I have been taking photos since roughly 1966, so I've seen a fair amount of evolution (dare I say progress?) in photo technology over the years. I remember my very first SLR camera, a Mamiya/Sekor with an external light metering system. I tried, vainly to get closeup bird photos with a cheap Steinheil 200mm. lens, and later graduated to a stop-down Schneider 360mm. tele. Ah, those were the days!
I have stuck with Nikon equipment since 1968. Now that Nikon is selling VR versions of the supertelephoto lenses I can stop musing about possibly switching to Canon :). Since I am not getting any younger, I splurged recently and acquired a couple of large, heavy telephotos, including a Nikon 600 f4. Carrying it into the field along with tripod and gimbal head has become part of my workout routine. Heavy!
I also use my D500 and D850 DSLR's with a fun variety of older lenses. A while back I acquired, amazingly cheaply, Nikon 500mm. f4P and 600mm. f5.6 superteles. These are manual focus lenses, but frankly, I have lived most of my life without relying on autofocus, and I consider AF to be a luxury, not a necessity, even for bird photography. Sometimes I even use these old lenses!
For family photos and such, I use shorter lenses, of course, and I also have a few tiny digicams (my favorite is the Nikon Coolpix P7800), one of which I almost always carry in a pocket wherever I go, just in case that unexpected shot beckons at a moment's notice. Recently I started using a micro four-thirds rig for my vacation-with-my-wife bird photography.
I'm forever trying to learn how to use Photoshop properly, mostly using the old trial and error approach. Sometimes I struggle, and wonder whether an old dog indeed can learn new tricks. I'll keep trying.
I confess that part of what I enjoy is the playing with toys aspect of photography, i.e.,over the years I have accumulated a bunch of old lenses, tripods, cameras, etc., and I like to fool around with them. I love trying to coax good photos out of cheap equipment even in cases where I own something that is by most measures more elaborate.
I enjoy seeing others’ photos here in Flickr. I try to learn from what other people do well, or even not so well. Now the negative stuff: I won’t follow people who don’t bother to label their photos, and I am increasingly prone to unfollow people who 1) don’t include any EXIF data with their pictures; or 2) take bird photos but don’t follow me back even after a while (yes, ego is involved here, but I also think it is a matter of courtesy).
Photos of Doug Greenberg (5)
- Chickadee, Nuthatch, Titmouse and Wren 5,136 photos, 352 members
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR 28 photos, 20 members
- Birdshare 674,787 photos, 9,369 members
- The Birds Of Flickr 310,019 photos, 4,081 members
- Northern California Birds 6,631 photos, 165 members
- Wild Bird Photography 346,152 photos, 3,700 members
- Bird Fanatics! (No Limits) 1,305,841 photos, 23,770 members
- Nikon - Nature 98,872 photos, 1,494 members
- Family Paridae, Chickadees and Tits of the World 1,280 photos, 87 members
- Rare Birds of California 2,372 photos, 159 members
- Barn Cats 343 photos, 63 members
- Sigma 70-300 APO Macro 17,616 photos, 743 members
- Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary 1,548 photos, 82 members
- Hummingbirds-Passion 1,704 photos, 142 members
- Best of The Birds 436,872 photos, 13,714 members
- Panasonic Lumix G9 5,067 photos, 358 members
- Olympus 300mm F4.0 3,118 photos, 176 members
- Thraupidae : Tanagers Only 2,233 photos, 179 members
- Birds Of Ecuador 4,221 photos, 107 members
- Ecuador - WildLife Photography 2,899 photos, 73 members
- Kenko Teleconverters 2,156 photos, 181 members
- FLICKR NATURE 4,335,317 photos, 70,083 members
- Nature Photography 3,405,534 photos, 86,109 members
- flickr (unofficial) 6,533,181 photos, 119,427 members
- Wildlife Photographs 260,112 photos, 5,089 members
- Natural Costa Rica 16,655 photos, 725 members
- Costa Rica Nature 2,941 photos, 98 members
- Panasonic 100-400 f/4-6.3 13,987 photos, 695 members
- Kowa Scoping 1,484 photos, 55 members
- Digiscoped Bird Photography & Forum 7,289 photos, 326 members
- Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 4,138 photos, 652 members
- Rokinon/Samyang 14mm F/2.8 ED-IF UMC 5,302 photos, 891 members
- Birds 1,133,823 photos, 21,527 members
- Nikon Nikkor 800mm F/5.6 ED-IF Ai-S (Manual Focus) 271 photos, 71 members
- Warblers Only 10,820 photos, 512 members
- Shorebirds of North America 3,279 photos, 143 members
- Raptors Of North America 63,169 photos, 1,914 members
- Avocets 707 photos, 120 members
- Shorebirds (aka Waders) 28,327 photos, 1,382 members
- Juncos, Juncos, and more Juncos! 5,491 photos, 1,047 members
- Chickadees 4,534 photos, 506 members
- Cats! Cats! Cats! 182,981 photos, 21,925 members
- Bay Area Bird Photographers (BABP) 2,827 photos, 39 members
- Nikkor 500mm AI-P f/4 842 photos, 67 members
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM SPORTS 2,121 photos, 177 members
- PhoneScoping 313 photos, 54 members
- WATER TAXI 108 photos, 19 members
- Sony RX10 Photography 25,615 photos, 1,067 members
- Tortoises, turtles and terrapins - zoo, wild or pets 4,711 photos, 1,098 members
- Finches and Sparrows 15,917 photos, 744 members
"One of the photostream in flickr I enjoy the most. I am always looking for more of Doug's pictures. He is amazing with the camera capturing anything but specially my very favorite "Birds", also very knowlogeable about this subject. It is a priviledge to be his contact and to be able to see his great work at any time. Thanks Doug."
May 28th, 2008
- Doug Greenberg
- January 2007
- Palo Alto, California
- Berkeley, California, USA
- I am:
- college instructor, very close to retired