Michael Firstlight

Lives in United States Raleigh, NC, United States
Works as a Enthusiast of Life
Joined on Apr 5, 2007
About me:

After more than 4 decades since I developed and printed my first roll of Tri-X using a cocktail of D76, Dektol, Stop Bath and Fixer, photography runs through my veins. Actually, little has fundamentally changed - the silver halide platelets are just digital now :-)

I majored in photography, film, broadcasting, and journalism in college in the 70's, worked as staff for ABC-TV out of college - one of the original big three US-based TV networks, then took a job as a corporate staff photographer for Big Blue until they shut down the in-house operation, after which I became a software engineer and have been for three+ decades since. I still design, develop, and support massive-scale enterprise software and systems. I still do photography on the side as an avocation, have had my own brick and mortar gallery, and get hired out on occasion for specialty commercial gigs just to stay active and relevant until I retire from the better paying job and can afford to return to my first love full time.

Michael Firstlight's current gear

Nikon D800
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Nik HDR Efex Pro
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Asus Eee Slate EP121
Other gear:
  • 2 complete Mamiya RB67 (6x7 film) Systems
  • Canon FTb with 50mm 1.8
  • Custom Win 7 64-bit Workstation - i7-3930 @4.8GHz, 64GB RAM, SSDs
  • Dell 30" U3014 10-bit Display
  • Epson Professional 7880 Printer
  • Fujimoroto CP32 Dry-to-Dry Print Processor
  • Jobo CPP2 Processor
  • LPL 6700XL (7700) Enlarger
  • Nikon Coolscan LS9000 Scanner
  • Nikon F2as
  • Paul C Buff Einstein Studio Lighting System
  • Pentax 67II (6x7 film)
  • RRS BH-55 Ball Head