About

I’m an amateur photographer (even that’s a stretch) and engineer residing in the hill country near Austin, TX.  God is my creator and Jesus is my savior.  My wife and I have ten children (seven of whom are still living at home).  Our family is racially mixed — white, hispanic, Apache Indian, “African” African-American, and “American” African-American.  Never a dull moment.  My real job for the past 20+ years has been designing microprocessors.  I like sports, running (OK, I don’t *like* running but I do it anyway), woodworking, camping, hiking…lots of interests.

I really enjoy taking and sharing pictures.  Many authors, bloggers, tipsters, and photographers have helped me improve my photography so I want to give back what I can by helping others (however little that may be at this point).  I really appreciate those photographers who readily share advice and act like they want to help others improve.  My favorite blogs/posts are those where the author gives some background into what they were thinking when they took the shot, how they edited it, and why they made the editing choices they did.  I can’t stand the few photographers who are all to happy to share how they know so much more than you *and* how much of an idiot you are.  See this post for more about why I’m doing this blog.

I don’t have one favorite type of photography.  I enjoy getting up at dawn to capture the sunrise or to get great light for a scene.  I love chasing the kids around the yard with the camera.  It’s fun taking pictures at a party or a wedding.  Photowalks in random spots are great.  I wasn’t overly keen on HDR when first exposed to it but have grown to be captivated by (much of) it.

There are way too many people who deserve mention for improving my photography and enhancing my enjoyment of it.  Way too many to mention all of them.  Kelbytraining.com is a great resource with a large variety of subjects to learn about.  Photo.net has tons of information.

I hope you find at least one thing to learn and/or enjoy on this site.  Please post only comments (and responses to other comments) if they are encouraging to others.  To be clear, I consider critiques to be encouraging when done for the purposes of improving the “critiquee”.  If comments degrade into the “you’re an idiot, I’m better than you, Canon/Nikon sucks” mode they’ll be gone.  Fortunately the online photography community has a very low level of that from what I’ve seen.


15 responses

  1. Michael Tuuk

    Testing…

    October 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

  2. S. Gray

    Beautiful shot!

    April 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  3. Hi Michael

    Just toured your blog, OUTSTANDING!!! Great job with it’s construction. I am Steve from Flickr groups, I help Ed manage the Flickr Group “How did you do That”. I too am an amateur photographer, learning much from the people I have met on Flickr.

    Take Care

    Steve

    August 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    • Thanks, Steve! I’m glad you found something worth looking at. One thing I love about the photography community in general is that 99% of the people are genuinely helpful and love to share — I’m learning a ton from everyone. I will check out your blog and pics very soon!

      August 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  4. Thomaz Mendoza

    Well, It seems I have come to the right place. Keep up the good work.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

    • Thomaz, I’m glad you found something you like — I hope I continue to make your visit worthwhile 🙂

      July 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

  5. A J

    Great blog!! Will be visiting often.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

  6. I just viewed your blog. It’s awesome! You have really great photos!

    November 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  7. Hi

    Yesturday i just peeped in to your blog and i saw this awesome Horses, Montana Ranch pic.The more I see the more I fall in love with this pic. I have saved this pic and at least 5 times I see this pic every day.Thank you again for the lovely pic.And yeah!!!your blog is really nice. Must say great pics.

    November 4, 2011 at 1:46 am

    • Sylvia, Thanks for stopping by and I hope I can keep posting pictures that you can like as much as that one 🙂

      November 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

  8. Felicia reed

    Hi Mike,
    I just came across your blog and I absolutely enjoy your work. I am new at photography and want to get better at it. I have a full time job, but I enjoy taking photos of my family. I cant seem to find many informal classes right now or photo field trips here lately. Everything I am finding starts in January and I would really like to use my camera more with the Holidays fast approaching. Any recommendations on photo workshops I could attend and somewhere I can get lessons on using the basics on my Canon 40 D
    Felicia

    November 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments. I have only taken one workshop (Raul Touzon) and of course you’re at the mercy of their schedule and pricing. I learned most of what I know in three ways: (1) Lots of research on the internet (including reading blogs and watching videos), (2) getting together with other photographers occasionally (random photowalks that I’d hear about) and and asking lots of questions, and (3) lots of experimentation. Precision Camera in Austin has basic “how to use your camera” classes but I’ve never taken one and can’t vouch for their usefulness (I don’t know if you’re located nearby). I’ve found photo.net to be a great resource for all sorts of photography information from very basic things to very complex things. That would be great starting point. Adorama.com has lots of tutorials as well. I hope that helps!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  9. Justin Coquat

    Mr. Tuuk, great site! Your pictures are amazing. I also like your personal testimony very much. I would actually like to discuss possibly using one of them on another web site (with all proper credit given). Would you mind responding to this post using the attached e-mail. Once you’ve done that I’ll send you my phone number and hopefully we can chat directly. I live on the far north side of San Antonio, Texas. Thanks, Justin

    July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

  10. Harold Jacobs

    Hello Michael,
    I am writing to ask your permission to use your photograph titled “A Pile of Benjamin Franklins” in my textbook Elementary Algebra.
    W. H. Freeman and Company originally published this book in 1979 and it remained in print without any changes until 2013. The sales were primarily to public and private high schools but the market steadily declined as the book got older. It is now a favorite in the home-schooling market and, for this reason, a small Christian publishing company, My Father’s World, has decided to bring it back into print. As a result, I am involved in replacing some of the original illustrations. With your permission, I would like to use it to illustrate some material on compound interest and Benjamin Franklin’s bequest in 1790 to the cities of Philadelphia and Boston. (I enjoyed seeing the picture of your family and reading your testimony.)

    July 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

    • Sorry about the slow response — I don’t keep up too well with the blog these days and also was traveling out of the country. I’ll send a private email about the photo.

      August 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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