Tom Raymondson is a 33-year resident of Ukiah. He has taken and developed photos since he was a teenager. While he enjoys the entire process of photography, he admits that scouting the location and working in the darkroom are his favorite parts. “My best photos are planned – sometimes months in advance. Light is everything in photography, and it changes dramatically from season to season and throughout the course of a day.” He thinks his best photos (usually landscapes and architecture) are the ones he takes in the first 15 minutes after sunrise. That usually means being on location early and . . . waiting. In the darkroom he’s learned that the most important piece of equipment is the wastebasket. “The volume I throw away is actually a measure of success – each trial print is a little closer to what I want my final presentation print to be.”
Tom has also developed an appreciation for the precision and craftsmanship of classic cameras. He still has his father’s Balda Jubilette and his father-in law’s Argus C3. Ask him to tell you the story behind his Rolleicord III. Also sitting on the shelf is a Minolta SRT-101 – his first SLR. While not quite yet classics, his working cameras – Fuji 6×7 and 6×9 rangefinders and a Sinar F1 4×5 are no longer made and he hasn’t seen anything come along that would be better.
Tom was introduced to the Willits Photography Club by Art Butterfield.