I hail from New Jersey, but I tend to wander around whenever I get the chance. Getting into photography has been a perfect complement for everything I do - I get myself outdoors whenever I can, usually hiking but sometimes kayaking and really doing anything else I can that seems like an adventure. I do missions work with my church when I get a chance, and being primarily a photographer on my most recent trip to Guatemala made it the most powerful one - instead of focusing on one thing (usually construction) I tried to find as much as I could and bring it all back for all to see. I'm on the road more often than I'm not, so my camera lives in my truck and I'm jumping out to get shots whenever I see something promising.
I really got started in earnest when I needed a camera for my second job, couldn't find my old 4MP Kodak thingee, and bought a Powershot SX120is. On that I was really able to get into photography, what with having plenty to learn with manual control over my camera! After that I graduated to a Nikon D5000, since a friend was making the switch to a Canon 7D and sold me his lenses for cheap. Nowadays I shoot a D7000, but my friends I shoot with most often are Canon users and I keep fluent in their equipment even if I don't usually shoot it.
I work with a civil engineering firm in geospatial information technology, and most of my work has me afield. I've taken more photos with this system than I will ever take with anything else, I'm sure:January 5, 2012 - Welcome to the Machine
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This is used to take stereoscopic photos every 5-10 meters, when it works. The makers don't really know anything about cameras or optics, so the image quality is usually adequate to make any photographer cry. Usually it's just stuff like purple haze, low contrast, motion blurring, and I swear the thing has the minimum dynamic range physically possible, but here's one of my favourite samples of how bad it is:08HalfNightVision
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Anywho, hope to enjoy talking cameras and seeing everyone's photography, especially when it's places that I have not been (yet).