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).
My 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.
As 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.
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