Retired from the Navy in 1996 as an analyst in cryptology. Prior to the Navy I had been a high school photography student with three years of study by my mentor, William "Bill" Spake. After high school I joined he Navy. One day, in 1978 at a Navy Exchange in Misawa Japan, while looking at some magazines I saw a computer magazine (very rare in 1978). It had some computer, called a personal computer; never had I heard of such a thing. This thing had a name, PET (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Commodore_PET2001.jpg) --what caught my eye was an article title about creating computer games.... Remember (if you're that old) PC's weren't even around... so, I bought a Heathkit breadboard and began learning how to create programmable circuits. I ended up, about a year later, building an Apple II computer from a big plastic bag of chips, resistors, diodes, capacitors, motherboard, etc... Oh yeah, the instructions were written in Japanese. Luckily for me the provided a schematic which I used to build it--It ran like a charm until my father, who has Alzheimer's, threw it into the trash in 2008. It had lasted about 30 years!!! Well, off of my long tangent. I just wanted to say that I couldn't do both photography and computer building and programming during those years because of the monetary cost and demand of time on a military person's very short amount of free time. I did, however, won first and second place in the Air Force's worldwide photo contest---I'm sure the A.F. wasn't too happy about being hammered by a Navy spook.... So, I gave up photography. The programming paid off after retirement in my job search, but now I don't get the satisfaction of current day programming like I did when programming was more of an art than it is current day. I'm slowly easing back into photography, but digital this time. I don't have much to share at the moment, but hopefully I'll present some "feel good" shots in the near future... Thanks for listening to my long
"Yep, Photoshop, Gimp, and am sure a slew of others will undo the watermarks. Keeping them small, at least with today's technology, is a very good idea--although not ideal to look at. Besides, would you loose photos to really cause you financial…"