and lenses do you use most often?
I currently shoot with a Nikon Z6 and Nikon D500. If we are birding I will have a Sigma 150-600mm on the D500 and a Nikon 24-70mm on the Z6. Otherwise I will have a Nikon 28-300mm on the D500, with a Sigma 105mm macro if I decide to do some close-up photos (although the 28-300mm does a pretty good job with closeups for the most part).
What are your go-to websites for photography information?
I usually go to YouTube for photography information. There are three or four folks there that I follow fairly regularly.
Have any photographers inspired you?
I was inspired by Ansel Adams early on. Today there are so many great nature photographers that it would be impossible to pick specific ones. I am constantly inspired by other photographers, including several of our own GNPA members.
What’s your favorite part of belonging to GNPA?
I think the favorite part for me has been the annual trips to the Smoky Mountains and the Circle B trip. It was my first GNPA Smoky Mountain trip as a relatively new member in 2015 that convinced me to continue my association with GNPA.
Something about you most people don’t know:
In addition to photography, I sometimes paint in watercolor or draw with pen and ink.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Alabama.