After I retired, I devoted my time to integrating the three personal interests I have had throughout my adult life: computer technology, photography and creative writing. I take pictures,
process them on my computer and write about them. I see photography as a journey without a destination—an unending search for that unatainable goal: the perfect image. This Website is a record of my journey thus far.
I love everything about birds and have taken several hundreds of photos of them. I especially like water birds and raptors, many varieties of which can be found year-round within a 30-minute drive of my home. More recently, I've taken an interest in landscape photography.
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A question I get asked often is what gear do I use. I have tried putting together a kit that is a good compromise between wildlife and landscape photography, which is an emerging interest of mine.
I use a Nikon digital SLR and Nikkor (Nikon) lenses. For birds I use a Nikon D800 DSLR and either a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom or a Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 prime. For distant birds, I sometimes use a teleconverter: Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 1.4x, Nikon 1.7x TC-17E II or Nikon 2x TC-20E III. For landscape I use a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 wide angle zoom or a AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. And for more distant places, I use my Nikkor 70-200mm VR f/2.8 zoom.
I take all images in RAW format and develop/process/catalog them using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on a dual-display Windows PC. For creative work I use Adobe Photoshop.
For some years now, I have had my images spread across various Websites. I did, of course, once have a master plan: best shots go here, family pics go there, … you get the point. As good as that plan was, though,
I was never truly faithful to it. So it was time for a new system, one I hope to stick with. My new system is to use Flickr.com to showcase my everyday photography, Facebook and Twitter for
news and conversation, 500px.com for galleries of my better shots, and this Website to communicate and share various acpects my hobby and, eventually, to showcase my best images.