My name is Brian Hechel. I was born and raised just outside of Black Creek, WI along the right-of way for the Green Bay & Western Railroad. It was at this time I developed a lifelong interest in trains. At the age of 15 I moved to Racine, WI a couple of blocks away from the Chicago and Northwestern mainline. As most railfans know trains and photography go side-by-side. My interest in photography began in high school, but without the darkroom and lab facilities, I found it difficult to keep my interest outside of school and after graduation I set down the camera.


After high school I started working for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, where I was reintroduced to photography by two co-workers and friends Braden C. Reich and Andrew Smith. So with their encouragement and the loan of a camera I got started in photography again. After just a couple of day trips trackside I was hooked! I purchased a Canon Rebel 2000 a Tamron 28-300 lens and loaded up with Kodachrome and Fuji Velvia.


Over the next few years Andy, Braden, and I all left the railroad to pursue employment in other fields. Another railfan, photographer, and friend Alex Mokrycki (KC9UIY) introduced Braden (KC9BLR) and I (K5GBW) to the world of amateur radio. It is through amateur radio I met one of my closest friends, Matthew Moog (KC9COY).


Fast forward several years and I bought my first DSLR, a Canon 30D. Matt, with a high interest in photography himself, also purchased a DSLR. With the cost of film no longer a factor Matt, encouraged me to explore other fields of photography. Through his encouragement I have developed an interest in landscapes and HDR processing. Photography is now one of my primary interests in life and it is rare that I don't have at least a point and shoot camera with me.

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  • JoinedJanuary 2010
  • OccupationInformation Technology
  • HometownBlack Creek, WI
  • Current cityMount Pleasant, WI
  • CountryUnited States of America
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