Adam Caudill

Security Engineer, Researcher, & Developer

Photography

Where to Find Me #

I post my work in a variety of locations, for different purposes. Here are the main places you’ll find my work:

  • Portfolio: A collection of my favorite works.
  • 500px
  • Instagram
  • Flickr: This site is something of a dumping ground, where much of my work - including the shots I don’t care for - ends up; this is largely used for friends and family, with only about 1 in 5 photos uploaded being publicly accessible.

About My Photography #

While I have a true passion for software and security, my other great love is photography. My love of photography came from working as a photojournalist during my teen years for a small newspaper in East Tennessee. During the time I worked there, I came to understand the importance of visual media and the critical importance of freedoms granted to the press.

The power of a great photograph to impart emotion on the viewer is remarkable; while I began working as a photographer to document the world and tell the story of current events, today, I focus on the art.

My early years in serious photography was almost exclusively with 35mm film and manual cameras (that said, I’ve had a camera in my hand almost from the time I could walk). I still have a love for film photography, though the cost of film and the number of frames I shoot finally pushed me to digital exclusively.

Gear #

I’ve used a wide variety of gear over the years, though I will offer a few highlights.

Film #

The Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 powered my work in photojournalism; a great all manual camera — the only bit of electronics was the in-viewfinder light meter. An absolute workhorse and a camera I still love. The ability to shoot in areas so dark that auto-focus cameras couldn’t get a clear shot came in handy on many occasions. After that work ended, I moved to the Canon AE-1 Program (with Power Winder) as my go-to camera — while well outdated when I started using it, I fell in love with it immediately. It was, without question, my favorite camera of all time. I did shoot with automatic cameras such as the Nikon N90s (and other assorted Nikon cameras), though without the joy that the AE-1 gave me.

Digital #

As with film, I’ve used a variety of cameras, such as the Nikon D40x, D80, and more recently the Fujifilm X-T20. Today, there are two primary cameras that I use:

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Fujifilm X-T3

For the iPhone, I generally shoot using Obscura and the Rands filter. For the XT-3, I use the excellent ACROS film simulation with Red filter, and increased contrast to get the look I’m after.

Photographic Purism #

It’s exceedingly rare that any alterations are made to my photographs (with the exception of a signature); no cropping, no color adjustments, nothing. While photo editing has become an art in it’s own right, it’s not one I’m interested in.

I focus on finding interesting perspectives of the world, and present those as-is. What I see in the viewfinder is what I share.

Style #

I very rarely shoot in color, I much prefer darker black & white images, I find that they convey the subject in a much purer form, without the distraction of color. I tend to focus on everyday life, from interesting (if not unexpected) angles. I rarely shoot landscapes, tend to avoid people more often than not, and shoot exclusively with natural light.