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)
- Nikon AF-S Teleconverter Group 3,222 photos, 69 members
- Birds in Backyards 37,985 photos, 1,174 members
- Nikon Super Teles 29,513 photos, 637 members
- Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 4,676 photos, 275 members
- Birds Feeding 24,443 photos, 1,189 members
- The best photographs from around the world 874,456 photos, 33,827 members
- Wild Birds of North America 180,180 photos, 1,840 members
- Nikon-Z7 fanapic's 1,021 photos, 96 members
- Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Z7 1,519 photos, 190 members
- Chickadee, Nuthatch, Titmouse and Wren 5,029 photos, 365 members
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR 365 photos, 104 members
- Birdshare 702,105 photos, 9,582 members
- The Birds Of Flickr 327,210 photos, 4,283 members
- Northern California Birds 7,208 photos, 167 members
- Wild Bird Photography 367,891 photos, 3,932 members
- Bird Fanatics! (No Limits) 1,319,002 photos, 24,118 members
- Nikon - Nature 102,464 photos, 1,547 members
- Family Paridae, Chickadees and Tits of the World 1,245 photos, 86 members
- Rare Birds of California 2,345 photos, 159 members
- Barn Cats 349 photos, 63 members
- Sigma 70-300 APO Macro 17,555 photos, 744 members
- Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary 1,702 photos, 96 members
- Hummingbirds-Passion (Post 1 Award 1) 2,705 photos, 183 members
- Best of The Birds 446,046 photos, 13,891 members
- Panasonic Lumix G9 8,250 photos, 479 members
- Olympus 300mm F4.0 3,653 photos, 202 members
- Thraupidae : Tanagers Only 1,970 photos, 185 members
- Birds Of Ecuador 4,354 photos, 115 members
- Ecuador - WildLife Photography 3,019 photos, 79 members
- Kenko Teleconverters 1,936 photos, 179 members
- FLICKR NATURE 4,406,455 photos, 71,825 members
- Nature Photography 3,456,587 photos, 87,616 members
- flickr (unofficial) 6,703,562 photos, 120,582 members
- Wildlife Photographs 276,200 photos, 5,387 members
- Natural Costa Rica 17,014 photos, 743 members
- Costa Rica Nature 3,054 photos, 102 members
- Panasonic 100-400 f/4-6.3 11,620 photos, 742 members
- Kowa Scoping 1,482 photos, 55 members
- Digiscoped Bird Photography & Forum 6,884 photos, 329 members
- Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 4,156 photos, 675 members
- Rokinon/Samyang 14mm F/2.8 ED-IF UMC 5,410 photos, 925 members
- Birds 1,142,838 photos, 21,711 members
- Nikon Nikkor 800mm F/5.6 ED-IF Ai-S (Manual Focus) 272 photos, 77 members
- Warblers Only 11,037 photos, 531 members
- Shorebirds of North America 3,091 photos, 157 members
- Raptors Of North America 65,726 photos, 1,980 members
- Avocets 716 photos, 121 members
- Shorebirds (aka Waders) 27,986 photos, 1,396 members
- Juncos, Juncos, and more Juncos! 5,460 photos, 1,041 members
- Chickadees 4,408 photos, 507 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