May 23, 2013
Although my father was a photographer, and I began taking photos with a fixed lens camera a few years ago, I have only become serious about photography in the last three years since I retired. I love my SONY NEX-7, half the size and weight of a DSLR, with 24 MP. But the choice of E-mount lenses is limited. My favorite lens is a Carl Zeiss 24mm F1.8; I also like the 35mm F1.8 for outdoor portraits. I'm hoping SONY will soon bring out a high quality lens suitable for shooting wildlife; the longest available is too slow:[masked]mm F4.5-6.3.
Nature -- landscapes, seascapes and macro. I also enjoy photographing my friends, and recently did the portrait for a friend's book jacket. So far, I have mostly worked with natural light. Since my NEX-7 is so small, I take it along on walks, hikes, and trips. Photography has added a new dimension to my life; I am "seeing" more now, seeing beautiful things to photograph. So far, Cape Lookout has provided my favorite subjects. At the end of April I took my LOCA photography group there on a three-day photo shoot. We got some good seascapes on the hike to the end of the Cape, and from Anderson's Viewpoint. I also enjoy taking closeups of flowers, mushrooms, driftwood.
I'd like to develop new dimensions in my photography and meet other women who are serious photographers. So far, I am not disappointed. I'm impressed with the expertise of many of the members. I'm looking forward to more trips and more classes with the group.
I recently retired and moved back to Oregon after 21 years in FL as a professor of French and Women's Studies. I can't get enough of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and photography helps me capture some of it.
Well organized, very active photography group, where women welcome new members and generously share their considerable photographic skills.