Lives in United States Benton Harbor, MI, United States
Works as a Creative Director, Product Planner
Joined on Dec 27, 2009
About me:

I've worked in advertising agencies for over 30 years, as a writer, art director,
creative director, planner and analyst

I enjoyed photography as a child. After a prostate cancer dx, I made a
commitment to enjoy life more. I quit putting off what I enjoy, and I am here to learn
how to improve so I can enjoy photography more.

I have a very good design sense -- at least the awards in the books and on the walls
seem to confirm it. But I want to improve technically as a photographer.

I learned a lot with my companion Argus C-3 and a darkroom as a kid. Light, density
and that kind of stuff. But forgot a lot, too. Digital cameras baffle me. I put mine on
'M' and don't bother much with the tomfoolery. BUT, I love manual white balance.

I have friends who help me learn stuff. I read a lot. And I'm dedicated to working hard
to improve. I supervise shoots (studio and field) and sometimes I model, so I know
how hard photographers work.

I own a Nikon D90 and I'm learning and purchasing equipment. Recently I upgraded to a D810, mostly for professional build, pro control layout, and mirror up function. Needless to say, I'm dumbfounded by the step up. What this camera can do is quite remarkable.

When I enter challenges, I approach them as class assignments. I don't have a big portfolio of photos to rely on. I had a lifetime of photos, along with a few thousand taken from a year's
sabbatical on the road, stolen from me.

That is OK. I am here to learn. I always take constructive criticism well. Except when I

I hope to make a lot of friends here and share information and some good shots.

RickBuddy's current gear

Minolta DiMAGE S404
Nikon 1 V1
Nikon D810
Nikon D90
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
Like it. Broke my first one and had the option to buy D7100 and didn't. The new replacement was half the cost of the D7100. It's worked for hours for me in near 0ºF weather.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
I've taken some prize winners with this little lens. It once got swept out into Lake Michigan in a wind storm. I had to clean it but it still works pretty good.
My kit lens. VR works really well. Sometimes I forget how good it works. It isn't at it's best on the especially wide end.
I have this one. I don't use it much, except for maybe candids in small rooms. I suppose I don't see the world with a "Normal" POV
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
For a while this lens shot 60% of all my shots. I like it. Only $200, what a deal!
I've seen the bokeh on this is a tad better than the other 50mm, it's a bit bigger and feels lighter. I'll still take the other 50 out to get abused.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Here's what works for me. Use image stabilization I, speed between 1/350 and 1/500, distance below 80 yards, f/8-f/11. I get some surprisingly nice shots that way. I really don't use it the way I expected to. It's been a mild surprise.
Tokina AT-X Pro 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
Adobe Photoshop CS6
This is my macro lens. It helped me earn a #1 spot in a challenge for a dandelion. And some other stuff for an abstract mushroom. It's good for a day in the woods.
I like this lens. Some days I leave everything else behind and go shoot with it just to remind myself how much fun it is. Yes, CA is a problem, but correctable.
Apple Aperture
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Other gear:
  • Argus C3
  • Bogen sticks and Manfrotto video head I did a lot of video before stills, so I had that liquid video head around.
  • Nikon 1 FT-1 Lens Adapter
  • Nikon SB 500 Flash
  • Wimberly Gimbal Head I wouldn't take the Sigma 150-500 out in the field without it. I love this thing.