I live in Kona, Hawaii, and love to travel to "not so civilized" places, like Komodo, Borneo, the Amazon, etc. East Africa has become my all-time favorite and I can't get enough of it. While I'm here at home in Hawaii, most of my photography is underwater. I was president of the Kona Underwater Photo Society for three years (not because I was the best photographer, but because I would do it!). My underwater work is primarily macro, the smaller the better.

I prefer film and the older the camera the better. My favorite camera is a Nikkomat bought in Japan in 1972 and which has a fabulous non-autofocus, non-AI 50mm portrait lens. Unfortunately, this camera is heavy, but you only have to change the battery (for the light meter) every 20 years or so! I use that camera for portraits or for wide-angle landscapes. The main camera I use for wildlife and for underwater (in a housing, of course) is a Nikon N70. I usually use Kodak Extra Color 100 ISO (grain as good as 50 ISO). I don't like new cameras as they are not comfortable in my hands. I want to be able to concentrate on the viewfinder and not on all the bells and whistles. I realized long ago that artistry is not for sale, and buying the latest technology doesn't make for a better sense of the moment. I know this makes me sound really old-fashioned, which I am, but I'm not actually as old as I sound!

 

Good shooting!

Tina

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  • JoinedOctober 2006
  • OccupationJapanese translator
  • HometownNew Orleans
  • Current cityKailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • CountryUSA

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