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)

  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) by Hamilton Images
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) by Hamilton Images
  • California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) by Hamilton Images
  • Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) - male by Hamilton Images
  • It's a COOT - Ah Tell Yer - it's a COOT! by Hot Flash Photography
 

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    BButterflies says:

    "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

Name:
Doug Greenberg
Joined:
January 2007
Hometown:
Palo Alto, California
Currently:
Berkeley, California, USA
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Occupation:
college instructor, very close to retired