About Me

Unlike some photographers, I was not born with a camera in my hand, nor did I really have any interest in photography growing up. I don’t have nostalgic memories of film (yes I grew up during the film era) nor can I pine about hours spent in the darkroom. In fact, I only seriously got into photography around three and a half years ago with my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel t1i (which I still own and sometimes shoot with).

About_Me_2My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-P1 and it had a 3.3 megapixel sensor, which was mind blowing for 2001 (equally mind blowing was the $899 price tag). Back then I used the camera as if it only had two modes, “on” and “off”. It was the perfect camera to take snaps of friends, family, events and even a couple of landscapes. What was most important about my time spent with my first digital camera was that it was then that I realized the power of the instant feedback of seeing your image on the LCD of the camera and learning from those photos. After some time with the Sony I “graduated” to a Canon A710 which had a P and even Tv and Av modes. In my naiveté, I thought I was going to produce mind blowing bokeh since I could now control the aperture of the lens; I don’t have to explain how that turned out.

After purchasing my first DSLR, I became interested with the fine art aspects of photography since I suddenly had creative control over my photos with the camera’s aperture mode and a sensor actually large enough to take advantage of it. Things snowballed from there and now I consider myself a serious amateur photographer and try and learn as much as I can during my free time through books, videos and looking at other photographers’ images.

MarkAs a scientist by profession and training, the technical aspects of photography are of great interest to me, which is why I add all the relevant capture information for all my photographs. In the process of learning how to make better photos, I also find it a great learning tool to “get in the mind” of the photographer and have them explain the technical side of the image as well as what they were trying to accomplish, what worked, what didn’t and why. So in my image descriptions I like to include some of this information to give a sense of how the final image was made.

As you can see by my photographs, I don’t focus on one genre but like to photograph many different things. I hope you enjoy my photos, the descriptions of how I got my shots and the little story behind each one. I hope in a small way I was able to inspire you or better yet that you may have learned a little something by reading my blog. Thanks for stopping by and please check back every so often for updates.

If you are interested in knowing more about my photography, you can contact me here. I also encourage you to sign up for email notifications and my RSS feed located in my sidebar.

40 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Mark, many thanks for visiting my blog and liking my latest post, it is very much appreciated. You have some fantastic photos here. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

      • Thanks again, I really appreciate that. Reading your about page was a bit like reading about myself, as I too grew up in the film era but didn’t seriously get the photography bug until about 6 years ago with my first Canon EOS 400D. Keep up the great work.

  2. Dear Mark,

    Thank you for stopping by at my blog. I absolutely love your work here. I am relatively new to the DSLR world however been making pictures with phone camera and point and shoot for a while now. In my experience working with DSLR can be overwhelming to begin with hence I am glad that I found your blog because this is just what I need to get more comfortable with my new gear. I will stick around for more.

    Regards,
    PS

      • I sure will check them out, I also read your post on Tripods, very informative and educating, but I am real confused now, I was hoping to buy a cheap one , preferably used as I do not have big budget to invest on it at the moment… and the event is so near by. I will see what I can do for now…

  3. Hehe, I chuckled when I read about your first digital camera back in 2001. It reminded me of my first one too – a Nikon point and click (can’t remember the model). I do remember the price – $1100 here in Australia and it was a whopping 4 megapixels! Still, I thought it was the ‘ants pants’ at the time.

    You have some really beautiful imagery here, Mark. Thanks for stopping by my little blog and helping me to discover yours.

    • Thanks for stopping by Distan. Yes how far we have come in the digital age. Where we are after the next 10 years might not be as staggering, but I expect rapid progress in technology. After all, these cameras we use now are nothing more than computers with lenses attached to them.

  4. Amazing that God blessed you with this talent to use to show others His true artwork, that we all stand in awe about. I saw your pictures & of S.F. and how you mentioned you met your wife there. Well, funny this is. I used to live in S.D. & now in S.F. because I got married to my wife here. Jesus bless you. Thank you for liking one of our posts.

  5. Hi Mark. I recently got my first DSLR camera (Canon Rebel t3i) and I’m learning digital photography by myself. It is not my purpose to live from it, I just find a lot of peace when I practice photography. It’s very encouraging to find other’s amateur photographer blogs and see how good they have become. Thank you so much for sharing the details of each shot – it really helps me to understand how they were made it and try to apply the concepts myself. I’ll be back for sure!

    • Thanks Serena. Part of what motivates me to write my blog entries is helping others with their photography. I have learned so much (and in fact still am learning) from viewing other people’s work. And it really helps that much more when they share how they made their images.

  6. Photography’s always been a bit daunting for me regarding the complexities and science of the art. Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips and knowledge. It’ll make me a little less intimidated by the whole thing. Happy to be a new follower.
    cnw

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