Deril (Oogie) Schmitt – Featured Photographer – April 2017

Filed in Featured Photographer by on April 5, 2017 0 Comments

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.

About the Author ()

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


We welcome photography enthusiasts of ALL levels with any camera type.
We are here to share and learn from each other.
We encourage guests to attend our meetings to find out what we are all about,
and we hope you stick around and consider becoming a member.