The moment I picked up that first Pentax K1000 in my 10th grade photography class... I was hooked. I was fascinated with capturing a moment on film and going through the process of putting it onto paper. The first camera I owned was a Canon EF. It was quite used and outdated when I got it, and I used it for at least 8 years... Until it started falling apart.

I found myself with a new job in the technology field. Well, life happened, and quickly... and my passion faded.

Now, over ten years later, I find the passion has made it's way back, with a vengance even! And what do I attribute this to? Flickr, my wife, and my Daughter.

Flickr because I see such amazing photos everyday, and they inspire me to create my own.

My wife, Melanie, for insisting (almost demanding) that I do the things that make me happy. She is always a pure source of encouragement and positivity.

My daughter, Lauren, because while looking through some old photos I took in college... she smiled and said "you should be a photographer!".

Stuff I Use
Nikon D300
Nikon D70s
- Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
- Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D (sold)
- Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D (sold)
- Nikkor DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED (sold)
- Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG (sold)
- Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro
Canon Powershot S70 [when I can't use the SLR]

My interestingness photos

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Photos of Neil Bernhart [dextr] (11)

  • Merry Christmas ! by *happygolucky
  • Us with the Graveson family, 1974 by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • brody and me by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • Melanie, Brody, Neil by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • A little nod to a flickr friend by nezza74
  • "Hello! Can you hear me now?" by *hb19 (R.I.P.)
  • feeding dad by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • shoulder ride by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • laughin' by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • where'd the seal go? by Neil Bernhart [dextr]
  • us with sunset [2] by Neil Bernhart [dextr]

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March 2005
Born in New York, NY... but spent time growing up in Australia, Long Island NY, Rolling Hills CA, Chino CA, Huntington Beach CA
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