Lowell Montgomery, Photographer and Web Content Strategist

Do you need a Website? Or some improvements to your current site? Or perhaps just a new look? I’m Lowell Montgomery, a UK-born British/American dual citizen who has lived and worked in both the U.S. and European Union, working as a photographer, English trainer, editor, software developer, website builder, author, and Web content strategist. My current roles are Scrum/agile consultant (Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner with many years’ experience in these methodologies), site builder, Web content strategist, and software QA consultant). I may currently be found in Portland, Oregon or Frankfurt, Germany, or maybe northern California, but can almost always be reached here.

My path in photography

My first photography course was in my middle school art program. All I had was a very basic 35mm camera with minimal settings. Its simple fixed lens had three aperture markings: icons for “sunny”, “cloudy”, and “dark”. Still, I got some photos I loved for my first black & white film course and vowed I’d come back to photography with more ideal tools.

My first “real camera”

In my early twenties, while working in scenic northern California, I remembered that vow. I saved and finally bought my first “real camera”, the Contax RTS. Previously owned by Danny Quijano, my former photography instructor at Cabrillo College, it was built like a tank and felt like perfection in my hands. And I just loved the images from my first Carl Zeiss lens. Within a few years, I had collected several more Zeiss lenses for the Contax SLR system. Then I found a good deal on Contax’s flagship professional 35mm body, the RTSIII. The engineers who designed the Contax RTSIII were real innovators… A “real-time vacuum” sucked the film flat before each exposure and pre-exposure flash metering allowed one to check studio flash metering, through the lens, without actually exposing film. It was an incredible machine.

Contax RTS with W-3 Winder
Contax RTS with W-3 Winder, exactly my first “real camera”
Self-portrait shot on film years before "going digital"
Self-portrait in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, shot with my first “real camera”, the Contax RTS in the early 90s. (Scanned some years later with Nikon Coolscan 2000 scanner and Silverfast HDR software.)

For a while, I moonlighted as a stock photographer, shooting 35mm and medium format transparencies before I moved abroad to live in Germany, where, in the end, I found myself building websites and working in the awesome open-source community, something I do to this day! For some time, I was involved, full-time in the European Drupal community, then got into other software projects, too.

Building Drupal-Based Websites

I spent several years working on web/software development projects with a high level of complexity. It kept me so busy that I no longer had time to maintain projects I’d started before. I finally realized that I wanted to take what I’d learned and reserve some time to create some websites “for myself”, once again and get back into regular connection with the Drupal open source community I’d become a part of. I still work in the Drupal community, but also sometimes build sites in WordPress.

This project is WordPress-Based

Wordpress logo
LoweMo.photo is “Powered by WordPress”

This site is built on WordPress, mainly since I wanted to use the Symbiostock plugin, currently only made for WordPress. If you need a new WordPress or Drupal site built, not only am I experienced at building sites, on my own, but I’m also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). I’m an agile development strategist, who can help get your multi-developer project running.

HDR Photography, Software, and Techniques

Back in my days of using film, I had HDR scanning software to improve the dynamic range of my scans. Once again, I try to push the limits of my gear by using HDR to boost the dynamic range the camera can see. It allow me to create images that better approximate the way things look to the human eye. The software I use also allows me to experiment and add drama and interest to my photos.

This site displays the resulting work (my portfolio) and shares the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m honest to a fault. I do hope to offset the costs and the endless work that goes into building and maintaining a site like this. Monetization may include affiliate links, but that will not include recommendations for gear, software, or anything else that I’m not fully happy with, myself.