I am an amateur hobby photographer. I purchased a new Nikon D50 in May 2006 and have been enjoying the DSLR experience. I started with the 18-55mm kit lens and later purchased a 70-300mm G lens. I loved both of them, but got the bug for the 18-200VR, so I sold the 18-55 and 70-300 on eBay and made the move to the 18-200VR. I also have a 50mm 1.8, which is an awesome low-priced lens, but to be honest, my 18-200VR doesn't come off my camera very often.
I have recently started experimenting with HDR, using Photomatix Pro, which is a lot of fun. I like taking pictures of old buildings, anything rusty or crusty, landscapes, animals, and since I love cars, I do have a few pictures of them too.
Please visit my photostream often and don't hesitate to make comments, either positive or to offer constructive criticism. That's how us ameteurs learn to get better.
I have been married for 38 years and luckily my wife tolerates my photographer hobby (until I want to purchase a new accessory).
UPDATED April 1, 2008.
I thought I would update my equipment profile. I recently purchased a new Nikon D80 and a Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 lens. My D80 came with the 18-135mm, so I sold my 18-200VR. Probably a mistake, but the 18-135 is a good walk-around lens and I find that I use my 80-200 most of the time when I'm out on a serious shoot.
Another equipment update - Aug. 8, 2008
I know...a photographer is never satisfied with his equipment and I am a good example of that. I just purchased a new Tamron 200-500mm lens. I haven't had much of a chance to try it out yet, so I'll keep you informed.
Update: February 2009
My wife's going to kill me, but I bought another lens. I just puchased a Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens and so far I really love it. It gives me a nice compliment to my 18-135 and my Tamron 200-500.
Update: March 2009
Since I lived through the last upgrade (see above), I thought I would risk it one more time. When BestBuy.com recently offered the Nikon D200 for $599, I just couldn't resist.
Equipment update: August 2009
Here I go again. When Sigma came out with the 18-250mm OS HSM recently, I was sceptical, but I started to read some pretty impressive reviews, so I thought...what the heck. I am hoping it can replace my 18-135 and 70-300mm lenses, so I don't have to change lenses as often. So far, I really like it, but I want to try it out a little longer before I dump the other two lenses.
Another lens update: September 2009
I was so impressed with the Sigma 18-250mm that I bought a Sigma 150-500mm to complement it. So far, I think it was a good buy. I will definitely be selling my Nikon 18-135, 70-300vr and Tamron 200-500. Thank goodness for eBay.
UPDATE: January 2010
I found a good deal on a Nikon 300mm f/4 lens on eBay and thought I would give it a try. So far, if you can hold it steady, you can get some VERY sharp shots with it.
UPDATE: February 2010
I had some issues with my D200 and after sending it in to the GeekSquad once and to Nikon the second time, neither one could find the problem so Best Buy gave me my money back (I had a protection plan). Sadly, I couldn't afford a new D300 or D300s, so I bought a D90. I really liked the bigger, heavier body of the D200, but the D90 gets great reviews, so it should be fine.
Another Equipment Update: Sept. 2010
I just purchased a new Sigma APO DG 70-200mm f/2.8 II Macro HSM. I liked the Nikon 300 f/4, but really wanted a zoom lens that I could use for indoor sports and other low-light situations. So far, I think I made a good choice. I would have loved the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR but they were nearly three times as much money and the new Sigma OS was twice as much.
I haven't updated my equipment information for quite some time, so here is my current setup. I am shooting with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150-500mm lens, which rarely comes off my camera. I also have a D5000 which I usually use to photograph the grandkids.
January 2014 update:
Just before Christmas (2013) I bought a Nikon D7000 as an update to my old trusty D90. It came with an 18-140mm, so I gifted my D90 and the 18-105mm I had on my wife's D5100 and put the 18-140mm on her camera. So far I am real happy with the D7000, which I will normally (probably always) have my old Sigma 150-500mm lens.
Lens update, March 2016.
I just purchased a used Tamron 150-600mm lens to shoot wildlife with my Nikon D7000. So far I really like it.
Update: February 2017
Last year I upgraded to a D7200 (still have the D7000) and recently purchased a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6. Still doing mostly wildlife, especially birds.
- Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Users Group 808 photos, 108 members
- NIKON D500 GROUP 4,785 photos, 111 members
- Nikon D500 DSLR 2,720 photos, 75 members
- Nikon D500 Photo 2,773 photos, 75 members
- Nikon D500 & 200-500mm Lens 1,068 photos, 94 members
- NIKON D500 -PROFI DX Kamera 8,141 photos, 282 members
- Nikon D500 wildlife shots 1,947 photos, 156 members
- NIKON D500 DSLR DX 9,285 photos, 201 members
- Nikon D500 Official Group 6,653 photos, 265 members
- Nikon D500 8,203 photos, 222 members
- Nikon D500 Users 13,660 photos, 541 members
- Nikon D500 User Group 11,632 photos, 372 members
- Nikon D500 User's Group 65,131 photos, 2,506 members
- NIKON D500 CLUB 17,558 photos, 648 members
- D500 Club 51,963 photos, 1,935 members
- Kenko Teleconverters 1,969 photos, 164 members
- Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR 56,037 photos, 2,590 members
- Nikon/Nikkor 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR 1,691 photos, 74 members
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR 2,547 photos, 116 members
- Nikon 200-500 5.6 VR 8,525 photos, 357 members
- Motorcycle Cruiser, Honda Shadow 564 photos, 166 members
- Honda Motorcycles 22,679 photos, 2,375 members
- My Motorcycle 8,505 photos, 894 members
- Nikon D7000, D7100 & D7200 Excellence 1,203 photos, 256 members
- Nikon 7200 58,792 photos, 2,089 members
- Nikon D7200: From Snapshots to Great Shots 16,086 photos, 360 members
- Nikon D7100 / D7200/ D7500 CLUB 299,842 photos, 7,148 members
- Nikon D7200 Club 54,643 photos, 1,536 members
- Nikon D7200 Official Group 90,135 photos, 3,216 members
- Nikon D7200 89,538 photos, 2,155 members
- Nikon Nature D7200 15,657 photos, 924 members
- Nikon Coolpix P900 10,744 photos, 292 members
- Nikon - Nature 77,466 photos, 1,303 members
- Nikon Digital Magic 705,341 photos, 8,912 members
- Nikon Coolpixes 43,240 photos, 836 members
- Nikon Coolpix Nature 4,932 photos, 79 members
- Nikon Coolpix P Series User Group 10,458 photos, 319 members
- Nikon Coolpix Users (formerly Addicts) Group 109,969 photos, 2,264 members
- Birds of Prey 41,114 photos, 2,105 members
- Raptors Of North America 60,850 photos, 1,786 members
- Bald Eagles 18,606 photos, 924 members
- Eagles of the World 31,242 photos, 4,349 members
- Eagle Photography 17,284 photos, 1,824 members
- Nikon P900 users 12,526 photos, 397 members
- NIKON P900 23,621 photos, 751 members
- Official Jeep® Group 17,847 photos, 2,562 members
- Corvette are cool 1,305 photos, 57 members
- Corvette City 4,894 photos, 286 members
- Corvettes Old and New 7,383 photos, 330 members
- (C4) Corvettes 919 photos, 147 members
"JC is my uncle and you can't say a bad thing about family but I would say great things about JC even if he wasn't family. I always admired his equipment and his work, and he is the reason I am now very much involved in this hobby!! Thank you JC and wish for your continued spectacular works of art!!!"
December 23rd, 2008
"jc describes himself as a amateur photographer married 37 years (Mrs. jc gets that credit!) however his photos would indicate otherwise. A true life long friend that you can count on is a rare thing. I am very fortunate to have one in my true friend, jc."
January 22nd, 2008
"This man introduced me to my first really good digital camera. In fact he gifted it to me. He is an amazing photographer and has become adept at HDR. I admire him and thank him for giving me the opportunity to nurture yet another neurotic artistic tendancy. Thank you JC for all of your encouragement and wonderful comments that you leave for my photos."
September 30th, 2007
- John Carrel
- January 2007
- Beatrice, NE
- Beatrice, NE, USA
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Retired Firefighter