Tell us about you: your experience shooting, what you like to photograph, wishlists, etc!
I've been shooting photographs steadily since the mid-90's. I've been an advance amateur since 2001. I was the president (one-year term) of a community photgraphy association some years back. I LOVE macro, also nature/scenic (who doesn't, here? ) and candid-people. Someday if I ever get money for the equipment, I'd love to learn how to do astrophotography. Photography trips are my dream vacation! Anyone else notice that when you're on a trip with nonphotog friends/family, they get awfully tired of you stopping to take those pictures all the time? I've sure had that.
I've traveled around the States quite a bit, been to a lot of national parks... including Arches (MANY times, millions of pix), Olympic, Zion, Bryce, Redwoods, Glacier, Yellowstone (wink, wink), Grand Tetons, and others. I've also been to Niagara Falls, Canada, and even Australia! Would love to go back to Australia someday.
I also love history, archaeology, NASA space stuff, and would love to find a way to be involved in those, especially if I could use my photography. I don't drive, so that has limited me in job choices, but I have loved focusing on look around me whereever I'm at for photo opps.
I still need work on getting the finer points of lighting/metering, for the more difficult/contrasty shots. Low-light shots, too. Part of it is I need a camera with more of the right features to increase my ability to catch those details. DSLRS rightfully have the rep for doing that.
Favorite photo shoots? I'd have to say, for one, the trip I took with family where we stopped in the Laby Bird Johnson Grove and I got out for a really quick walk, into the very fogged-in trees...looked back to see my dad following me, crossing a bridge... got off a shot and it captured this total mood of "Everyman's Journey" (I titled the photo with this and won a first-place in the photography association's monthly contest) I got a number of other neat photos there too. The mood was amazing and I loved the brief time I was able to spend there soaking it in. I also love waiting for the light....I did get to take one trip with the photographer's association; to Zion in 2001. Fantastic! I highly recommend it.
How about you?