Michael Firstlight

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

After more than five 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. I'm now back in my own studio full-time doing mostly portrait and wedding photography along with some commercial work.

Michael Firstlight's current gear

Nikon D800
Nikon D850
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G 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
Other gear:
  • GraLab Model 900 Programmable Electronic Timer
  • 2 complete Mamiya RB67 (6x7 film) Systems
  • ByChrome 16” x 20” Vacuum Easel
  • 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 - Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner
  • Epson Professional 7880 Printer
  • Fuji FUJINON SWD 65mm f/5.6 4x5 Lens COPAL 0
  • Fujimoroto CP32 Dry-to-Dry Print Processor
  • Jobo Color Star 3000 Color Analyser
  • Jobo CPP2 Processor
  • LPL 4550 XLG 4x5 enlarger with VCCE and color heads
  • LPL 6700XL (7700) Enlarger
  • Nikon Coolscan LS9000 Scanner
  • Nikon F2as
  • Paul C Buff Einstein Studio Lighting System
  • Pentax 67II (6x7 film)
  • PhotoTherm Sidekick SK-8 automatic film processor
  • Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm f/5.6 75° 4x5 Lens
  • RRS BH-55 Ball Head
  • Schneider 150mm f5.6 Componon S Enlarging Lens
  • Toyo 45AII 4x5 (film) View Camera