Lives in MA, United States
Works as a Landscape Architect
Joined on May 22, 2009
Director of landscape architectural design for a planning/engineering firm based in Massachusetts and with offices down the east coast.
My interests include sailing (Catalina 27), watercolor painting (mostly landscapes), photography (mostly landscapes), music, autocrossing my Miata and travel.
Favorite photo haunts: Stony Brook Nature Sanctuary in Norfolk MA, mid-coast Maine shore/harbors, Corkscrew and Ding Darling preserves in FL, St. John USVI.
I've enjoyed photography since the late 70's using compact/lightweight SLR's. My first, a fondly remembered Konica TC ('77-84) with 50mm Hexanon lens I toured South America with, followed by an Olympus OM2S ('85-02) with various lenses, and last a Minolta 5 bought in 2003 on the eve of the digital deluge.
My first digital camera was a Panasonic FZ3, an amazing little superzoom at the time of its intro, followed by a Panasonic TZ5 and Olympus E-510 DSLR (a natural choice given the SLR's owned earlier) . Very much enjoyed the E-510 for its small size, sturdy build, nice handling, excellent IQ, and great OOC JPEG colors, attributes shared by all my subsequent Olympus IL bodies.
Followed it with an E-620 DSLR to solve the one E-510 weakness, blown highlights. For some time I shot with both cameras along to minimize lens swapping (14-42, 40-150, 9-18, 70-300) and compare IQ. I ultimately preferred the E-620's features/handling, and have held onto it while recently selling the E-510 & E-PM1 (unusable LCD in native 4/3's).
In Dec. '12 I purchased an E-M5/12-50mm kit and Pan 20mm/f1.7 followed by an Oly 75-300mm MkII zoom. I love the E-M5 and convenience of small mFT lenses which fit in my jacket pockets. I've now sold my 4/3's lenses except the 9-18mm which I leave on my E-620 (like they were made for each other).
Next up may be a Canon SX50, combining excellent IQ with 24-1200mm zoom capability for wildlife and landscapes in a very compact body for just $329. I've been impressed by the quality of photos posted on Canon's Powershot forum and, combined with compact binoculars (thinking Celestron 8x32 DX), looks like fun for bird spotting. Not a replacement for my E-M5, a fun supplement.
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