I'm a military brat born in Washington, D.C. and I moved to Alaska at age three. I didn't actually live in a "state" until I was six years old, when Alaska became the 49th state. I went to high school in Japan, North Dakota, Mississippi, New York, and Colorado. I eventually settled down in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I'm now a cheerful old grandpa living with my beautiful wife Mary Ann.
I won my first photography award in Misawa, Japan on my 13th birthday, and I shot my first panorama at age 17 with my dad, Lee Fink, using a Mamiya Press 6x9 to photograph Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Back then we printed each photo separately, used a razor to trim the overlap, and glued the pictures to heavy mat board. Unfortunately, my seams always showed, and I quickly lost interest in panoramas.
But in 1997 I bought my first digital camera and within hours I was making my first panoramas that didn't have glue oozing through the seams, and I became so fascinated with interactive panoramas they eventually took over my life.
In 2005 I became the first VR photographer in the world to shoot full spherical panoramas with a helicopter. After shooting over 500 aerial panoramas from helicopters around the country, I started using a DJI quadcopter to shoot my aerials, partially because I like being in charge, but mainly because the total cost of the quadcopter was about the same as the cost to charter a helicopter for one hour.
I’m also a Google Trusted Photographer shooting Street View virtual tours inside businesses in the Twin Cities.
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Minneapolis, MN USA
October 7, 2020 1:48 AM UTC (8:48 AM local time)
Saint Paul, MN
September 30, 2020 2:47PM UTC (9:47 AM local time)
Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
June 30, 2016 11:17 UTC (6:17 PM local time)
Dayton, Ohio, USA
June 20, 2008 - 17:48 UTC (11:48 AM local time)
Roseville, Minnesota, USA
September 22, 2005 - 21:50 UTC (15:50 local time)
Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, Massachusetts, USA
09/18/2004, 6:42 PM EST