I used to be a real Flickr addict, but these days, I use Flickr mostly for storing my photos. I don't hang out here very much anymore. Since the 2013 redesign, I have concentrated my social activities on iNaturalist. If you like photographing nature & wildlife, you should check it out.

 

See my "most interesting" photos on Flickriver.

 

All of my animal photos are of wild individuals in their natural habitat unless otherwise indicated. I generally don't catch or confine animals, but I do admit to relentless pursuit and mild harassment of reluctant subjects.

 

Cameras I have owned:

 

Olympus OM-2N - Very first camera, bought when I was a student with a bunch of macro accessories, got stolen when I lived in Providence, Rhode Island. Dangerous place!

Olympus OM-4T - Replacement provided by the insurance company for the OM 2N, great deal!

Olympus OM-1 - Travel camera. Sold all my film camera gear for a nickel and a dime when I moved from AZ to DC.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS - Very first digital camera, dearly beloved, wonderful performance in the macro range, at least for bigger things like grasshoppers and large beetles. Was still going strong when I gave it away after upgrading to the SX10 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS - Longer zoom, more megapixels, wider ISO range than the S2 IS, but alas not as much fun to shoot with. Also has the dreaded lens error every so often.

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS - Since the SX10 IS is kind of heavy & bulky, I wanted a small camera to always have with me. This is a beautiful camera, but the macro performance was disappointing, so I gave it to my sister

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 - Replacement for the SX210, definitely better macro range. Doesn't look and feel as nice as the SX210. But it gives me much better pictures than my iphone and is still a good backup when I don't want to take the big camera.

Canon EOS 400D - My first DSLR, a hand-me-down from a family member. Bought a 100 mm macro for it and some extension tubes. Shutter went bust after a few months.

Canon Digital Rebel XTi - Bought a used one to replace the 400D. Still not sure about the DSLR thing though. It's a lot of weight to carry around and I miss the flexibility of the superzoom. I get better shots with my point & shoot, so this baby has been sitting in the back of the closet.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Currently my favorite toy, with a 36x zoom. Also got a Raynox 250 and a flash for macro shots. Changed my life. The Raynox works incredibly well with the extreme zoom, and I can finally get pictures of all the tiny things I see. Endless hours of fun!

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - Meant to replace the SX40 which has been getting creakier and creakier lately. But what a piece of crap! More zoom and megapixels, raw capability, and huge file sizes but notably poorer image quality than the SX40, so what's the point?

 

Currently looking to move to a new system. I'm done with Canon, but I'm not sure where to go next. Should I simply switch to another superzoom bridge camera or should I make the leap to micro four thirds?

 

Update: I found an almost new SX40 HS on craigslist for less than $200. So I continue to shoot with my old SX40/Raynox250 set-up. I'll keep an eye on the micro four thirds market. But for now, it just doesn't seem worth the additional cost.

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  • JoinedAugust 2005
  • OccupationBiologist (Entomologist)
  • HometownHomburg/Saar
  • Current cityWashington, D. C.
  • CountryUSA
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