I've been snapping away since I got my first camera -- an Argus 35mm SLR which "fell" off my brother's truck -- in 1977.
I shot exclusively in black and white for many years, and did all my own developing and printing. At the peak of my b & w days I shot Jesse Jacson's famous presidential campaign rally in Harlem (see folder, "Jessie Jackson in Harlem: 1984").
My first digital camera was a SONY Mavica with a very limited 640 x 480 resolution. I quickly graduated to a more respectable 3.2 megapixel Olympus 3030-Z, then a 5.2 megapixel Minolta Dimage 7, then am 8 megapixel Minolta A2, and finally got serious when I purchased a Canon EOS 20D, upon which my use of film rapidly declined. I then purchased a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EOS 40D, followed more recently by a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D.
My recent works (see the "Critters" folder among others) feature numerous species of birds, animals, insects, flowers, and other critters of the day and night found within the city limits of Brooklyn, New York. Nature'ÃÂÃÂs life and death struggles, both her beauty and her terror, are dramatically documented. These are events we typically fail to notice as we hurry off to work or school.
The "Squirrel Land" folder is one of my favorites. It's a unique collection of squirrels at work and at play. It includes life and death struggles versus their main city enemy, the red tailed hawk (see the folder "The Perils of Rocky and the Hawk"), close up shots of rare white squirrels, black squirrels formerly from Canada, outrageously funny shots, and more!
"New York Harbor" is another interesting folder, and contains an expansive collection of rare and unusual shots taken throughout the New York waterfront.
You're welcome to browse around and stay for a while. Your comments and critiques will be greatly appreciated.
You can also visit my new web site at: michaelcastellanophotos.com
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