I used to say that I am an avid diver, but since I get (take?) less opportunity these days, lets just say I love to go and blow bubbles when and if I can. I also love to ski and have been known to carry a camera up the slopes with me. I am traveling a bit more these days, and I love for people to check out my photo/travel blog.
As for the photography stuff, I am a more in tune with the technical aspects that the artistic ones, but I hope that I am getting better. I do have fun, and I produce an occasional good shot, and more than a few fair shots which I personally like. I try not to post too many of the ones with the very obvious flaws. I have had the opportunity to shoot youth football games for a friend and have a lot more images posted on my flickr page. Shooting the sports gave me a great excuse to buy the 70-200 f/2.8 lens. I have made a little money off my shooting, producing photo books for the team and selling individual prints to parents, as well as selling a few images through a microstock stock.
I have been on the site since way back in V1 days, and enjoy it still. I tend to participate in fits and starts. My ratings tend to be inflated in the middle and it takes quite a poor shot to get 2 or 3 thumbs down. If I love a shot, even if it has a few flaws, I will give it 3 thumbs up. I also rate the better photographers and planned photo shoots harder than someone who is a novice or has taken an impromptu photo. I return critiques honestly and try to hit neglected photos, so if you want input, critique a shot of mine, there are plenty in need of good input.
I have been shooting Canon since buying an A-1 in 1979, and my current kit consists of:
My brand new Canon D60 - got to get out and play with it
Canon 20D dSLR (back-up body)
8mm Peleng (fully manual, built like a tank, but a fun semi-fisheye)
Canon 16-35 2.8L
Canon EF-S 18-55 kit lens (relegated for underwater use only)
Tonika 28-80 2.8
Canon EF-S 60mm 2.8 macro
Sigma 105 2.8 macro
Sigma 70-200 2.8
Canon 580 EXII Strobe
Aquatica housing for my 20D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for travel and when I don't want to take the dSLR with me.
I also have and should sell a Canon 100-200 4.5 (an odd duck but nice lens, push/pull, no manual focus) and a Canon 28-105 3.5/4.5, and a film Rebel in an underwater housing. All of my older underwater photos here on the site were shot with a MotorMarine II and a variety of axillary lenses, but now the dSLR shots should filter in. I have also started to pick up studio gear for my own fun. Now I can try to take well lit photos of my dogs against a muslin background which will be promptly ignored on the site.
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