I am a New England photographer who has been photographing the New England area and beyond for over forty years. My first professional camera was the Pentax k1000. This camera was fully manual enabling me to be as creative as I could be with the exposure settings. A lot of what I know about photography I owe to the Pentax k1000.
Back in the film days you didn't have any post processing programs or computers to help you create that unique image. Back in those days all you had was a darkroom for developing your black and white film. Things have certainly improved over the years!
Today I use Lightroom Classic cc and Photoshop cc. I also use numerous plug-in programs such as Topaz Studio, MacPhun software, and Nik software just to name a few. These programs allow me to create my vision for every image I create. Every photographer has their own vision for what they shoot. It is up to you as a photographer to embrace your own vision. Once you find and embrace your own vision the possibilities of what you can create are truly endless.
With photography I believe you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and be willing to challenge yourself with your images. What may appeal to you may not appeal to someone else. As long as you are happy with your image that should be all that matters. Before you start trying to please others you first have to please yourself! This is a philosophy that I try to live by as a photographer.
I hope you enjoy my images as much as I have enjoyed creating them!