Kinne has had a rich and varied life. He once had a job delivering boats—both sail and motor—from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, Trinidad and Key West. As a student, he earned a degree in psychology and holds a commercial pilot’s license. As a pilot, he has flown coast to coast six times in a Cessna 107, and once had an assignment photographing in 38 states over four months. He’s even flown banners over beaches and has visited 65 countries around the world. With the Navy, he traveled to the Antarctic seven different times documenting wildlife through photography at temperatures that reached 63 degrees below zero.
As a young man, he became so enamored with wildlife photography that he asked the photo editor at National Audubon Society, whether she thought he could make a living that way. She discouraged him, but he was not put off. He quit his job, took up his camera, and married the editor, who later became his agent.
Kinne, now 86 and living in Topsham, has done many types of photography, including nature, bird, aerial, underwater, landscape, forensic and wildlife. He laughed and said, “No fashion.” He has sold photographs to and worked for magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, National Audubon Society, and the military. He has written and photographed for several books (“Complete Book of Nature Photography,” “The Complete Book of Photographing Birds,” “Fishes of the Shallow Sea,” plus others).
His book “Life on a Coral Reef” has sold over a million copies and he recently published his first work of fiction, “Rosie’s Lightning: An Amusing Retrospection.” He shoots Canon now, once owned a complete line of Nikon gear, but traded it all to go back to Canon because he couldn’t give up one particular camera that he loved.
With such full experience, Kinne’s talk will be interesting. He plans to address “Trying to Make a Living as a Wildlife Photographer,” “How to Pack and Carry Photographic Equipment,” “How to Get through Customs,” and many other aspects of the trade.
First Light Camera Club hosts meetings three times per month from September through May, as well as photographic field trips all year long. Programs include technical nights, image critiques, photo outings, mentoring, and guest speakers. Future speakers will focus on “Videography using your DSLR,” with Kevin Fowler; “Capture to Print in Lightroom,” with Rob Sylvan; and “Photojournalism Tips” with Greta Rybus.
The Club welcomes new members from all areas who may join at any time throughout the year for a fee of $35 per year. For more information, visit www.firstlightcc.com, email [email protected], or call 207-729-6607.