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Member Since: November 2, 08
BiographyI have been exposed to photography one way or another for around 40 years. I set up my first darkroom with the help of my father in the basement of my home in Ohio. We developed a lot of his WWII Navy negative and made something of photo album. I can't remember what I had for a camera at that time, but I remember that he would let me use his 35mm range finder at times.
I got my first 35 mm SLR in 1979 - a Minolta XG-9 (still have it although it was replaced with a XG-M). I used it to shoot slide film primarily. During this time I was in graduate school doing electron microscopy and light photomicroscopy work (here's where you get to learn about the charateristics of light and how filters work). I actually got paid to do darkroom work, teach and to do slide presentations for the my college. Talk about the good old days. Very technical stuff, but pretty light on the artist and compositional stuff.
I went digital in about 2002 and have not looked back. Suddenly a new world opened up where you didn't have to worry about how much each picture cost or having to write done all of the technical stuff so you could remember the camera settings latter. Being something of a computer geek the digital darkroom was a natural for me.
I am still looking for the right dSLR to balance cost, quality and features. I have been pretty happy with my two Panasonic DMC FZ series cameras (FZ20 and 50) with their Leica lenses (learned about Leica and Zeiss lenses back in college and have been a fan since). The Panasonics have almost all of the same abilities as the current dSLRs but suffer form some noise problems that I sometimes find limiting.
Lately I have had the opportunity to travel all around the world on business and always take a camera (or 2) along. I also am the unofficial "official" photographer for the local high school field band, drumline and winterguard groups. I do show, practice and photo button portraits of members of the group. This summer I was asked to shoot a wedding for the first time. Talk about pressure! Of course I did get a new TTL flash out of the deal.
Artist's StatementStill trying to find my artistic side. My mother was an artist (teacher/painter) so I know (or at least suspect?) its buried in me somewhere.
Camera EquipmentCanon XSi w/ basic 50mm, 18-55 and 55-250 lens
Olympus FL36 Flash
Sunpak auto-383 Flash
Gary Fong Flash Diffusers