My name is Chuck Lembo. I'm an architect, and operate my own architectural firm, but like many others, I have always been interested in photography. My grandfather was heavily into photography, and used to carry his camera to work every day to take pictures of his construction sites, as he was a commercial welder. He would take and develop his own pictures, and I am still in possession of many of his originals, documenting the construction of many bridges and tunnels throughout NY City. When I was 13 years old, on or about, he gave me my first and only camera lesson, explaining how to balance aperture and shutter speed to achieve exposure, on his fully manual 35mm Canon AE-1.
From that day, I was basically hooked. In college I became interested in black and white photography, having to take pictures of many architectural models for portfolios and presentations. From there, I began to explore black and white infrared photography, as I was fascinated with how the variations in the lighting of various elements made the pictures look more dramatic and intense. I used my 35mm Nikon N2000 and infrared film to explore and experiment on my own. This was somewhat of a procedure however...never knowing how pictures would come out, as the light meter wasn't relevant anymore with very dark filters attached to the lens, forcing me to rely on trial and error....and then having to ship the film out and wait weeks for the files to be emailed or the prints to be mailed back.
After purchasing a new DSLR for use on a trip to Europe, I decided to re-purpose my 15 year old Nikon D70 DSLR and had it modified permanently to take Infrared photos above 590 nanometers. This gave me the option to take full color or black and white infrared, and to explore new and different post-processing techniques, in order to achieve different results. And the instant gratification of the digital camera has been a much needed added bonus. I spend most of my time taking pictures of architecture or landscapes, and candid shots of my 6 year old daughter...when she'll let me!