Deril (Oogie) Schmitt – Featured Photographer – April 2017

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Oogie Schmitt is a man of many talents and fun stories from his life.  He spent several  years in Trona, CA, home of the “Pinnacles”.  Oogie recently led an outing to theMojave Desert including a few hours in Trona.  Not much left of it now as satiriclly portrayed by the road sign.

Oogie outlines his Photographic Journey below:

My photo journey started in the 8th grade when I was caddying at the Topeka country club and I picked up a photo magazine. I read it from cover to cover and began to save enough to buy my first camera. Some family issues sent me to Trona CA. where I began the 9th grade.  Unfortunately something happened to the camera
and with it my interest in Photography.

However, a friends father had a dark room and I learned how to develop and print in black and white. Fast forward to early 60’s.  I got married.   Three little boys came along and it was time for a camera.   At first a point and shoot then a SLR with the requisite lenses and I was off to my own darkroom.

Many years later I was introduced to Digital and a new journey began.  I am still on that journey today.

See some of his photos here.

See images from the club outing to the Mohave desert here.

Read about Trona here.

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