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Wick Harbour, Scotland, with the ex-RMAS Fleet Tender Ilchester and windmill blades to the left and the river in the center.Zoomviewer
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I help Commons in a variety of ways as an Administrator, Bureaucrat, and CheckUser and by creating and uploading images, mostly lighthouses and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. These include

Commons really does work as a source of images for the world.

I also find and upload other useful images, mostly lighthouses.

Professionally, I've been a high-tech entrepreneur for a long time. As part of that I have done a lot of copyright work, licensing in and out from and to the USA, Europe, and Japan. I learned programming in CORC on a Burroughs 220 -- a vacuum tube computer -- and have programmed in Assembler, Fortran and BASIC on a wide variety of hardware over the years, both professionally and for my own use.

Most of my graphic arts knowledge comes from being one of the four founders of Iris Graphics in 1985. Iris made the first successful color printer used for proofing in the printing industry. I started working with vector graphics (AutoCAD) in 1985 and raster graphics (mostly Corel Photo-Paint) around 1990.

I started as a photographer with a Brownie Hawkeye in the late fifties. I soon graduated to a Ricoh 35mm rangefinder camera. A friend occasionally let me borrow his Kodak Retina IIIC. While in high school and college, I used a variety of older small, medium, and large format cameras, including a Leica IIIg, several 4x5 view cameras and a 2¼x3¼ Graflex single lens reflex. I bought my first Nikon F while in college, where I did free-lance professional photography as well as working for the yearbook and another a few years later. Subsequently, I have used a Sinar 4x5 view, two Mamyia Universal Press 6x9, several Crown and Speed Graphics in both 2¼x3¼ and 4x5, three Nikon F3, two Nikon F4, a Nikon D1, and now a Nikon D7100 as well as several point and shoots and mobile phones. I have taken pictures in sixty countries, on all continents except Antarctica.

My wife, Dee, and I have been sailing together for fifty years, including both a circumnavigation and a later trip across the Atlantic. We went to Cape Breton Island in summer 2015 and the Bay of Fundy in 2016, up the Hudson River in 2017, and a 5,200 mile trip up the Saint Lawrence River through 40 locks to all five Great Lakes in 2018. Our 2022 trip took us up the Hudson again, west on the Erie Canal, north on the Oswego Canal, across Lake Ontario, down the Saint Lawrence River to the Richelieu River, up the Richelieu and through the Chambly Canal to Lake Champlain, and down the Chaplain Canal to the Hudson. 1300 miles and 59 locks. We both hold Master's Licenses. I raced actively for 25 years. My wife and I are both members of the Cruising Club of America.

We're also railfans, and have railfanned on all the continents where there are railroads. That has included travel or photography on eleven different rail gauges and three dual gauges, and having driven both steam and diesel locomotives.

I belong to the school of "different ships, different long splices" -- there is almost always more than one way to do something on a ship -- and much prefer a balanced point of view both in action and in writing.

Jim Woodward


At least one: Countries and Territories Counties, Divisions, Provinces, and States
Year: Flag of the United States  Flag of England   Flag of Boston  Flag of Chicago  Flag of Dorset  Flag of Illinois  Flag of Indiana  Flag of Massachusetts  Flag of New York  

Month: Flag of Canada  Flag of French Polynesia  Flag of Antigua and Barbuda  Flag of Australia  Flag of Indonesia  Civil Ensign of New Zealand  Flag of Thailand   Flag of Arizona  Flag of Florida  Flag of Maine  Flag of Maryland  Flag of Michigan  Flag of Nevada  Flag of New Hampshire  Flag of Nova Scotia  Flag of Ontario  Flag of Quebec 

Week: Flag of Bermuda    Flag of the Cook Islands  Flag of Costa Rica  Flag of Ecuador  Flag of Egypt  Flag of Eritrea  Flag of Fiji  Flag of Greece  Flag of Israel  Flag of Japan  Flag of Malaysia  Civil Ensign of Malta  Flag of Oman  Flag of Panama  Flag of Portugal  Flag of Samoa  Civil Ensign of Singapore  Flag of Spain  Flag of Sri Lanka  Flag of Sweden  Flag of Tonga  Flag of Tunisia  Flag of Turkey   Flag of California  Flag of Connecticut  Flag of Colorado  Flag of Minnesota  Flag of Pennsylvania  Flag of Rhode Island  Flag of Vermont  Flag of Virginia  Flag of Wisconsin  Flag of Devon  Flag of The Galápagos  Flag of The City of London  Flag of the Marquesas Islands  Flag of New Brunswick  Flag of the Northern Territory  Flag of Prince Edward Island  Flag of Queensland  Flag of Tahiti  Flag of the Tuamotu Archipelago  

Day: Flag of American Samoa  Flag of the United States Virgin Islands  Flag of Anguilla  Flag of the British Virgin Islands  Flag of Denmark  Flag of Gibraltar  Flag of India  Flag of Jamaica  Flag of Maldives  Flag of Netherlands  Flag of Puerto Rico  Flag of Saint-Martin  Flag of Sint Maarten  Flag of Scotland  Flag of Sudan  Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands  Flag of Wales  Flag of Yemen   Flag of Alabama  Flag of Washington, D.C.  Flag of Georgia  Flag of Hawaii  Flag of Iowa  Flag of Kansas  Flag of Louisiana  Flag of Missouri  Flag of Nebraska  Flag of New Jersey  Flag of New Mexico  Flag of North Carolina  Flag of Ohio  Flag of Oklahoma  Flag of South Carolina  Flag of Tennessee  Flag of Texas  Flag of Utah  Flag of Washington  Flag of West Virginia  Flag of Bora Bora  Flag of Cornwall  Flag of Hampshire  

Hour: Flag of Cuba  Flag of Cyprus  Flag of Finland  Flag of Haiti  Flag of Iceland  Flag of Ireland  Flag of Italy  Flag of Lebanon  Flag of Northern Ireland  Flag of Syria Flag of Delaware  Flag of Wyoming  

The flags shown are the courtesy flags we flew in places visited by sea, not necessarily the national flag.
Flying over a jurisdiction does not count, but traveling through by railroad, boat, or car does.
The layout is adapted from en:User:Niagara, thank you.


Cameras I have used, in more or less chronological order:


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