Lives in United States United States
Works as a Artist
Joined on Oct 29, 2007
About me:

First let me say thank you to 'Phil' and his 'team' for giving us such a wonderful place to share photography experiences. They are to be congratulated.

Except for the occasional rock throwing (way too much on the Fuji forum, that rat hole needs flushed out bad - several spoiled brats have taken it over and a decent poster does not have a chance - I get raped every time I go near the place - it is like the scene from The Planet Of The Apes where they discover the scare crows XXX warnings on the hill and they enter into the valley below anyway. Before you know what happens, you are naked and being chased by animals on horseback and placed in nets and cages to be experimented on - not pretty), this is a great hang out location on the Net where people of all cultures and expirence levels come together and chat glass. I have conversed with people that have captured images of Presidents, famous photographers like Thom Hogan, and ordinary people like myself from all over the world.

I have been involved in many aspects of photography beginning with 35mm in 1978. Sometimes deriving my sole income as a professional, other times only my pleasure as an armature. From Layout to Lighting, Sales to Financing, Film to Darkroom, Digital to Post Processing and finally Large Format Printing to Framing which is where my love of photography has led me to today.

Over the years and hundreds of thousands of photographs, the only constant remains quality glass, everything else evolves, sometimes daily.

The biggest area of advancement today in photography is post processing and printing of our own images. Photo labs in your own space, be it work or home is a reality for many of us today. If you are not using digital imaging programs to enhance your images and then printing them yourself, you are missing the real meaning of photography in the modern digital age. I use an Epson R1800 for smaller jobs up to 13'' x 19'' and my Canon iPF8000 for larger jobs up up to 44'' x 59 feet! Printing is where the rubber meets the road. Seeing your images, printed out the way you processed them, is the most satisfying aspect of photography for me. Viewing images on a computer monitor pails in comparison; It is like watching other people playing with their grandchildren. For the true hands on satisfying expirence of all things digital, you need to be printing your own images.

My first camera in college was a borrowed 35mm with a name I can not remember, nor could pronounce at the time. Later I advanced to a borrowed Pentax K1000. That was living! I took as many pictures as I could and nearly lived in the college darkrooms. Film was a real bother looking back on it. Other guys had babes and beer, I had Velvia and stainless steel pans.

In school, I was drawn to the 'rich kids' with those Nikon camera straps, and I longed for the possibility of 3.5 frames per second with their clunky motor drives, and the endless possibilities of f/1:1.2 glass. I hoped someday I would have a Nikon strap around my neck.

Because I was as poor as a church mouse, my first camera out of college was not a Nikon, but a Minolta X700 with several lenses and a Vivitar flash, all purchased at K-Mart for half price on sale. For several years it was my baby, and produced many wonderful memories that live on today.

Some of the equipment I currently own is listed below (and yes, I have some Nikon neck straps thank you.) This is not all my gear, just the foundational tools I employ day in and day out (more than enough to suggest I did not just fall off of the turnip truck.)

. Nikon D300 w/Battery Grip (Best camera ever offered for under $2000.00)
. Nikon D200 w/Battery Grip (good camera at ISO's under 400)
. Kodak ProSLR/n Full Frame 14mp (Wonderful at 160 ISO if you can take the slow buffer/write speed)
. Fuji S5 (mildly disappointing, Preferred my sold S3)
. Nikon D3x (Preorder from local dealer at an est. price of $9000 if it is 24 MP - est. date Xmas 2008)

. Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 G IF-ED DX (ultra wide lens - Not a fish eye IMHO - See real Fish eye below)
. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AFD
. Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AFD
. Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AFD
. Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AFD NIB
. Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 AFD
. Nikkor 50mm 1.2 MF
. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AFD
. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF
. Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AFD Micro
. Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AFD

. Nikkor 18-200mm VR f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S DX (on D300 so I am ready to go - small, light, versatile)
. Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF
. Nikkor 70-200mm VR f/2.8 G ED IF AF-S
. Nikkor 80-400mm VR f/4.5-5.6D ED AF
. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Zoom
(If all my lenses were Nikkor, that would make me a 'glass snob' don't you think?
(A note about the 18-200mm VR lens - One of the most underrated lenses in the Nikkor line. For all it can do, it is truly a miracle - It rarely leaves my D300 only to be returned again and again and again!)

