exploring the light


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Camera Expressions

Welcome to my website. I am Alan Jacobs, a Des Moines, Iowa based photographer. In the 1980's I purchased a Minolta x-700 camera. I didn't know how to use it very well then one day I decided to find out how it all works. I read the manual and took it off program mode. I never looked back. Over the years I have tried to learn as much as I can. I read as much as I could get my hands on and still do. I have gone on to win awards, locally, nationally and internationally. My images have appeared in books and other publications.  I use to take portraits but have shifted to mainly artistic images selling through galleries, art shows and some for hire work. You can purchase most of the images on this website by contacting me as well. 


Until lately, I was more of a traditionalist with photography. By that I mean I would just use slide/film/plate and do my own darkroom work. I would also use antique cameras for some images. Only in the last few years moving most of my work to digital, but I still break out the 4x5s and film cameras every now and then. 

I look for compositions, unique perspectives and research the weather, sunrise, sunset locations etc. to be in the location I need for the images. I also have a side project of experimenting with Light Painting and Light Drawing. 

Please stop back often as I will try to keep updated images coming in, also keep an eye on the NoteBook page (button on the bottom of the home page) for news, tutorial posts, events and updates. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoy making them. I would love to hear from you.