Photography of Roy Thoman


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I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I would grab my mom and dad’s Kodak Instamatic whenever I could. My grandfather was the photographer of the family. He was the one always taking pictures at family gatherings. Whenever my grandparents would get back from a trip Grandpa would show us a slide show of the places he had visited. Places like Cypress Gardens in Florida or Bryce Canyon in Utah. I loved looking at his travel and family photos! I knew that one day I wanted to create my own photos. With the birth of my son, I started taking my own family photos. I bought my first 35mm SLR camera an Olympus OM10. I soon started taking photos of other things too. I seemed to have a knack for taking photos that friends and family thought were pretty good. I joined a local camera club. This is where I learned to make my photography more creative. The club had good speakers on various photo techniques. I learned allot about exposure and composition. I highly recommend joining your local camera club; it is a great place to learn if you are just starting. This is also where I learned about black and white photography. I set up my own dark room in the basement and started developing and printing my own work all those years ago. I still enjoy getting in the darkroom and making a great print. I get nostalgic for film. Anyway, that’s how all of this started many years ago and although there have been many cameras, new technology, college, jobs, awards, assignments, fun! I still remember my grandfather’s photos and his inspiration.

I was born and raised in York, PA. I now live in Titusville, FL.

64 responses

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a great safe week


    November 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • Your welcome! I enjoyed reading your posts. It was nice of you to stop by my blog as well. Have a great day!


      November 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  2. Hi there
    Stumbled across your blog and I have to tell you, I don’t regret it! I like how you see certain abstract patterns in whatever is around you. Looking forward to see more from you!


    December 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    • Thanks for stoping by Charlie! I’m glad you liked my photos. I see you are from Switzerland, my family came from Bubendorf a few centuries ago. I had the opportunity a while back to visit that area, it was a great trip.


      December 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  3. You’re welcome!
    Haha, I know Bubendorf, I have a friend who lives there 😉


    December 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  4. Great blog, I like your work! Looking forward to more


    January 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    • Thank you, I appreciate your comment, I hope to be posting more soon.


      January 21, 2013 at 5:38 am

  5. Greetings from a far away land,
    I loved how your biography was a journey of creativity life experience that kept the flame of your grandfathers’ memory alive. He sounds like a great person to have been around. I also love black and white photography, the textures and detail can give some beautiful outcomes. Take great care and God bless.


    February 8, 2013 at 5:46 am

    • Thank You! My grandfather was a huge influence in my life, not just my photography. There is nothing like getting in the darkroom and making magic happen! Have fun and take lots of photos!


      February 9, 2013 at 2:59 am

      • You are most welcome and the pleasure is mine indeed. It’s obvious you loved your grandfather, which brings me great joy. Unfortunately I didn’t grow up with any grandparents, so I love stories such as yours, that give me childhood memories that I wished I had experienced. God bless you in every way.


        February 9, 2013 at 4:29 am

  6. Hi Roy,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, the like and follow. I have enjoyed checking out your blog as well. -Steve


    February 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    • Thanks Steve! I enjoyed looking through your blog too.


      February 9, 2013 at 3:04 am

  7. Hi Roy, good news!

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award.

    The rules of this award are at



    February 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo! I appreciate it very much. 😀


    February 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    • Your very welcome Jackie! I enjoyed your blog.


      February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  9. Thank you for stopping by Clicks & Corks and liking one of my posts: much appreciated!
    You have a very nice blog which I have enjoyed checking out!
    Take care


    February 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    • Thank you Stefano! I’m glad that you enjoyed my blog. You have some wonderful images on your blog. I need to stop back and look at a few more.


      February 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  10. You somehow found my blog on photography. Now I am glad you did and now I am aware of yours.


    February 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. You have a great blog too.


      February 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  11. Junsjazz

    Hello Roy! Can I have the honor of featuring your and your works in my digital magazine? It’s not a commercial endeavor, just an ongoing online project of mine. I plan to come out with Issue #7 by end of March. Here’s a link to the previous issues where I have showcased some photo bloggers: It would be great to have you in the upcoming issue. Much thanks. I await your reply. Keep on clicking with your wonderful images. Best regards! ~JJ


    March 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • Thank you JJ! I enjoy looking at your digital magazines. I always get inspired when I see the work that other photographers are doing. It makes me want to try harder to make a good image. Your digital magazines are a great source of inspiration. It would be an honor to be part of one of your issues. Thank you for thinking of me. Roy


      March 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      • Junsjazz

        Hi Roy! Thank you for the go signal. I don’t want to bother you with anything so just trust me to pick out 6 to 7 of the best images in your blog (that pelican on the pier will surely be one of them). But I do have a small request. Can you make a short write-up about yourself? 4 to 5 sentences on how you started in photography, what you look out for when taking images, stuff like that. Please email me the write up at Welcome aboard Issue 7! Thanks again and best regards!~JJ


        March 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      • Thank you JJ. I will get that to you shortly.


        March 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

  12. Thank you for discovering my blog It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy.


    March 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    • Thank You Harold! I’m sure that we both will enjoy.


