About Me - bill chizek

On the blog for Feb 17, 2017:  Update on the Everyday Sling

El Paso, TX

All Images © 2011-2017 William J. Chizek, All Rights Reserved.

Self Portrait

Bill Chizek

              When it comes to photography, I really don't have a niche; although it would be nice to have.  I shoot anything that catches my eye.  In a nutshell, I'm retired and loving life while trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do when I grow up.  Originally from Manitowoc, WI but I've lived in various places spending many years in Naples, Italy.  I now live between San Diego, CA and El Paso, TX.  I'm the father of one boy and two girls who keep life interesting.  My photography journey began in 1981 but my first camera, the Canon AE-1 Program and film photography, proved too expensive for my budget plus it cut in to my beer and pizza fund.  For nearly 26 years I traveled throughout Europe and Asia, but did little photography.  In 2006, I got the photography bug again and eased back in to digital photography with a Sony DSC-TX7 and progressed to Canon DSLR's.  I have nothing against other brands, but I found a good deal on my first Canon Rebel Xsi and was a loyal Canon user for over eight years.  Some of these photos were taken with that Rebel Xsi (aka EOS 450D), but the others were with the Rebel T3iEOS 7DEOS 6D.  Now I've come full circle and am shooting with a Sony again, the A7R.  

               As a musician since the 1970's, I was fortunate to play with incredible people (see Trombone USA). I've found similarities between music and photography, looking at a photographer’s work is similar to listening to a musician’s music. A good music lesson and a photography lesson can be similar in that you get what you need to know, but you still have to practice to improve. Photography now fills the part that music once occupied in my life.  These days when I'm shooting, it's normally with my family. A photo in my archive called Red Skies is special because it was the first sunrise my young daughters experienced. It was a special morning in Naples, Italy with my wife and girls, and Mother Nature cooperated. Needless to say, my wife is a patient woman in ways too numerous to mention here...  She is my biggest supporter and best friend. Admittedly, I’m a pain as a travel buddy because I'm constantly wondering off and lag behind shooting. My wife never gives me grief; in fact, she's never been anything but supportive, even when I exhibit symptoms of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).  Without her support, this little obsession would be just another thing I'd like to be doing. 💖

              Like I said, I take photos of anything that catches my eye; however, I especially love shooting aircraft, cars, architecture, and anything historical along the way.  I try to get my camera in my hands every day and post at least 4 new photos a week. I also post background info regarding my photos on my blog at BillChizekPhotography.net bi-weekly on Fridays.  When someone buys one of my photos I am honored every time, it means the world to me. My photos are available for purchase here with many options, just look for the "BUY" button to get started. My watermark in the lower left hand corner will not appear on your purchased photos. Please feel free to link to this site;  traffic here is a good thing and I appreciate all the help I can get. Finally, feel free to  contact me, comment on photos, and please sign my guest book.

              Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I've enjoyed taking them!


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-  Peak Design

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-  Everyday MessengerEveryday Sling camera bags, 

   Capture Pro, Slide& Cuff all by Peak Design     

-  Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055 carbon fiber tripod

-  Platypod Pro with Manfrotto 494RC2 head.

-  B+W 72mm Circular Polarizer (at Amazon)

-  B+W 72mm ND 3.0-1,000X (at Amazon)


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                   All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Bill Chizek Photography. All Images copyright © 2011-2017 William Chizek and are the exclusive property of William J. Chizek and protected under United States and International Copyright laws. Images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated (in whole or in part) without the written permission of William J. Chizek. Use of any images from BillChizekPhotography.com as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of United States and International Copyright laws.

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