. Kenko 180 degree true fish eye (wonderful lens - One Of My Favorites)
. Kenko 3X Extension
. Kenko Macro Extension Tube Set
. Sigma 1.4 Extension EX
(All my lenses are filter-free except for rare circumstances - i.e. the mud lenses below - as I feel the image is more important than the glass - Glass can always be replaced, moments in time cannot)

. Sigma 28-70 f/1.28-4 D
. Sigma 70-300 f/1.4-5.6 D DG Macro
. Vivitar 500mm f/8 Mirror lens
(For use in rain, snow, blowing sand - The mud glass is almost exclusively used on the Fuji S5 as it is my least favorite body and still reasonably water tight. The mud glass all have filters in place, I figure they are 'iffy' shots anyway, whats the difference)

. 8 Nikon SB-800's
. Savage Soft Box w/24, 24 watt bulbs, full spectrum fluorescent (equal to 280 - 100 watt light bulbs.)
. Savage Soft box w/6, 24 watt bulbs, full spectrum fluorescent (equal to 70 - 100 watts light bulbs.)
. Sony 60 LED Ring Light
. Minolta Light Meter IIIF
(Notice something about my lighting? - Why trip over cords to answer your cell phone? - lol)

. Manfrotto Tripod 755B/0110 w/ Manfrotto 322rRC2 head
. Manfrotto Self Standing Monopod 682B w/ Manfrotto 3265 head
. Manfrotto Monopod 479B/LC15 w/ 3265 head

. Canon iPF8000 44'' x 59'
. Epson r1800 13'' x 19''

MONITORS (Working with large printers, I am not comfortable with small monitors)
. Olevia 542i 42'' wide screen, 1360 x 768, 1080i resolution, 178-degree viewing angle, 1600:1 DCR
. Olevia 2 Series 32'' wide screen, 1360 x 768, 1080i resolution, 178-degree viewing angle, 1600:1 DCR

SOFTWARE (Much more fun than a dark room - and less fumes!)
. ACDSee 10
. Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
. Canon Digital Photo Print Pro
. Canon Poster Artist 7
. Compupic Pro 6.3
. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI
. Micrographfx Picture Publisher 10
. Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10
. Microsoft Expression Web
. Microsoft Front Page 2003
. Microsoft Publisher 2003
. MGI PhotoSuite 4
. Nikon Capture NX
. PhotoImpact Pro
. Photo Explorer
. Qimage
. The Print Shop 22

The list above is only some of equipment that challenges me daily! Some people give other people in this forum a hard time because of the mastery level they have achieved using their equipment. Well let me tell you something: If anyone thinks anyone other than God himself could learn in a single lifetime to master all this equipment in this list, think again. Mastering one or two bodies and one or two lenses, and then sending the images off to a lab would be so easy!


Some of the aspects of Photography I have enjoyed (or agonized over) in the past 30 years:
. 3D
. 9/11
. Accident Forensics
. Aerial
. Animal
. Art
. Architecture
. Assassination
. Astronomy
. Birds
. Botanical
. Black & White
. Candid
. Celebrity
. Cityscape
. Commercial
. Concert
. Darkroom
. Documentary
. Family
. Fashion
. Forgery
. Framing
. Gothic
. Historical
. Infants/Parents
. Industrial
. Keystoning
. Landscape
. Location
. Macro-Micro
. Modeling
. Nature
. Night - Night vision & low light
. Outdoor
. Panoramic
. Passports
. Pet
. Pinhole - For fun
. Pin-Up
. Political
. Portrait
. Printing (large format)
. Products
. Sales
. Scenery
. School
. Scientific
. Sports
. Still
. Stock
. Street
. Studio
. Travel
. Urban
. Underwater
. Video
. War
. Weddings
. Zoological

I try to not come off as an 'expert' as no one likes a KNOW-IT-ALL, however I have seen and done a few things in the photography arena over the years.

I watched my Cousin win The Academy Award for 'Best Cinematography' but I do not 'work' in the industry. I prefer to use photography at this time in my life as a daily vacation from my 100 hour a week business rather than another vocation, I am busy enough!

Maybe together we can chat about what I am familiar with and what we want to learn about together.

I have been contributing to this and other photography forums from the beginning of 2000 with thousands of posts under my own name and rejoined here on the date below as EggBurt.

The most beautiful photograph I always take is that of my best girlfriend of the past 30 years (we have been married 25 years and did not so much as kiss until the honeymoon - but being married has not spoiled our close personal friendship.)

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