      March 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      • Junsjazz

        Hello Roy! I’m following up on that write up for the digital magazine. Your feature page has all been laid out, just waiting for the short write up to complete it. Sorry for the bother. I hope we can have it this weekend. Much thanks. Cheers!~JJ


        March 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

      • I’m sorry JJ, I sent that to you last week. I just resent it to you, so if you don’t have it let me know.
        Thanks Roy


        March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

  13. Hi Roy, I have to tell you, you remind me of my uncle (and that’s a good thing). Your work is so beautiful and sensitive and in your photo you look like a tuff guy. My uncle also has a big beard (and a ton of tattoos) yet the poetry he writes brings tears to the eye. Keep up the good work and keep ’em guessing 🙂


    April 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    • Hi Maryanne, Well your uncle must be a really great guy! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! My wife calls that my angry viking look. She likes my sensitive side too. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, when I was taking that self portrait, I was concentrating on getting the photo and I forgot to smile. 🙂


      April 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  14. thank you for visiting…wonderful photos, very inspirational! 🙂


    May 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    • Thank you Heather for stopping by my blog as well. 🙂


      May 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  15. Hi Roy,
    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post..I am glad to find you in blogosphere..It brings pleasure while looking at your photos..I ll take a look at all your photos when I find time,,Have a great day ahead 🙂


    May 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    • Thank you Praveena! I’m glad that you liked my photos! I hope that you have a great day as well. 🙂


      May 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  16. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog, “Snapshots.” I like your photography. Your landscapes are beautiful.


    May 5, 2013 at 2:53 am

    • Thank You Charles! I enjoyed the photography and your travels on your blog as well.


      May 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  17. Sounds like you have had a wonderful life journey. I’m sure ‘grandpa’ will always be proud of you. I’ll be back to prove some more. PEACE –


    May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    • I’m sure he will! 🙂


      May 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

      • Thank you. I didn’t mean I’d be back to ‘prove’. I meant to be back to ‘peruse’. 🙂


        May 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

  18. Congratulations, Roy!

    I have nominated your blog for the Seed of Light Award.

    More about this nomination is at


    May 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  19. Isn’t it great living with a beach nearby? Your beach photos are awesome and I also love your low key portrait photography! Great blog.


    June 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    • Thank you Joy! I like going to the beach. I don’t seem to get there very often though. I really like doing low key portraits.


      June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      • I do too, but haven’t done many. Doesn’t seem to be much of a market for it around here. I just do it for my own enjoyment 🙂


        June 20, 2013 at 8:05 am

      • We need to make images for our own enjoyment. Otherwise we will lose touch with our creativity.


        June 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

      • That is true! I enjoy that the most.


        June 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

  20. Thank you kindly for dropping by wePoets,it’s much appreciated. We’d be happy to showcase your photography should you want to share. 🙂


    September 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    • Your very welcome! It’s always good to share. 🙂


      September 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  21. Thank you for your visit.
    My first Camera in 1975 was a Kodak Instamatic!
    Great Camera for a young boy!


    October 4, 2013 at 5:41 am

    • Thanks autopict! I enjoyed your blog! Yes they were great cameras for a young boy. I would like to play with one again. It would be nice to see how it would work now that I actually know how to take a photo. 😀


      October 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  22. Hi Roy, Thank you for following my photography blog. I hope you’re inspired. I am enjoying looking around your blog– love your work! Will look forward to following you. Happy shooting!


    October 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    • Thank you Jane! I was inspired by the images on your blog. Your landscapes are beautiful!


      October 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  23. Thanks for the recent visit to (and follow of) my blog. It led me here and I’ve enjoyed perusing the last few entries you’ve posted. The subject matter is eclectic but your eye is consistently strong. Great stuff!


    October 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    • You are very welcome kerry! I enjoyed looking through your blog. Your images are breathtaking!


      October 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  24. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Sorry it took me so long to return the visit. I’m having trouble keeping up lately due to a big move and house renovations, and I didn’t want to come by until I had time to look around. Which I do now. So I’m going to look around. 🙂


    November 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • I Know how you feel! 😀 I have been short on time lately myself.


      December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

  25. Good morning Roy,

    Looks to me like your creative block is getting a lot better. But, I do understand those monster blocks.

    Thank you for “Liking” the post “Angel In The Sand”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,


    February 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog, love your work!!


    March 7, 2014 at 1:49 am

  27. You are living in a good place for capturing launches. I am envious.


    August 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    • Thanks Jim! Yes this is a great place for launches. I can literally watch them from my living room window. But usually find a nice spot around town.

      Liked by 1 person

      August 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      • We enjoyed seeing the GOES-E launch this spring from the Saturn-V viewing site. Our son-in-law arranged for our guest passes. I’d been to the Cape in 1972 for a class but never was back for a launch. It was great fun.

        Liked by 1 person

        August 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm

  28. I was able to watch 3 shuttle launches from the Saturn V building. That is my favorite rocket launch viewing site!


    August 28, 2018 at 6:48 am

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