Bryan lives in Seattle, WA with his wife. He is going to switch to first person writing now because third person is strange and uncomfortable. My day job involves working on the software for medical imaging equipment at a small company in downtown Seattle. My background is in image processing, and I have a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. Technically, I have had my photography published twice. I took in vivo optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of mouse eyes for this article: Enhanced Inflow and Outflow Rates Despite Lower IOP in Bestrophin-2-Deficient Mice. I also wrote my own article, recently published, based on my master’s thesis research: Application of optical coherence tomography to automated contact lens metrology. My goal is to get a photo published using a camera that costs less than 5 figures.
I started taking photography seriously about a year and a half ago when I bought my first DSLR. The technical things came easily to me since I’d learned about image processing and optics formally in a classroom setting. I can say with certainty that it’s a lot more fun to learn about aperture, DOF, shutterspeed, etc by using a camera than by writing out formulas and taking tests. The formal education was valuable though, because I feel like it gave me a deeper understanding of how my camera works and why changing the aperture affects the depth of field, for example. As such, my focus has moved toward the art of photography. I want to know what makes an image worth publishing in a book or hanging on a wall.