About Our Wildlife Photos
I am inspired by the ability for photography to capture a split second of time. That split second, as a slice of time, is so fleeting and ephemeral that I will be the only person who can see that one image which captures an essence of something. I have the ability to share that image through my photographs.
My Camera Gear
As I've continued to get increasingly interested in photography again (after a long hiatus since my photography classes in high school and college), I have been gradually upgrading the camera gear that I use. I think one reason photography became fun again was that digital photography has made many capabilities accessible to me that I would otherwise need to dedicate a room to in our home for a darkroom.
Specifically, in 2001, I started with a Sony DSC-S50 digital camera with 2.1 megapixel resolution. I usually used the full 3X optical zoom capability of the camera plus a 2X add-on optical zoom lens which gave me a total of 6X optical zoom. In 2002, virtually all of my pictures were taken with a Fuji FinePix 4900 digital camera with 4 megapixel resolution. I augmented the standard 6X optical zoom with a 2X add-on camera lens which gave me a total of about 11X optical zoom capability.
In the middle of 2003, I upgraded equipment again as I began to really get back into more serious photography. At the same time, digital SLRs started to tumble in prices and, for fairly good equipment started to get comparable to their 35mm equivalents. I am now using a Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR with 6.3 megapixel resolution. This gives me enough resolution and quality for the kind of photography that I'm currently working on.
I've provided a more complete list of the rest of the camera gear that I'm using today.
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