Jimmy Buffet said it best: "Lookin' back on my background tryin' to figure out how I ever got here. Some things are still a mystery to me while others are much too clear."
I've been an avid, mostly amateur photographer since the early 1970's. While traveling around the world I went through a lot of Canon A-1 bodies and lenses. But it was only last year ( 2006 ) that I made the transition to digital. I bought a Canon Rebel XT and have since been learning how to use it, as well as basic Photoshop. I love the control digital gives me, which, lacking a darkroom, I never enjoyed before. I'm also converting the best of my surviving old photos and slides to digital as well, using an Epson Perfection 4490 scanner and countless hours using Photoshop clone tool to remove dust and scratches. Its going to be a long project getting caught up, so I'll be uploading batches of new work in between sets from past journeys.
My main interest is in journalistic photography, creating portraits of; people, events, places, and experiences. In everything, regardless of subject, my primary objective is the composition of the image.
Here's an example of one of my favorites. I like the composition , it sums up therapeutic riding, and it reminds me of the illustrations of Maxfield Parrish or Norman Rockwell.
I just made a leap and bought a Canon 24-70 2.8L lens, primarily for street photography and portraiture. Its a joy to use. I'm presently exploring shallow DoF and bokeh. Otherwise, for wildlife photography, I now have a new, 70-200 2.8L IS!
This October, 2010, I've retired my now venerable Rebel XT, and upgraded to an EOS 7D! I love my choice - its a great camera! But I now have even more to learn.
November 2011 update.. My EOS 7D and both L lenses were stolen this past month, so now I'm back to the old Rebel XT. Its tough going back to the old equipment, and the theft has dampened my enthusiasm, so I won't be posting many new photos for a while.
June 2015 Update: I just replaced my stolen 7D with a new one, which is both familiar, and now affordable since Canon has discontinued it in favor of their 7DMarkII. Next I'll be getting a new lens, probably the EF24-105 F4L.
August 2015 Update: I went to a street festival last weekend and came home without a single photo because I realized my old Canon EF 28-200 lens couldn't capture the images I wanted. So this week I bought the EF24-105 f4L IS USM. My initial impressions are very positive, and I'm looking forward to trying it out at another festival this weekend.
May 2017 Update: I've decided the EF24-105 f4L was a mistake. The f4 doesn't shoot fast enough in low light situations such as stage performances or interiors, and it also doesn't provide shallow enough DoF to isolate subjects of street photography and at events. I wish Canon made a 24-105 f2.8L
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